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School of Social Work (2007/2008)
2 Description of Programs

All courses of the School are designated by the abbreviation SCWK.

2.1 Bachelor of Social Work

The Bachelor of Social Work is a five-year full-time program comprised of course work and two internships. The degree qualifies graduates for beginning professional practice in social work settings. The objectives of the undergraduate program include the achievement of a liberal education involving general knowledge of people and nature, analytical and critical competence and personal social responsibility; and the learning of the fundamental knowledge, values and skills necessary for professional practice. The aim of the program is to develop social workers with broadly-based skills for working with individuals, families, communities, and groups. Students receive an education which prepares them to work in urban centres and rural settings. A special emphasis is placed on the importance of identifying local needs and developing the means of meeting these needs in the context of available resources.

There is a residency regulation requiring students to take a specified number of courses on the St. John's campus. Although the majority of courses are taught on-campus, selected courses are occasionally taught by distance delivery, which uses a variety of teaching methods including web-based format, traditional correspondence (reading packages, mailed assignments), and teleconference.

2.1.1 Social Work Internships
  • In addition to their course work, students are required to complete two supervised internships. During the Fall Term of the fourth year of their program, students spend four days per week in a placement. During the Winter Term of the fifth year of their program, students spend five days per week in a placement.

  • Although consideration will be given to all factors affecting the location and type of internship, the final decision regarding placement rests with the School.

  • Students are responsible for all costs associated with internships including travel and accommodation.

  • Placements for most students will include residence in a centre away from St. John's, Mount Pearl, and Corner Brook. This normally occurs in the final year of the program.