Location
Start Dates

  • August 29, 2019
  • September 01, 2020
Duration

6Terms

Course Delivery

  • In Class

Domestic: CAD $11,282
International: CAD $32,639

This is a 2-year program if taken full-time (4 terms of study plus 2 practicum placements).

We are no longer accepting applications for the August 2019 intake.

We are no longer accepting applications for the September 2020 intake.

A number of required courses for the Social Work Diploma are offered through Open Studies and can be taken without being registered in the program.

Please see list of required courses below.

Program Description

The Social Work Diploma program will teach you how to engage with others to help themselves. You will enhance the well-being of individuals, families, and communities. While you learn the skills for social work practice, you will also develop a unique multicultural focus.

Learners registered in this program will need to write the Test of Workplace Essential Skills (TOWES) assessment in semester one.

If you are a full-time learner, you can complete this program in two years. This would include four terms and two practicum placements.

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Domestic Applicants

Prospective Student Centre
South Campus – Main Floor
info@bowvalleycollege.ca
403-410-1402

International Learner Applicants

International Education
North Campus – Third Floor
international@bowvalleycollege.ca
403-410-3476


Admission Requirements

Academic requirements
  • Credit in English 30-1 or a minimum of 65% in English 30-2 or equivalent

Or

  • Successful completion of the General Educational Development (GED) test with a standard score of 520 in Language Arts: Reading and Writing

Or

Pre-practicum requirement

A current Police Information Check (PIC) with a Vulnerable Sector Search (VSS) must be submitted prior to practicum placements. The existence of a criminal record may postpone or prevent clinical, practicum, or field work placements and, subsequently, successful completion of the program.

English language proficiency requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should see the English language proficiency requirements page for details. 


Transferability
Additional certification

Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for the Registered Social Worker (RSW) designation with the Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW).

Course Listings Request More Information
Domestic Applicants

Prospective Student Centre
South Campus – Main Floor
info@bowvalleycollege.ca
403-410-1402

International Learner Applicants

International Education
North Campus – Third Floor
international@bowvalleycollege.ca
403-410-3476

Course Listing


Curriculum subject to change

Term 1

Required CoursesCredit

This first-year composition course introduces learners to academic writing and critical thinking. They read and analyze sociopolitical, cultural, and gender issues in texts with an emphasis on experiences of people whose voices were historically silenced, particularly those of Indigenous communities in Canada. Learners develop strategies to communicate their own ideas and integrate them with those of others by quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing source material. Learners present their written assignments professionally according to APA formatting guidelines.

Course Delivery
Real-time Online A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place through scheduled interaction through the use of online communications technologies at locations of the learners own choosing. Learners ARE required to participate in online learning activities at scheduled times, and scheduled exams may be required. Blended A mixed course delivery mode where learning activity takes place through a blend of scheduled in-class and online delivery methods. Learners ARE required to participate in scheduled in-class learning activities and one or more forms of online activity. Scheduled exams may be required. Combined Online A course delivery mode that combines elements of any-time and real-time activity. Learners will be able to participate partly at times of their own choosing and are also required to participate in some scheduled online learning activities. Scheduled exams may be required. In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

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.

Course Delivery
In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

This introductory course provides learners with a basic understanding and overview of the field of psychology. Attention is given to major psychological perspectives and the fundamentals of scientific thinking, biological factors, cognitive processes, social and cultural influences, personality, psychological disorders, and human motivation. Learners are encouraged to apply what they learn to their own lives and the world around them.

Course Delivery
Real-time Online A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place through scheduled interaction through the use of online communications technologies at locations of the learners own choosing. Learners ARE required to participate in online learning activities at scheduled times, and scheduled exams may be required. Combined Online A course delivery mode that combines elements of any-time and real-time activity. Learners will be able to participate partly at times of their own choosing and are also required to participate in some scheduled online learning activities. Scheduled exams may be required. In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

This is the introductory course for social work. The history of social work and its evolution as a profession are examined as the foundation on which an understanding of social work's current roles and practices are based. The Learner's beliefs and values and the relationship of these elements to the profession are examined. The course introduces the learner to concepts of social policy, political structures, social issues, and to practice with diverse client groups. It introduces the overarching concepts of multicultural practice from an anti-oppressive framework.

