Online Learning

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.

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Welcome to Social Development Studies

What is Social Development Studies?

Social Development Studies empowers students to pursue lives and careers dedicated to the promotion of individual and community well-being.  

Social Development Studies (SDS) is a Bachelor of Arts major offering courses in human and social development, including psychology, sociology, and social work. Students develop skills in critical thinking, problem solving, interpersonal relations, leadership, civic engagement, and global citizenship. With a University of Waterloo degree and an SDS major, graduates attain an excellent foundation for graduate studies, professional programs, and careers in human and public service.


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  1. July 17, 2020"A Victory for the People of Ontario"; SDS Professor responds as Nestlé leaves Canada

    Dr. Robert Case was recently interviewed by The Record and The Star on his view of global water giant Nestlé selling their Canadian "Pure Life" bottle business to local Ontario company Ice River Springs.

  2. June 19, 2020SDS Instructor Awarded Governor General's Gold Medal

    Congratulations to Dr. Harrison Oakes for being awarded the Governor General's Gold Medal for highest academic standing in a PhD program across all UW faculties! 

  3. May 13, 2020SDS Alumna share expertise during COVID-19

    Social Development Studies students are driven to help others and promote positive change within their communities. During a time of increased uncertainty, isolation and concern for loved ones, many students are tackling these new challenges with strength and resilience. 

    We'd like to highlight two outstanding SDS alumni, in their efforts to both inform and serve their communities during this pandemic.

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