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. Dec. 18, 2017SDS Student Chelsea Campbell - recipient of the GreenHouse Social Impact FundChelsea Campbell

    Social Development Studies student Chelsea Campbell was recently awarded the GreenHouse Social Impact Showcase – Social Impact Fund.  Chelsea is establishing an online platform for youth and young adults with cancer so they can find meaningful connections.

  2. Dec. 1, 2017SDS Professor Kristina Llewellyn leads province-wide equity knowledge network teamEquity Knowledge Netwrk (RSEKN)

    The University of Waterloo and Renison University College are part of a team that has been awarded $1 million from Ontario's Ministry of Education to create an equity knowledge network.

  3. Sep. 28, 2017SDS Professor Craig Fortier brings Speaking Fruit to RenisonSpeaking Fruit

    With colourful produce, a virtual reality film and lively soundscape, Speaking Fruit aims to share strategies and build alliances between movements for racial, food and labour justice, while distributing these messages to the public.

    Beginning with a single question posed to migrant farmworkers in Southern Ontario, the project asks: “If the fruits you grow and pick could speak from dinner tables, refrigerators and grocery aisles, what would you want them to say?”

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  1. Mar. 26, 2018Public Lecture: Challenging Assumptions - Using Research to Evaluate Child Welfare Worker Qualifications

    Join us in the Dunker Family Lounge (REN 1303) to hear Dr. Kristen Lwin speak on the historical changes and impact of the required qualifications for child welfare workers. Refreshments will be provided and there will be a chance to meet with her following the presentation.

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