THE FACULTY OF SOCIAL WORK

Dean: Luke Fusco
MSW Co-ordinator: Carol Stalker
PhD Co-ordinator: Marshall Fine
Admissions Co-ordinator: Heather Froome
Director of Practicum: Joan Leeson

The Programs
MSW Program
As one of the modern helping disciplines, social work fulfills a strategic function in the field of social services. The social work profession is concerned with the wide range of human and environmental factors, and processes that influence social functioning in contemporary life. It seeks to alleviate and prevent personal and social problems experienced by individuals, families, groups and communities, and to contribute to constructive institutional change and development.
    The educational program of the faculty is designed to prepare specially qualified personnel for the many forms of direct clinical and community practice, and for the related professional functions of policy development, planning, administration and research. In all of these areas there is a growing demand, in both governmental and voluntary sectors, for social workers who possess advanced, theoretical knowledge and specialized practice competence.
    Inaugurated in 1966, the MSW program was first accredited in 1974 by the Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work and was most recently reaccredited in 1998. The Faculty of Social Work offers the following programs:

PhD Program
This program provides students with opportunities for advanced scholarship and professional growth. The PhD program prepares individuals for creative leadership roles in fields such as professional education, research and specialized practice in governmental or private human service organizations.
    Students in the program co-ordinate their studies and research by focussing on the application of a specific interventive method to a research question. Examples of possible interventive methods are: social work with individuals, families or groups; social welfare administration; community development; and social policy analysis.

Combined Degree Programs
The MDiv-MSW program is offered jointly by the Waterloo Lutheran Seminary and the Faculty of Social Work. It integrates the curricula of both degrees into four years of study. This program is particularly valuable for those who are interested in positions of leadership in the social services of the church and the community at large.

Students in the MDiV/MSW combined degree program will register for five terms in the Faculty of Social Work and for six terms in the Seminary. Students in the MTS/MSW combined degree program will register for five terms in the Faculty of Social Work and for four terms in the Seminary. At the beginning of each academic year, students in the combined degree programs must meet with both the MSW co-ordinator and the dean of the Seminary to plan their course schedule for the coming year.

For further information, refer to Program Requirements-The MDiv/MTS-MSW Program or write to the dean of the Seminary or the admissions co-ordinator in the Faculty of Social Work. It is also possible to pursue a combined MTS-MSW program.

Continuing Education
The Faculty of Social Work offers post-master's or special-interest courses on selected topics. Information about such courses can be obtained upon request from the FSW continuing education co-ordinator.

Professional Affiliations
The Faculty of Social Work maintains an active involvement with professional associations such as the Canadian Association of Social Workers and the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. These organizations are involved in ensuring standards of practice, assisting in professional development, acting on social welfare issues and encouraging research. Many social work students become members and participate in the local branch of the Ontario Association of Social Workers. It is expected that most students will join the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers upon graduation.

Faculty

Full-time Faculty

PhD Cognate Faculty at Laurier Part-time Faculty


MSW Admission Requirements

Additional courses required for admission to the MSW program that are completed after the requirements for the bachelor's degree have been met will be calculated into the final year GPA. To be considered for admission, the re-calculated GPA must be at least a B average.

Applicants who do not meet the above academic requirements and standards for admission may inquire about establishing academic eligibility. If applicants do not have a B standing in the final academic year, additional undergraduate coursework must be completed to raise the final year GPA to the minimum B requirement. Additional coursework must be completed in social sciences beyond the introductory level. Please contact the admissions co-ordinator for further details.

Application Deadlines
MSW advanced standing (full- and part-time): December 1
MSW two-year and MSW-MDIV/MTS programs (full-time): January 15
MSW four-year program (part-time): February 1

All supporting materials (official transcripts, personal statement, references) must be postmarked by the deadline date.

MSW Program Requirements
Curriculum
The MSW curriculum is designed to provide students with opportunities for personal growth and learning consistent with the norms of advanced scholarship which will lead to the development of social work knowledge, skills and attitudes conducive to:

  1. A broad understanding of major social problems, of the history of social welfare, and of current Canadian and international social welfare policies and programs;
  2. A broad understanding of the basic methods of social work intervention and the foundation of knowledge pertaining to those interventions;
  3. Responsible, advanced social work roles in:
To achieve the above objectives, the curriculum is organized into an integrated program of courses and social work practica.  There are five areas of study:
  1. Content related to a common core of knowledge, skills and attitudes.  This core content is required of all students.
  2. Content related to the concentration areas of social work practice.  Each student must choose one of the following areas:  Individuals, Families and Groups (IFG); Community, Policy, Planning and Organizations (CPPO); or an integrated practice combining IFG and CPPO (the integrated concentration is not offered to advanced standing or thesis students).  Students who select the integrated concentration must declare a primary and secondary focus with regard to the IFG and CPPO areas of practice.
  3. Graduate level electives (offered by the Faculty of Social Work or by other WLU departments) which provide students with opportunities to round out their program of study in terms of special interests or career expectations.
  4. All MSW students complete practicum placements in social work agencies and receive practice education and supervision from a MSW practitioner. Placements reflect the student's chosen concentration of study: IFG, CPPO or the integrated concentration blending IFG and CPPO.
  5. A small group of students may complete a thesis in the MSW program. Thesis students in the two-year full-time and four-year part-time programs are exempt from three courses and the last eighteen days of their first practicum. Thesis students in the advanced standing full-time and part-time programs are exempt from two electives and the last forty-four days of their practicum (for further details, see thesis option).
The Full-time MSW Program
Students will normally complete the program in two academic years.  The first academic year consists of fall term (September to December); winter term (January to April); and spring term (May and June).  The second year consists of a fall term and a winter term.

Advanced standing students will normally complete the program in ten months (fall, winter and spring terms; September to June).

The Part-time MSW Program
The four-year program is designed for students who do not possess a Bachelor of Social Work degree.  Normally, students will be currently employed in a social services organization. Program requirements are identical to those in the full-time program, except that students complete one or two courses per term for three terms a year in the first three years, and two terms in the fourth year.

In the IFG concentration, courses are offered in the late afternoon or evening.  Courses in the CPPO concentration are completed during the day, at the same time they are offered to full-time MSW students.

The two-year advanced standing program is designed for students who possess a Bachelor of Social Work degree.  Normally, students will be currently employed in a social services organization.  Program requirements are identical to the full-time advanced standing program, except that students complete one or two courses per term for three terms in each of the two years.
* Admission to the part-time program occurs every other year.

Program Regulations-The Part-time MSW Program

  1. All students must begin and complete the program with their cohort. Students must be registered in every term of the program until completion of the degree.
  2. Students are expected to complete one field practicum within their place of employment.
  3. Students are required to complete a second field practicum in a setting other than their current place of employment.
  4. Students originally registered in the part-time program normally are not permitted to transfer to the full-time program; nor are full-time students normally permitted to transfer to the part-time program.
The Practicum
All MSW students complete practicum placements in social work agencies and receive practice education and supervision from a Master of Social Work practitioner.  Placements reflect the student's chosen concentration of study: individuals, families and groups (IFG); community, policy, planning and organizations (CPPO); or an integrated concentration blending IFG and CPPO (not offered to advanced standing or thesis students).

