Social Work

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Practice social work in northern and remote communities.

Accredited by the Canadian Association for Social Work Education, the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree places special emphasis on the social needs, values and aspirations of Yukon First Nations.

Program Description

Yukon College offers, in partnership with the University of Regina, a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree. The University of Regina grants the degree and the program is accredited by the Canadian Association for Social Work Education.

The BSW program provides students with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, values, and skills necessary to practice social work in northern and remote communities. Particular attention is given to the social needs, values and aspirations of Yukon First Nations.

The program uses practicums and a cultural camp to further enhance the educational experience.

Appyling

There is one intake per year and seats are limited. We suggest that applicants contact their prospective references and complete the criminal records check in January to ensure all documents are received by the application deadline. 

The complete application package must be received by the Yukon College Admissions Office by March 31st, 4:30 p.m. If the date falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline is the preceding business day. No late applications will be accepted.

To receive an application, please contact the BSW Program Advisor or download Social Work Program Application for Admission

Admission Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 30 university credit hours prior to admissions to BSW and obtain a minimum GPA of 65%.

The following courses must be completed as part of the 30 university credit hours:

  • English 100 Level (3 credits)
  • English 100 level, or higher (3 credits)*
  • Social Work 200 (3 credits)
  • general university studies (21 credits)

*A 70% combined average is required for these English courses.

Other Requirements
  • Completion of a BSW program application.
  • A criminal records check(s). Criteria is provided in the BSW application. Please anticipate a minimum of three weeks for completion. 
  • Three letters of reference; references from relatives are not accepted.

Applicants who meet the above criteria may be selected for a panel interview.

  • Candidates’ interviews are scored and ranked.
  • Following completion of interviews, all applicants will be notified of their results.
  • Successful applicants will be invited to a BSW Orientation and registration session in May, at which time they will apply for admission to the University of Regina. Course advising and registration for the fall will occur once the student has also been accepted to the University of Regina.
Graduation Requirements

Students admitted into the BSW after March 1st , 2014 must meet the following graduation requirements.

General University Studies (60 credits)

A minimum 65% GPA is required in General University Studies for graduation. 

Required General University Studies Courses

  • English 100 level  (3 credits)
  • English 100 level, or higher  (3 credits)
  • History 140 History of Yukon First Nations and Self -Government  (3 credits)
  • Psychology 100 level  (3 credits)
  • Psychology 100 level, or higher  (3 credits)
  • Sociology 100 level  (3 credits)

Electives

  • General University Studies, unspecified  (42 credits)

Social Work Studies (60 credits)

A minimum 70% GPA is required in Social Work Studies for graduation.

Required Social Work courses

  • Social Work 200 Introduction to Social Work  (3 credits)
  • Social Work 346 Social Work Practice I  (3 credits)
  • Social Work 347 Social Work Practice II  (3 credits)
  • Social Work 348 Social Work Practicum I  (6 credits)
  • Social Work 352 Cultural Camp (6 credits)
  • Social Work 389 Cultural Competence for Northern Social Work Practice  ( 3 credits)
  • Social Work 390 Communication Skills in Social Work Practice (3 credits)
  • Social Work 414 Child Welfare Practice  (3 credits)
  • Social Work 421 Human Development in a Social Context  (3 credits)
  • Social Work 448 Social Work Practicum II  (15 credits)

One of:

  • Social Work 451 Social Work Research  (3 credits)

Or

  • Social Work 469 Social Policy  (3 credits)
  • Social Work Electives  (9 electives)
Yukon First Nations Core Competency

Yukon College recognizes that a greater understanding and awareness of Yukon First Nations history, culture and journey towards self-determination will help to build positive relationships among all Yukon citizens. As a result, you will be required to achieve core competency in knowledge of Yukon First Nations.

For details, visit Yukon First Nations Core Competency.

Transferability

Please check with the School of Health, Education and Human Services and University of Regina.

Career Opportunities

Social work graduates are employed primarily by the Yukon Government, First Nations governments and non-governmental social service organizations.