Course Delivery
In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

This course focuses on the helping process, which is the essence of social work practice. The helping process is taught in the context of multicultural practice. The process of helping is explored by examining the qualities and values of the helper. Communication theory, techniques, and interviewing skills are introduced as the tools necessary to establish social worker-client relationships. The learner will apply theory and skills to case studies and role-play scenarios.
Prerequisites: C- in SOWK1010 *
* May be used as a pre- or co-requisite

Course Delivery
In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

This field education laboratory is a pre-agency placement experience to heighten awareness and readiness for social work field education. Learners learn reflectively and analytically through practice oriented activities such as case studies, role plays and agency visit is to build skills and identify values for professional ethics and competence reflective of the social work helping process. Learners begin to apply their learned social work knowledge and skills to understand /observe/and discuss practice of supervised service delivery in various agencies.
Prerequisites: C- in SOWK1010*,C- in SOWK1020*
* May be used as a pre- or co-requisite

Course Delivery
In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

Term 2

Required CoursesCredit

In this course, learners study novels, short stories, and poetry. Works are representative of various historical periods and cultural contexts, including perspectives from Canada's Indigenous communities. Learners engage in critical analysis of those readings and compose critical essays and formal written assignments totaling not less than 3000 words.

Course Delivery

This course provides a comprehensive overview of human growth and development and typical behavioural responses throughout the life span. You will analyze human development across four domains: physical, cognitive, social, and emotional. Emphasis is placed upon the stages of development and their linkage to common events occurring during these stages.

Course Delivery
Real-time Online A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place through scheduled interaction through the use of online communications technologies at locations of the learners own choosing. Learners ARE required to participate in online learning activities at scheduled times, and scheduled exams may be required. Blended A mixed course delivery mode where learning activity takes place through a blend of scheduled in-class and online delivery methods. Learners ARE required to participate in scheduled in-class learning activities and one or more forms of online activity. Scheduled exams may be required. Combined Online A course delivery mode that combines elements of any-time and real-time activity. Learners will be able to participate partly at times of their own choosing and are also required to participate in some scheduled online learning activities. Scheduled exams may be required. In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

This course provides an introductory overview of the discipline of Sociology. Learners explore human behavior, stratification, social institutions, and sociological theory and methods. Learners examine how social positions shape lives, and how people adjust to social and cultural environments.

Course Delivery
Real-time Online A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place through scheduled interaction through the use of online communications technologies at locations of the learners own choosing. Learners ARE required to participate in online learning activities at scheduled times, and scheduled exams may be required. Combined Online A course delivery mode that combines elements of any-time and real-time activity. Learners will be able to participate partly at times of their own choosing and are also required to participate in some scheduled online learning activities. Scheduled exams may be required. In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

This course builds on the theory and practice skills introduced during the first year of the program. It integrates the use of communication and interview skills with theoretical models and concepts to provide a framework for client assessment. Learners will learn a systematic approach to effectively assess and intervene with clients. Knowledge of assessment models and skills will be enhanced through experiential learning. Learners will be encouraged to use their own cultural background and life experiences when they apply the content of this course.
Prerequisites: C- in SOWK1010, C- in SOWK1020, C- in SOWK1040*
* May be used as a pre- or co-requisite

Course Delivery
In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

In this introductory course, concepts that address oppression and oppressed peoples, from historical and contemporary perspectives, are applied to social work practice models. Exploration of the issues associated with internalized dominance and oppression are explored. Different theories and perspectives are applied to provide a framework for practice. Learners will use self-reflection and will share their own experiences to learn about strategies to promote anti-oppressive policy and practice.
Prerequisites: C- in SOWK1010, C- in SOWK1020

Course Delivery

This second field education laboratory is a pre-agency placement experience to heighten awareness of and readiness for social work field education. This experience encourages learners to apply previously learned theory and skills from the first semester and use current course work to further their competence, through practice oriented activities such as case studies, role plays and agency visits, continuing to build skills and identify values for professional ethics and competence reflective of the social work helping process. Learners apply their learned social work knowledge and skills to understand/observe/ and discuss practice of supervised service delivery in agency settings.
Prerequisites: C- in SOWK1010, C- in SOWK1020, C- in SOWK1030*, C- in SOWK1040*
* May be used as a pre- or co-requisite

Course Delivery

Term 3

Required CoursesWork Practicum

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.
Prerequisites: C- in SOWK1024*, C- in SOWK1030*, C- in SOWK1040*
* May be used as a pre- or co-requisite

Course Delivery
In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

Term 4

Required CoursesCredit

This course explores the development of Canadian political institutions and political issues in Canada. Learners explore contemporary Canadian politics by examining concepts such as the evolution of federalism, the Constitution, parliament, elections, Indigenous and minority rights, and multiculturalism. Learners will apply political science terms and concepts to the analysis of contemporary Canadian political issues.

