Social Work MSW

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Social Work MSW

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    Key Information

    • Study Level:

      Master

    • Duration:

      2 Years

    • Study Mode:

      Full Time

    • Tuition Fees EU/EEA:

      C$ 3,560 Per Year

      These fees apply to students from the EU/EEA

    • Tuition Fees International :

      C$ 2,532

      These fees apply to students from outside the EU/EEA

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    Course Summary

    A Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from Wilfrid Laurier University will prepare you for a leadership role in the field of Social Work. Adding a professional credential to your existing achievements could be just what it takes to qualify for promotion, but it could just as easily see you moving into a new type of practice entirely. As the national focus sharpens on increasing institutional respect for First Nations communities and their ways of life, qualified leaders with specific Social Work training are in high demand. 

    This program includes extensive co-operative education options, which will give you the real world practical skills you’ll need to succeed. 

    You’ll be able to specialise in micro- or macro- level work in your second year. You’ll also study advanced assessment techniques and a wide range of social policy content. This course can be delivered at part time, so it is perfect for those already working in the field.  

    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 of full time study.

    Year 1 Modules Include:

    • Approaches to Community Organizing and Group Practices
    • Critical Indigenous Knowledges in Social Work
    • Cultural Camp
    • Elders’ Teaching and Indigenous Identity
    • Foundational elective
    • Foundational Field Education (two-term, winter-spring)
    • Holistic Healing Practice
    • Indigenous Research Methodologies
    • Integrating Theory and Practice (two-term, winter-spring course)
    • Introduction to Ethical Thought and Reflexive Practices 
    • Research 1
    • Social Justice and Transformative Social Work Practices
    • Social Work Practice with Individuals
    • The Political and Organizational Contexts of Social Work Practice

    Year 2 Modules Include:

    • Advanced Field Education (three days per week)
    • Advanced Social Work Practice with Individuals
    • Elders’ Teachings and Self-Reflection (fasting camp)
    • Indigenous Kinship Structures and Social Work Practice
    • Indigenous Knowledges and Theory
    • Reflective Group and Community Practice
    • Reflexive Practices
    • Research 2
    • Social Inequality, Poverty and Income Support: A Comparative Perspective
    • Social Justice and Transformative Social Work Practices
    • Two advanced electives

    Learning And Teaching

    Laurier’s Master of Social Work program is delivered primarily through lectures, retreats and seminar sessions, though you will also attend skills sessions, workshops and special events. It is intended to give you the technical, practical and critical skills you’ll need to prosper in this field.

    You’ll also be able to take part in several co-operative education program options. Here you’ll gain vital real world skills and show potential employers that you have something special to offer. 

    Career Possibilities

    Graduates of this program have founded very rewarding careers in fields like adult and children’s mental health, in case management, in community development, in community health agencies of various types, in family and children’s services, in family counselling services, in hospital social work settings, in non-governmental organizations of many kinds, in private practice, in school social work settings, in social agency administration, in social policy analysis and development or n general supervision.

    Entry & Credit

    Successful completion will result in an MSW degree.

    Applicants must typically have completed a Baccalaureate degree which includes social science content, Laurier’s two year MSW-MDiv program, or the international equivalent. Relevant work experience is also necessary.

    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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