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University of Calgary Calendar 2016-2017 Faculty of Social Work 2. Faculty Information
2. Faculty Information
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Location: Professional Faculties 3256

Student Information: 403.220.2011/5430

Dean's Office: 403.220.5945

Dean's Office Email:

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Additional Information

Students interested in pursuing the BSW in Calgary or through the BSW Virtual Learning Circles program must contact:

Student Services
Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary
2500 University Drive N.W.
Calgary, Alberta
T2N 1N4
Telephone: 403.220.2011/5430 or toll free 1.877.282.0667

The BSW is consistently offered in Edmonton. In addition, Central and Northern Alberta communities currently hosting the BSW Learning Circles program are: Grande Prairie, Red Deer and Peace River.

Students interested in studying in the Central and Northern Alberta Region must contact:

Student Services
Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary
Central and Northern Alberta Region
3-250, 10230 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta
T5J 4P6
Telephone: 780.492.3888 or toll free 1.888.492.2083

The BSW program is consistently offered in Lethbridge. The Southern Alberta community currently hosting the Learning Circles program is Medicine Hat.

Students interested in studying in Southern Alberta Region must contact:

Student Services
Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary
Southern Alberta Region
4401 University Drive, University Hall Room 526
Lethbridge, Alberta
T1K 3M4
Telephone: 403.329.2794 or toll free 1.866.329.2794


International Definition of Social Work

The social work profession promotes social change, problem solving in human relationships and the empowerment and liberation of people to enhance well-being. Utilizing theories of human behaviour and social systems, social workers intervene at the points where people interact with their environments. Principles of human rights and social justice are fundamental to social work.

Faculty of Social Work Vision

Creating social well-being and just societies.

Faculty of Social Work Mission

  • Dedicated to promoting societies that respect human dignity and worth, meet basic human needs, are anti-oppressive, inclusive, and based on principles of social justice.
  • Committed to learners by providing and building a knowledge base and set of skills in environments designed to stimulate and support a spirit of critical inquiry.
  • Focused on serving as a catalyst for positive community impact through the creation and dissemination of knowledge and innovation.

The Faculty of Social Work prepares BSW graduates to address individual, family, community, and social concerns in the context of diverse and changing societies. Graduates are prepared to draw upon a variety of assessment and intervention methods to help achieve social well-being outcomes with appropriate structural supports across the life span.

The program is based on the social work tenets of mobilizing strengths of individuals and groups, social engagement and civil societies, respect for diversity, inclusion, equitable participation, and social justice.

The program is grounded in the vision and mission of the Faculty, inquiry based methods of learning, the Codes of Ethics and Standards of Practice of the social work profession, and the national accreditation standards for schools of social work.


The BSW program provides the student with the professional knowledge, theory, and skills of social work including a wide range of experiential opportunities to integrate this learning in supervised practice settings. Upon graduation, students are prepared to practice as generalist social workers in a wide variety of social welfare fields in a continuously changing world. Areas of practice may include child welfare, family violence, community development, mental health, gerontology, social policy development, and working with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

Social Work Students' Association

The Social Work Students' Association (SWSA) is actively involved in the governance of the Faculty, with representatives on Faculty Council and Faculty committees. The society is an active advocate of student interests and issues, and a sponsor of fundraising social events for charitable causes. The Association is active in all regions and all students in the faculty are eligible for membership.

Code of Conduct

The study of social work practice places students in a position of special trust with professional social workers and their clients. The Faculty recognizes that social work education occurs both inside and outside the classroom and has the responsibility to ensure that its graduates are competent and ethical. A student's impaired judgment or non-academic misconduct may be grounds for determining whether the student should continue in the program, with or without conditions, or be dismissed from the Faculty of Social Work.


The following examples illustrate situations in which, in particular circumstances, a student may be assessed as being unsuitable for professional social work education at this time. The list is not exclusive of other forms of misconduct:

  • Concealment or distortion of the truth on the Application for Admission to the Faculty of Social Work or the University of Calgary.
  • Persistent and/or serious conduct that contravenes the University of Calgary Statement on Principles of Conduct.
  • Persistent and/or serious unethical behaviour as defined by the Canadian Association For Social Work Education Code of Ethics, 2005 and the Alberta College of Social Work Standards of Practice, 2013. Such unethical behaviour includes (but is not limited to):

(a) Persistent and/or serious medical condition that affects the student's ability to perform as a social worker if that condition negatively affects judgment and interferes with the ability to function within a professional context;

(b) Persistent substance abuse (e.g., alcoholism, drug addiction, use of illegal drugs) that interferes with the ability to function within a professional context;

(c) Criminal behaviour (i.e., arrests and convictions for such crimes as physical assault, sexual assault, drug trafficking) that interferes with the ability to function within a professional context;

(d) Persistent and or/serious conduct that contravenes the policies of the practicum setting (applies to students in practicum);

(e) Imposing stereotypes on a client, including behaviour, values, or roles related to race, ethnicity, religion, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic status, income source or amount, political affiliation, disability or diagnosis, or national origin, that would interfere with the provision of professional services to the client; and

(f) Persistent and/or serious inability to form a professional, helping relationship.