BSW Direct Entry Placement

The BSW Direct Entry accepts students from high school and from community college diploma programs.

Field Placement (Practicum) Pre-Requisites

To apply for placement, Direct Entry students must have successfully completed all core social work courses as listed below, AND 57 credits in non-social work courses (SOWK 4020 must be taken concurrently with placement)

Core Social Work Courses
  • AP/SOWK 1011 6.0  Introduction to Critical Social Work (Direct Entry students only)
  • AP/SOWK 2050 6.0   Identity, Diversity and Anti-Discriminatory Practice
  • *AP/SOWK 2060 3.0   Social Justice Work with Groups, Communities & Social Movements
  • *AP/SOWK 2070 3.0  Indigenous Understandings in Social Work Theory and Practice
  • AP/SOWK 3041 3.0  Communication
  • AP/SOWK 3060 6.0   Integrated Social Work Practice
  • AP/SOWK 3070 3.0  Foundations of Social Work Research
  • AP/SOWK 3110 3.0  Policy Frameworks
  • AP/SOWK 4020 3.0  Issues in the Study of the Welfare State: Power, Organization and Bureaucracy (Completed concurrently with placement)

* Note: if you have already completed SOWK 2030 6.0  Critical Perspectives on Society,    you are not required to enroll into the replacement courses SOWK 2060 and SOWK 2070

Time Requirements of the Practicum

BSW placements consist of 700 hours to be completed at the placement site, 3 days a week beginning in September and continuing through April.

Work Placements

A student can request to complete their practicum at their place of work. Students must  complete and submit to the Field Education Coordinator a Work Place Practicum Proposal in addition to the on-line placement application by the specified deadline.

Please note that a work placement is not guaranteed. Certain criteria must be met and work-placement proposals are subject to approval by the Field Education Manager. Please refer to the practicum manual and contact the Field Education Coordinator for more information.

Integrative Seminars

Students will be assigned a Faculty Advisor who will lead four Integrative Seminars throughout the placement.  These seminars provide a forum for students to share practicum experiences and further reflect and integrate theory with practice.  Seminars are mandatory and CANNOT be included in placement hours.