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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
September 28, 2016
Canadian Excellence

Laurier Brantford launches BSW program

This September, Laurier Brantford introduced an honours Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program. Out of 300 applications, 33 students were accepted into Laurier's first BSW cohort. The program offers a unique focus on Aboriginal issues and colonization, providing students with an understanding of the history, culture and world views of First Nations peoples, in addition to theories and knowledge in contemporary social work practice.

"Because the Laurier Brantford campus is in close proximity to a number of First Nations reserves, we feel fortunate to be able to offer our BSW students a richer and more diverse learning experience," said Dr. Bob Basso, the BSW Associate Dean. "In addition to their class work, students will learn about critical and fundamental Aboriginal issues from Elders and other leaders. We believe social work students will benefit from this integrated approach."

The new BSW program offers three streams:

  1. a four-year program for high school graduates
  2. a part-time program for students holding a Social Services Worker (SSW) diploma
  3. a part-time program for students holding a Child and Youth Worker diploma

The two part-time programs, which will take students about three years to complete, are set to begin in September 2014.

Dr. Nick Coady, dean of the FSW, noted that the new BSW program now gives Laurier the full spectrum of social work degrees (BSW, MSW and PhD) and the location of the program on the Brantford campus makes us a multi-campus Faculty. "The focus on Aboriginal issues in the BSW program is a natural fit with the Aboriginal field of study in the MSW program, and the BSW program will, for many students, act as a stepping stone to all fields of study in the FSW’s MSW program," he said.