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Social Work
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What does it mean to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly when helping people?

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To care for the needs and well-being of others is a high calling. How can Christians shape the social policies, services and resources in ways that respect all people as made in God's image? To see the dignity and worth of all people? The Social Work program at Redeemer looks at how individuals interact with different social systems, actively studying social justice, anti-oppressive practice and cultural pluralism as ways to seek justice and transformation in communities.

Social Work is a Bachelor of Arts degree. It is offered as an honours major and as a minor.

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Right from the start, small class sizes and dedicated faculty mean more opportunities to practice, research, and apply what you've learned as you seek to develop and communicate an understanding of our place in the social world and our responsibility to social transformation.

First-year classes are an introduction to the patterns and connections in human society, social relationships and the complex problems that can occur. Starting with the purpose and levels of social work practice and process, fields of practice, and social policy context.

Social Work The Core

The Core Curriculum is a set of 10 courses that every student takes. The courses are woven through every major and get you to think deeply and broadly about what you’re studying. Think about it this way…

  • Social workers provide better care when they understand the diverse stories and histories of their clients.
  • Program managers have a greater impact when they understand how policies are made.
  • Support workers have a deeper sense of compassion when they ground themselves in a biblical understanding of caring for their neighbours.

See how the Core fits into your degree



In the Classroom

To promote different perspectives and conversations in the classroom, panel discussions and listening to a variety of experts and researchers, are an integral part of the classroom experience. Courses like Social Work Practice with Communities, Social Welfare Policy and Process, and Child Welfare encourage students to develop their capacity for critical Christian reflection and response to issues impacting society.

Beyond the Classroom

Regular opportunities to visit correctional institutes, indigenous centres, as well as opportunity to participate in disaster relief, inner-city missions, and volunteer trips give students the opportunity to put that they're learning to practice and have real personal experience to draw on.

Explore the benefits of Experiential Learning
After Redeemer

Alumni of Redeemer’s social work program are making a positive impact in our society and in our communities.

Rachel Brouwer '09

is seeing lives transformed through justice and the transforming power of the gospel in her work at International Justice Mission.

Rhonda Elgersma '01

is the ministry partner program coordinator with World Renew where she focuses on missions work in Mexico and with churches in Ontario.

Applied Social Sciences
Find out where a degree in Social Work takes you!
Redeemer’s Social Work Program provides you with the knowledge and relevant skills to set you on the path to a fulfilling career.
Roles open to me
with this degree:
  • Adoption worker
  • Child welfare worker
  • Crisis intervention worker
  • Developmental service worker
  • Drop-in centre program manager
  • Intake counsellor
  • Mental health worker
  • Outreach worker
  • Shelter/group home worker
  • Victim/patient advocate
With continuing
education I can be:
  • Case manager
  • Community development specialist Counsellor/therapist
  • Addictions
  • Art
  • Career
  • Disability
  • Family/marriage
  • Groups
  • Refugee/newcomer support
  • Gerontologist
  • Group home manager
  • Hospital social worker/discharge planner
  • Police officer
  • Professor Researcher
  • Social worker
Related jobs in other fields:
  • Activist
  • Administrator
  • Equity, diversity and inclusion assistant
  • Fundraiser
  • Human resources officer
  • Labour relations researcher
  • Market researcher
  • Public relations
  • Rehabilitation specialist
Technical skills:
  • Conduct research related to human development and behaviour
  • Design research, evaluation projects, and tools (e.g., assessments, surveys, interviews, etc.)
  • Documentation/record keeping
  • Interacting with people of different backgrounds in different situations
  • Knowledge of the influence of society and social issues (e.g., poverty, trauma, violence, oppression, etc.) on individual, couple, family, group, and community functioning
  • Listening, clarifying and responding skills
  • Mediation skills
  • Planning and assessing social policy
  • Understanding individual, group, and community functioning and dynamics
  • Understanding of human development (and developmental stages), psychology, and behaviour
Transferable skills:
  • Advocacy
  • Concern for justice and welfare
  • Cooperation/collaboration
  • Creative/critical thinking
  • Empathy as well as concern for and sensitivity to others
  • Engagement in ethical practice
  • Formulating and defending positions
  • Maintaining composure in stressful or traumatic situations
  • Self-awareness/self-reflection
  • Setting boundaries
Discover current trends, wages and job in Canada for the Applied Social Sciences field.
Explore your career ideas. Find out what Redeemer alumni have done with their degree.
Professional Organizations:
Connect with these organizations to learn more about your career.
  • Canadian Association of Social Workers
  • Canadian Mental Health Association
  • Global Social Work Alliance
  • International Federation of Social Workers
  • Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies
  • Ontario Association of Social Workers
  • Ontario College of Social Work and Social Service Workers
  • The National Association of Social Workers (USA)
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Social Work
Redeemer’s Social Work Program provides you with the knowledge and relevant skills to set you on the path to a fulfilling career.
Alumni can go on
to careers as...
  • Mental health counsellors
  • Crisis counsellors
  • Resettlement managers
  • Program coordinators
  • Autism therapists
  • Social workers
  • Case workers
  • Foster care workers
Alumni can do further
studies to earn...
  • Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)
  • Registered Social Worker (RSW)
  • Master of Social Work (MSW)
  • MA in Public Administration
  • MA in Social Policy
  • MA in Urban Planning
  • MSW in Gerontology
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Social Work

Student Profile: Ninette Hidalgo

Ninette Hidalgo is a third-year student studying social work. After finding her way to Redeemer unexpectedly, she has since learned that God can be found in the details.

Transforming Communities for Christ

Partnership with Dordt University creates a new pathway for students to advance in the social work profession.

Charting the Way of Compassion

Dr. Aaron Smith, assistant professor of social work and director of field education, talks about the principles that guide him in his work at Redeemer.

Faculty Profile: Dr. Morgan Braganza

Dr. Morgan Braganza is an assistant professor in applied social sciences.

Rooted in Hope: Christians in Social Work

Dr. Jim Vanderwoerd, professor of social work and chair of the department of applied social sciences, reflects on the tension that exists for Christians working in the...

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New study finds independent Christian campuses may provide greater safety from sexual violence than their public counterparts.

Everything Has a Story

Clarence Keesman ‘98, executive director of youth drop-in centre The Refuge, encounters stories of brokenness and healing each and every day.

The Sacred Project of the Social Sciences

A worldview and sacred project are always behind our studies in social science. But whose sacred project are we investing in?

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