Social Development Studies (SDS) has been providing alternatives to in class learning for over 20 years. Our required courses and many elective courses are already offered regularly in online format, so it’s possible for SDS students to complete their degree exclusively online. This makes for a smooth transition to remote learning, as we continue to offer a variety of established online course offerings to our degree seeking students.
About Social Development Studies
Education for social impact
Studying social change at Canada’s innovation university requires creativity and courage, not just theories and formulas. The flexible options in the Social Development Studies (SDS) program allow students to pursue their passion for changing the world.
Our students want to make a difference and solve the problems they see in the world around them. SDS combines psychology, sociology, social work and interdisciplinary SDS courses. Students gain an understanding of how to approach social issues from different angles. Knowledge and skills gained in small classes (capped at 60 students) and hands-on obtained experience will prepare you for a career in social work, counselling, education, public service, human resources, law, or in community or international service organizations.
Who can take Social Development Studies?
The SDS program takes in students directly from high school, as college transfer students, mature students, and students looking to study online or part time.
Students apply directly to SDS from each of those avenues through the University of Waterloo.
- Social Work
- Cultural Diversity
- Individual Well-Being and Development
- Social Policy and Social Action
After nearly four years, Liz is almost done her BA in SDS (with a specialization in education and a minor in English). Why did she choose to come to Renison, and more importantly, why will it be so hard to leave?
|Head of Legal||Engage Pakistan|
Student-Parent Support Worker/ Tutor Facilitator
|Pathways to Education|
|Child and Youth Counselor||Lutherwood|
|Coordinator of Care||Participation House|
|Global Learning Coordinator||University of Waterloo|
|Manager||Parents for Community Living|
Engagement and Wellness,
Social Development Studies Living Learning Community
All first-year SDS students are part of the Living-Learning Community at Renison, and those who choose to live in residence get grouped into "clusters" of 8-16 students living within larger residence communities. This arrangement gives you the opportunity to live near classmates and meet people from other academic programs.
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Check out the exciting exchange opportunities available to you both at home and abroad through the Renison International Office.