Social Work

at UBC's

Vancouver Campus

Social work is a profession working for social justice at individual, family, organization, community, and societal levels through various knowledges, values, ethics, and skills. You'll gain the necessary skills, knowledge, ethics, and values to work in the different areas of social work intervention: direct practice , group work, and social community development.

Why this program?

  • Learn about critical and transformative social work theory and practice toward social justice.
  • Acquire skills in generalist and advanced professional social work practice, including field placements in diverse settings.
  • Take core courses based on values of human dignity, social equity, social justice, and scholarship.
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Program information

  • Campus: Vancouver
  • Faculty: School of Social Work
  • Degree: Bachelor of Social Work
  • Length 2 yrs
  • Co-op No
    You can combine your studies with full-time, paid work at top local and international organizations.
  • Honours No
    You can study intense specialization in a single field.

Before applying for admission, you must have completed at least 60 credits of transferable academic post-secondary course work, including first year English (3 credits), SOWK 200 and 201 (or transferable equivalents), and 18 credits in the social sciences and humanities.

The Social Work program assists you in acquiring competencies in social service delivery in the context of decolonization and social justice. This includes pedagogical and practice frameworks aimed at addressing issues of power and discrimination based on age, race, gender, sexual orientation, class, culture, and other categories.

The educational objective of the program is to provide you with the knowledge, values, ethics, and skills necessary for an initial level of professional practice focusing on the interface between personal problems and public issues. The program includes courses on theory, policy, research, and practice.

It is a single, integrated program that is generally completed in two years on a full-time basis. The curriculum includes courses on theory, policy, research, and practice, and is complemented by integrative seminars, electives, and two field practicums.

The Bachelor of Social Work degree is accredited by the Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE). Prospective international students should determine certification requirements in the country of their intended practice.

You have to complete 728 hours of practicum hours over two years in community based placements under the supervision of agency staff. These placements can be in and outside of the Lower Mainland, depending on availability and your learning needs and interests.

Life at UBC's Vancouver campus

Social Work at UBC offers you the opportunity to assist people in need in the unique context of BC’s Lower Mainland and beyond. Our program is based on values of decolonizing social work practice toward social justice.

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Your future

Professional social work practice in diverse settings including child protection, health and mental health, community development, and educational settings. Graduates work in countless public and private agencies and organizations in numerous capacities.

Program graduates

  • Social worker, Ministry of Children and Family Development
  • Indigenous cultural safety strategic lead and lead facilitator, Vancouver Coastal Health
  • Social worker, Surrey Memorial Hospital