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Political & Institutional Change

Social policies and social welfare institutions significantly affect the lives and life chances of individuals and communities. Social workers study and take action to improve and transform them.

Critical Practice & Leadership

'Critical' social work practice and leadership recognizes and attempts to address the historical and social inequities that cause (or make worse) individual, family and community troubles. Critical approaches also recognize the contradictions and harms of social work and social policies.

Advocacy & Support

Social workers are actively involved in supporting people and communities to gain access and voice in decision making, in their own lives and circumstances and in the public sphere.

Struggles for Social Justice

Injustice - dismissal of and violence against indigenous people, disabled people, people labeled 'mad', racialized people, women, people who are queer, people who are old - is embedded in society. Social workers strive to understand, challenge and transform social injustice.

What you need to know about political extremism in 2017

Ameil Joseph of McMaster University's School of Social Work weighs in on the extremist movements on either end of the political spectrum.

Mar 16, 2017

Hamilton women fight to reshape the legal profession

School of Social Work alumnae are part of a growing campaign to spread the message about why law needs feminism. Current law school students, Romita Sur and Zaynab Al-Waadh are involved with a national initiative – #LawNeedsFeminismBecause – meant to incite discussion and help reshape the legal profession. Sur, 24, and Al-Waadh, 23, spoke with The Spectator about the idea behind the campaign and how their experiences in Hamilton impact the work they do now.

Mar 08, 2017

Honours BSW Student to Receive Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA)

Maddie Brockbank, an Honours BSW student, has been selected to receive a Summer Undergraduate Student Research Award for Summer 2017 through the Office of Experiential Education. Maddie’s project will be about examining male-identified students’ perspectives of sexual violence on Canadian university campuses.

Mar 07, 2017

McMaster School of Social Work News

The latest news, discussion topics and announcements from the School of Social Work.

Feb 28, 2017

McMaster study looking at ways to prevent homelessness among youth with intellectual, developmental disabilities

Researchers from the School of Social Work are working with six co-researchers with intellectual and developmental disabilities and experiences of homelessness (three of which are pictured above) on a project aimed at finding ways to prevent youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities from falling through the cracks.

Feb 13, 2017

Putting Alt-right racism in context

Ameil Joseph (School of Social Work) reflects on knowing that we've been raised in racism, how native languages become "inferior", Canadian colonialism, changing perspectives and the rise of racist propaganda in OUR TIMES, Canada's Independent Labour Magazine.

Feb 09, 2017

B.S.W. Honours Bachelor of Social Work

Students who have completed a level I program can apply to the Honours BSW program. The School of Social work aims to provide the milieu and learning resources for students at the undergraduate level to prepare themselves for the general practice of social work. Study is based on a search for the principles of social justice. Preparation for the general practice of social work requires the development of competence in effecting change in a variety of situations affecting individuals, families, groups, organizations or communities in the broader society based on a knowledge of social structure, human behaviour, social welfare services, and social work methods.

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B.S.W. Bachelor of Social Work (Post Degree)

Students who have completed an undergraduate degree from a recognized university can apply to our B.S.W. post degree program. The School of Social work aims to provide the milieu and learning resources for students at the undergraduate level to prepare themselves for the general practice of social work. Study is based on a search for the principles of social justice. Preparation for the general practice of social work requires the development of competence in effecting change in a variety of situations affecting individuals, families, groups, organizations or communities in the broader society based on a knowledge of social structure, human behaviour, social welfare services, and social work methods.

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M.S.W. Master of Social Work Critical Analysis

The primary objective of the MSW: Critical Analysis of Social Work is to provide opportunities for students to develop knowledge and skills necessary for the critical analysis of social work, and to examine the challenges and possibilities of working toward more inclusive and just policies and practices in the future.

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M.S.W. Master of Social Work Critical Leadership in Social Services and Communities

The primary objective of the MSW: Critical Leadership in Social Services and Communities is to foster progressive leadership in the community and social service sectors.

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Ph.D. Doctor of Philosophy in Social Justice

Building on our unique MSW program that emphasizes the critical analysis of social policy, social work practice and leadership, the PhD program focuses on social work and social justice. It is designed to stimulate and support scholarship on the ways in which social policies and social work practices can contribute to redressing social inequalities and enhancing social justice.

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G.Dip. Graduate Diploma in Critical Leadership in Social Services and Communities

The Graduate Diploma in Critical Leadership in Social Services and Communities is grounded in a recognition of the contemporary conditions of social service and community work, and in expansive and critical definitions of leadership. The diploma aims to enhance progressive leadership in the community and social service sectors. All students admitted to the program will have experience as leaders in community or social service settings. The Graduate Diploma enhances critical leadership practice through an academic exploration of issues that deliberately and consistently draws on students’ own leadership experiences

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Minor Interdisciplinary minor in Social Justice and Inclusive Communities

New in Fall 2017! The minor in Social Justice and Inclusive Communities provides students with the opportunity to understand structures and processes underlying social marginalization, and to explore the range of ways people and communities work to bring about social justice, equity, and inclusion.

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