Engage in personal and community change
Laurentian University's School of Social Work aims to educate social workers who can apply critical analyses to respond to those in need in order to promote social change, problem-solving in the context of social justice and respect for human rights, and to improve the general well-being of individuals, groups, communities, and society.
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Excellent student life;
Personalized teaching and small class size;
Knowledgeable and accessible faculty in the classroom and through distance education;
Unique experience to study and practice in a variety of settings;
Wide variety of placement opportunities;
High postgraduate employment rate;
The 4-year program leads to a Bachelor of Social Work degree (BSW);
Admission to the 'professional years' of the program takes place in second year - the program admits 45 students each fall (the application can be downloaded below);
Because of its geographic location, the School offers an exceptional experience to students who are interested in studying or working in northern Ontario’s multicultural communities;
Graduates acquire practical work experience with 700 hours in professional settings.
Four-year program leads to an Honours Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)
The School is accredited with the Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE-ACFTS)
Students gain valuable field experience with 700 hours of training in approved practice settings in Sudbury and beyond.
Note: By March 1st of the first year of study, students must apply to the professional years, which allows them to advance in the program. To be considered for admission to the professional years, students must have taken BESO 1005 or SWLF 1006 and 1007 or ISWK 1006 and 1007, with a minimum grade of B (70%), Introduction to Sociology and Introduction to Psychology with a minimum grade of C (60%), and 12 credits in arts and science, and have submitted their application form.
Second degree and transfer students:
Programs for second degree students are planned by the Director of the School. According to university regulations, a student must obtain a minimum of 60 credits for a second degree, but more credits may be needed to meet the requirements of the Bachelor of Social Work. A second degree student may be granted permission to take some 2nd year courses at the same time as 3rd year courses, but must carry out the 3rd year placement during the spring session or the following academic year.
Some students in the program are individuals with many years of experience in social services and related fields. For students with a minimum of three years of full-time experience in social services, the program offers challenge examinations which, if passed, constitute credit for SWRK 3605.
1 grade 12 English U/M course
5 other grade 12 U/M courses
A minimum overall average of 70% in the 6 best grade 12 U/M courses
Additional information for applicants who have completed Advanced Placement courses.
Additional information for applicants who have completed the International Baccalaureate.
Applicants from outside an Ontario High School
For Current Students
The degree options listed below are for the upcoming academic year, not the current academic year. If you are a current student looking for which courses to take in order to complete your degree options from a previous academic year's curriculum, please consult with an academic advisor.
Honours Bachelor of Social Work - 120 credits
SWLF 1006E Introduction to Social Welfare*
SWLF 1007E Introduction to Social Work*
PSYC 1105E Introduction to Psychology**
SOCI 1015E Understanding Society**
12 elective credits
Note: Concurrent B.Ed. students should include the following:
EDUC 0010 EL Orientation to Teaching
EDUC 0110 EL Ontario College of Teachers
EDUC 1016 EL Introduction to Teaching & Learning
EDUC 1024 EL Social and Legal Issues In Education
EDUC 1046 EL Indigenous Ways of Learning (elective)
Students must apply to the School of Social Work for admission to the professional years of the program. Please contact the School for the admission procedures.
Note: By March 1st of the first year of study, students must apply to the professional years, which allows them to advance in the program. To be considered for admission to the professional years, students must have taken BESO 1005 or SWLF 1006/1007 with a minimum grade of B (70%), Introduction to Sociology and Introduction to Psychology with a minimum grade of C (60%), and 12 credits in Arts and/or Science, and have submitted their application form.
