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Do you think about changing the world and making it a better place, but you aren’t sure where to start? Do you want to empower people and enrich the lives of others? If you have a passion for social issues and want to advocate for social justice, then the Social Welfare and Social Development program at Nipissing University is the right home for you.

Our interdisciplinary program is unique in Canada in both name and content. It focuses on inequality and the groups that have been underrepresented in the distribution of resources, opportunities, and power. Our students graduate with a thorough understanding of the causes and consequences of inequality in global, national, and local contexts, and an ability to formulate options for improving collective well-being.

SWLF 2995 Community Service-learning for Social Development

In recent years, students in SWLF 2995 (Community Service-learning for Social Development) have undertaken placements at a number of local agencies. Click here to view the complete list.

Guidelines for SWLF 4005 – Research Essay

The Research Essay is an elective course in Social Welfare and Social Development for students completing an Honours program

Graduate Studies Workshops

Academic Support Services

Our goal is to support your academic and personal development. Look for assistance with accessibility services, learning style assessments, writing skills, writing formats, study strategies, time management, note-taking skills, academic resources, group seminars, peer support, career development activities, and more. Learn More...

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Achieve your goals on time and on budget. We’ll help you fund your education through scholarships, awards, bursaries, government assistance, and work study programs. Learn More...

Scholarships, awards and bursaries for students in the Social Welfare and Social Development programs

Internationalize your Degree

If you want to experience a year or a semester at one of our partner schools across the globe, we have support services and programs to help you get there. If you want to assist International students with adjusting to life in Canada, we’ll connect you. Check out your options...

Personal Counselling Services

Our registered counsellors offer free, year-round personal counselling services, specialized therapeutic groups, referral services and a host of wellness, educational and awareness events to all full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students. Learn More...

Social Welfare And Social Development Student Club

Social Welfare and Social Development has an active and engaged Student Club. The Club is a way for students to get to know each other socially and help each other academically. Check out on of the activities of our Club, as covered in the local media.

Would you like to hear a student perspective on some of your questions about SWLF? If so, just drop the Club a line at: nuswlfclub@gmail.com

You can find further information on the Student Club on the department’s Facebook page.

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Leadership and Community Engagement

If you are eager to get involved beyond the classroom, take part in the annual Undergraduate Research Conference, which gives you the opportunity to present your work to peers, professors, and family members. You may also have opportunity to work as a Research Assistant to help a professor conduct research and gain valuable experience at the same time.


Record of Student Development

Involvement and experiential learning lead to more personal and academic success by connecting classroom learning to real world experience. Volunteer on your campus and within the community and be officially recognized for all that you do. The Record of Student Development (RSD) documents that you have completed a series of involvement outcomes that all employers are looking for. Achieving all the competencies associated with the RSD will help you communicate the depth of your experiences as you apply to career opportunities.

Employers are looking for people with the following proven abilities:

  • Analytical Skills
  • Communication skills
  • Problem-Solving skills
  • Strong Work Ethic
  • Teamwork

To register and see the full list of RSD competencies visit www.nipissingu.ca/rsd

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Students attending Nipissing University in North Bay and long distance students are members of the Nipissing University Student Union. Our organization strives to represent students democratically, provide a communication framework, and lobby for legislative change on issues that affect students.

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 Program Chair

Dr. Larry Patriquin

 Full-time Faculty

Dr. Lanyan Chen
photo Manuel Litalien

 Part-time Faculty

Randy Sawyer
Faculty of Applied & Professional Studies - School of Human and Social Development - Social Welfare and Social Development
Dr. Serena Kataoka

"I think the biggest advantages at Nipissing are the small classes and the dedicated professors who go above and beyond to ensure their students are successful. As a student, who would like to eventually pursue an MSW, I feel like the Social Welfare and Social Development program has given me the tools necessary to be successful in graduate school as well as in my future career as a social worker."

Caitlin Dobratz - 4th year SWLF (BA Hons)

Career Options

After you graduate, you could be employed in a variety of occupations, mostly in the public sector at the federal, provincial, and municipal levels.

You might find yourself in departments like education, health, housing, immigration and citizenship, international development, labour, social services, or veterans’ affairs, working perhaps as a claims adjudicator, employment planning officer, housing management officer, immigration officer, public affairs officer, or policy analyst.

Furthermore, you could be employed in government-funded institutions such as hospitals, human service organizations, prisons, or universities. You might also find yourself working for foundations, advocacy associations, interest groups, charities, trade unions, religious institutions, Aboriginal organizations, political parties, or global non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

These examples demonstrate the range of potential employers for whom you might begin your career as a researcher, media relations officer, legislative assistant, fundraising officer, intake worker, grants administrator, or volunteer coordinator – and these are just a handful of possible job titles.

Academic Options

Many of our students have gone on to pursue careers in social work, after earning a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) or a Master of Social Work (MSW); and teaching, after completing a Bachelor of Education (BEd).

There are also many more opportunities for higher education at the graduate level. See the following selected list of Canadian MA programs, chosen specifically for their relevance to students in Social Welfare and Social Development.

www.nipissingu.ca/socialwelfare/MAprograms

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