MSW 2 Year Field Placement

MSW 2-year students have a bachelor degree (not in social work) upon entry into the MSW program

First Year Placement

Core Courses

All core courses with the exception of two courses must be completed prior to the start of the placement.

Social Work 5010 3.0: Introduction to Social Work Theories and Critical Practice Skills Part1
Social Work 5020 3.0: Social Work from Charity to Social Transformation

Social Work 5030 3.0: Oppression and Intersectionality

Social Work 5040 3.0: Social Welfare and Social Policy

Social work 5011 3.0: Introduction to Social Work Theories Part 2 (to be taken concurrently with the practicum)

Social Work 5050 3.0: Understanding Organizations for Social Work Practice (to be taken concurrently with the practicum)

Time Requirements

The first year practicum consists of 550 hours to be completed at the placement site in the Winter (January) term of the first year of the program. Year 1 students will spend three (3) days per week at the placement ending by approximately mid-July.

Successful completion of the first year placement is a pre-requisite for the second year placement.

Second Year Placement

Core Courses

All core courses with the exception of two courses must be completed prior to the start of the placement.

    • Social Work 5310 6.0  Practicum
    • Social Work 5150 3.0  Critical Perspectives in Social Work (to be taken concurrently with the practicum in the fall term)
Time Requirements

The second year practicum consists of 450 hours to be completed at the placement site in the Fall (September) term of the second year in the program.  Year 2 students will spend two (2) or three (3) placement days per week. The placement will end approximately by the end of January of the following year (at 3 days per week) or by the end of April of the following year (at 2 days per week).

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.

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