The BSW post degree program is for students who already hold an undergraduate degree.
Field Placement (Practicum) Pre-Requisites
To apply for placement, Post Degree students must have successfully completed all core social work courses as listed below:
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 (Post Degree students can complete this course before, concurrently or after 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. Post Degree BSW students can complete their field placement by spending a minimum of two full 7 hour days to a maximum of five full 7 hour days per week. Post Degree students may begin the practicum in September or in January.
It is important for students to note that while the Field Education Office strives to offer post-degree students flexibility in completing their placements hours, flexible placement opportunities such as block (4-5 placement days/week) and evening/weekend placements tend to be limited. Therefore it is highly recommended that whenever possible students attempt to make arrangements to complete 3 placement days/week during regular daytime working hours.
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.
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.