Students in the two-year program complete two placements, one in each of the two years.  The first year placement is four days per week in the winter term (January-April) and three days per week in the spring term (May-June).  The second year placement is four days per week in the fall term (September-December).  Advanced standing students complete one placement of three days per week, from September through April.  MSW four-year (part-time) students complete one placement in their second year consisting of two days per week for three academic terms, and a second placement in their fourth year for two days per week in the fall and winter terms. MSW advanced standing (part-time) students complete one placement two days per week for three terms in the second year of the program.  Thesis students in the two-year program are exempt from the last six weeks of the first practicum (in the spring term).  Advanced standing thesis students are exempt from the winter term of practicum in the full-time program and the last forty-five days of practicum in the part-time program. Thesis students in the two-year program are exempt from the last six weeks of the first practicum (in the spring term).  Thesis students in the part-time program also have their first placement shortened by 18 days. Grading is on a pass/fail basis for all placements.

IFG and CPPO students complete both placements in their area of concentration (with efforts to include some assignments in the other concentration in the first placement).  However students in the integrated field of concentration will be required to complete: (a) one placement in the concentration of primary focus and the other placement either in the concentration of their secondary focus, or in an agency where work is considered to be a blend of the IFG and CPPO concentrations; or (b) both placements in agencies where work is considered to be a blend of the IFG and CPPO concentrations, as long as the majority of work is in the concentration of primary focus.

Many of our practicum settings have requirements for a criminal record check and/or vaccinations (for medical settings) prior to commencing the practicum.

Social Work Practice in an International Setting
A small number of students in the two-year and part-time programs may pursue a program of study in combination with an international practicum in their second year.  Students who are assigned to international placement settings are required to complete SK622 (International Placement: Self, Identity and Diversity) in lieu of two concentration courses (SK621, SK651 for IFG students and SK608, SK609 for CPPO students).  For more information see the Faculty of Social Work website
<www.wlu.ca/fsw/inteprac.shtml>.

Academic Regulations
Transfer of Credits and Course Equivalencies
Credit will be given only for graduate-level courses from a recognized university. Normally, the course must have been completed no longer than five years prior to the date of admission to the MSW program. Petitions for credit will only be received from students following admission to the MSW program. Normally, credit will be granted for no more than two half-credit courses. Application for credit is to be made to the MSW Curriculum and Petitions Committee with the following information:

  • an outline of the course content;
  • an outline of the course requirements;
  • an official transcript of the grade received for the course;
  • an alternative plan of study.
  • Requirements for Continuing in the Program
    A letter grade of B- in each course (S [satisfactory] in practicum courses) is the minimum requirement for successful completion of a term. A student must complete all requirements for a given term before proceeding unless permission is granted by the MSW Curriculum and Petitions Committee. Please refer to the section on petitions under general regulations for further information.

    In addition to successfully completing the academic courses, students must be judged to be capable of assuming the professional responsibilities of the practicum. Any student not meeting these requirements may be required by the dean of the Faculty of Social Work to withdraw from the program.

    Deferral of Course Assignments
    Extensions for the completion of required course assignments, if granted by an instructor, must be complete before the end of the first month of the following term (January 31 for the fall term; May 31 for the winter term; September 30 for the spring term). If work from the previous term is incomplete, a student is placed on probation.

    Any request for extensions beyond one month into the following term must be presented to the MSW Curriculum and Petitions Committee.

    Appeals
    A student may appeal a decision of the MSW Curriculum and Petitions Committee of the Faculty of Social Work to the Petitions Committee of Graduate Faculty Council and further, to the Student Appeals Committee of the WLU Senate.

    Course Schedule - MSW Two-Year Students (Full-time)
    This MSW program consists of five terms taken over two academic years (fall, winter and spring terms in the first year and fall and winter terms in the second year).  Students are required to register and pay tuition in each of the five terms.  Within the two years, non-thesis students ordinarily will take a minimum of 15 courses and 37 weeks of practicum, in two different practica settings. Of the 15 courses, two are electives. Thesis students ordinarily will take a minimum of 12 courses (including one elective) and 31 weeks of practicum.

    Students who select the integrated stream are required to declare a primary (five courses) and secondary focus (three courses) with regard to the IFG and CPPO fields.  If IFG is declared as the primary focus, courses must include SK621, SK552 and SK509.  Students who declare IFG as their secondary focus cannot take SK652 or SK653 without completing the introductory courses, SK552 and SK509, respectively.

    Integrated stream students must complete a research course in their concentration of primary focus (SK607 for CPPO students and SK615 for IFG students).
     
    IFG IFG Integrated CPPO Integrated CPPO
    Term 1 (F) SK500 Human Devít
    SK501 Community
    SK507 Diversity
    SK522 Individuals
    SK641 Social Policy
    SK500 Human Devít
    SK501 Community
    SK507 Diversity
    SK522 Individuals
    SK641 Social Policy
    SK500 Human Devít
    SK501 Community
    SK507 Diversity
    SK522 Individuals
    SK641 Social Policy
    SK500 Human Devít
    SK501 Community
    SK507 Diversity
    SK522 Individuals
    SK641 Social Policy
    Term 2(W) SK541 Practicum
    SK504 Assessment
    SK552 Families
    SK541 Practicum
    SK504 Assessment
    SK552 Families
    SK541 Practicum
    SK504 Assessment
    SK679 Agencies or 
    SK552 Families
    SK541 Practicum
    SK504 Assessment
    SK679 Agencies
    Term 3(S) SK541 Practicum
    SK509 Groups
    SK615 Research
    (and SK622 if accepted for 
    an international placement)
    SK541 Practicum
    SK509 Groups
    SK615 Research
    (and SK622 if accepted for 
    an international placement)
    SK541 Practicum
    SK508 Groups or SK509 Groups
    SK607 Research
    (and SK622 if accepted for 
    an international placement
    SK541 Practicum
    SK508 Groups
    SK607 Research
    (and SK622 if accepted for 
    an international placement)
    Term 4 (F) SK621 Use of Self
    SK651 Adv. Individuals
    (or SK622 if  accepted for 
    an international placement
    SK643 Practicum
    Required:  SK621 Use of Self
    Choose one of:
    SK608 Capacity
    SK680 Adv. Social Policy
    SK651 Adv. Individuals
    (or SK622 if accepted for 
    an international placement

    SK643 Practicum

    Choose two of:
    SK608 Capacity
    SK621 Use of Self
    SK651 Adv. Individuals
    (or SK622 if accepted for 
    an international placement)
    SK680 Adv. Social Policy

    SK643 Practicum

    SK608 Capacity
    SK680 Adv. Social Policy
    (or SK622 if selected for 
    an international placement)
    SK643 Practicum
    Term 5 (W) SK652 Adv. Families
    SK653 Adv. Groups
    2 electives
    (and SK622 if selected for 
    an international placement)
    SK651 Adv. Individuals (if 
    sufficient number of students interested)
    Choose three of:
    SK610 Social Change
    SK609 Program Development
    SK652 Adv. Families
    SK653 Adv. Groups

    1 elective
    (and SK622 if accepted for 
    an international placement)

    Choose three of:
    SK652* Adv. Families
    SK653*Adv. Groups
    SK609 Program Development
    SK610 Social Change

    1 elective
    (and SK622 if accepted for 
    an international placement) 
    *prerequisite required

    SK610 Social Change
    SK609 Program Development
    2 electives
    (and SK622 if selected for 
    an international placement)

    FOR INTEGRATED STREAM STUDENTS ONLY:
    Students who select an integrated stream are required to declare a primary and secondary focus.  Students in the integrated stream take: six core courses; five courses in the primary focus; three courses in the secondary focus; and one elective.  Of the primary courses, a student must include one research course (SK615 for IFG, SK607 for CPPO).   If you are registered in the international placement, SK622 is counted as one primary course and one elective course.

