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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 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 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.

Applied Social Sciences
Find out where a degree in Applied Social Sciences takes you!
Redeemer’s Applied Social Sciences 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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Applied Social Sciences
Redeemer’s Applied Social Sciences 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...
  • 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

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