MASTER OF SOCIAL WORK
Carleton and the Capital understanding of both the methods and contexts of practice, to build
Students of social work could wish for no better learning new knowledge, and to apply this new knowledge in a practical way.
experience than that provided in Canada’s capital. Graduates may expect to use their experience in the School as the
The campus occupies a woodland setting on a 62-hectare basis for continuing to expand their personal knowledge in a society
site between the Rideau River and the historic Rideau Canal, within undergoing rapid change.
easy access of downtown Ottawa.
As the seat of the nation’s federal government. Ottawa is Educational Equity
home to government departments, foreign embassies and national Both Carleton University and the School of Social Work
associations, as well as research institutes and non-governmental have an expressed commitment to the principles of educational
organizations that involve themselves in public policy and social equity. Educational equity recognizes the structural inequalities in
and international issues. The National Library of Canada, the society that result in differential access to, and distribution of
Library of Parliament, and the Public Archives of Canada are power (economic, political, social, and cultural) for groups of
valuable sources of information for the enquiring student. people. The School also recognizes that the amelioration of
Along with the potential for academic enrichment, the structural inequalities is at the heart of social work practice.
national capital region offers a wide range of cultural and To affirm its commitment, the School has adopted a
recreational resources. National museums, art galleries, and the Mission Statement on Educational Equity. Groups recognized by
theatres all enlighten and entertain in Canada’s two official the School’s Mission Statement on Educational Equity as having
languages, English and French. faced historical exclusion and marginalization include: Aboriginal
people; people of colour; persons with disabilities; lesbian, gay and
Master of Social Work bisexual persons; and persons disadvantaged by their economic
The Master of Social Work program is based on an position.
analytical and critical approach to social work practice, and to In response to these structural impediments, the School
knowledge related to practice. The program examines the structural affirms the principle that all groups should have the opportunity to
contexts of personal and social problems and of social work practice learn and to contribute in a supportive environment that validates
itself. The structural context refers to the complex social relations and develops their knowledge, insights, and perspectives within
and dynamics between individuals and political economy, ideology, that environment. The School believes that educational equity
culture, power and authority. The program focuses on the promotes a teaching and learning environment that is inclusive and
development of social work practices that change the interactions enriching for students, faculty, staff, and the broader community.
between people and structural contexts. The curriculum is organized Over the past several years, the School has been active in
into three concentrations representing the foundations of social work implementing a commitment to educational equity through
practice: Direct Intervention with Individuals, Families and Small continuing curriculum development and review, faculty hiring,
Groups; Social Administration and Policy; and Community Work diversification of field practica, support for new research by
and Community Development. students and faculty, and ongoing review of admissions policies
The orientation of the School explicitly includes approaches and procedures. Educational equity is understood to be a structural
to social policy development and social change that involve working issue requiring a rigorous review of established norms and
collaboratively with individuals, groups, and communities. Strong practices and the assumptions and values that underlay them.
emphasis is given to sensitivity to the individual, and on the The School employs a Co-ordinator of Anti-Racist Social
development of new and innovative strategies for working with Work Education to assist in the development and implementation
individuals in the context of their everyday lives. The School also of activities such as those identified above and to provide support
stresses community organizing and social development with the to minority students.
objective of raising awareness of the social problems that shape the The School affirms that educational equity is consistent
lives of all people in our society. Analysis of the material conditions with the principles of quality education as it recognizes and
of life in Canadian Society and the production of class, gender, and develops both academic excellence and practice competence.
race is considered central to all aspects of the curriculum.
The central purpose of the graduate program is to provide The School of Social Work provides two points of entry
students with the opportunity to build on their knowledge and into the Master of Social Work program.
experience. Students will be able to use the program to deepen their
The Two Year Program Two Year Program Requirements
Applications are accepted to Year 1 of a two year M.S.W. Students with an honours undergraduate degree other than a
program from candidates who have or are in their final year of an B.S.W. or equivalent are normally admitted into the two-year Master
honours undergraduate degree or the equivalent, with at least high of Social Work program. Students in the two-year program must
honours standing (normally B+ or better in honours subject; B- or complete Year I and Year II.
better overall) in a discipline other than social work.
Applicants who hold undergraduate or graduate applied Year I of the M.S.W. consists of the following five credits:
social science degrees from a university or other degree granting • SOWK5308: Direct Intervention (0.5 credit)
institution are directed to apply to the two year M.S.W. program. • SOWK5408: Social Administration and Policy (0.5
The School will review the equivalence of such degrees to a credit)
Bachelor of Social Work. • SOWK5608: Community Work (0.5 credit)
• SOWK5501: Theories in Social Science and Social Work
The One Year Program (0.5 credit)
Applications are accepted to Year II of the M.S.W. • SOWK5502: History of Social Welfare and Social Work
program from candidates who have or are in their final year of an (0.5 credit)
accredited Bachelor of Social Work degree, with at least high • SOWK5606: Practicum I (2.0 credits)
honours standing (normally B+ or better in honours subject; B- or • 0.5 credit of graduate social work course options.
