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School of Social Work (2009/2010)
3 Description of Programs

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

3.1 Bachelor of Social Work

The Bachelor of Social Work is a 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 liberal education aspect of the undergraduate program includes the achievement of: general knowledge of people and nature, analytical and critical thinking and communication skills and knowledge of social, political and economic impacts in society. The objectives of the undergraduate program are to prepare students to: promote social justice and social well being and creatively challenge oppression; acquire and apply knowledge, skills, values, professional ethics and critical thinking abilities; recognize limitations and strengths as a beginning social work practitioner; integrate reflexively critical self-awareness; assume leadership in collaboration and interdisciplinary practice; utilize and participate in innovative and traditional inquiry and research models; creatively practice with diverse individuals and collectives; promote and critique the social work profession on, regional, provincial, national and global levels; commit to the process of lifelong learning; participate collaboratively and respectfully in innovative teaching and learning processes; and address issues of transition and crisis in diverse contexts (individuals, families, communities, formal organizations and society).

The aim of the program is to develop social workers with generically 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 Program Residency Requirement requiring students to take specific 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.

The School of Social Work has undertaken a major re-design of the Bachelor of Social Work program whereby students will be considered for formal entry to the new program starting in Fall of 2009 in accordance with the admission requirements and regulations detailed under Admission/Readmission Regulations for the Bachelor of Social Work Program, Admission Requirements.

Students formally admitted or readmitted to the Bachelor of Social Work program prior to Fall 2009 and who intend to complete the requirements of the degree as in effect at the time of their acceptance are required to complete their program no later than April 30, 2011. Students admitted or readmitted to the Bachelor of Social Work degree program prior to Fall 2009 must follow the degree regulations in effect in the academic year in which the student was formally admitted or readmitted to the program. Social Work courses applicable to this program will be phased out as the corresponding year of the revised program is introduced. Only the Social Work courses associated with the revised program will be available after April 30, 2011.

3.1.1 Social Work Internships
  • In addition to their course work, students are required to complete two supervised internships.

  • 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 location away from urban centres.