MSW Aboriginal Field of Study Part-time
All aspects from the application to curriculum of the part-time programs are the same as the full-time program with exception of its delivery mode.
The two part-time programs are unique because of our community partnership with community-based First Nations institutions, Seven Generations Education Institute (SGEI), First Nations Technical Institute (FNTI) and Mi'kmaq/Maliseet Association of Social Service Professional (MMASSP). SGEI is located in Fort Frances, FNTI is located in Tyendinaga First Nation, ON and MMASSP is located in Fredericton, NB. The part-time programs offer an opportunity for individuals who cannot study full-time to have access to the Advanced Standing MSW Aboriginal Field of Study.
The part-time program begins with Cultural Camps with a goal to fully immerse the student in Aboriginal wholistic healing practices. Attendance at Culture Camp is mandatory. This is where students engage in Indigenous healing practices and where the students begin to demonstrate a capacity to practice within this worldview and epistemology.
The curriculum for the program will be the same as the AFS full-time program. The course assignments may vary from the full-time program because the part-time course delivery is generally in one week intensive modules. The expectations regarding assignments, student development and performance, and activity will be the same as the full-time program.
Course instruction in this program offers a diverse array of delivery focused on 1) maintaining the academic integrity of courses, 2) delivery of the prescribed body of knowledge, 3) meeting the needs of part-time study students, and 4) create the possibility of new course delivery options.
Courses will normally be taught by the same professors as are on-campus. Elders and student supports are also in classes. Students will be expected to participate in all aspects of the program this includes; Cultural camp, sweats, fasts, drumming, smudges or other cleansing processes. All courses will be taught in Circle where a smudge and prayer begin the class.
Classes are taught using a combination of Circle processes, dialogue, presentations, video and audio aids. Where possible, guest speakers are invited, depending on the resources of the delivery site.
Classes occur in one week intensive blocks and are generally delivered twice a term. Students can expect to be in class for an entire day throughout the week. It is important to note that some courses can be taught in a “block” format. Courses can unfold in two ways: 1) in week long periods and with the course assignments being required after the course is finished, 2) in two and a half days of classes which would be offered twice in one term or semester. Students can expect to receive course outlines and readings prior to class. They can also expect to be completing assignments after the one week class session is over. Communication with part time students occurs regularly and prior the start of each term. We tend to rely on email, internet and telephone for most of our communications outside of class sessions. FNTI students will begin the program classes at the Laurier Campus in Kitchener in our Circle Room. Tyendinaga First Nation is another common delivery site. Other courses throughout the program will unfold in various locations and in consultation with the students and our Program Management Committee.
The Field Placement
There is only one field placement in this program. Field Placements of the part time program generally will occur in the home community of the student unless otherwise arranged.
The Field placement is maximally three (3) days per week over 24 weeks, but may vary depending on the student’s context. Students require the support of their employer and will work closely with the faculty member who is responsible for placement coordination and advising.
Admission Requirements to the advance standing part-time program:
All of the admission requirements to the part-time programs are the same as with the full-time program, click here for full admission details.
The number of students admitted to the part-time program annually will be 20 to 25 part-time students.