    If IFG is the primary focus, courses must include SK621 (Use of Self), SK552 (Families), and SK509 (Groups).

    If CPPO is the primary focus,  IFG courses may not include SK652 (Adv. Families) or SK653 (Adv. Groups) without the prerequisite courses (SK552 and SK509 respectively).

    MSW Advanced Standing Students (Full-time)
    Advanced standing students complete the MSW degree requirements in three academic terms (fall, winter, spring). Normally they complete a minimum of nine courses and 29 weeks of practicum. A student who selects the thesis option is exempt from two electives and 45 days of practicum. A student who selects the thesis option must contact the MSW co-ordinator in the first term of study.
     
    IFG CPPO Thesis
    Term 1(F) SK621 Diff. Use of Self
    SK651 Adv. Individuals
    SK504 Assessment of SW Practice
    SK649 Practicum
    SK608 Capacity Building
    SK680 Adv. Social Policy
    SK504 Assessment of SW Practice
    SK649 Practicum
    no exemptions
    Term 2(W) SK652 Advanced Families
    Two electives
    SK649 Practicum
    SK610 Social Action or 
    SK679 Managing Social Service Agencies
    SK609 Program Development
    Two electives
    SK649 Practicum
    Exempt from: SK649 Practicum 
    Two electives
    Term 3(S) SK653 Advanced Groups
    SK615 Clinical Research
    SK680 Adv. Social Policy
    SK508 Reflective Groups
    SK607 Community Research
    no exemptions

    MSW Advanced Standing Students (Part-time)
    IFG CPPO Thesis
    Term 1(F) SK504 Assessment
    SK651 Advanced Individuals
    SK504 Assessment
    SK608 Capacity Building
    no exemptions
    Term 2(W) SK652 Advanced Families
    one elective*
    SK679 Managing Social Service Agencies or 
    SK610 Social Action
    one elective*
    Exempt from one elective
    Term 3(S) SK653 Advanced Groups
    SK615 Clinical Research
    SK508 Reflective Groups
    SK607 Community Research
    no exemptions
    Term 4(F) SK621 Differential Use of Self
    SK643 Practicum 
    SK643 Practicum  SK643 Practicum
    Term 5(W) one elective*
    SK643 Practicum 
    SK643 Practicum
    SK609 Program Development
    one elective*
    Exempt from one elective
    Term 6(S) SK680 Advanced Social Policy
    SK643 Practicum
    SK680 Advanced Social Policy
    SK643 Practicum
    Exempt from 45 days of 
    Practicum
    *Electives may be taken in other terms.  Consult the MSW Coordinator.

    Note:  The Practicum is 87 days, usually completed two days per week for 44 weeks.

    MSW Four-Year Students (Part-time)
    The part-time MSW program consists of eleven terms taken over four academic years (fall, winter and spring in the first three years, fall and winter in the fourth year).  Students are required to register and pay tuition in each of the eleven terms.
     
    IFG IFG Integrated CPPO Integrated CPPO
    Term 1(F) SK500 Human Devít
    SK507 Diversity
    SK500 Human Devít
    SK507 Diversity
    SK500 Human Devít
    SK507 Diversity
    SK500 Human Devít
    SK507 Diversity
    Term 2(W) SK501 Community
    SK522 Individuals
    SK501 Community
    SK522 Individuals
    SK501 Community
    SK522 Individuals
    SK501 Community
    SK522 Individuals
    Term 3 (S) SK641 Social Policy SK641 Social Policy SK641 Social Policy SK641 Social Policy
    Term 4(F) SK541 Practicum I
    SK509 Clinical Groups
    SK541 Practicum I
    SK509 Clinical Groups
    SK541 Practicum I
    SK509 Clinical Groups or 
    SK608 Capacity
    SK541 Practicum I
    SK608 Capacity
    Term 5(W) SK541 Practicum I
    SK552 Families
    SK541 Practicum I
    SK552 Families 
    SK541 Practicum I
    SK552 Families or 
    SK679 Agencies
    SK541 Practicum I
    SK679 Agencies
    Term 6 (S) SK541 Practicum I SK541 Practicum I SK541 Practicum I SK541 Practicum I
    Term 7(F) SK504 Assessment
    SK651 Adv. Individuals
    SK504 Assessment
    SK651 Adv. Individuals or
    SK680 Adv. Social Policy
    SK504 Assessment
    SK651 Adv. Individuals or
    SK680 Adv. Social Policy
    SK504 Assessment 
    SK680 Adv. Social Policy
    Term 8(W) SK652 Adv. Families
    one elective
    SK652 Adv. Families or 
    SK610 Social Action
    one elective
    SK652 Adv. Families* or 
    SK610 Social Action
    one elective
    SK610 Social Action
    one elective
    Term 9(S) SK615 Clinical Research 
    SK653 Adv. Groups
    SK615 Clinical Research
    SK653 Adv. Groups** or 
    SK508 Reflective Groups
    SK607 Community Research
    SK653 Adv. Groups** or 
    SK508  Reflective Groups
    SK607 Community Research
    SK508 Reflective Groups
    Term 10(F) SK643 Practicum II
    SK621 Use of Self
    SK643 Practicum II
    SK621Use of Self
    SK643 Practicum II
    SK621 Use of Self (if selected)
    SK643 Practicum II
    Term 11(W) SK643 Practicum II
    one elective
    SK643 Practicum II
    SK609 Program Development
    one elective
    SK643 Practicum II
    SK609 Program Development
    one elective
    SK643 Practicum II
    SK609 Program Development
    one elective
    *pre-requisite is SK552 Families  ** pre-requisite is SK509 Clinical Groups

    FOR INTEGRATED STREAM STUDENTS ONLY:

    Students who select an Integrated stream are required to declare a primary and secondary focus.  Students in the Integrated stream take:  six core courses; five courses in the primary focus; three courses in the secondary focus; and one elective.  Of the primary courses, a student must include one research course (SK615 for IFG, SK607 for CPPO).

    If IFG is the primary focus, courses must include SK621 (Use of Self), SK552 (Families), and SK509 (Groups).

    If CPPO is the primary focus,  IFG courses may not include SK652 (Adv. Families) or SK653 (Adv. Groups) without the prerequisite courses (SK552 and SK509 respectively).    CPPO Integrated students must SK607 Community Research and 4 other CPPO courses for their primary focus; they must take 3 IFG courses for their secondary focus.

    Thesis Option
    Students who wish to complete a thesis must discuss this with the MSW co-ordinator (full-time and advanced standing students early in the first term, and part-time students before their 4th term).  The MSW co-ordinator will assist students in identifying potential thesis advisors; however enrolment in the thesis stream is contingent upon the student finding a faculty member who is willing to act as his/her thesis advisor.

    Thesis students in the two-year full-time and four-year part-time programs are exempt from three courses and the last eighteen days of their first practicum.  These students take six core courses, five courses in their chosen concentration (the integrated concentration is not available to thesis students) and one elective.  The research course specific to the chosen concentration must be completed (SK607 for CPPO and SK615 for IFG).  IFG thesis students are exempt from SK652, SK653 and one elective.  CPPO thesis students are exempt from one elective and two of SK508, SK608, SK609, SK610, SK679 and SK680.

