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School of Social Work (2019/2020)
4.5 Complementary Studies
  1. Complementary Studies is a collection of non-social work courses that provides students with opportunities to gain general knowledge of people and nature, develop analytical and critical thinking and communication skills, and explore the intersections of social, political, and economic elements in society. The six learning objectives of the Complementary Studies guide the selection of the chosen disciplines and courses as outlined in Table 1 Complementary Studies.

  2. Most of the selected courses do not require pre-requisites or co-requisites. Listed courses are subject to change and availability. Additional courses may be approved by the Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs.

  3. Students are required to complete Complementary Studies courses as part of the admission requirement for the First and Second Degree programs.

  4. Once admitted to the First Degree program, students complete Complementary Studies courses in order to fulfill the general education course requirement.

  5. Students in the First Degree program are permitted to use courses from Table 1 Complementary Studies for degree regulations subsequent to their year of entry to the Bachelor of Social Work Degree.

  6. The number of courses students select for each Learning Objective in order to meet the admission requirements and the First Degree program of study requirements is outlined in Admissions Regulations for the School of Social Work and Program Regulations, respectively.

    Table 1 Complementary Studies

    The Six Learning Objectives for Complementary Studies Courses

    Approved Disciplines and Course Numbers

    • Learning Objective One
    • Students will develop university knowledge and skills in critical reading, writing, and analysis.

    Critical Reading and Writing Courses (CRW) chosen from the following disciplines: Archaeology, English, Folklore, Gender Studies, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies

    • Learning Objective Two
    • Students will develop foundational knowledge and appreciation for the various expressions and experiences of human and cultural diversity.
    • Learning Objective Three
    • Students will develop foundational knowledge and understanding of historical and contemporary experiences of Indigenous peoples of Canada.
    • Learning Objective Four
    • Students will develop foundational knowledge and awareness of the historical and contemporary realties of social inequities, imperialism, and racism.
    • Learning Objective Five
    • Students will develop foundational knowledge in governance and policymaking.
    • Learning Objective Six
    • Students will develop a critically reflective understanding of contemporary society (locally, nationally, and globally) and their place in it.

    Courses may be offered at St. John's and/or Grenfell Campuses. For further information refer to the appropriate Course Descriptions sections for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Science for the St. John's Campus and the Course Descriptions section for the Grenfell Campus.