- Program Length4 Years
- CredentialBachelor Degree
- Location OfferedNanaimo
Note: Effective September 2019 the Disabilities Specialization will no longer be offered. 2018-2019 will be the last intake able to access this specialization. Students who are completing the program on a part-time basis need to consider this when scheduling their courses. Please consult with the program chair for further information.
The purpose of the Bachelor of Social Work degree program at Vancouver Island University is to provide social work education that addresses local, national and global needs.
The goals of the program are derived from the mission statement which seeks to promote the capacity of individuals and communities; to address social issues emanating from the absence of equality and opportunity; and to promote social justice by producing graduates who demonstrate capability in the areas of clinical intervention, research and community development. In addition, this Social Work program will link colleagues in the faculty and other disciplines within the broader Vancouver Island University community with local, national, and/or international organizations. Community study will focus on physical, historical, economic and social dimensions, and the diversity of cultural backgrounds of individual members; encourage critical analysis about the environmental, economic, and social conditions that contribute to community capacity building; incorporate a collaborative approach to community-based social work that includes the application of skills and knowledge and understanding through study within specific focus areas: Disabilities, Older Adults, and Child Welfare.
The Bachelor of Social Work program at Vancouver Island University will accept students into Year 3 of the program and will be delivered through distance education. Students admitted to the program will be expected to:
- Participate in an online orientation prior to program commencement in September.
- Have access to high speed internet.
- Participate in courses that have both asynchronous (online access to course materials) and synchronous (online access to course materials, audio and visual discussion, e.g. Skype) course delivery methods.
In addition to a generalist social work practice degree the Bachelor of Social Work Program at Vancouver Island University offers the following specializations:
A Child Welfare Specialization within the program is available for a limited number of students admitted to the Bachelor of Social Work degree program. Students in a Child Welfare Specialization will complete their fourth year field education in a delegated child protection office. Placement preference will be determined by an applicant's GPA in SOCW 362, SOCW 403, and SOCW 421. Should a tie occur, seats will be allocated for these applicants based on their overall GPA in all Year 3 and Year 4 SOCW courses. Interested students must apply for the specialized field education placement by June 1 prior to entry into their fourth year of the BSW program and anticipate meeting all prerequisite requirements for SOCW 480. Applicants are also required to meet all criteria for Field Education placements located in the Student Field Education Guide. Child Welfare field education placements are block placements and students are required to complete 350 hours concurrent with SOCW 400B. Students completing the BSW program in two years will typically also be enrolled in SOCW 401 and a Social Work elective. For further information, please contact the Bachelor of Social Work Field Education Coordinator.
A Disabilities Specialization within the program is available for students admitted to the Bachelor of Social Work degree program. Interested students must declare their interest in this specialization by contacting the BSW Field Education Coordinator by email before September 15th on commencement of Year 3 of the program and, in addition to required courses needed to graduate, students must complete:
- SOCW 310 (Contemporary Perspectives on Disabilities)
- SOCW 362 (Child Abuse and Neglect Concerns)
- SOCW 410 (Understanding Ethics in the Lives of Persons with Disabilities)
- A Field Education placement with a focus on service to persons with disabilities
Note: The Bachelor of Social Work program charges enhanced tuition fees. Check the Description of Fees and Rates for further information.