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. June 27, 2017Educational tech that’s helping to share the stories of Canada’s historyvirtual reality - Digital Oral Histories for Reconciliation

    Further media coverage for SDS professor's Digital Oral Histories for Reconciliation project

    Last week, the ongoing work of Professor Kristina Llewellyn, a faculty member in Renison’s Social Development Studies department, was featured across the country on CBC as part of a piece looking at the use of virtual reality as an educational tool in

  2. June 15, 2017SDS professor presents new research on community engagement and water issuesRob Case in front of Water Watchers display.
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  3. June 12, 2017SDS Student thesis analyzes social work schools’ response to Truth and Reconciliation CommissionGarrison McCleary


    Garrison McCleary, a student of Social Development Studies at Renison, was curious to know how schools of social work in Ontario are responding to the recommendations of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).

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