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Social Work

Engage in personal and community change

Our Mission

Laurentian University's School of Social Work aims to educate social workers who can apply critical analyses to respond to those in need in order to promote social change, problem-solving in the context of social justice and respect for human rights, and to improve the general well-being of individuals, groups, communities, and society.


Academic Advisor

Dr. Tanya Shute, BSW - Coordinator


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Delivery Method: On campus
Program Language: English

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Interesting facts:

  • Excellent student life;

  • Personalized teaching and small class size;

  • Knowledgeable and accessible faculty in the classroom and through distance education;

  • Unique experience to study and practice in a variety of settings;

  • Wide variety of placement opportunities;

  • High postgraduate employment rate;

  • The 4-year program leads to a Bachelor of Social Work degree (BSW); 

  • Because of its geographic location, the School offers an exceptional experience to students who are interested in studying or working in northern Ontario’s multicultural communities;

  • Graduates acquire practical work experience with 700 hours in professional settings.


Program Highlights:

  • Four-year program leads to an Honours Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

  • The School is accredited with the Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE-ACFTS) 

  • Students gain valuable field experience with 700 hours of training in approved practice settings in Sudbury and beyond. 


Additional Information: 

Second degree and transfer students:

Programs for second degree students are planned by the Director of the School. According to university regulations, a student must obtain a minimum of 60 credits for a second degree, but more credits may be needed to meet the requirements of the Bachelor of Social Work. A second degree student may be granted permission to take some 2nd year courses at the same time as 3rd year courses, but must carry out the 3rd year placement during the spring session or the following academic year.



Some students in the program are individuals with many years of experience in social services and related fields. For students with a minimum of three years of full-time experience in social services, the program offers challenge examinations which, if passed, constitute credit for SWRK 3605.

Ontario High School Applicants

Program Prerequisites:

  • 1 grade 12 English U/M course; 5 other grade 12 U/M courses
  • A minimum overall average of 70% in the 6 best grade 12 U/M courses

Additional information for applicants who have completed Advanced Placement courses.

Additional information for applicants who have completed the International Baccalaureate.


Applicants from outside an Ontario High School 

International Students

Canadian High School Applicants from outside Ontario

Applicants from Colleges

Applicants from other Universities

Mature Students


One-Year Honours Bachelor of Social Work (Second Degree program)  

  • 4-year honours undergraduate degree in a related discipline such as psychology, sociology, women’s studies, gerontology, and child and youth care, with high standing (minimum of 80% average in final year)
  • A minimum of 2 years of social work work-related experience (could include volunteer and part-time professional hours) 

To be submitted by the applicant to

  • A resume or CV
  • 3 academic and/or professional reference letters (submitted by the Referee as an email attachment, in PDF form to
    • Note that references cannot come directly from the student.

Canadian Applicants

If you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you must complete your application through the Ontario Universities Application Center (OUAC).

For detailed instructions on the application process, see the How to Apply: Undergraduate Studies page.

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International Applicants

If you’re an international applicant, you must fill out the International Application Form.

For detailed instructions on the application process, see the How to Apply: International Students page.

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Note for Current Students

The degree options listed below are for the upcoming academic year, not the current academic year. If you are a current student looking for which courses to take in order to complete your degree options from a previous academic year's curriculum, please consult with an academic advisor.

Honours Bachelor of Social Work - 120 credits

Students must follow these regulations in order to meet graduation requirements.


First Year

SWLF 1006E     Introduction to Social Welfare*

SWLF 1007E     Introduction to Social Work*

PSYC 1105E     Introduction to Psychology**

SOCI 1015E     Understanding Society**

12 elective credits


Students need to meet the following : BESO 1005 or SWLF 1006/1007 with a minimum grade of B (70%), Introduction to Sociology and Introduction to Psychology with a minimum grade of C (60%), and 12 credits in Arts and/or Science.  


Upper Years

SWLF 2107E     Human Service Organizations*

SWRK 2315E     Basic Intervention Skills in Social Work Practice*

SWRK 3405E     Foundations of Practice*

SWRK 3505E     Applied Research in Social Work*

SWRK 3605E     Field Instruction I

SWRK 3727E     Social Work with Groups*

SWRK 4267E     First Nations Perspectives in Social Work

SWRK 4436E     Social Work with Individuals and Families*

SWRK 4605E     Field Instruction II

SWRK 4726E     Contemporary Issues in Social Policy*

SWRK 4727E     Strategies for Social Change*

SWRK 4915E     Foundations of Practice II*

6 additional credits of SWLF or SWRK electives

STAT 2126E     Introduction to Statistics or equivalent

PSYC 2127E     Scientific Method and Analysis II

     OR   SOCI 2127E     Research Methods and Data Analysis

     OR   GEOG 2027E     Quantitative Methods in Geography

     OR equivalent

6 upper year PSYC credits

6 upper year SOCI credits

12 elective credits


* minimum grade of 70% is required

** minimum grade of 60% is required





One-Year Honours Bachelor of Social Work - Second Degree

30 credits over 3-terms

SWRK 3405E     Foundations of Practice*

SWRK 4726E     Contemporary Issues in Social Policy*

SWRK 4436E     Social Work with Individuals and Families*

SWRK 3727E     Social Work with Groups*

SWRK 4727E     Strategies for Social Change*

SWRK 4267E     First Nations Perspectives in Social Work

SWRK 4605E     Field placement (450 hours)

3 credits of SWRK 3000 or 4000 level professional elective*

* minimum grade of 70% is required



Program Regulations

(A) To be in good academic standing in the Bachelor of Social Work, the student must:

1. meet all conditions of admission;

2. achieve a minimum of 70% in all required Social Work concentration courses: 1006/1007; 2106/2107; 2315; 3405; 3505; 3727; 4915; 4726/4727; 4436;

3. obtain a “satisfactory” grade in both SWRK 3605 and 4605;

4. achieve a minimum grade of 60% in 6 credits of upper-year SWRK/SWLF electives;

5. have an overall average of 60% on all passed courses in the previous year or in the previous 30 consecutive credits with no failures in any course attempts.