Course Delivery
In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

Together, community organization and community development constitute one of the broad structural pillars of the social work profession. This course examines the theory and definitions of community, community organization, and community development, as well as related concepts. Power and equality are considered in relation to oppression. Models of intervention and strategies for change are also applied to diverse communities. The varied roles of the social worker in community practice are studied. Learners will apply principles of community work to their own practices.
Prerequisites: P in SOWK1025

Course Delivery
In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

This course focuses on the processes and dynamics of group work in social work practice. The theoretical underpinnings of group work are explored with an emphasis on skill development. The primary focus is on helping learners identify values and practices that differ across cultures and consequently impact group work. A variety of group types, phases of group development, intervention techniques, and leadership qualities are examined. Learners will apply concepts of group work in the classroom and will have opportunities to practice with and observe groups.
Prerequisites: P in SOWK1025

Course Delivery
In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

This field education laboratory is a pre-agency placement experience to heighten awareness of and readiness for social work field education. In this laboratory, social work learners are asked to reflect upon and consolidate learning from Year One Social Work courses and Laboratory and Practicum courses. Drawing upon this learning, learners have the opportunity to use their greater theoretical knowledge and skills to further understand/observe/and discuss practice of supervised service delivery in various agencies, through case studies, agency visits, role plays, and discussion. Professional ethics and competence will also be reviewed.
Prerequisites: P in SOWK1010*, C- in SOWK2020*, C- in SOWK2030*
* May be used as a pre- or co-requisite

Course Delivery
In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

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.
Prerequisites: P in SOWK1025

Course Delivery
In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

Learners examine the major psychological disorders, focusing on clinical description, causal factors (considering the interaction of biological, psychological, and social influences), treatment, and outcomes. Learners develop a working definition of abnormal behaviour using the DSM-5 criteria as a basis for classification.
Prerequisites: PSYC1101

Course Delivery
Real-time Online A course delivery mode where learning activity takes place through scheduled interaction through the use of online communications technologies at locations of the learners own choosing. Learners ARE required to participate in online learning activities at scheduled times, and scheduled exams may be required. Combined Online A course delivery mode that combines elements of any-time and real-time activity. Learners will be able to participate partly at times of their own choosing and are also required to participate in some scheduled online learning activities. Scheduled exams may be required. In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

Term 5

Required CoursesCredit

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.
Prerequisites: POLS1010, SOWK2023

Course Delivery
In Class A course delivery mode where learning activity is scheduled and takes place in a classroom or similar setting at a college facility. May include lecture, laboratory, and seminar components.

This course provides additional opportunity for senior social work learners 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, learners will have the opportunity to increase their skills and competence in advance of the Year 2 practicum.
Prerequisites: C- in SOWK2020, P in SOWK2023, D in SOWK2030, C- in SOWK2050*, C- in SOWK2060*, C- in SOWK2070*
* May be used as a pre- or co-requisite

Course Delivery

The course approaches mental health from a holistic and multi-cultural practice perspective. It examines the traditional medical model of illness and non-traditional cultural practices in mental health. Common mental health disorders are explored with attention to their significance to different cultural groups. The social worker's role as a member of an interdisciplinary team is presented. Learners examine their own preconceptions of and values associated with mental health. Learners will need to complete an applied suicide intervention training course.

Prerequisites: P in SOWK2023, D in PSYC1101, D in PSYC1201

Course Delivery

This course examines in-depth two common abuse situations in contemporary family contexts: violence and addictions. An understanding of the cycle of violence and its impact on families and communities is explored. Addictive substances and behaviours are also identified. Issues associated with power and controls are examined as critical elements in understanding violence. Learners will examine how these issues impact diverse communities. The identification of resources and strategies for intervention and prevention is also a component of this course.
Prerequisites: P in SOWK2023

Course Delivery

This course will assist learners to identify and understand the role of social workers as managers within many types of organizations. Learners will learn the importance of administration in organizations that provide social services and the relationship between services and the implementation of various policies. The course will also examine the structure and function of organizations, and the issues of development and change. Learners will observe and comment upon the issues addressed by multicultural organizations and the challenges that staff in these organizations face. They will be able to understand the major functions of management and their relevance.

Prerequisites: C-SOWK2010, C- in SOWK2020

Course Delivery

This interdisciplinary course provides an introduction to women's and gender studies. Significant historical developments of the women's movement are presented as well as the different theoretical feminist perspectives to explain and challenge the gendered nature of social relations. Through the exploration of texts and social issues, learners use an intersectional approach to critically analyze women's lives in differing social locations based on, but not limited to, race/ethnicity, religion, class, age, sexuality, and ability.

Course Delivery

Term 6

Required CoursesWork Practicum

Apply previously learned theory and practice to work with individuals, families, groups, communities and/or organizations. Integrate practicum experience with classroom learning.
Prerequisites: P in SOWK2024, C- in SOWK2050, C- in SOWK2060, C- in SOWK2070

Course Delivery

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