Bachelor of Social Work - Social Work

2 years
22,460 CAD/year
Rolling admission
Rolling admission
University of Northern British Columbia

Program description

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Social deal (BSW) are trained to deal with clients from many walks of life, including individuals, families, and communities.

Northern and rural communities, Indigenous peoples, women, anti-oppressive practice, and community-based research are all central to the BSW's curriculum. The social work curriculum places a premium on the examination of class, gender, race, and ethnicity in relation to one another.

Find a self-reflective balance of the following:

  • theory and application 
  • community service, research, and teaching 
  • critical self-awareness and regard for other people's ideas 

Program structure

300 Level

  • Social Work Communication Skills
  • Critical Social Work Practice
  • Social Work Field Education I
  • Social Work and Indigenous Peoples 
  • Critical Social Policy
  • Social Work Research/Policy/Practice
  • Social Work Philosophy and Ethics

400 Level

  • Northern/Remote Social Work Practice
  • Social Work Field Education II
  • Family/Child Welfare Policy
  • Human Growth and Development

Students must select an additional 12 credit hours of approved 400-level Social Work courses from the approved list.

  • Child Welfare Practice
  • Current Issues in Child Welfare Practice
  • Social Work with Groups and Communities
  • Social Work/Law and the Justice System
  • Social Work in Mental Health
  • Social Work and Substance Use
  • Social Work with Victims of Abuse
  • Social Work and Health Care
  • Social Work Critical Issues in Aging
  • Social Work and Cross-Cultural Practice
  • Social Work and Family Practice
  • Social Work Practice and Spirituality
  • Disability Issues
  • Indigenous Governance and Social Policy 
  • Indigenous Family Caring Systems 
  • Individual and Community Wellness for Indigenous Peoples 
  • Special Topics
  • Directed Readings


  • Tuition* 22,460 CAD
  • Student Fees* 1,690 CAD
  • Books* 1,600 CAD

*Tuition, fees and books are subject to change and vary among programs.

Requirements for applicants

  • Meet UNBC's English language requirements
  • Meet the international admission requirements by country or meet the admission with a General Certificate of Education (or equivalent)
  • Complete the required high school course equivalencies outlined in the Domestic tab prior.

About the university

One of Canada's top universities, UNBC is situated in the breathtaking scenery of northern British Columbia.

Excellent undergraduate and graduate learning opportunities are offered by UNBC in the areas of cultures, economics, health, sciences, and the environment. We share the exhilaration of new knowledge with our students and the results of our teaching and research with the world as one of British Columbia's research-intensive institutions. UNBC is a welcome place with a warm, inclusive, and supportive learning environment in addition to cultivating and celebrating academic excellence.

The University of the North by and for the North is UNBC. Our students, alumni, teachers, staff, and the communities we serve all feel a strong sense of ownership, purpose, and adventure as a result of our goal. We are also Canada's Green UniversityTM, paving the road for everyone's future to be more sustainable.


To affect people's lives and communities in the North and around the world while being Canada's top destination university in terms of personal character.


To have an impact on the world today and inspire future leaders.

UNBC's Academic Structure

  1. Faculty of Environment
  2. Faculty of Business and Economics
  3. Faculty of Human and Health Sciences
  4. Faculty of Indigenous Studies, Social Sciences and Humanities
  5. Faculty of Science and Engineering
  6. Division of Medical Sciences

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