Welcome to the School of Social Work

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The School of Social Work is preparing a new generation of practitioners, researchers, and change agents through theory and practice opportunities to facilitate the collective welfare and wellbeing of all people and promote human rights and social justice.

We have distinguished ourselves through strong academics as well as a skills-oriented approach to social work practice. A cornerstone of our program is our approach to teaching and learning through interactive and stimulating environments on campus and online.

Our post-BA Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) (Honours) program is available through full-time and part-time studies. This program provides students with a first-level professional Social Work degree.

Our course-based, Health-focused Master of Social Work (MSW) program is available through full-time and part-time studies. The mostly online format makes the program accessible to students across Canada.



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.

The School of Social Work faculty are nationally and internationally known for their teaching, scholarship, contributions to the field of study and active participation. They are focused on agency-based social work practice, student education, and knowledge-building through research.

We invite you to explore our website and learn more about the school’s teaching and learning environment. The web site is organized to provide easy access to information about our various programs and activities, introduce you to the people who make up the school community, and link you to useful social work resources. If you have any questions or concerns, we're only an e-mail or phone call away.


renison.socialwork@uwaterloo.ca

Marion Reid, 519-884-4404, ext. 28626

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Our Bachelor of Social Work program and our Master of Social Work program are accredited by the Canadian Association for Social Work Education.

  1. Nov. 25 to 26, 2017Introduction to Indigenous perspectives and knowledge

    Interested in decolonizing education?

    This workshop offers a critical Indigenous perspective related to the policies of social control of Indigenous people in the late 1800 to 1900's.

    Topics include:

    • Child welfare
    • Foster care
    • Residential schools
    • Criminal justice
    • Intergenerational trauma

    This workshop will establish the context of contact and colonization and introduces cultural learning protocols, land protocols, and Indigegogy. 

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