Other Admission Requirements One Year Program Requirements
Work experience in social work or a related field is one of Students with a Bachelor of Social Work or the equivalent
several selection criteria for both M.S.W. Year I and M.S.W. Year are normally admitted into Year II of the Master of Social Work
II. Work experience may not be substituted for research or other program.
academic requirements, including the practicum.
Persons who have a Bachelor of Arts degree and human Year II of the M.S.W. consists of the following six credits:
service experience may also wish to apply to the Bachelor of Social SOWK5305 Advanced Theory for Social Work Practice (1.0
Work program. Please refer to the Undergraduate Calendar for credit)
further information. SOWK5405 Research and Evaluation in Social Work (1.0
Applicants must have completed one credit in research credit)
methods in their undergraduate program. The School of Social Work And any two of the following:
will not normally grant advanced standing for course work completed SOWK5607 Practicum (2.0 credit)
prior to entry into the M.S.W. program. Students accepted into SOWK5909 Thesis (2.0 credit)
M.S.W. Year I will be expected to complete 5.0 credits of course SOWK5xxx Social Work Optional Courses (2.0 credit)
work in Year I and 6.0 credit of course work in Year II. Students
accepted into M.S.W. Year II will be expected to complete six Students in SOWK5909 Thesis, SOWK5606 Practicum I,
credits of course work. Work experience may not be substituted for SOWK5607 Practicum II, or SOWK5903 (or SOWK5904)
research or other academic requirements including the practicum. Independent Research Studies in Social Work must maintain
Candidates must apply by December 1st for admission in continuous registration until completion of the course in
September. accordance with the regulations of the Faculty of Graduate Studies
The School offers part-time studies to a limited number of
qualified candidates who cannot participate in a program of full-time Academic Standing
study. The requirements for part-time studies are identical to the Candidates for the Master of Social Work degree must
regular program except that part-time students are limited to a complete all course work (or the equivalent) counted towards the
maximum of one credit of course work per term. degree with a minimum grade of B-. The School of Social Work
Students registered on a part-time basis must maintain does not permit the C+ option.
continuous registration for a minimum of two terms per year until all
course requirements are completed.
Change of Status CURRICULUM
Students may change from full-time to part-time, only on
the recommendation of the Supervisor of Graduate Studies and the M.S.W. Year I -- Required Courses
permission of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. The change from full- SOWK5308: Direct Intervention
time to part-time status will be granted only in exceptional cases Presentation of a structural framework for social work theory and
(e.g., for medical or other special reasons.) practice examining assessment and interventive approaches,
analytical and interaction skills, helping process and social 500 hours integrating advanced social work theories and practice.
transformation. Explores interventions with individuals, families, Field seminar required. Not usually available in the first term of
small groups based on an understanding of class, gender, race, age, registration.
ability and sexual orientation. Prerequisite: Registration in MSW Year II and completion or
Prerequisite: Registration in M.S.W. Year I concurrent registration in SOWK535.
SOWK5408: Social Administration and Policy SOWK5903 (or SOWK594): Independent Research Studies in
Knowledge and skills required for understanding, analyzing and Social Work
practicing social policy development and administration in social Individually arranged independent research study. Requires a written
work. Political, economic, and social context of policy making, proposal that outlines a research project with clear learning
theoretical perspectives for developing policy, and contemporary objectives, and practice objectives (where relevant).
social policy issues.
Prerequisite: Registration in M.S.W. Year SOWK5909: Thesis
Prerequisite: Registration in MSW Year II
SOWK5501: Theories in Social Science and Social Work
Examines relationships between theories in social science and in SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK FACULTY
social work exploring connections to social work practice and
emphasizing theories of inequality. Linda Advokaat - Feminist counselling, especially incorporating
Prerequisite: Registration in M.S.W. Year I practice based on anti-racism and reduction of structural
inequalities; practice principles; connecting theory to practice in
SOWK5502: History of Social Welfare and Social Work counselling from a feminist perspective.
Historical development of social welfare policies and the Canadian
welfare state. History of relationship of economy, family, welfare Hugh Armstrong - Women and work; unions and public policy;
institutions and Canadian state. Focus on the origins and the political economy of health and health care; family and
development of social work as a profession. household structures; organization of work: labour market policy;
Prerequisite: Registration in M.S.W. Year I training and education policy.
SOWK5608: Community Work Behnam Behnia - Resettlement and integration of immigrants and
Models and methods of community organization. Social-economic refugees; immigration and refugee policy; psychosocial impact of
contexts and ideological approaches to social change work; social political repression, war and torture; trust and trust-building;
change efforts; globalization and corporate rule. support systems, and formal volunteering.
Prerequisite: Registration in M.S.W. Year I
Gerald de Montigny - Child welfare policy and practice;
SOWK5606: Practicum I ethnography of professional practice; phenomenology and social
Integration of academic and practical aspects of social work work.
education. 500 hours of guided learning in a community-based
setting. Field seminar. Usually offered four days a week for 16 weeks Pat Evans -Women, work and welfare; feminist perspectives on
in the Winter of the first year. social policy; income security issues; comparative social policy;
Prerequisite: Registration in M.S.W. Year I and completion of "welfare state" retrenchment.
