Field practicum courses provide an opportunity for the student to learn through direct social work practice. Successful completion of these courses is a requirement for continuation in the program. In all BSW program routes, students are required to complete a number of 300-level Social Work courses before registering in field practica. Students are advised to review the curriculum plan specific to their route.
The field practicum courses are Social Work 410 and 412. All continuing students planning to enrol in the field practicum courses must register in the appropriate course(s). Students will be assigned placements in the field practicum based on availability and student interest and choices made by agencies. Information on field placement arrangements, including international placements, is available from the Director of Field Education.
Students are expected to be in practicum for a specific number of hours per week for the duration of their scheduled term. The practicum represents a significant time commitment. Students must ensure that they are aware of field requirements, and available for field placements as scheduled, in order to complete their practica within the appropriate terms.
- Students must maintain concurrent registration in practica and related integrative seminars (that is, the practicum Social Work 410 must be taken at the same time as the integrative seminar Social Work 411 and the practicum Social Work 412 must be taken at the same time as the integrative seminar Social Work 413).
- Social Work 411 and 413 are not eligible for a CG grade.
- Students registered in the field practicum courses, Social Work 410 and 412, are required to attend the practicum during Reading Week in both the Fall and Winter Terms. Students should also note that Social Work practicum courses will normally run one week past the last day of lectures in Fall and Winter Terms.
- International students must have a valid work permit for their practica in Canada. The work permit must be presented to the Field Education Office in the Faculty of Social Work prior to the start of the practicum.