In the current situation of the COVID-19 pandemic the School of Social Work is supporting students by offering all of its Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) courses online. These online courses have been in place for several years, typically accessed by part-time students who take some of their BSW courses online. These courses have been developed and refined over time, and offer the same academically rigorous and experiential learning experiences as in-person classes.
About the Bachelor of Social Work
The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) is a 10 month full time program (with a part time option) that is an excellent option for anyone who is looking to become a registered Social Worker. We understand that students who are interested in this degree can come from a variety of educational backgrounds, making the pathway to obtaining a BSW unique for each of you. This pathways page is designed to help you understand how you can attain a BSW degree from Renison.
Who can take a BSW?
The School of Social Work seeks to reflect a diverse student population and welcomes applications from qualified individuals of all ages, gender identities, cultural, racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds, sexual orientations, and abilities.
Admission requirements for full-time and part-time studies to the BSW program include an academic component (which requires completion of an undergraduate BA degree with no exceptions), an English language requirement, resume, references and a personal statement. For a full list of admission requirements please visit the School of Social Work website.
Accreditation of professional social work education programs in Canada is a function of the Canadian Association for Social Work Education(CASWE), a national association of university and college faculties, schools, departments, modules, and individuals offering professional education in social work at the undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate levels.
CASWE accredits professional social work education Programs in Canada at bachelor and master levels. Accreditation is focussed on a Program of study as opposed to an institution, such as school, faculty, or department. The Bachelor of Social Work in the School of Social Work is an accredited Program.
Field placements and experiential learning
Field education is an integral educational component of the BSW Program and is designed to provide students with opportunities for:
- A minimum of 720 hours of field-based learning experiences in community agencies. Full-time students are in their placement settings 3 days per week throughout the program. Part-time students may negotiate their practicum hours with the agency but with a minimum of two 7-hour days per week, Monday-Friday.
- The application of social work theory to practice in a social work setting
- Regular professional field instruction
- Professional development as generalist social work practitioners through work with individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations
- An Integration Seminar designed to help students integrate field experiences with academic course content