School of Social Work

BACHELOR OF SOCIAL WORK AS A FIRST DEGREE

Appeals for Waiver of Regulations

Admission/Re-admission

Programme of Study

Academic Standards and Promotion


APPEALS FOR WAIVER OF REGULATIONS

Students requesting a waiver of any of the following regulations are referred to the General Academic Regulations (Undergraduate) section of this Calendar.

ADMISSION/RE-ADMISSION

1. Applicants for admission to the School of Social Work must complete a School of Social Work application and submit it to the Office of the Registrar by January 15 of the year in which admission is sought. Applications received after this deadline will be considered only if a place is available in the School of Social Work. Applicants will normally be notified of admissions decisions by April 30th. Approved applicants to the School of Social Work will be admitted in Fall Semester only.

NOTE: Academic Standards and Promotion regulations outlined below shall apply between the date of application and the subsequent Fall Semester.

Applicants for re-admission to the School of Social Work must complete a School of Social Work application and submit it to the Office of the Registrar by January 15 for Fall Semester re-admission, February 1 for Spring Semester re-admission, and October 1 for Winter Semester re-admission. Applications received after these deadlines will be considered only if a place is available in the School of Social Work.

2. Students who have not registered for courses at Memorial University for either of the two semesters immediately preceding their application for admission/re-admission to the School of Social Work must complete a general application for admission/re-admission to the university and submit it to the Office of the Registrar prior to the deadline date as outlined in the University Diary.

3. To be considered for admission to the School of Social Work, applicants must have successfully completed by the application deadline forty-five credit hours. Included in these forty-five credit hours must be:

a) six credit hours in English;

b) nine credit hours in Psychology, at least three of which must be chosen from Psychology 2010, 2011, or 2012 or equivalent;

c) three credit hours in Sociology;

d) three credit hours in either Anthropology, Geography, or Political Science;

e) Social Work 2510 and/or 2700;

f) Three credit hours chosen from Philosophy 2800-2810 or Women's Studies 2000;

g) at least fifteen credit hours from Schedule A in the Social Work section of the Calendar.

4. Applicants must have achieved an average of at least 65% in the courses comprising the last thirty credit hours completed by the deadline date for application.

5. Admission and re-admission to the School of Social Work is on the basis of competition for a limited number of places. Selection of candidates will be based on academic standing, relevant work/volunteer experience, and personal suitability for a career in social work. The School may, at its discretion, give preference to applicants with special needs, provided that they have met the minimum grade and course requirements for admission to the School.

6. The School reserves the right to deny admission/re-admission to any student, if in the judgement of the Admissions Committee, the student is deemed unsuitable for admission/re-admission to the School.

7. Students transferring into the Social Work programme from other recognized universities must meet the general admission requirements of this university, and apply in competition to the School. Where appropriate, a detailed assessment of the student's transcript(s) will be made to determine course and grade equivalents.

8. An unsuccessful applicant has the right to appeal against the decision of the Admissions Committee not to offer him/her a place, if it is felt by the applicant that the decision was reached on the grounds other than those specified in paragraphs 1-5 above. The appeal should be made in writing within fourteen days of the notification of the decision and should be directed to the Director of the School of Social Work. The letter should state clearly and fully the grounds of the appeal. If the Director, in consultation with the Registrar, judges the grounds to be sufficient, the formal appeals mechanism will be initiated.

PROGRAMME OF STUDY

For the Bachelor of Social Work as a first degree, a candidate shall complete at least one hundred fifty credit hours including those forty-five credit hours required for admission. These credit hours are subject to the following regulations:

1. A candidate shall complete the following sixty-six non-Social Work credit hours:

a) six credit hours in English;

b) fifteen credit hours in Psychology, including Psychology 2010, 2011 and 2012;

c) six credit hours in Sociology;

d) three credit hours in either Anthropology, Geography, or Political Science;

e) Three credit hours chosen from Philosophy 2800-2810 or Women's Studies 2000;

f) thirty-three credit hours from Schedule A (see below).

2. A candidate shall also complete the following eighty-four credit hours in Social Work:

- Social Work 2510, 2700;
- Social Work 3211, 3220, 3320, 3321, 3510, 3520;
- Social Work 4311, 4315, 4316, 4320, 4325, 4326, 4421, 4520;
- Social Work 5315, 5316, 5317, 5318, 5319, 5720;
- six credit hours chosen from Social Work 5322, 5323, 5324, 5325;
- twelve credit hours in Social Work electives.

NOTE: Social Work electives must be chosen from current course offerings at the 4th and 5thyear level.

