Current Students

School of Social Work Important Dates for Current Students

June 1, 2017 – May 31, 2018


Students are responsible for knowing relevant dates and policies in the Okanagan Academic Calendar

June 1*: Welcome email to new and returning students

June 15: Deadline for submission of Student Electives Survey (2nd Yr Fdn and Advanced Track only); Deadline for Statement of Interest for Foundry (2nd Yr Fdn and Advanced Track only) or Statement of Interest for the Interprofessional Clinic (1st Yr Fdn and Advanced Track only) field education placements (statements of interest are permissible for both placements for Advanced Track, but ultimately only one can occur)

July 10: Fall Parking Permits go on sale

July 15: Registration process completed for Social Work students. Please be aware that, in preparation for standard timetabling next year (subject to Senate approval), the School will be registering students in all MSW core courses and electives this year.

August 15: Deadline for submission of Field Education Application Form; Deadline for students to purchase Student Accident Insurance; Deadline for submission of Student Agreement to Policies; Deadline for submission of Own Agency Placement Form; Deadline for submission of Exception to Field Policy Request (in relation to consideration for distance placements)

August 31: Deadline for September Degree Conferral (Application begins June 1)

September 8: Welcome Orientation for all School of Social Work students (UNC 200 Ballroom).

  • 8-10 am: Advanced Track
  • 10 am-12 noon: New 1st Year Foundational students
  • 1-3 pm: Returning 2nd Year Foundational students

September 15: Field Education Orientation for all School of Social Work students (12-1:30 pm; RHS 260 *Medical School Building)

October 2: Field Education Readiness Session 1 for all School of Social Work students (12-1:30 pm; UNC 200)

October 15*: Students are notified of their field education placement via IPT

October 15: Deadline for November Degree Conferral (Application begins September 1)

November 3: Field Education Readiness Session 2 for all School of Social Work students (8-9:30 am during SOCW 516; EME 1101)

November 15:  Deadline for Exception to Policy in Field Education Request (for placement assignment appeal) submissions

November 30*: Deadline for students to have met with prospective Field Education Instructor; Deadline for submission of Confirmation of Field Education Placement Form; Deadline for submission of Student Acknowledgement of Risk Form

January 15: Deadline for February Degree Conferral (Application begins November 16)

April 15: Deadline for May Degree Conferral (Application begins January 16)

May 31: Annual Progress Reports to be submitted to Faculty Advisors do not sign Annual Progress Reports.

*or next business day should this day land on weekend or holiday


Forms and Links

Field Education Forms


Core Courses

Please click on each program for a list and description of core courses.

Note: ‘R’ = Thursday


Core Courses – Foundational Track First-Year

Course Description
SOCW 511 Introduction to Social Work Theory and Practice
Winter Term 1; M 1:30-4:30 pm
Instructor: Sookraj
A foundational overview of the social work profession including its definitions, historical influences, orienting perspectives, values, and ethical frameworks, as well as contexts, and modalities of practice to address a range of individual, family, community and social issues.
SOCW 512 Theories and Interventions for Clinical Social Work
Winter Term 1; F 1:30-4:30 pm
Instructor: Chau
Advances students’ understanding of major theoretical frameworks and treatment modalities for clinical and direct social work practice and their relevance to and application within the planned change process.
SOCW 513 Assessment Skills for Clinical Social Work
Winter Term 1; T 9:30 am-12:30 pm or W 5:30 pm-8:30 pm
Instructor: Jansons
Theoretical perspectives and foundational skills for assessment in clinical social work.
SOCW 514 Diversity and Critical Reflexive Practice
Winter Term 1; R 2:00-5:00 pm
Instructor: TBA
Meanings, dynamics, and impacts of diversity in social work practice. Students examine their own identities and social locations and a range of theories and orientations to inclusion and social justice.
SOCW 515 Social Welfare Policy in Canada
Summer Term
Instructor: Sookraj
Focuses on how social policy and laws respond to, and impact, social work practitioners and service users. Examines the substantive social policies and programs that frame the provision of services.
SOCW 516 Foundations of Ethical Practice
Winter Term 1; F 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Instructor: Sookraj
Introduces the values and principles of ethical practice in relation to clinical social work. Explores ethical issues in practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
SOCW 517 Social Work and Indigenous Peoples in Canada
Summer Term
Overview of historical and current issues confronting social work with First Nations, Metis, and Inuit individuals, families and communities within Canada; critical assessment of theories for professional practice with Canada’s indigenous peoples.
SOCW 518 Integrative Seminar
Winter Term 2; F 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Course Instructor: Wells or Gillespie
Links classroom education with field education. Consists of independent readings, invited speakers, and online discussions.
SOCW 519 Social Work Field Education I
Winter Term 2
Development, application, and integration of core social work knowledge and skills in social work practice settings.


Core Courses – Foundational Track Second-Year and Advanced Track

Course Description
SOCW 551 Advanced Clinical Social Work Theory and Practice
Winter Term 1; M 1:30-4:30 pm or F 1:30-4:30pm
Instructor: Rasmussen
Integrates theory and practice with attention to relational principles and a complex analysis of personal and social problems. Consideration of the dynamic interaction between the individual and the social world, and the possibility of intervention at multiple levels.
SOCW 552 Community, Place and Policy in Clinical Practice
Winter Term 1: T 1:30-4:30 pm, Instructor: Hole OR Winter  Term 2: R 1:30-4:30 pm, Instructor: Gillespie
Linking clinical social work practice to the broader community and policy contexts in which clinician and client are situated. Examining how policy approaches structure clinical practice in relation to community and place and builds culturally relevant community and place centered practice skills in assessment and intervention.
SOCW 553 Research Methods and Evidence in Clinical Social Work Practice
Winter Term 1; R 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Instructor: Chau
Quantitative and qualitative research methods for understanding and utilizing evidence in clinical social work assessments and interventions. Emphasis is placed on using knowledge of research methods to support critical thinking and problem solving in practice.
SOCW 554 Mental Health and Mental Illness
Winter Term 1; F 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Instructor: TBA
Explores relevant mental health issues to social work practice in a broad range of settings. Critically examines social work’s role in providing effective, evidence-based, theoretically sound interventions and treatments.
SOCW 559 Social Work Field Education II
Winter Term 2
Provides 2nd Year Foundational and Advanced One-Year track students an opportunity to apply and integrate theory and practice in clinical social work practice settings.