    Thesis students in the advanced standing program are exempt from two electives and 45 days of practicum.

    Guidelines for the preparation and submission of masterís theses, as well as information regarding the oral examination of theses, are found under General Regulations.

    MSW Graduate Courses
    Note:

    1. Not all courses are offered every year. Contact the Faculty of Social Work before accepting an offer of admission to determine whether the courses you wish to complete will be offered during your period of residency.
    2. All credit course offerings are subject to modification by the Faculty of Social Work and the University Senate. The university reserves the right to cancel courses for which there is insufficient registration.
    3. All courses are three hours per week unless noted otherwise.
    Core Courses

    SK500    0.5
    Human Development in Context
    This course focusses on theories pertaining to the social context of identity and personality development. Emphasis is placed on the evolution of these theories and how they help us to understand the human condition and social work practice. Topics may include life span, ecological systems, contemporary psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural, feminist, social constructionist and critical theories.


    SK501    0.5
    Community Interventions: Theory and Practice Essentials
    This course provides an introduction to concepts, theories and methods associated with social work practice in communities. General rationales for, and models of, intervention are discussed in the context of common social work settings. Various elements of community organizing and development will be explored through illustrations in areas such as race relations, health promotion, advocacy, capacity building and community economic development. Working with marginalised populations will be an essential component of the course.
    SK504    0.5

    Assessment of Social Work Practice
    This course provides an overview of qualitative and quantitative research techniques used in the assessment and understanding of social work practice. This course will also critically assess the relationship between research and marginalised populations. Students will be introduced to the theory and skills associated with approaches such as needs assessments, program development and program logic models, process evaluations, single case and group outcome evaluations, cost-benefit analyses and a critical exploration of social work practice.
    SK506    0.5

    Data Analysis in Social Work
    The application of analytic frameworks, statistical and qualitative, to social work research. Statistical techniques include descriptive statistics, measures of central tendency, correlation and analysis of between-group differences. A weekly lab is included for skill development in the use of relevant software. 
    SK507    0.5

    Diversity, Marginalisation and Oppression
    This course critically examines the common links among experiences of oppression and marginalisation, such as racism, heterosexism/homophobia, classism, sexism, anti-Semitism and ableism, that intersect at individual, institutional and systemic levels. As such, this course takes a multi-levelled approach to critically examining social work practice and social work organizations, making links between theory, policy, and programming and the lived experiences of individuals, families and communities.
    SK522    0.5

    Clinical Social Work Practice with Individuals
    This course focusses on the application of basic skills and theories to helping individuals. Generic stages in the helping process and the principles and skills in these various stages are reviewed. This includes consideration of interviewing skills, the principles and skills underlying the development of a good helping relationship, skills of holistic assessment and formulation, the application of clinical theory to understanding and intervening with individuals, issues in working with various marginalised populations, ethical issues, note-taking and record-keeping. This course emphasizes a laboratory approach to teaching and practising skills.
    SK641    0.5

    Social Policy Analysis
    This course provides an overview of the development of social policies in Canada, starting with First Nations before colonization up until the present day. It outlines the roots of social welfare, including its relationship to marginalised peoples. Ideologies, including anti-oppressive and diversity theories, are discussed in relation to the development of social policies. Students will gain a critical analysis of current social policies and understand how policy impacts individual to systems-level social work. The main focus of this course is to provide students with practical skills and techniques to undertake policy analysis in order to impact the development of policy. Students will gain a greater understanding of the economic, social, political and environmental forces that have an impact upon social policies in Canada, including the growing role of globalization and free trade.

    Practicum Courses

    SK541    0.5
    Practicum I
    The practicum is an integral part of the curriculum and is structured to enable students to use their knowledge as professional social workers in practice situations.  The student chooses one of three concentrations for their practicum: Individuals, Families and Groups; Community Planning, Policy and Organizations, or the Integrated practicum which includes a combination of both concentrations (23 weeks).


    SK549    0.5
    Special Summer Practicum
    A practicum may be arranged during the summer period for selected students requiring make-up work for admission to Practicum II.  It may be used for transfer students or for students completing the first year of the Facultyís program who wish to change their area of concentration.
    SK622    0.5

    International Placement: Self, Identity and Diversity
    A required course for students who have been accepted for an international placement in the second year of the MSW program.  The goal of the course is to prepare students for an international learning opportunity and to support the integration of their learning and practice across cultures and settings, including an improved understanding of reciprocal and mutual learning between and among cultures. Cross-cultural learning, colonialism and oppression, and anti-racism are discussed.
    SK643    0.5

    Practicum II
    A supervised field experience designed to develop competence pertinent to social work practice in the studentís chosen area of concentration (15 weeks).
    SK649    0.5

    Advanced Standing Practicum
    A supervised field experience designed to develop competence pertinent to social work practice in the studentís chosen area of concentration (29 weeks).

    IFG Concentration Courses

    SK509    0.5
    Clinical Social Work Practice with Groups
    This course provides an introduction to clinical group work. The history and evolution of social group work is reviewed. Emphasis is placed on the application of basic knowledge and skills to clinical group work. This includes consideration of stages of group development and other group dynamics, therapeutic factors in groups and generic group work skills. An introduction to the application of various clinical theories to group work is also provided.


    SK552    0.5
    Clinical Social Work Practice with Families
    This course provides a critical study of widely used approaches to practice with diverse family forms within social work settings. Emphasis will be placed on influential theories that impact and guide the methods used in the practice of family social work.
    SK615    0.5

    Clinical Social Work Research and Data Analysis
    This course will focus on quantitative and qualitative research related to clinical questions and practice. Through a dual focus on data analysis and the understanding of research reports, this course will further research skill development in order to help students become both consumers and producers of clinical research.
    SK621    0.5

    Use of Self
    The emphasis of this course is on the use of self as it relates to the direct practice experience of the student. The overall objective is to enhance self-awareness and interpersonal skills that are related to the conscious use of self in social work practice. A focus on self-reflective awareness will include an examination of thoughts, feelings and behaviours that arise in practice interactions, including how these are influenced by personal history, social location and attitudes toward issues of diversity and difference (e.g., race/ethnicity, culture, gender, religion, class, sexual orientation and disability). (Graded as Pass/Fail.)
    SK651    0.5

    Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice with Individuals
    This course builds on SK522 by taking a more in-depth look at the integration of theory and practice in clinical work with a variety of client presenting problems. It includes an overview of major classes of psychiatric diagnoses and a critical look at the value of such diagnostic categories considering race, culture, class, gender, sexual orientation and so forth. The strengths and weaknesses of various theoretical approaches to intervening with specific client problems and populations are reviewed.
    Prerequisite: SK522

    SK652    0.5
    Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice with Families
    This course builds on SK552 by taking a more in-depth look at the integration of theory with family practice. Emphasis is placed on the inclusion of substantive issues in family work (e.g., drug misuse, eating disorders, gerontological issues, divorce, developmental issues, sexual orientation, poverty, and work with families from diverse cultures and ethnic backgrounds).  Prerequisite: SK552
    SK653    0.5

    Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice with Groups
    This course builds on SK509 by taking a more in-depth look at the integration of theory with clinical group work. Emphasis is placed on group work focussed on various issues and populations (e.g., survivors of sexual abuse, battered women, recent immigrants and refugees, gay and lesbian youth).
    Prerequisite: SK509

    CPPO Concentration Courses

    SK508    0.5
    Reflective Group and Community Practice
    This course focusses on five broad areas of learning: (1) theory of small group development and functioning; (2) principles and methods of adult empowerment, as well as member/leadership development; (3) the use of self in groups/meetings and various community practice settings; (4) understanding the implications of the social location of professional helpers and various populations using social services and other relevant groupings; and (5) the appropriate use of discussion, decision-making and problem-solving procedures in groups/meetings. Particular consideration is given to adapting our ways of working for different types of participants, including various disadvantaged and marginalised populations.


