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Curriculum and course outlines

 

Curriculum and Program Requirements

One Year (Full-Time) and Two Year (Part-Time) MSW degree requirements:

The Master of Social Work (MSW) program is a course-based curriculum, which includes two core courses (delivered as mandatory, on campus, one-week block courses), four other required core lecture/seminar courses (12 weeks each, delivered online), plus two elective courses (12 weeks each, delivered online). In addition, students must complete four milestones: a supervised 462 hour Practicum milestone (minimum of two 7-hour days per week), a Field Integration Seminar milestone (delivered online), an Academic Integrity milestone and a Masters Seminar Presentation (Capstone) milestone. There is no research/thesis option. This program meets all University of Waterloo post-graduate degree requirements.

The initial and final core courses in the program are held on the Renison University College campus as one-week summer block courses offered in Summer Institutes. The initial Summer Institute is held in late August and the final Summer Institute will occur in August of a student's graduating year. Attendance at both Summer Institutes is mandatory in order to graduate.

All students in the Full-Time and Part-Time MSW degree must complete all credits at a minimum 75% overall average including the compulsory and elective credits required in order to graduate from the program. 
 

The dates of the initial Summer Institute, SWK 600R: Diversity and Health, for full-time and part-time students starting their studies in the fall 2017, will be from Monday August 21 to Sunday August 27, 2017. For those travelling from a distance, arriving on Sunday August 20 is recommended - and you are advised NOT to book your return flight before 6.00pm on the final day.

Information about board and lodging options and further information about the course schedule will be sent to admitted students.

The program runs from 9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Saturday, and from 9.00am to 2.00pm on Sunday. Some evening activities will be organised through the week. Students will be required to stay until the close of the course, at 2.00pm on Sunday. No exceptions will be considered.

NOTE: Further course assignments will be due after the on-campus week has finished.

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The dates of the final Summer Institute, SWK 601R: Health Policy, for full-time and part-time students concluding their studies in the summer 2016, will be from Monday August 14 to Sunday August 20, 2017. For those travelling from a distance, arriving on Sunday  August 6 is recommended - and you are advised NOT to book your return flight before 6.00pm on the final day.

Information about board and lodging ooptions and further information about the course schedule will be sent to admitted students.

The program runs from 9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Saturday, and from 9.00am to 2.00pm on Sunday. Some evening activities will be organised through the week. Students will be required to stay until the close of the course, at 2.00pm on Sunday. No exceptions will be considered.

NOTE: Following the on-campus week, this course continues with one week on-line discussion. The final paper will be due approximately August 26** (final date still to be determined).

**Students will be completed all requirements for SWK 601R by August 26 at latest.


Both full-time and part-time students learn though interactive online courses featuring a variety of rich media and opportunities for engagement.  Online delivery is provided by the Centre for Extended Learning (CEL)

NOTE: Access to reliable high-speed internet service, and good computer/internet literacy, is essential in order to have the best experience with our online courses. 


The MSW will be completed within one year for full-time students (3 terms per year).

Part-time students can complete their degree within two years of initial program entry. Final completion of the program is in line with the Graduate Studies Office, Graduate Calendar, regulations

All graduate students must maintain continuous registration for each term of the program.

While in the program, students should expect to spend a minimum of 10-12 hours/week on each course. Full-time students should expect to spend at least 36 hours/week on coursework.

Additional program information is available on the Graduate Studies Office webpages.

Course outlines

CORE COURSES:

SWK 600R Diversity and Health

SWK 601R Health Policy

SWK 602R Social Work Practice in Health

SWK 603R Critical Exploration of Supervision and Leadership Roles for Social Workers

SWK 604R Evaluation of Health and Human Service Programs

SWK 605R Knowledge Mobilization and Evidence-Based Practice

ELECTIVES (only two electives must be completed to fulfil the program requirements).  

