Social Work

Social Work

Bachelor of Social Work
Faculty of Applied and Professional Studies

Admission Requirements-for detailed Admission information please contact the Admissions Office at

The social work program will be grounded in principles of social justice, with a particular emphasis on the historical and contemporary position of Aboriginal peoples in Canada, as well as the practice of social work in rural and Northern contexts. The curriculum will be grounded in an intersectional approach to social justice, which acknowledges the salience of diverse identities such as level of ability, race, ethnicity, age, sexuality, among others. A 700 hour practicum will be a core foundation of the program, designed to enable the development of practice skills and the integration of theoretical knowledge with practice. Graduates will have the skills to be self-reflexive and knowledgeable generalist practitioners, with a solid background in the realities of northern and rural contexts.

Program Requirements

Students admitted to the Social Work program in Fall 2015 must take 60 credits, as outlined below. Please refer back to the Social Work program page for Year 3 and Year 4 courses once they are finalized though Nipissing’s Academic Senate.

 In addition, students will also be required to apply for admission into the Professional Years 3 and 4 of the degree program.  For further information please contact the Admissions Office at

Year One of the BSW

SWRK 1006 Foundations of Social Work 3 cr.
Social Science or Professional Studies 3 cr.
Humanities *   6 cr.
Science   6 cr.
Electives **   12 cr.

*It is recommended that students include ACAD 1601 in their first 30 Nipissing credits. ACAD 1601 will count towards three credits of the Humanities requirement.

Recommended list for Electives **
SWLF 1006 Introduction to Social Welfare and Social Development 3 cr.
SOCI 1016 Introduction to Sociology 3 cr.
PSYC 1106 Introduction to Psychology I 3 cr.
PSYC 1107 Introduction to Psychology II 3 cr.
NATI 1005 Madjitang, in the Beginning … An Introduction to Native Studies 6 cr.
GEND 1006 Introduction to Gender, Power, and Justice 3 cr.
CRJS 1087 Introduction to the Canadian Criminal Justice System 3 cr.
CRJS 1206 Introduction to Canadian Law 3 cr.

YEAR 2 of the BSW

In Year 2, students take courses which will enable them to continue on to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree, should they not gain admittance into the professional years of the BSW.

It is recommended students consult the Academic Advising office for course selection for both year 1 and year 2 in the BSW degree program.

Years 3 and 4 (Professional years)

Please refer back to the Social Work program page for Year 3 and Year 4 courses once they are finalized though Nipissing’s Academic Senate.

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