3. Recommended programme of study:
Year 1
Fall Semester Winter Semester
English English
Psychology Psychology
Sociology Three credit hours in either
Schedule A elective Anthropology, Geography, or
Schedule A elective Political Science
Schedule A elective
Schedule A elective


Year 2
Fall Semester Winter Semester
Social Work 2700 Social Work 2510
*Psychology 2010 *Psychology 2012
*Psychology 2011 Sociology
Three credit hours chosen from Philosophy 2800-2810 or Women's Studies 2000 Schedule A elective
Schedule A elective Schedule A elective


Year 3
Fall Semester Winter Semester
Social Work 3211 Social Work 3320
Social Work 3510 Social Work 3520
Social Work 3220 Social Work 3321
Schedule A elective Schedule A elective
Schedule A elective Schedule A elective


Year 4
Fall Semester Winter Semester
Social Work 4311 Social Work 4320
Social Work 4315 Social Work 4421
Social Work 4316 Social Work 4520
Social Work 4325 Social Work elective
Social Work 4326 Social Work elective


Year 5
Fall Semester Winter Semester
Six credit hours chosen from Social Work 5322, 5323, 5324, 5325 Social Work 5315
Social Work 5720 Social Work 5316
Social Work elective Social Work 5317
Social Work elective Social Work 5318
Social Work 5319

4. Students must ensure that they complete the required courses Psychology 2010, 2011 and 2012 and Social Work 2700 and 2510 (prerequisites for 3000 level social work courses) by the end of their second year.

*Students who have completed Psychology 2025 will not be required to do Psychology 2011 and Psychology 2010. They will, however, be required to complete Psychology 2012 and three additional credit hours in Psychology at the 2000 level.

5. No student beyond the third year of the Social Work programme will be permitted to register for, or receive credit for, courses numbered below 3000 except with the written consent of the Director.

6. It is the responsibility of the student to see that his/her academic programme meets the university's regulations in all respects. Prior to registration in each semester, students are requested to consult with their faculty advisors.

7. Included in the Social Work curriculum is the requirement of field placements. Although consideration will be given to all factors affecting the location and type of field placements, the final decision regarding placement rests with the School. Students have the same obligation and responsibility for financial self-support in field placement as they do for other academic locations. Placements for most students will include residence in a centre away from St. John's, normally in the final year of the programme.

8. All students wishing to register for Social Work 4315, 4316, 4325, 4326, or Social Work 5315, 5316, 5317, 5318, 5319 must request the field placement in writing three months prior to the semester in which they wish to begin the placement.

9. Students who voluntarily withdraw from field placement without the prior approval of the Field Administrator and the Committee on Undergraduate Studies, or who conduct themselves in such a manner as to cause the agency and Field Administrator to terminate placement, will normally be awarded a grade of Failure in field placement courses for that semester.

10. A student who voluntarily withdraws from field placement with the prior approval of the Field Administrator and the Committee on Undergraduate Studies, cannot be guaranteed a second placement during that term. In this case, the student will be awarded a grade of Incomplete for field placement courses and will be required to do an extended placement in the following semester.

11. Students admitted or re-admitted to part-time studies who have not taken a course in the Social Work programme within one calendar year will be removed from the programme so that other applicants may be accommodated.

SCHEDULE A ELECTIVES:

Subject to overall degree regulations, a candidate must complete thirty-three (33) credit hours chosen from the following:

(i) All courses in the Faculties of Arts and Science to a maximum of thirty-three credit hours (excluding all required arts and science courses as outlined in clause 1 of programme of study).

(ii) A maximum of eighteen (18) credit hours from subject areas other than in Arts and Science.

NOTE: No more than twenty-four (24) credit hours in Schedule A electives can be taken from any single subject.

ACADEMIC STANDARDS AND PROMOTION

1. The Faculty constitutes the examining body for all School of Social Work evaluations. The standing of every student will be assessed at the end of each academic term by the Student Promotions Committee which will make its recommendations to the Faculty. A grade report will be issued by the Registrar to individual students. The Director of the School of Social Work will inform students who do not meet the promotion requirements of the School.

2. To remain in good standing in each semester of the Social Work programme, students are required to meet the following standards:

a) A minimum of 65% in each Social Work course in which the student was registered at the end of seven weeks following the first day of lectures as stated in the University Diary.

b) A pass grade in field placement.

c) An overall average of 65% in the courses in which the student was registered at the end of the seven weeks following the first day of lectures as stated in the University Diary.

d) Maintain professional behaviour consistent with the current Code of Ethics of the Canadian Association of Social Workers.

3. Students who fail to meet the requirements of clause 2(a) above will be permitted to repeat a given course only once, and may not repeat more than two Social Work courses in the entire programme. A student who fails in more than two required Social Work courses during the entire programme will be required to withdraw.

4. Students who fail to meet the requirements of clause 2(b) above will be required to withdraw from the programme.

5. A student who fails to meet the requirements of clause 2(c) above in a given term will be sent a letter of warning from the Student Promotions Committee and will be required to withdraw if the overall average of 65% is not met in the subsequent semester's work.

6. Students who fail to meet the requirements of clause 2(d) above may be required to withdraw from the School of Social Work upon the recommendation of Committee on Undergraduate Studies of the School.

7. Students who are required to withdraw from the programme and who wish to re-enter the School may re-apply in competition after the lapse of two semesters. A student who has been required to withdraw on more than one occasion may re-apply for admission in competition after a lapse of two calendar years.

8. Students who wish to withdraw from active studies and who wish to retain their status in the programme may do so only with the written approval of the Committee on Undergraduate Studies and for a maximum period of one academic year. Students who wish to resume their studies within this period must notify the Director in writing one semester prior to registration.


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