SWK 608R Health Issues and Ethics ** (elective)

SWK 609R Social Work Practice in Mental Health ** (elective)

SWK 672R International Experience (elective - winter term)

SWK 610R Substance Abuse & Chemical Dependency **(elective - fall term)

** Note: Students are required to take one of either:

*Students may not take both SWK 609R: Social Work Practice in Mental Health, and SWK 610R: Substance Abuse and Chemical Dependency

 Other electives may become available throughout the year and will be shared as an elective option with students at that time. 

MILESTONES (all four Milestones must be completed to fulfil the program requirements).

Academic Integrity

Practicum

Integration Seminar

Masters Seminar Presentation (Capstone)

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For full course syllabi, posted term by term please see:  The Centre for Extended Learning Course Search.  Select the term - and select 'Social Work Master (SWK) - and then click 'search' to reveal each term's SWK courses. You'll see the detailed syllabus linked within each course.


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Practicum

Students are assigned a community-based field practicum in an approved agency or organization. It is expected that the student will: demonstrate a growing capacity for professional development and assessment of his or her own practice; develop and demonstrate a meaningful relationship with the field setting and be willing to be open and constructively critical of social service conditions affecting clients, including both an understanding of policies and procedures and an ability to use these policies and procedures as well as the physical and human resources to benefit clients; demonstrate an ability to use field instruction appropriately; demonstrate an ability to identify and describe the client population; organize and interpret information/data for assessment, and prepare and execute an advanced plan for treatment and/or action including working with a client to develop short and long-term goals as well as strategies. [Note: An online Integration Seminar runs concurrently with the Practicum.]

Department consent required

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Integration Seminar

Social work curriculum and field education are organised around specific learning objectives which link student learning to the promotion of excellence in social work education, scholarship, and social justice which are applicable to individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations. Students will demonstrate through discussion and assignments that he or she understands and has a commitment to the social work profession and its basic values of human dignity and personal worth. Students will use real life examples from the practicum placement to demonstrate an advanced understanding of the link from theory to practice. [Note: Practicum runs concurrently with the Integration Seminar.]

Department consent required

 

Masters Seminar Presentation (Capstone) 

The capstone presentation is intended to be both a synthesizing experience and a culminating experience; the focus is on the development of the “professional self”. The capstone presentation is a student-directed demonstration of beginning master’s level practitioner competence developed over the student’s career, a chronicle of career development and reflection and a glimpse into the student’s professional future learning through a plan for continued growth. It is a scholarly and creative collection of artifacts accumulated through course work, field practicum and daily experiences that demonstrate the students’ abilities to articulate a model of practice and sense of the integration of the domains of professional social work. The capstone presentation culminates in designated days of students sharing their learnings. Like the practicum, it will be graded as credit/non-credit. 

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For full-time and part-time students STARTING their studies in the summer 2017, the dates of the first on-campus Summer Institute, SWK 600R: Diversity and Health, will be from Monday August 21 to Sunday August 27, 2017, inclusive. 

For those travelling from a distance, arriving at Renison the day before the program starts is recommended - and you are advised NOT to book return flights before 6.00pm on the final day. The program runs from 9.30am to 4.30pm daily and from 9.00am to 2.00pm on Sunday. Students will be required to stay until the close of the course, at 2.00pm on Sunday.  No exceptions will be considered.

NOTE: Further assignments are due during August/September, after the week's on-campus course has concluded.


For full-time and part-time students COMPLETING their studies in the summer 2017 the date of the final on campus Summer Institute, SWK 601R: Health Policy, will be from Monday August 14 to Sunday August 20, 2017, inclusive.  

For those travelling from a distance, arrival at Renison the day before the program starts is recommended - and you are advised NOT to book return flights before 6.00pm on the final day. The program runs from 9.30am to 4.30pm daily and from 9.00am to 2.00pm on Sunday. Students will be required to stay until the close of the course, at 2.00pm on Sunday.  No exceptions will be considered.

NOTE: Following the on-campus week, this course continues with one week on-line discussion. The final paper will be due approximately August 26** (final date still to be determined).

**Students will be completed all requirements for SWK 601R by August 26 at latest.

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