Our educational mission is to prepare generalist social work practitioners skilled in critical self-reflection and in working with individuals, families, groups and communities. In particular, we endeavour to prepare Indigenous social workers and child welfare practitioners and we emphasize structural, feminist, Indigenous and anti-oppressive analyses.
Our scholarly mission is to share and create collective knowledge and understanding through engaging in critical enquiry and by supporting research and innovative curriculum development at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Our practice mission is to act on social justice issues through community change initiatives and anti-oppressive social work. Our political and social responsibility is to participate in and reflect community experiences in all our efforts to challenge oppressive societal structures.
Alternatively, students may complete their 3rd year courses on-campus with 4th year courses via distance education. Please note that SOCW 356 is only available through distance education and some 4th year courses may be available on campus depending on enrolment/resources. The School works with students to facilitate completion of field placements in geographic areas of their choice, provided suitable placements are available (please see HSD Regulations Concerning Practica).
All students admitted to the BSW program or taking social work courses must have regular and reliable access to an up-to-date computer and high-speed internet for the duration of their program of studies. Students will also need to ensure their computer or other devices have the technology to allow them to participate in web-conferencing and to record digital and audio recording for some assignments. Students require a UVic Netlink ID with a UVic e-mail address.
Application packages are available on the School of Social Work website the first week of December of each year. The deadline for application and document submission is January 31st for a September entry point.
Completion of a minimum of the first two years (30 units) of an undergraduate program at UVic, with an overall average of at least 3.5 (on the UVic 9.0 point scale) or better, or the equivalent at another university or community college on the last 12 units of university-transfer course work at the time of application (up to and including December).
Within the required 30 units, completion of SOCW 200A and 200B or their equivalents. 24 units should be completed from within general education subject areas. It is highly recommended that SOCW 200A and SOCW 200B or equivalents are completed prior to submitting a BSW application. Both courses MUST be completed by the September BSW start.
Students in the School of Social Work must maintain a sessional GPA of 3.5 in both third and fourth years; otherwise they may be required to withdraw from the School. Students are required to follow the professional conduct guidelines below, and may be required to withdraw from the School for violating these provisions.
In addition to SOCW 200A and 200B, students are advised to take a variety of courses in the liberal arts, social sciences and humanities.
Prerequisites for all Social Work courses: 30 units including SOCW 200A and 200B. See the course descriptions for pre- or corequisite of Social Work courses.
See SOCW 404 or 404A course descriptions for pre- and corequisites.