    SK560    0.5
    Community Practice Skills
    This course supplements the core course in community development and social planning by focussing upon specific skill areas
    and operational problems pertinent to these fields of endeavour. The course introduces the relevant literature on work methods,
    techniques and skills, and the class provides simulated opportunities to practice these interventions. 
    SK607    0.5

    Community Research and Data Analysis
    This course focusses on the theory and methods for research in community work and social planning. The course provides practical experiences in community research through projects students are engaged in through their placements, theses, or other involvements, and/or through opportunities created specifically through the course. The main focus of the course will be on quantitative and qualitative data analysis. Other topics may include accessing existing data bases, understanding the nature of applied research, participatory research, writing reports for various audiences, and research issues related to women, minorities and various disadvantaged populations.
    SK608    0.5

    Community Capacity Building
    This course focusses on understanding the nature of healthy communities and their relationships to well-being for people. A primary interest is supporting the capacity of community members to act on their own behalf. Basic purposes include both developing a theoretical understanding of community capacity building, as well as introducing relevant practice principles and methods. Other topics may include working cross-culturally, leadership/membership development, participatory project development, fundraising, fostering partnerships and solving common problems in community organizations. Adaptations for various disadvantaged and minority populations will be considered.
    SK609    0.5

    Program Development and Social Planning
    This course examines the theories and methods of planning and developing social service projects and programs. Methods of developing programs will be considered, including doing relevant participatory research, strategic planning, generating political support, fundraising and writing proposals, recruiting and maintaining staff, and ensuring that programs are responsive to marginalised populations. This course will also discuss co-ordinating and planning services, including neighbourhood, regional and sectoral planning. Different models of social planning will be considered in terms of responding to the changing needs of marginalised populations.
    SK610    0.5

    Social Change and Social Action
    This course focusses on theories and practices of social change, as well as on the purposes, organization and strategies of social movements by marginalized populations such as people living in poverty, First Nations people, people of colour, gays/lesbians/transgendered/bisexual people, two-spirited people, elderly people, people with disabilities and people in less wealthy countries. Topics may include visions of a just society, methods of civil disobedience, modes of social action organizing and organizations and the context provided by globalization. Specific techniques may be considered, such as financing social movements, use of the media, use of new technologies, action research, building coalitions, lobbying and advocacy.
    SK636    0.5

    Adult Learning Theory, Leadership and Empowerment
    An introduction to the theories of androgogy, empowerment and leadership/member development. The theories are applied in
    practice as students learn how to create workshops, to staff committees and boards, to facilitate self-help groups, to organize
    services and programs and to mobilize community leadership initiatives.
    SK637     0.5

    Prevention, Mutual Aid and Social Support
    An examination of a range of prevention, mutual aid and social support approaches relevant to various disadvantaged
    populations. A review is made of various program models or approaches to helping, of the evidence for their effectiveness and
    of their development requirements. The relevance of these ideas and methods for social work is examined.
    SK638    0.5

    The Use of Technology for Project and Program Planning
    An examination/analysis of the use of technology for project planning, program evaluation and for the development and
    management of social programs and services. 
    SK639    0.5

    Planning in Social and Community Development: Theories and Methods
    A critical examination of different planning traditions and of current models relevant to practice in organizational and community development.  A particular emphasis will be placed on understanding the process and sequential phases involved in community and strategic planning as it applies to governmental and non-governmental agencies and organizations.  The appropriate linkage between planning efforts and broader social movements is of special concern. (Advanced standing students only.)
    SK640    0.5

    Integrative Problem Solving
    Case studies and simulations are used to foster understanding of the various approaches to community work and social planning, and the situations in which they may be useful. The course facilitates the development of an integrative framework for the role of the social worker.
    SK679    0.5

    Managing Social Service Agencies
    This course introduces students to essential concepts and processes related to the effective management of smaller social service agencies. Topics may include: diagnosing the organization and its environment, effective coordination and communication, leadership and board governance, juggling management and front-line responsibilities, teamwork, decision-making, creativity and innovation, developing and maintaining interorganizational alliances, addressing diversity, managing change and solving organizational problems, and preventing stress and burnout.
    SK680    0.5

    Advanced Social Policy: Creating Change in Government
    This course builds upon studentsí knowledge of how to create and impact social policies in government.  It focusses on understanding and influencing social policy development and implementation at the municipal, provincial and federal government levels. A variety of theoretical frames are utilized in this course. The course includes discussion of  how policies are actually created in government, the stages of the policy process, issues related to community participation in policy, involvement of  marginalized populations, and the role of an internal and external change agent. The course focusses on developing an internal policy report and dealing effectively with politics within government organizations.

    Electives

    SK531    0.5
    Social Welfare Seminar
    An examination of selected social problems and issues.


    SK534    0.5
    Tutorial
    A student may select a topic from any area of the curriculum.
    SK619    0.5

    Family Violence
    This course addresses different types of family violence (wife abuse, child abuse and elder abuse) in terms of the seriousness and extent of the problem, contributing factors and consequences for the individual, the family, the community and society. A variety of different theories about the causes of family violence are reviewed. Programs for prevention and intervention are addressed, including approaches for battered women, children who have witnessed violence and men who batter. Intervention in cases of physical child abuse and elder abuse is also discussed.
    SK620    0.5

    Marital and Couple Counselling
    An introduction to the theory and practice of couples therapy from the perspective of several theoretical models.
    SK624    0.5

    Feminist Clinical Practices
    This course examines evolving perspectives within feminist theory and their implications for practice, considering the intersection of gender with race/ethnicity, clas, culture, sexual orientation and disability. Feminist literature will be explored critically, with a view to understanding what constitutes feminist practice, and in which contexts it is appropriate and effective. Selected areas of practice will be explored with regard to womenís experience and feminist practice intervention.
    SK625    0.5

    Social Work with Separated, Divorced and Reconstituted Families
    An examination of the effects of divorce on families as they move through the transitions from marital disintegration to reorganization as separate units and on to formation of new or reconstituted families.
    SK629    0.5

    Values and Ethical Issues in Contemporary Social Work
    This seminar deals with selected current issues, controversies or dilemmas of professional social work practice in Canada, and with the value premises and orientations prevalent in the profession and in our society.
    SK632    0.5

    Treatment Issues
    A selection of treatment issues and their applications.
    Note: This course is used as the vehicle for adding a number of additional clinical topics when it is deemed appropriate.
    SK633    0.5

    Social Welfare Seminar
    An examination of selected social problems and issues.
    SK634    0.5

    Tutorial
    A student may select a topic from any area of the curriculum.
    SK642    0.5