Fields of practice include:

  • child welfare
  • family service
  • justice
  • addictions
  • health care
  • mental health
  • public welfare
  • community development

Social workers are often involved in counselling, case management, advocacy, education, social policy and program development.

Money Matters

Fees

Tuition for credit programs is calculated per course credit. See Money Matters for more information.

Some programs and courses have additional fees -  see Ancillary Fees.


Yukon College Student Financial Awards

Education is an investment in your future, your family and your community. Yukon College is pleased to support that investment by offering some of the most competitive tuition rates in the country, as well as several Student Financial Awards to help offset your educational and living costs.


Financial Assistance

There are government programs, scholarships, bursaries, awards and First Nation funding available to financially support you throughout your academic career.

See Money Matters for more information, or talk to our financial advising staff in the Student Services Centre. Email or call 867.668.8720 to make an appointment.

Courses

University Studies Open Electives
Title Delivery Campus Outcome
ANTH 101 - Biological Anthropology Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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ANTH 102 - Survey of World Prehistory Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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ANTH 103 - Anthropological Archaeology Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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ANTH 140 - Intro-Fields of Anthropology Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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ANTH 221 - Subarctic Archaeology Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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ATHA 101 - Intro to Native Languages I Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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ATHA 102 - Intro to Native Languages II Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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BIOL 101 - Principles of Biology I Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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BIOL 102 - Principles of Biology II Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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BIOL 210 - Intro to Northern Botany Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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BIOL 220 - Ecology
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BIOL 225 - Ornithology: Biology of Birds
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BIOL 290 - Beringia:Pleistocene Environ
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CHEM 110 - The Structure of Matter Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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CRIM 101 - Intro to Criminology Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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CRIM 103 - Psyc Explanations-Crime/Devian Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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CRIM 104 - Socio Explanations-Crime/Devia
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CRIM 131 - Cdn Criminal Justice System Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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CRIM 135 - Cdn Law & Legal Institutions Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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CRIM 210 - Law, Youth & Young Offenders Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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CRIM 219 - Aboriginal People/Cdn Crim Jus Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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CRIM 251 - Intro to Law Enforcement
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CRWR 201 - Intro toCreative Writing I
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CRWR 202 - Intro/Creative Writing II Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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ECON 100 - Intro to Microeconomics Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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ECON 101 - Intro to Macroeconomics Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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ENVS 100 - Environmental Science I Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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ENVS 101 - Environmental Science II Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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ENVS 200 - Environmental Perspectives Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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ENVS 201 - Environmental Ethics
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ENVS 223 - Princ/Pract-Heritage Interpret
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ENVS 225 - Envrnmtl Change & F&W Health Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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FNST 140 - Traditional Knowledge
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GEOG 101 - Intro to Physical Geography I Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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GEOG 102 - Intro to Physical Geography II Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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GEOG 290 - Climate Chg/Circumpolar World Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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HIST 120 - European History I Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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HIST 121 - European History II Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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HIST 135 - Canadian History to 1867
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HIST 136 - Confederation to the Present
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MATH 100 - Single Variable Calculus I Not Online, Unscheduled Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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MATH 101 - Single Variable Calculus II Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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MATH 105 - Introductory Statistics Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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NOST 101 - The Circumpolar World Scheduled Online, Unscheduled Online Online/Video
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NOST 202 - Social History of the North Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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PHED 222 - Northern Outdoor Pursuits Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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PHED 225 - Northern Outdoor Pursuits/Lead
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English Electives
Title Delivery Campus Outcome
ENGL 100 - Academic Writing/Crit Thinking Not Online, Unscheduled Online, Scheduled Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut), Online/Video
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ENGL 101 - Intro-Study of Literature Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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ENGL 203 - Introduction to the Novel Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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ENGL 205 - Lit Representations-Nat World
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ENGL 206 - Intro to the Short Story
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ENGL 220 - The North in Canadian Lit Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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ENGL 230 - Survey: First Nations Lit
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Title Delivery Campus Outcome
HIST 140 - History of Yukon First Nations Unscheduled Online, Not Online, Online Online/Video, Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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