SWLF 2106E Political Economy of Social Welfare*
SWLF 2107E Human Service Organizations*
SWRK 2315E Basic Intervention Skills in Social Work Practice*
SWRK 3405E Foundations of Practice*
SWRK 3505E Applied Research in Social Work*
SWRK 3605E Field Instruction I
SWRK 3727E Social Work with Groups*
SWRK 4436E Social Work with Individuals and Families*
SWRK 4605E Field Instruction II
SWRK 4726E Contemporary Issues in Social Policy*
SWRK 4727E Strategies for Social Change*
SWRK 4915E Integration Seminars for Social Work Practice*
6 additional credits of SWLF or SWRK electives
STAT 2126E Introduction to Statistics or equivalent
PSYC 2127E Scientific Method and Analysis II
SOCI 2127E Research Methods and Data Analysis
GEOG 2027E Quantitative Methods in Geography
6 upper year PSYC credits
6 upper year SOCI credits
12 elective credits
* minimum grade of 70% is required
** minimum grade of 60% is required
Note: Concurrent B.Ed. students should include the following in year 2:
EDUC 0190 EL Pre-Practicum Placement
EDUC 0210 EL Safe Classrooms
EDUC 0320 EL Introduction to Federations
EDUC 2006 EL Education & Schooling
EDUC 3026 EL Math Content for Teachers
Note: Concurrent B.Ed. students should include the following in year 3:
EDUC 0290 EL Pre-Practicum Placement
EDUC 0330 EL Safety and Discipline
EDUC 3006 EL Educational Psychology/Special Education
EDUC 3096 EL Education and Schooling: The Historical and Social Context of Ontario Catholic Schools (cycles) (elective)
Note: Concurrent B.Ed. students should include the following in year 4:
EDUC 0310 EL Ministry of Education Colloquium
EDUC 0340 EL Collective Bargaining Workshop
EDUC 0390 EL Pre-Practicum Placement
EDUC 3014 EL Initial Practicum Preparation
EDUC 3104 EL Initial Practicum
(A) To be in good academic standing in the Bachelor of Social Work, the student must:
1. meet all conditions of admission;
2. achieve a minimum of 70% in all required Social Work concentration courses: 1006/1007; 2106/2107; 2315; 3405; 3505; 3727; 4915; 4726/4727; 4436;
3. obtain a “satisfactory” grade in both SWRK 3605 and 4605;
4. achieve a minimum grade of 60% in 6 credits of upper-year SWRK/SWLF electives;
5. have an overall average of 60% on all passed courses in the previous year or in the previous 30 consecutive credits with no failures in any course attempts.
Students who fail to attain academic standing in a given year may be allowed to continue in that program on probation by petition to APR with a positive recommendation from the school for no more than one year or 30 consecutive credits. If after one year, such students fail to attain academic standing, they must withdraw from the program.
Students must withdraw from the university if they have been required to withdraw from a professional program and have not been permitted to transfer to another program. The School of Social Work, through its faculty and appropriate committees, reserves the right to suspend a student who, not withstanding her/his academic performance, fails to adhere to ethical and professional standards incumbent upon members of a helping profession (see the Code of Ethics & Standards of Practice @ http://www.ocswssw.org/docs/codeofethicsstandardsofpractice.pdf).
Students who have not been registered in any courses for a period of more than two years must submit a request for readmission to the director of the School of Social Work. The director will convene an interview with the student and appropriate faculty members. The School of Social Work reserves the right to request that the student submit a formal application to the professional years.
Field Instruction I (SWRK 3605) consists of a minimum of 300 hours and Field Instruction II (SWRK 4605) consists of a minimum of 400 hours of work in a practice setting approved by the School of Social Work. Considerable flexibility is permitted to students and their agency-based field instructors to determine appropriate work schedules. This may result in the field practicum being offered in a block (3, 4 or 5 days per week) or concurrently (2 or 2.5 days per week) throughout a session. Practicum settings must be approved by the field coordinator and learning contracts (including work schedules) are approved by the faculty consultant. Given the range of agency requirements and student priorities, learning contracts and work schedules may differ, but all are subject to the mutual consent of the parties concerned.
(B) To graduate with an Honours Bachelor of Social Work, a student must:
1. complete 120 credits which satisfy all stated requirements for the degree;
2. complete all Social Welfare and Social Work required courses with a minimum grade of 70% as well as grades of “satisfactory” in SWRK 3605 and 4605;
3. complete 6 credits of Social Welfare and Social Work elective courses with a minimum grade of 60% after no more than two attempts.
4. complete all courses presented for the degree with an overall average of 70%. Only courses completed at Laurentian University are included in the calculation of averages.
Introduction to Social Welfare
Introduction to Social Work
Political Economy of Social Welfare
Human Service Organizations
Basic Intervention Skills in Social Work Practice
Law and Social Welfare
Critical Perspectives on Disability
Social Work and Health
Child Abuse and Neglect
Fields of Practice in Social Work
Critical Issues in Social Work
Critical Issues in Social Work
Foundations of Practice
Applied Research in Social Work
Field Instruction I
Social Work With Groups
First Nations Perspectives in Social Work
Substance Use and Addictions
Social Work With Children and Youth
Social Work With Individuals and Families
Field Instruction II
Contemporary Issues in Social Policy
Strategies for Social Change
Integration Seminars for Social Work Practice
Steven Kusan, MSW, Ph.D. Private Practitioner.
Suzanne Lemieux, Ph.D. Manager, Research, Evaluation, and Knowledge Exchange, SDHU.
Regular Sessional Instructors:
Jane Bauer, MSW.
Kusan, Steven, MSW, Ph.D
Suzanne Lepage, MSW, RSW. .
Brigitte Julien, M.S.S.