Bachelor of Social Work

The Bachelor of Social Work degree at UNBC is designed to prepare students for beginning level, generalist social work practice with individuals, families, groups, and communities. The focus of the BSW is oriented towards social work in northern and remote areas, First Nations, women and the human services, and community practice and research. Analysis of class, gender, and race relations are considered central to the school of social work. As mandated by its accrediting body, the Canadian Association for Social Work Education and the Social Work Code of Ethics, Social Work at UNBC provides a professional program that advocates for justice and equality and equips graduates with the intellectual, practical, and professional skills needed to promote beneficial change.

Social Work exists in an era of globalization that results in growing unemployment, under-employment, deepening economic vulnerability and uncertainty for many Canadians. This has resulted in increased demand for assistance and social work intervention during a period of declining resources, fiscal restraint, and growing uncertainty for client groups as well as human service workers. Another reality is that First Nations and other consumer groups have begun to take control of their own services. They have rejected and altered many of the practices social work once took for granted. In this process the relations of power between professionals and client groups have changed.

One of the major challenges facing social work education at UNBC is to provide a program of studies that prepares students for effective practice in the evolving economic, political, and social contexts. Social Work at UNBC does this by accenting the way global, national, provincial, and historical forces affect the well-being of those that live, work, and practice in this region. A major strength of the program lies in its effort to foster critical intervention skills that weave the domains of social policy and research with social work practice. This priority is attained through course offerings that emphasize and integrate the crucial links between social work and social welfare policy, practice, and research.


The BSW program at UNBC is accredited by the Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE).

Mode of Study:

The school of social work offers a full-time and part-time program of studies using both classroom-based and web-based courses. One of the biggest advantages of online learning is that it allows for interaction in both synchronous and asynchronous modes. That is, it allows for place and time independence. Students can interact on their own time and have the flexibility to take courses without physically walking into the classroom. Given the increasing use of online learning technology, it is important to become familiar with Blackboard as an online learning environment. The Northern Social Work Student Association with support from the Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Technology host a site where students can participate in a variety of online activities.

It is recommended that you contact Grant Potter, E-Learning Coordinator at (960-5188) or to acquire information on how to “login” to Blackboard. 

Regional Campuses :

Admissions for the regional campuses occur every second year.

Application packages are available the first week of November, due January 31st, for a September start date.

Applications can be accessed online at, the regional campus, or at the Office of the Registrar in Prince George.