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Program length

2 years

Credential

Diploma

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TUITION & FEES


Canadian
Total: $12,493.00

International
Total: $39,013.00

 
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ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

  • 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or equivalent
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Course Listing

You must complete 26 courses to graduate. Courses are listed below by term to show the recommended path to completing the program in two years as a full-time student.

Course CodeTitleCredit
Term 1 - 16 weeks
ENGL2550 (O)
The course has a strong focus on essay composition and analysis. The assignments are designed to encourage critical and analytical reading, thinking, and writing. This course also introduces and demonstrates the APA method of citation. Prerequisites: 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or 70% in English Language Arts 30-2 or equivalent.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
HEED1000 (O)
Gain an overview of the physical, social, psychological, environmental, and spiritual aspects of personal health and wellness within the context of the community, the Canadian health-care system, and the global environment. Lifestyle choices are introduced as physical and social determinants affecting personal health and the health of others. Learn how to take responsibility for your own health and to advocate for the health of others.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
PSYC1040 (O)
This course is the basic foundation course in psychology. It provides an introduction to the scientific study of behaviour and the mind. This course examines the evolution of psychology, research methods, descriptive statistics, the brain and behaviour, human lifespan development, sensation and perception, states of consciousness, conditioning and learning, and memory. Note: Students with credit in another introductory psychology course may not be eligible for credit in this course. Please check with the Program Chair.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
SOWK1010 (O)
Study the history of social work and its evolution as a profession as the foundation for understanding social work’s current roles and practices. Learn about social policy, political structures, social issues, and practice with diverse client groups.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
SOWK1020
Focus is on the helping process, which is the essence of social work practice. Examine the qualities and values of the helper in the context of multicultural practice. Study communication theory, techniques, and interviewing skills. Apply theory and skills to case studies and role-play scenarios.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
SOWK1023
Develop and heighten your awareness of and readiness for social work field education. Learn reflectively and analytically through practice-oriented activities such as case studies, role plays, and agency visits to build skills and a value for professional ethics and competence reflective of the social work helping process.
  • 0 Lecture
  • 30 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
2
Term 2 - 16 weeks
ENGL1011 (O)
This course introduces students to formal and rhetorical writing practices at the post-secondary level, with an emphasis on literary analysis and close reading. Instruction and practice will be integrated with the study of literature drawn from a broad range of historical periods, cultural perspectives, social contexts, and literary genres (including fiction, poetry, drama, non-fiction articles and essays, news media, and other cultural texts). Specific themes and texts will vary between sections.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
PSYC1050 (O)
Build on your introductory knowledge of the scientific study of behaviour and the mind. Focus on the study of cognition (thinking), intelligence and creativity, motivation and emotion, personality, health, stress, and coping, psychological disorders, therapies, and social behaviour. Note: Students with credit in another introductory psychology course may not be eligible for credit in this course. Please check with the Program Chair.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
SOCI1000 (O)
Explore introductory sociology through the study of social relations, community, and society. Learn about the institutions of Canadian society, such as family, politics, ethnicity, education, and religion.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
SOWK1026
Apply previously learned concepts of social work practice in a practicum setting. Demonstrate knowledge and application of social work interviewing and assessment skills at a beginner level.
  • 0 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 200 Work Experience
4
SOWK1030
Build on theory and practice skills and integrate communication and interview skills with theoretical models and concepts to provide a framework for client assessment. Learn a systematic approach to effectively assess and intervene with clients.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
Term 3 - 8 weeks
SOWK1027
Apply previously learned concepts of social work practice in a practicum setting. Demonstrate knowledge and application of social work interviewing and assessment skills at a beginner level.
  • 0 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 150 Work Experience
3
SOWK1040
Study concepts that address oppression and oppressed peoples, from a historical and a contemporary perspective and apply these concepts to social work practice models. Explore issues associated with internalized dominance and oppression. Apply different theories and perspectives to provide a framework for practice.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
Term 4 - 16 weeks
POLS1010 (O)
This course explores the development of Canadian political institutions and political issues in Canada.  The student will learn about contemporary Canadian politics by examining the evolution of federalism, the Constitution, parliament, Aboriginal and minority rights, the welfare state, multiculturalism, and similar topics.  The course focuses on teaching critical thinking and writing skills by testing normative and empirical theories against Canadian historical and contemporary evidence.  Transfer: UC
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
PSYC2010 (O)
Study the biological, cognitive, moral, emotional, and social changes that occur in an individual during the human lifespan. Transfer: UC
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
SOWK2010
Examine the theory and definitions of community, community organization, and community development, as well as related concepts. Consider power and equity in relation to oppression, and apply models of intervention and strategies for change to diverse communities. Study the varied roles of the social worker in community practice and apply principles of community work.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
SOWK2020
Focus on the processes and dynamics of group work in social work practice. Explore the theoretical underpinnings of group work with an emphasis on skill development. Focus on identifying values and practices that differ across cultures and consequently impact group work. Examine a variety of group types, phases of group development, intervention techniques, and leadership qualities.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
SOWK2023
This course provides a forum for senior social work students to reflect upon and consolidate their learning from the Year 1 practicum experience and prepare for the Year 2 agency-based practicum in the spring. Drawing upon their previous practicum experience and a broader theoretical and conceptual knowledge base, students will have the opportunity to increase their skills and competence in advance of the Year 2 practicum.
  • 0 Lecture
  • 30 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
2
SOWK2030
Focus on the role of the social worker in assessing, intervening in, and supporting the family across its lifespan. Examine families as a unique social institution as well as from the student’s personal experience. Explore the historical evolution of family member roles, functions, and characteristics.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
Term 5 - 16 weeks
SOWK2026
Apply previously learned theory and practice to work with individuals, families, groups, communities, and/or organizations. Integrate practicum experience with classroom learning.
  • 0 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 200 Work Experience
4
SOWK2040
Study social policy and its relationship to and impact on social work. Discuss social policy concepts and apply them to a variety of Canadian policy issues and societal trends. Examine the benefits and disadvantages of established social policies from the perspectives of marginalized groups.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
SOWK2050
Approach mental health from a holistic and multicultural practice perspective. Examine the traditional medical model of illness and non-traditional cultural practices in mental health. Explore common mental health disorders in relationship to different cultural groups.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
SOWK2060
Examine in-depth two common abuse situations in contemporary family contexts: violence and addictions. Understand the cycle of violence and its impact on families and communities. Identify addictive substances and behaviours, issues associated with power and control, and impact they have on diverse communities.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
Elective3
Term 6 - 8 weeks
SOWK2027
Apply previously learned theory and practice to work with individuals, families, groups, communities, and/or organizations. Integrate practicum experience with classroom learning.
  • 0 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 150 Work Experience
3
SOWK2070
Identify and understand the role of social workers as managers within many types of organizations. Learn the major functions of management and the importance of administration in organizations that provide social services. Examine attitudes and issues relevant to social work in light of the different responsibilities of the social work manager.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3

Additional note

Courses marked with (O) are available as Open Studies courses.

Elective: One three-credit undergraduate university transfer course offered at NorQuest College or elsewhere.