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Social Work Diploma

Social Work student

2 years

The Program

Students may apply for the program on a full or part-time basis, application requirements and the application process are the same for each stream. Program planning will take place with students during the registration process.

The mission of the Social Work Diploma Program at RDP is to graduate ethical and compassionate social workers committed to anti-oppressive practice and social justice.

Social workers are trained to 'help people help themselves'. The focus of social work is on the interactions between people and their social environment. The program examines how to help people meet the demands of daily life by helping to increase their access to resources, services and opportunities as individuals or within their communities. Students will learn to identify gaps and challenges in those systems, and ways in which they can be addressed. 

Objectives of the program are:

  1. To provide a two-year diploma program in Social Work that prepares students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed for jobs in beginning social work positions.
  2. To prepare students to continue their education in a Bachelor of Social Work program.
Program Content

Year 1

  • SOWK 201 Social Work Practice I
  • SOWK 202 Social Work Practice II
  • SOWK 204 Ethics in Social Work Practice
  • SOWK 207 Introduction to Social Welfare
  • SOWK 209 Field Work I
  • SOWK 212 Preparation for Practice
  • SOWK 214 Reconciliation through Social Work
  • SOCI 260 Sociological Concepts and Perspectives
  • PSYC 260 Basic Psychological Processes
  • PSYC 261 Social and Individual Behaviour
  • English or Communication Option
  • English or Communication Option

Year 2

  • SOWK 301 Social Work Practice with Families
  • SOWK 304 Social Work Practice with Groups and Communities
  • SOWK 306 Leadership in Social Work
  • SOWK 307 Social Policy
  • SOWK 308 Field Work II
  • SOWK 309 Field Work III
  • SOWK 312 Current Trends and Issues Social Work
  • SOWK 315 Social Work Research
  • SOCI 261 Canadian Society
  • Option* (3 credits)
  • Option* (3 credits)

*One of your two options must include one of PSYC 353, PSYC 355 or PSYC 357. This course may be taken in either the fall or winter term in second year. Options may not include high school equivalency courses. If you plan to transfer to a university, choose courses which are transferable.

Visit RDP’s Course Catalogue/Timetable to read detailed course descriptions.

Transfer Features

The RDP Social Work Diploma can be transferred to a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree with the University of Calgary or Mount Royal University.


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