    Research Methods, Design and Analysis
    An examination of the problem formulation, design, data collection, analysis, and reporting and use of research findings, including exposure to quantitative and qualitative research approaches. The assessment of social work practice is emphasized.
    SK655    0.5

    Psychoanalytic Theory
    An extensive examination of selected aspects of psychoanalytic theory and its application to clinical social work practice. The course is intended to deepen and complement the clinical student's knowledge base related to normal growth and development, family and group functioning, clinical assessment and treatment skills.
    SK657    0.5

    Treatment of Children and Adolescents
    Clinical theory and practice related to direct intervention with children and adolescents. Topics include understanding development in infancy, childhood and adolescence, examining problems that arise between children and their families, and enhancing assessment and treatment skills in relation to these problems.
    SK658    0.5

    Social Work Practice with Older Adults
    Focussing on practice with older adults and their families, the course examines areas such as role transition in later life, retirement, physical, social and economic changes, intergenerational family intervention, losses, widowhood and grief reactions.
    SK659    0.5

    Human Sexuality
    Presentation of the physiological, psychological, emotional and systematic aspects of human sexuality. The course includes an assessment of sexual problems and dysfunction and various treatment approaches relevant to social work practice.
    SK660    0.5

    Multiculturalism, Anti-Racism, and Social Work Practice
    The first part of this course focusses on understanding the uprooting, settlement and acculturation experiences of new immigrants and refugees from the perspective of their minority status, cultural differences and the realities of racism. The second part explores social work interventions that take into consideration these processes and realities within the Canadian context.
    SK663    0.5

    Treatment of Child, Adolescent and Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
    This course reviews some of the rapidly expanding knowledge on the identification, assessment and treatment of child, adolescent and adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Factors contributing to the abuse of children and treatment of perpetrators will also be discussed. Individual, group and family interventions will be presented and students will be encouraged to identify and compare the assumptions underlying the different theoretical approaches. In order to demonstrate how clinical research informs practice, readings will draw on research reports as well as descriptions of treatment. Case examples will be presented and discussed.
    SK664    0.5

    Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Social Work Practice
    This course examines the multifaceted impact of homophobia and heterosexism; its intersection with other forms of oppression; approaches to working with gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered populations in the human services; theoretical and policy issues; cultural/ethnic/racial dimensions of mental health issues; and practice interventions. This course takes an integrated approach to social work practice, linking policy, theory and various forms of community and clinical practice.
    SK665    0.5

    Aboriginal Issues
    This course provides students with the conceptual tools and knowledge for understanding the nature of First Nations historical/structural problems; the role and operation of social services in Aboriginal contexts; alternative (culture based and healing focussed) methods of intervention; and present day Aboriginal concerns and issues including concepts of Aboriginal title.
    SK666    0.5

    Alternative Social Work Interventions
    This course examines theories, practices and research dealing with alternatives to traditional professional-client talking therapies and community interventions. New innovative approaches are examined in healing at individual, community and societal levels based upon holistic concepts that draw upon practices from around the world.
    SK667    0.5

    Play Therapy
    This introductory course on the method of play therapy with children includes theories of play, a review of developmental and attachment theories that affect children and adolescents, the various methods of play therapy, and the treatment phases within the play therapy process.
    SK675    0.5

    The Third World and Social Work Practice
    This seminar critically examines the different perspectives on, and realities of, development and underdevelopment, policies and practices of international aid and humanitarian agencies, and the role of social work in addressing human rights and needs of such groups as the displaced, unwanted refugees, victims of terror, the impoverished and children.
    SK677    0.5

    The Therapeutic Process
    This course emphasizes selected aspects of the therapeutic process and their implications for interventions, especially those processes central to the treatment of individuals in longer-term therapy. The course focusses on selected process variables that comprise an understanding of transference, countertransference and intersubjectivity as well as other process variables such as resistance, regression and the therapeutic alliance.
    Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
    SK681    0.5

    Services to Families with Children-at-Risk
    This course focusses on services to families with children at risk of abuse or neglect. Topics include an understanding of family violence, legal issues, use of authority and types of treatment and family support options that are relevant.
    SK682    0.5

    Advanced Social Service Management
    This course focusses on understanding the multifaceted role of managers and the development of effective management skills. Topics may include: leadership roles and models, budgeting, marketing, time management, motivation and performance management, industrial relations, staff selection, supervision and appraisal, human rights, diversity and employment equity, mergers and acquisitions.
    SK688    0.5

    Social Work in Health Care Settings
    This course examines the impact of illness and disability on individuals, families and communities. It provides a bio-psycho-social frame of reference for understanding health and disease. The major focus will be on social work roles in the interdisciplinary health care systems.
    SK689    0.5

    Women and Social Policy
    The different ideological positions that shape policy pertaining to women are introduced in this course. Selected policies are reviewed using a critical approach. An analysis is also made of the impact of organizational structure on women and women's policy issues.
    SK692    0.5

    Women's Issues in Social Work
    This course provides a critical examination of the treatment of women by the social work profession. The developing literature on feminist approaches to helping and on alternative ways of understanding and addressing the unique social, political and economic influences on women will be utilized.
    SK694    0.5

    Social Work and the Law
    An examination of the increasingly critical and complex relationships between social work practice and policy and the law. Issues such as legal responsibilities, client rights, liability, working with the legal system and the impact of selected current legislation are examined.
    SK695    0.5

    Poverty in Canada and its Implications for Social Work
    An investigation of the prevalence and impact of economic hardship among the users of social services and the implication of these patterns for social work values, policies and direct interventions with this population.
    SK696    0.5

    Mediation in Social Work Practice
    The course includes the study of mediation and principled negotiation and their use in all areas of social work practice. The historical, cultural and legal contexts of mediation are included. Concepts, methodology, ethics and current legal issues are examined. The course provides opportunities for voluntary experiential learning.
    SK698

    Thesis
    A thesis formulated and completed in the student's area of concentration.
    Field Teaching Centres
    Wilfrid Laurier University gratefully acknowledges the assistance of the many social service organizations in the Kitchener-Waterloo, Hamilton, London, Guelph, Toronto and surrounding area who provide high-quality practicum instruction for WLU's Master of Social Work students.

    PhD Admission Requirements
    The PhD program seeks applicants who possess the following qualifications:

    1. A Master of Social Work degree from a recognized university with at least an A- average in the master's program. Applicants with other graduate degrees and strong social service experience may be considered under exceptional circumstances.
    2. Normally a minimum of three years post MSW experience. In addition, the applicant must provide evidence of a level of professional competence suitable for admission to the PhD program.
    3. Evidence of scholarly ability for clear and creative thinking and the ability to pursue independent study.
    Deadline for receipt of applications is February 15. Late applications may be considered under exceptional circumstances.

    PhD Program Requirements
    Course Work
    The program consists of a minimum of nine half-credit courses. Some are required courses for all students, some are from a group corresponding to the student's area of concentration, and some are electives reflecting the special needs or interests of the student.

    The required courses are as follows:

  • SK700 Statistical Analysis for Social Work Research;
  • SK701 Multivariate Analysis for Social Work Research;
  • SK702 Advanced Methods in Social Work Research;
  • SK703 Perspectives on Theory Construction;
  • SK805 Qualitative Research Methods.
  • Each student must select one of the following interventive practice areas and take at least two courses pertaining to that area. The interventive areas presently available are as follows:
  • practice with individuals;
  • practice with families;
  • practice with groups;
  • practice in community development;
  • practice in social administration;
  • practice in social policy analysis.
  • Students are also expected to complete two other elective courses.

