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University of Calgary Calendar 2018-2019 Faculty of Social Work 4. Program Details 4.2 Learning Circles
4.2 Learning Circles

The Faculty of Social Work offers two BSW Learning Circles programs, namely the community-based Learning Circles and the Virtual Learning Circles. These programs provide an undergraduate curriculum that is culturally and geographically relevant. Course content is innovative and aligned with traditional philosophies and knowledge systems. Community collaboration and flexible delivery methods are key features of these programs.

Students in the BSW community-based Learning Circles program must be available to attend course offerings in Alberta communities where the community-based Learning Circles are being offered.

The BSW Virtual Learning Circles program delivers the curriculum through a blended learning approach, integrating online learning with some face-to-face classes in Calgary. Students must have reliable online access and be able to travel to Calgary for an annual 5-day residency in both years. For more information on the BSW Virtual Learning Circles program consult the Student Services Office in Calgary or the Faculty's website:

Applicants should refer to A.2 Undergraduate Admission section of this Calendar for regulations regarding University admission requirements.

Core content in the Learning Circles curriculum is grouped into four theme areas:

Each theme area is comprised of 9 units (1.5 full-course equivalents), including one theme course (6 units or 1.0 full-course equivalent) and one additional 3 unit course (0.5 full-course equivalent). Students can complete the four theme areas over two academic years.

These form the basis for courses that are listed as Social Work 300-level courses (Social Work 300, 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, and 307). Courses related to local practicum placements are listed as Social Work 400-level courses (Social Work 410, 411, 412 and 413). Social work option courses for community-based Learning Circles and Virtual Learning Circles students have the same 500-level designation as option courses for the students in Calgary, Edmonton and Lethbridge.


  • Social Work 300, 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, and 307 cannot be taken by students in Calgary, Edmonton and Lethbridge.
  • Social Work option courses may be taken at any time in the program.