Students who fail to attain academic standing in a given year may be allowed to continue in that program on probation by petition to APR with a positive recommendation from the school for no more than one year or 30 consecutive credits. If after one year, such students fail to attain academic standing, they must withdraw from the program.

Students must withdraw from the university if they have been required to withdraw from a professional program and have not been permitted to transfer to another program. The School of Social Work, through its faculty and appropriate committees, reserves the right to suspend a student who, not withstanding her/his academic performance, fails to adhere to ethical and professional standards incumbent upon members of a helping profession (see the Code of Ethics & Standards of Practice @

Students who have not been registered in any courses for a period of more than two years must submit a request for readmission to the director of the School of Social Work. The director will convene an interview with the student and appropriate faculty members.

Field Instruction I (SWRK 3605) consists of a minimum of 300 hours and Field Instruction II (SWRK 4605) consists of a minimum of 400 hours of work in a practice setting approved by the School of Social Work. Considerable flexibility is permitted to students and their agency-based field instructors to determine appropriate work schedules. This may result in the field practicum being offered in a block (3, 4 or 5 days per week) or concurrently (2 or 2.5 days per week) throughout a session. Practicum settings must be approved by the field coordinator and learning contracts (including work schedules) are approved by the faculty consultant. Given the range of agency requirements and student priorities, learning contracts and work schedules may differ, but all are subject to the mutual consent of the parties concerned.

(B) To graduate with an Honours Bachelor of Social Work, a student must:

1. complete 120 credits which satisfy all stated requirements for the degree;

2. complete all Social Welfare and Social Work required courses with a minimum grade of 70% as well as grades of “satisfactory” in SWRK 3605 and 4605;

3. complete 6 credits of Social Welfare and Social Work elective courses with a minimum grade of 60%  after no more than two attempts.

4. complete all courses presented for the degree with an overall average of 70%. Only courses completed at Laurentian University are included in the calculation of averages.

SWLF-1006EL - Introduction to Social Welfare SWLF-1007EL - Introduction to Social Work SWLF-2106EL - Political Economy of Social Welfare SWLF-2107EL - Human Service Organizations SWRK-2315EL - Basic Intervention Skills in Social Work Practice SWLF-3106EL - Social Policy SWLF-3707EL - Law and Social Welfare SWLF-3736EL - Critical Perspectives on Disability SWLF-3746EL - Social Work and Health SWLF-3806EL - Child Abuse and Neglect SWRK-3016EL - Fields of Practice in Social Work SWRK-3026EL - Critical Issues in Social Work SWRK-3405EL - Foundations of Practice SWRK-3505EL - Applied Research in Social Work
SWRK-3605EL - Field Instruction I SWRK-3905EL - Independent Study SWRK-3727EL - Social Work With Groups SWRK-4267EL - First Nations Perspectives in Social Work SWRK-4287EL - Substance Use and Addictions SWRK-4427EL - Social Work With Children and Youth SWRK-4436EL - Social Work With Individuals and Families SWRK-4437EL - Social Work With Groups SWRK-4605EL - Field Instruction II SWRK-4705EL - Field III SWRK-4726EL - Contemporary Issues in Social Policy SWRK-4727EL - Strategies for Social Change SWRK-4896EL - Independent Study SWRK-4915EL - Foundations of Practice II Practice

List of Faculty Members

Adjunct Professors:

Steven Kusan, MSW, PhD. Private Practitioner. 

Suzanne Lemieux, PhD. Manager, Research, Evaluation, and Knowledge Exchange, SDHU. 

Robert Louis, MSW, PhD. Sessional, Laurentian University


Regular Sessional Instructors:

Bauer, Jane. MSW.

Beaudreau, Francine, M.S.W.

Campeau, France Anik, M.S.S.

Graziani, Sylvie, M.S.W.

Jago, Mary, M.S.W.

Jones, Louise, M.S.W.

Julien, Brigitte, M.S.S.

Lacelle, Suzanne, M.S.S.

Lamontagne, Claudette, M.S.S.

Larouche-Robinson, Brenda, M.S.W.

Lepage, Suzanne, MSW, RSW.

Louis, Robert, PhD

Mallet, Renée, M.S.S.

Manitowabi, Marcia, M.S.W

Marcoci, Gabriela, PhD.

Michaud, Annie, M.S.S.

Parnell, Alison, M.S.W.

Prévost, Colette, M.S.W.

St-Denis, Karine, PhD.

Sullivan, Christopher, M.S.W.

Van Houtte, Elizabeth, PhD.

Carol Kauppi

Carol Kauppi

School of Social Work
François Boudreau

François Boudreau

Faculty of Education and Health
Leigh MacEwan

Leigh MacEwan

Faculty of Education and Health
Sylvie Rivard

Sylvie Rivard

School of Social Work
Diana Coholic

Diana Coholic

School of Social Work
Myriam Bals

Myriam Bals

School of Social Work
Tanya Shute

Tanya Shute

School of Social Work
Dominique Mercure

Dominique Mercure

School of Social Work
Stéphane Richard

Stéphane Richard

School of Social Work
Lea Tufford

Lea Tufford

School of Social Work
Elizabeth Carlson-Manathara

Elizabeth Carlson-Manathara

School of Social Work
Sandra Hoy

Sandra Hoy

School of Social Work
Isabelle Côté

Isabelle Côté

School of Social Work
Sara Torres

Sara Torres

School of Social Work