Bachelor of Social Work

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Bachelor of Social Work

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    Key Information

    • Study Level:

      Bachelor

    • Duration:

      2 Years

    • Study Mode:

      Full Time

    • Tuition Fees EU/EEA:

      C$ 15,035 Per Year

      These fees apply to students from the EU/EEA

    • Tuition Fees International :

      C$ 18,880

      These fees apply to students from outside the EU/EEA

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    Course Summary

    Vancouver Island University’s Bachelor of Social Work program will prepare you for a career where you can make a positive difference in the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in your community. You’ll learn to help people to overcome the social and personal problems that they face, and to enhance the well-being of your clients.

    In addition to a general understanding of the skills and practices required for a career in social work, this program provides real world, client focused experience. You’ll engage in two community social work practicums in the last two years of the program. Each will give you a deeper understanding of the needs of local communities as well as the people-focused skills you’ll need to do your job professionally and effectively, even in difficult situations. 

    This program can also be taken with a specialisation in Child Welfare. Note that this program is delivered through Distance Education. 

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    Course Outline

    This degree program is typically delivered over 2 years via distance learning.  

    Social Work (General) Modules Include:

    • Advanced Community Practice with Diverse Populations
    • Advanced Seminar in Reflective Social Work Practice
    • Community Social Work: Theory and Practice
    • Foundations in Social Work
    • Interpersonal Communication in Structural Social Work Practice
    • Practicum: Community Social Work Practice
    • Practicum: Community Practice II
    • Research Methods for Social Change in Community Social Work
    • Social Policy and Communities
    • Social Work and Mental Health
    • Social Work Practice Skills
    • Social Work Practice with Indigenous Communities
    • Social Work with Groups
    • Trauma and Resiliency Across the Lifespan
    • Nine credits of Social Work Electives

    Child Welfare Specialisation Modules Include:

    • Advanced Community Practice with Diverse Populations
    • Advanced Seminar in Reflective Social Work Practice
    • Best Practices in Child Safety
    • Child Abuse and Neglect Concerns
    • Community Social Work: Theory and Practice
    • Foundations in Social Work
    • Interpersonal Communication in Structural Social Work Practice
    • Law and Social Services
    • Practicum: Community Social Work Practice
    • Practicum: Community Practice II
    • Research Methods for Social Change in Community Social Work
    • Social Policy and Communities
    • Social Work and Mental Health
    • Social Work Practice Skills
    • Social Work Practice with Indigenous Communities
    • Trauma and Resiliency Across the Lifespan
    • Three credits of Social Work Electives

    Learning And Teaching

    VIU offers many different learning and teaching methods, using both traditional and innovative techniques in its academic programs. This program is delivered exclusively via distance learning and practical work experience.

    You’ll attend a formal orientation, but must access all class modules via synchronous and asynchronous online methods, such as the Zoom distance learning system. This will require you to have access to high speed internet and a computer with full audio-video capabilities.

    Career Possibilities

    Canada employs skilled social work graduates in large numbers, both in the public and private sectors. Social workers might be employed by publicly funded educational, health or social organisations or they might work in private practice, for example. Either way, they help families, individuals and even whole communities to promote the interests of vulnerable people or disadvantaged sections of the population. They support social justice, and improve individual wellbeing.

    Entry & Credit

    Successful completion will result in a Bachelor of Social Work degree. 

    To enter this program, you’ll need to have already completed at least 60 credits (2 years) of post-secondary education, or the international equivalent. 

    All classes are taught in English, and international students will be required to show proficiency in English by scoring well on an approved test.  

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