Have you ever wondered how personal problems are caused or affected by society? Ever wanted to understand and do something about injustice? Social Work might be for you.
Social Work emphasizes the social context of what many see as personal problems. Social workers use their skills and knowledge to facilitate change with and for people who are experiencing difficulties in their lives and who struggle with the impact of injustice and oppression.
As social workers, we see personal troubles as inextricably linked to oppressive structures. We believe that social workers must be actively involved in the understanding and transformation of injustices in social institutions and in the struggles of people to maximize control over their own lives.
Focus of Study
Our program prepares graduates for the general practice of social work by developing:
- The capacity to analyze personal, community, family and societal problems – including how social work and social welfare institutions affect and respond to these problems.
- Practical skills such as interviewing, counselling, community development, social action and advocacy.
Applying to the School of Social Work
All Social Sciences students start in the Level 1 program. You will apply for the School of Social Work at the end of your first year. Social Work offers two limited enrolment programs, an Honours B.S.W. and a B.S.W. (post degree) for students who already have a degree. Both programs can be taken full time or part time.
Completion of the requirements of any Level 1 program with a minimum average of 67%. One of: Sociology 1A06 A/B or Social Work 1A06 A/B. Six additional units (two courses) from: Social Sciences 1 courses, and may also include Women Studies 1A03, 1AA3, Peace Studies 1A03.
Submission of an application form to the School of Social Work in the year you plan to start the program, and completion of the Social Work Admissions Test (S.W.A.T.).
Aboriginal applicants may request an alternative admission process.
Honours Bachelor of Social Work B.S.W.
Completion of the requirements of any Level 1 program with a minimum average of 67%. One of: Sociology 1A06 or Social Work 1A06. Six additional units (two courses) from: Social Sciences 1 courses, and may also include Women Studies 1A03, 1AA3, Peace Studies 1A03.
Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W. as a Second Degree)
A completed undergraduate degree from a recognized university.
For a detailed outline of the policies and procedures for application to the undergraduate programs of the School of Social Work at McMaster University visit the website.
For information on specific School of Social Work courses, visit the undergraduate calendar.
You will have two field placements during your degree. Working in a community organization you will:
- Gain real-life experience working with service users and community groups.
- Apply skills and knowledge acquired in academic courses.
- Understand how social service organizations and networks work.
- Collaborate with other professionals and learn social work values and ethics.
- Learn from and be supervised by a practicing social worker.
Social Workers make vital contributions to the community, working in many different settings, including: