Below you will find descriptions for courses offered in this field of study. You will find a general overview of the topics covered and any prerequisite course or grade requirements, credit value and exclusions.

The first digit of the course indicates the general level. Those in the 1000 series are introductory degree level. Courses at the 2000, 3000, 4000 series are typically available to students in the second, third, and fourth year. Courses numbered at the 5000 level or above are graduate level. Courses listed at the 0100 or 0200 series are technology level courses. Courses below the 0100 level are generally non credit courses.

Some courses are listed as exclusionary to one another. This means that students may not obtain credit for both courses as designated. 

Not all courses are offered each year. Please consult the current timetable for this year’s offering. For further information please contact the department, or visit the department's website.

The following courses are restricted to Social Work students.

SLWK 2010.03: Introduction to Community Social Work.
SLWK 2111X/Y.06: Development of Canadian Social Work and Social Welfare.
SLWK 2222.03: Advancing Social Justice.
SLWK 2333X/Y.06 (SLWK 2334/SLWK 2335): Beginning Social Work Practice.
SLWK 2444.03: Life Processes: Conceptualizations and practices for Critical Social Work.
SLWK 3012.03: Perspectives on Social Welfare Policy.
SLWK 3030.06: Theoretical Foundations of Social Work Practice.
SLWK 3085.06 (SLWK 3086/SLWK 3087): Social Work Research
SLWK 3220.03: Cross-Cultural Issues and Social Work Practice.
SLWK 4010.06: Advanced Social Work Practice.
SLWK 4033.09 (SLWK 4034/SLWK 4035): Field Practicum and Seminar.


In keeping with the overall program goals of the BSW program of SSW, all elective courses are designed to help students develop a critical analysis of the major themes and current issues related to the course topic. In addition, all electives explore the differential impact of social constructs such as race, gender, class, age, sexual orientation, and ability on the particular issue or practice field.

There are no pre or co-requisites for Social Work Field of Practice Electives. The format is generally a combination of lecture, discussions and small group activities. Participation of non-social work students is dependent upon approval of their home School/Department, course enrollment and the permission of the instructor. Not all electives are offered every year; check the timetable for each year’s offerings.

Possible Elective Offerings

  • SLWK 3110.03: Africentric Perspectives in Social Work
  • SLWK 3120.03: International Social Work
  • SLWK 3130.03: Gender Based Violence
  • SLWK 3135.03: Social Work and Mental Health
  • SLWK 3140.03: Crisis Counseling
  • SLWK 3145.03: Trauma Informed Practice in Social Work
  • SLWK 3150.03: Poverty and Inequality
  • SLWK 3160.03: Social Work with Aboriginal Populations
  • SLWK 3200.03: Law and Social Work
  • SLWK 3245.03: Queer-Centred Social Work Practice
  • SLWK 3250.03: Social Work in Corrections
  • SLWK 3270.03: Social Work in Addictions
  • SLWK 3290.03: Advanced Counseling in Social Work Practice
  • SLWK 3320.03: Social Work and Aging
  • SLWK 3330.03: Independent Study
  • SLWK 3350.03: Social Work with Groups
  • SLWK 3360:03: Social Work and Adolescents
  • SLWK 3370.03: Child Welfare
  • SLWK 4380.03: Disability Policy and Service
Course Descriptions