    During the first academic term each student, in collaboration with the PhD program co-ordinator, will prepare a study plan based on the above guidelines.

    Statistics-Challenge-for-Credit
    Incoming students may take an examination designed to test their knowledge of statistics. A passing grade on the examination grants an exemption from SK700.

    Comprehensive Paper
    The PhD comprehensive paper serves to assess the student's ability to: (1) integrate social work knowledge, theory and practice; (2) analyze the implications of knowledge and theory for social work practice; and, (3) demonstrate a broad knowledge of the selected interventive area.

    Students complete a comprehensive paper and an oral examination. Guidelines for the content, scheduling and format of the examination are included in the PhD student manual.

    Students must register for SK893 by the fourth term in residence. All requirements for SK893 must be completed no later than the sixth term in residence. The chairperson and the members of the comprehensive examination committee must be appointed at least four months prior to the proposed examination date.

    All members of an examining committee must have graduate faculty status at the time of appointment to the committee.

    One of two decisions are open to the examiners: satisfactory or fail.

    To pass the comprehensive paper, a student must receive a passing grade from at least two of the three readers. A student must receive a passing grade on both the written paper and the oral defence. If a student receives a failing grade on the paper, an oral examination to defend the paper will not be permitted.

    Students who successfully complete the comprehensive examination are admitted to candidacy for the PhD degree and are entitled to register for the doctoral dissertation (SK899).

    A student failing the comprehensive paper can rewrite the comprehensive paper once. A student who does not complete the requirements for SK893 after two attempts, or within three consecutive terms, will be required to withdraw from the PhD program.

    Residence Requirements
    Students are required to spend a minimum of four terms as full-time students. It is expected that most students will extend this period beyond the minimum.

    Examinations
    All standards for examinations are set by the Graduate Faculty Council and the Senate of the university. The regulations for doctoral students are as follows:

    1. The student is expected to pass, with a minimum of a B grade, the core courses and all additional course work required by the PhD committee.
    2. In addition, the student is required to write and orally defend a comprehensive paper covering the same area of concentration.
    Practicum
    The role of the practicum is to enhance a student's ability to translate new concepts into forms pertinent to social work practice and scholarship.

    The PhD committee, following an assessment of the student, may recommend a practicum as part of the study plan. A student may also request permission to complete one practicum.

    Supervisors of these placements will normally have a doctorate as well as considerable practice experience. Grading will be on a satisfactory/failure basis and will utilize the written learning objectives agreed to by the student and supervisor, which will include at least one written assignment per credit. A practicum will be for a minimum of three contact hours a week over a 13-week period, including at least one hour of supervision, for one-half credit. A maximum of three half-credits can be taken as practica, however a student who chooses to complete a practicum will be exempt from only one elective, regardless of the number of practica.

    Teaching
    PhD students are expected to teach in the Master of Social Work program and are encouraged to enroll in the Instructional Development non-credit course for PhD candidates which focusses on effective teaching skills. The Faculty of Social Work is committed to providing appropriate teaching opportunities for PhD students subject to congruence between the expertise of students and the courses available.

    PhD Dissertation Requirements
    All students are required to complete an original dissertation that makes a significant contribution to the existing knowledge in the field of social work.

    If a dissertation topic involves animals or human subjects, approval for the investigation must be sought from the WLU Research Ethics Board. Details are available from the Research Office.

    Decisions of the Dissertation Examining Committee
    The examining committee must reach one of five decisions:

  • Accepted-The dissertation requires typographical and/or minor editorial changes which must be approved by the supervisor.
  • Accepted with minor modifications-The dissertation requires minor changes in substance or major editorial changes which are to be made to the satisfaction of members of the examining committee designated by the committee. The examining committee's report must include a brief outline of the nature of the changes required and must indicate the time by which the changes are to be completed. Normally, such changes should be completed within four weeks of the date of the examination.
  • Accepted with major modifications-The dissertation requires more substantive changes, but will be acceptable when these changes are made to the satisfaction of those members of the examining committee designated by the committee. The examining committee's report must include a brief outline of the nature of the changes required, and the date by which the changes are to be completed.
  • Decision deferred-The dissertation requires modifications of a substantial nature, the need for which makes the acceptability of the dissertation questionable. The examining committee's report must contain a brief outline of the modifications expected and should indicate the time by which the changes are to be completed. The revised dissertation must be resubmitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies for re-examination. The re-examination will follow the same procedures as for the initial submission except that the display period may be reduced or eliminated at the discretion of the dean of Graduate Studies and Research. Normally, the same examining committee will serve. A decision to defer is open only once for each candidate.

  • Rejected-The dissertation is rejected. The examining committee shall report the reasons for rejection. A student whose dissertation has been rejected will be required to withdraw from the PhD program.
    PhD Course Schedule
    Term One (Fall) Term Two (Winter)
  • SK701 Multivariate Analysis for Social Work Research
  • SK805 Qualitative Research Methods
  • First course in the student's interventive area
  • Term Three(Spring)
  • Second course in the student's interventive area
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Term Four to Six (Fall, Winter, Spring)
  • SK893 Comprehensive Paper-This is the period during which all requirements for the comprehensive paper must be completed.
  • The residency requirement is completed at the end of the fourth term. Any make-up work that may have been required as a condition of admission must be completed before the end of the fourth term.
  • Time Limits and Status-PhD
    Note: Each PhD student is required to submit an annual progress report to the PhD program co-ordinator by April 1. The faculty members on the PhD committee review the report and following this review, the PhD program co-ordinator provides feedback to the student no later than April 30.

    Pre-Candidacy (Years I and II)
    Students are expected to spend at least four (but not more than six) academic terms in preliminary study to qualify for admission to candidacy for the PhD degree. Students may apply for such candidacy when they have met the following requirements:

  • Successfully completed the required courses and any additional course work prescribed by the student's doctoral committee.
  • Successfully completed and defended the comprehensive paper.
  • Candidacy (Year III and Beyond)
    Following admission to candidacy, a student has a maximum of nine terms (three calendar years) in which to meet the following requirements:
    1. Completion of additional course and/or practicum requirements prescribed by the doctoral committee.
    2. Completion and defence of the dissertation.
    It is necessary to maintain continuous registration unless an inactive term has been granted per university policy.