SOWK538, SOWK548, SOWK568.and completion or concurrent
registration in SOWK551, SOWK552 Wanda Gabriel - Native family systems; sexual abuse (incest)
prevention & integration; historic trauma; Aboriginal healing
M.S.W. Year II -- Required Courses process; community healing process; racism; oppression; lateral
violence and program evaluation
and Program Options
Roy Hanes - Models of family practice, structural approaches to
SOWK5305: Advanced Theory for Social Work Practice direct social work practice; social work practice in health care
Advanced theory of the intersection of practice in direct intervention, settings; social work with persons with disabilities; the history of
community work, and social administration and policy, from a social welfare: medicine, hospitals & persons with disabilities.
perspective of a range of structural inequalities. Steve Hick - New technology and social work; social policy;
Prerequisite: Registration in MSW Year II community practice; human rights (especially children); social
movement informatics, international social work; innovative
teaching methods; alternative research theory & practice (i.e.
SOWK5405: Research and Evaluation in Social Work institutional ethnography and action research).
Research or evaluation projects in partnership with community
agencies and practitioners.
Prerequisite: Registration in MSW Year II Therese Jennissen - Social policy; women and social policy;
occupational health and safety; new reproductive technologies; the
SOWK5607: Practicum II history of social work and social welfare; women in times of
economic and political transition
Colleen Lundy - History of social work; violence against women Adjunct Faculty
and programs for abusive men; structural social work practice, the
impact on women during economic transitions (Cuba and Russia), James Albert - Culture-based aboriginal SW education. Native
alcohol and other drug abuse. social services; organizational culture of Native social services;
Aboriginal way of knowing.
Rashmi Luther - Anti-racist organizational change; models of
community development; policy and practice issues pertaining to Glenn Drover - Social policy, social security, and the political
immigrants, refugees and people of colour; social movements and economy of welfare. Current funded research on the privatization
advocacy groups; and social work in an international context. of pensions.
Allan Moscovitch - The history and political economy of the Kurt Fuerst - The cognitive aspects of SW practice, recognition of
welfare state in Canada; federalism & social wefare; administration human behavioural factors. Analysis of concepts and behaviour in
of social assistance; Aboriginal people and income decision making, and conflict resolution in organizations.
security,diversity, poverty and social exclusion.
Shirley Judge - Feminist approaches to social work practice which
Karen Schwartz - Mental health from the perspective of the incorporate a race and class analysis; feminist counselling; problem
psychiatric survivor and mental health needs of mutli-cultural based learning and feminist pedagogy; practicum issues.
groups, structural approaches to social work practice, community
capacity building, use of technology in social work education and D. Patrick Kerans - Social welfare and social policy;
practice. international social welfare.
Kathleen Semanyk - Research Methods with special interest in Bonnie K. Lee - Problem gambling and addictions treatment:
visual methodologies. Feminist analysis particularly feminist qualitative study of relapse; family systems interventions; narrative
standpoint theory and structural inequalities regarding poverty, approach to re-weave the fabric of aboriginal communities; rituals,
crime, prison system, policing. Critical Analysis applied to "the development of a problem gambling at risk screening instrument;
everyday" realities of marginalized populations - women, children, evaluation of community-based interventions; discourse analysis in
aboriginal peoples, offenders, disadvantaged. addictions and mental health.
Cecilia Taiana - History of the concepts of 'trauma' and 'memory'; Gillian Walker (Emeritus) - Transformation of political
Theoretical debates on trauma and memory; Innovative pproaches initiatives into social problems in the interaction between the
to clinical treatment of severe trauma (war trauma, torture, sexual women s movement and the state; women s work and the
and violent crimes trauma). History of the disciplines of the mind production of social relations; the social organization of
(psychiatry, psychology, psychoanalysis) and their transatlantic consciousness.
Bessa Whitmore (Emeritus) - Participatory evaluation and
Dora Tam - Research Methods; Field Education; Program research methodology; work in grassroots community groups;
Evaluations; Violence Against Women; Immigrant Issues; Cross- international social work practice.
Cultural Practice; Delinquency; Web-based Teaching and
DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF MSW
Betty Taylor - The application of feminist, structural approaches APPLICATIONS IS DECEMBER 1st
to social work practice in community organizations; individual and
group work; the role of social workers in multi-disciplinary
Sarah Todd - Community organization (with tenants, the homeless
and people living with HIV/AIDS); sexuality, HIV/AIDS; anti-
oppressive practice; domestic violence; feminist community
Adje van de Sande - Child Poverty; community activism; social
work theory; teaching in First Nations communities.
Ethics in social sciences and in research; gender issues in practice;
feminist, poststructural, and critical theory; child welfare and social
work with young single mothers; qualitative research methodology.
Martha Wiebe - Social work practice issues and practice skills,
gender and development, refugee issues, gerontology.