Social Work Diploma
Faculty of Health and Community Studies
School of Social Work
At MacEwan University, social work students learn how to create meaningful change. You are the catalyst in the lives of others that helps them move forward in a positive manner. In this constantly evolving field, MacEwan University prepares students with the competency and professional skills to practice in a social work setting.
For more than 45 years, the university has earned a reputation for graduating skilled, compassionate and professional social workers. Social workers assess and respond to human problems at both an individual and a societal level.
MacEwan University combines a strong academic approach to social work with direct practice field placements and university level electives. Diversity and work with different cultures is integrated into all aspects of the program.
As professionals in a country that upholds respect for diversity, and in keeping with democratic rights and freedoms, social workers respect the distinct systems of beliefs and lifestyles of individuals, families, groups communities and nations without prejudice (United Nations Centre for Human Rights, 1992). Specifically, social workers do not tolerate discrimination based on age, abilities, ethnic background, gender, language, marital status, national ancestry, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation or socio-economic status. Taken from the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) Code of Ethics, copyright 2005.
Graduates of the program are eligible to apply to the Alberta College of Social Workers to become registered social workers (RSW). Graduates can enter the workforce immediately upon graduation or, if eligible, apply to continue their studies in the MacEwan Bachelor of Social Work. Graduates may choose to work in a broad range of social work related areas, including:
- services to families, children and youth
- addiction and mental health
- community health and social service agencies
- correctional services agencies
- employment assistance programs
- family counselling agencies
- health and long-term care organizations
- immigration and settlement services
- preventive social services
- non-profit community agencies
- school boards
- services to seniors
Robbins Health Learning Centre
Room 9-505, 10910 - 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5J 4S2
For information on the Bachelor of Social Work go to MacEwan.ca/BSW
Program of Study
|SOWK 101||Social Work Philosophy and Ethics 1||3|
|SOWK 102||Introduction to Social Work Practice 1||3|
|SOWK 105||Field Placement 2||4|
|ENGL 102||Analysis and Argument||3|
|PSYC 104||Introductory Psychology I||3|
|SOCI 100||Introductory Sociology||3|
|SOWK 110||Social Work Practice Methods I 1||3|
|SOWK 111||Social Work With Families||3|
|SOWK 112||Social Work With Children and Adolescents||3|
|SOWK 115||Field Placement 2||4|
|ENGL 103||Approaches to Literature: Trends and Traditions||3|
|ELEC||Select one Arts and Science Elective||3|
|SOWK 201||Group Work 1||3|
|SOWK 202||Social Work Practice Methods II 1||3|
|SOWK 204||Social Policy and Anti-Oppressive Practice||3|
|SOWK 205||Field Placement 2||4|
|POLS 101||Introduction to Politics||3|
|ELEC||Select one Arts and Science Elective||3|
|SOWK 203||Mental Health, Trauma and Addictions||3|
|SOWK 210||Community Practice Methods III||3|
|SOWK 211||Social Work Methods IV||3|
|SOWK 215||Field Placement 2||4|
|ELEC||Select two Arts and Science Electives||6|
The minimum passing grade for this course is a C-.
The minimum passing grade for this course is CR.
The minimum passing grade for a course at MacEwan University is a D unless otherwise noted next to the appropriate course in the program of study.
Students admitted to this program are presumed to be capable of fulfilling the academic requirements of their program with, if applicable, provision of reasonable accommodation. The reasonable accommodation of students with disabilities shall not require the University to lower its standards, academic or otherwise, nor shall it relieve a student of the responsibility to develop and demonstrate the essential skills and competencies expected of all students pursuing the program (policy E3400, Students with Disabilities).
Regulations Governing Field Practicum (Work Integrated Learning)
Students must achieve satisfactory performance in all field placement courses in accordance with the course learning outcomes and grading criteria. Field placement hours may include days, evenings and weekends. Students are required to arrange their own transportation for required field placement activities and any costs incurred for meals, travel, parking and accommodation are the student's responsibility. Students will require daily access to a vehicle for any practice experience not accessible through public transportation. Required field placements will generally be within a 150 km radius of the MacEwan University site. Students cannot be in attendance at field placement agencies as a MacEwan University student except at times and locations authorized by the field placement course instructor for the course in which the student is currently enrolled. Students must comply with policy C2060 Work Integrated Learning regarding field placements. Students must have completed all prerequisite courses as well as all program and agency specific requirements (i.e. which could include vaccinations and supporting documents) prior to the start of any field placement course. In accordance with policy C2060 Work Integrated Learning, the University reserves the right, at any point during a field placement, to remove a student from the placement for serious performance issues (i.e. engaging in behaviours that place a client and/or others at risk or that is contrary to the professional or safety requirements of the placement). In such cases and with the concurrence of the Dean, the student will be assigned a grade of F in the course. Although this decision may be appealed according to policy E3103 Student Appeals, the student will not be permitted to remain in the field placement during the appeal.
Police Information Check
A student must meet the specific Security Clearance / Police Information Check requirements including Vulnerable Sector and Intervention Check as set out in the admission criteria for the duration of the program or they may be required to withdraw from the program.