SW 4023
Social Work Field Integration Seminar

Half-credit course

Calendar description:

This seminar, which is mandatory for post-degree BSW students, enables students to relate practice issues to social work theory and develop a personal credo for social work. Students will explore solutions to actual issues encountered during their practicum placements by drawing upon their social work knowledge, value and skill bases. Each student will develop a personal credo of social work that draws from a value base, social work experience and social work knowledge.

Background and rationale:

The Field Integration Seminar is designed to enable post-degree social work students to relate their learning throughout the social work programme to their practice of social work in practicum agencies. It aims to assist them to critically reflect on their work and their work environments. Students will share their knowledge about the mandate and practices in their practicum agencies. They will explore the "goodness of fit" between the social work knowledge and theories that they acquired during the programme and issues encountered during their practicum work. The course is evaluated on a pass/fail basis to encourage students to take risks in developing unique views about social work.


Students will have completed or be currently completing all requirements for the BSW degree. On most occasions students will be in practicum placements for four days a week and taking their final elective concurrent with this course.

Course format/content/ teaching and learning methods:

The course will be offered in an introductory meeting and five sessions. Each of the four sessions will begin with a "circle round" where "successes and problems" encountered during the practicum will be identified. At the conclusion of this exercise an agenda for the next two hours of the session will be developed. This will enable students to explore with peers current work issues, relate these issues to different social work perspectives discussed in the programme and also to the social work value base. During the remaining hours of each block students will lead seminar discussions about an aspect of their work (see section providing weekly schedule).


The course will be graded pass/fail. In order to achieve a "pass' grade each student will submit a short report in the last class to review their personal role in the class and to demonstrate:

regular and prompt attendance for the duration of each class;

completion of assignments by the due dates;

preparation for class discussions;

participation in class discussions;

participation in creating a safe and confidential classroom learning environment.

It is recognized that on rare occasions urgent and unforseen circumstances may lead to late assignments or absences from class. On such occasions students will explain the circumstances to the instructor and agree on alternative ways of gaining the learning from a missed class and a revised due date for an assignment.


Students should have access to the texts used in the required courses in the programme;

CASW (1994). Code of Ethics. Ottawa, ON: Author.

Cournoyer, B. (2000). The social work skills workbook (3rd ed.). Scarborough, ON: Brooks/Cole

Hoff, L. A. (1995). People in crisis: Understanding and helping (4th ed.). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass

Mullaly, R. (1997). Structural social work. Toronto, ON: McClelland & Stewart.

Tester, F. (1998). Critical choices, Turbulent Times. Vancouver, BC: University of British Columbia.

Turner, J. & Turner, F. (1995). Canadian Social Welfare (3rd ed.). Toronto: Allyn & Bacon.

Vanier, J. (1998). Becoming human. Toronto: Anansi Press.

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