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Applied Social Sciences

How do we faithfully work towards a just society?

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Social transformation doesn't happen overnight. But when building relationships, developing communities, and understanding our place in society, whose responsibility is it to pursue social justice? Redeemer's distinct, interdisciplinary Applied Social Sciences program helps students to develop an in-depth understanding of our world within a Christian framework, preparing graduates to act justly and love mercy when helping, and working with, people of all walks of life.

Applied Social Sciences is a Bachelor of Arts degree. It is offered as a major.

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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 nature and study of social relationships and social institutions by studying human group behaviour in family, church, school and state.

Applied Social Sciences The Core

The Core Curriculum is a set of 10 courses that every student takes. The courses are woven through every major and gets 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.

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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 Diversity in Canada, Peace and Conflict Studies, and Poverty: Problems and Perspectives encourage students to develop their capacity for critical Christian reflection and response to issues impacting society.

Beyond Campus

Senior students have the opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge in community-based or governmental organizations as part of a 120-hour internship, where they both observe and participate in a job-related capacity under the supervision of experts in the field.

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After Redeemer

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

Clarence Keesman '98

is the executive director of youth drop-in centre The Refuge, where he encounters stories of brokenness and healing every day.

Jennifer deVries '00

serves as the executive director of Living Rock—a youth centre planted in the core of downtown Hamilton.

Alumni can go on
to careers as...

  • Social workers
  • Mental health counsellors
  • Crisis counsellors
  • Resettlement managers
  • Program coordinators
  • Policy specialists
  • Police officers
  • Teachers
  • Support workers

Alumni can do further studies to earn...

  • Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)
  • Registered Social Work (RSW)
  • Master of Social Work (MSW)
  • MA in Health & Aging
  • MA in Work and Society
  • MA in Cultural Studies

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Applied Social Sciences Stories

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A Fresh Start for SOAPS

Annika Koekkoek ’21 and third-year student Amy Pardy enhance the connection between the social sciences and faith through the student-run club, SOAPS.

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A Voice for the Sidelines

Assistant professor of social work Dr. Morgan Braganza is highlighting the different experiences of marginalized people in social work education.

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Faculty Profile: Dr. Morgan Braganza

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

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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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Finding the Sacred in the Secular

Dr. Timothy Epp's research sheds light on the divide between sacred and secular music by exploring the spiritual content in mainstream music.

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Does #MeToo include Christian universities?

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

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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.

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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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Welcoming the Stranger

Alumna Sarah Snider works with Micah House and Karam Kitchen, two different organizations with very similar goals: empowering and walking alongside refugees and...

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