    PhD Graduate Courses
    Note:

  • Not all courses are offered each year. Contact the Faculty of Social Work before accepting an offer of admission to determine whether the courses you wish to complete will be offered during your period of residency.
  • All courses are two hours per week unless noted otherwise.
  • SK700    0.5
    Statistical Analysis for Social Work Research
    The application of statistical procedures to social work research, such as data reduction techniques, descriptive statistics, measures of central tendency, correlation and analyses of between-group differences (Challenge-for-Credit).
    SK701    0.5

    Multivariate Analysis for Social Work Research
    This course explores advanced correlational statistical analyses and their applications for social work research. Possible topics include various multiple linear regression models, discriminant analysis and path analysis. The course employs computer applications (required for all students).
    Prerequisite: SK700 or successful completion of the competency exam.
    SK702    0.5

    Advanced Methods in Social Work Research
    This course explores a range of qualitative and quantitative social science research methodologies that can be applied to the study of social work issues. Students acquire a critical understanding of the comparative advantages and disadvantages of different methods with reference to selected research problems (required for all students).
    SK703    0.5

    Perspectives on Theory Construction
    This course focusses on issues in the philosophy of social science and the impact of these philosophies on the construction and refinement of theories that serve as foundations for the development of social work knowledge. This course draws on the field of epistemology, the philosophy of science, theories of social work practice and related disciplines (required for all students).
    SK711    0.5

    The Study of Treatment of Families I
    This course examines contemporary family therapy theory and research, and critically assesses its application to selected problems and issues.
    SK712    0.5

    The Study of Treatment of Families II
    This course extends the work of SK711. Students identify selected areas of interest and are expected to pursue these topics to the limits of available knowledge (theory and research) within the field of social work and related disciplines.
    SK714    0.5

    Advanced Groupwork I
    This course examines the development of groupwork concepts and principles in the social work and related social science literature. It also analyzes selected theories, major groupwork models and examines the research findings, as well as designs and methodologies, related to groupwork practice.
    SK715    0.5

    Advanced Groupwork II
    This course, a continuation of SK714, examines current models of groupwork as an interventive and investigative method, and considers the analysis and delineation of group therapy and social group work research practices, and the application of theoretical frameworks to specific populations.
    SK721    0.5

    Child Welfare as a Field for Social Work Practice
    Following the development of an historical perspective, this course explores selected areas of child welfare such as prevention, protection or adoption. Special emphasis is given to the exploration of alternate models for the delivery of such services and to the review of existing research assessing the effectiveness of these services.
    SK722    0.5

    Aging as a Context for Social Work Practice
    Course participants explore and define the range and nature of policy, services and practices for the elderly, examine and clarify the roles of social work and social workers in the field of aging, and analyze the state of gerontological research in general and in relation to social work in particular.
    SK723    0.5

    Mental Health as a Context for Social Work Practice
    This course examines the major approaches used in promoting mental health in the community and dealing with mental health problems. Such topics as theories and principles of mental health, major approaches to mental health practice and mental health services for specific populations are addressed.
    SK731    0.5

    Advanced Studies in Social Planning
    The content of the course varies, depending upon the learning goals of the students. Possible theoretical foci include planning theory or theories of the public interest. Practice foci might include policy analysis, policy research, program development, economic and ethical models of choice and the socio-political dimensions of social planning.
    SK732    0.5

    Advanced Studies in Community Development
    The content of the course varies, depending upon the learning goals of the students. Possible foci may include theories, research and ideological perspectives on community development. Practice foci might include such dimensions as local initiative, self-help, local control, leadership and organizational development.
    SK734    0.5

    Current Issues in Community Development
    This course examines current theory, research and practice issues in community development. Attention is paid to a theoretical and empirical assessment of selected methods of community development and their relevance to current contexts.
    SK735     0.5

    Advanced Studies in Policy Analysis
    This course is designed to advance students' knowledge of the range and characteristics of approaches to social policy analysis. Selected techniques are examined and applied to specific social policies.
    SK736    0.5

    Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Social Policy
    This course examines selected social policies by employing the theoretical contributions and techniques of political science, economics and sociology.
    SK737    0.5

    Advanced Studies in Organizational Theory
    This course examines social administration in the context of organizational and management theories. Students analyze the political and ideological considerations that determine the adoption of certain theories by exploring a wide range of theories and examining their practical implications for the management of social service organizations.
    SK738    0.5

    Advanced Studies in Social Administration
    This course provides students with an opportunity to explore, in depth, selected aspects for the delivery of specific social welfare programs. Selected topics are examined in the context of existing research, theories and current practice applications.
    Prerequisite: SK737 or permission of the instructor.
    SK741    0.5

    Study of Treatment of Individuals I
    This course provides an intensive examination of selected major theoretical and technical developments affecting social work intervention with individuals. The emphasis is on a critical assessment of such developments from a theoretical, empirical and practice perspective.
    SK742     0.5

    Study of Treatment of Individuals II
    This course employs a seminar model for extending the work begun in SK741. Within a framework defined by the student's special interests, the course explores contemporary understandings of processes of change in individual treatment, obstacles to change and the nature of the helping relationship.
    SK743    0.5

    Contemporary Psychoanalytic Theory
    A study of contemporary developments in psychoanalytic theory and their implications for clinical practice. The major focus of the seminar is on selected developments within the three major streams of psychoanalysis: Classical Theory (Ego Psychology), Object Relations Theories (The English, British and American Schools) and Self Psychology.
    SK751    0.5

    Advanced Readings in Social Work Practice
    Readings on selected topics in social work practice under the guidance and supervision of members of the graduate faculty.
    SK752    0.5

    Advanced Readings in Social Policy
    Readings on selected topics in social policy under the guidance and supervision of members of the graduate faculty.
    SK753    0.5

    Advanced Readings in Research Methods
    Readings on selected topics in research methods under the guidance and supervision of members of the graduate faculty.
    SK754    0.5

    Classical Literature in Social Work
    A study of the texts that have influenced the theory and practice of social work in order to critically appraise their contribution to social work knowledge and its epistemological foundation.
    SK755    0.5

    Social Work Education: History and Current Themes
    An analysis of the history of social work education, including the tensions between practice and theory, the objectives of the practicum, the core knowledge for graduate education, the undergraduate foundation, the teaching of values and ethics, accreditation and other educational policy issues.
    SK756    0.5

    Teaching Teachers to Teach
    This course studies teaching and learning at the post-secondary and professional levels of education within the context of the university. Particular emphasis is given to the application of educational theory, models, practices, design and technology at undergraduate and graduate levels, particularly for the discipline of Social Work.
    SK802    0.5

    Evaluation of Social Work Programs and Services
    This course offers an advanced investigation of current methods for evaluating programs and services. Topics include: measurement of processes and outcomes, needs assessment, impact analysis, the politics of evaluation and relevant ethical issues.
    Prerequisite: SK701.
    SK803    0.5

    Clinical Research Methods
    An advanced investigation of quantitative and qualitative research methods germane to the evaluation of clinical practice. Topics include measurement of clinical processes and outcomes, the use of single subject designs, approaches to the analysis of clinical data and relevant ethical issues.
    Prerequisite: SK701 and SK702.
    SK805    0.5

    Qualitative Research Methods
    An in-depth exploration of the application of qualitative methods to social work research problems, including problem formulation, data collection options and the analysis of qualitative data (required for all students).
    Prerequisite: SK701 and SK702.
    SK806    0.5

    Advanced Multivariate Models
    Specific topics vary according to the needs and interests of the students in a given class. Possible topics include canonical correlational analysis, factor and cluster analysis, LOGIT, PROBIT and path analysis.
    Prerequisite: SK701 and SK702.
    SK807    0.5

    Advanced Doctoral Research Seminar
    Directed study in major research topics emerging in the field of social work.
    Prerequisite: SK701 and SK702.
    SK808    0.5

    Practicum I
    The purpose of the practicum at the doctoral level is to enhance a student's ability to translate concepts into forms pertinent to social work practice and scholarship.
    SK809    0.5

    Practicum II
    A continuation of SK808, Practicum I.
    SK810    0.5

    Practicum III
    A continuation of SK809, Practicum II.
    SK893

    Comprehensive Examination
    SK899

    PhD Dissertation