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The Social Work program is characterized by its approach to the study of social justice, which examines systems of oppression, domination and discrimination between diverse and intersecting topic areas of, among others, ability, ethnicity, age, and sexuality.
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In their fourth year of study all BSW students will undertake a 700-hour field practicum. In collaboration with the Field Education Office staff, students will explore opportunities for placement in both traditional and non-traditional settings.

​Welcome to Social Work at Nipissing

You want social change and are destined to tackle issues that relate to inequality, human rights and social justice problems within our global community. The Social Work program within the School of Human and Social Development at Nipissing is grounded on the principles of social justice and we place an emphasis on the historical and contemporary position of Aboriginal peoples in Canada, as well as rural and Northern contexts. The program is characterized by its approach to the study of social justice, which examines systems of oppression, domination and discrimination between diverse and intersecting topic areas of, among others, ability, ethnicity, age, and sexuality. A 700 hour practicum is integral to the program, will help to integrate theoretical knowledge with practice, and is designed to develop practice, critical thinking, and strategic analysis skills.

Social Work Practicum

In their fourth year of study all BSW students will undertake a 700-hour field practicum. In collaboration with the Field Education Office staff, students will explore opportunities for placement in both traditional and non-traditional settings. These field based learning experiences are designed to enable students to blend theory learned in the classroom with hands-on practical experience, preparing them to function as professional social workers upon graduation.

Throughout the placement, students will have the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge in engagement and rapport building, assessment, intervention and termination. Placements may involve direct contact with service users, policy work or research, or a combination of these experiences.

Facilities

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The Harris Learning Library

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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

Student Union

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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