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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
October 22, 2014
Canadian Excellence

Social Work

Social Work at the Brantford Campus

The Faculty of Social Work believes that social work's unique perspective is its focus on persons in environments. It is understood that the interaction of political, economic, social and interpersonal forces generate differences in the ability of people to participate fully in society. Those who are vulnerable to being disadvantaged by such differences as class, race, gender, age and ability are of particular concern to the field of social work. Social work attempts to facilitate people's full participation in society through advocating for structural change and through facilitating change in individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations. Thus, social work is concerned with individual and family problems, along with broader social issues such as poverty.

Laurier's four year Honours BSW program aims to educate students for generalist practice in Canada. Unique to Laurier, this program offers a unique focus on Aboriginal issues and includes an examination of the cultural exchanges between Canada's colonial processes and First Nations people. Our Brantford campus, located a mere 15 minutes from the Six Nations and New Credit reserves, is an ideal location to bring together traditional and Aboriginal communities, respecting the diversity and cultural integrity of each.

All students studying at the Brantford campus take courses from the Brantford Foundations core curriculum. This allows BSW students to develop critical thinking skills in humanities, arts and science courses and learn theories for professional practice in social work courses. They will be able to develop specific knowledge and critical understanding of key professional social work concepts, practice theories and methods and learn where intersections of social work occur with fields such as Criminology, Psychology, Human Rights, Health Studies, and so forth.

Program Highlights

  • Field placement in third and fourth year: this will assist students to learn through experience while providing pre-professional service in the community.

Admission Requirements

High School Admission Requirements College Grad Admission Requirements

4U English at 60%

Average in top 6 4U or M courses of mid-high 70's

The BSW program will only be accepting students from Social Service Worker & Child and Youth Worker programs for September 2015. Click here for details


The Social Work faculty recognizes that social work knowledge and skills are constantly evolving. Graduates with a BSW degree will be able to think critically, reflect on experiences, reason effectively and be creative when dealing with new and novel situations. Graduates will be prepared for professional social work practice in a variety of fields, including social welfare, mental health, family and children's services, social policy and planning, and community development. In line with the norm for new BSW programs, our BSW program plans to apply for pre-accreditation with the Canadian Association of Social Work Education (CASWE) in 2015 and then for the First Accreditation in 2017 or 2018. For those who may graduate from the program before the first CASWE accreditation, as long as the program has achieved pre-accreditation, the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) generally accepts as 'accredited' students who graduate from a pre-accredited program.