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Social Development Studies


Social Development Studies, administered by Renison College, is an integrated multidisciplinary program providing a liberal education with concentration in certain pure and applied social sciences. The inter-related courses of this Major allow students to develop an appreciation of the interdependence of the social sciences and a facility in applying material and perspectives from one discipline to questions in other areas of study. The College offers its own courses for the Major in Interdisciplinary Soc ial Science, Psychology, Social Work and Sociology. Students select their remaining courses from any of the colleges or departments of the University according to their particular needs and interests.

In the program, particular attention is given to the development of human personality in the context of the major social institutions and our cultural traditions and to the study of the development of certain contemporary social problems. Courses in Socia l Work provide an opportunity to study various types of social intervention. The College assists students to find places as volunteers in local agencies. Through this volunteer work students are given an opportunity to increase the experience which they can bring to their studies and to test and apply their theoretical understanding in practical settings. In the case of those following the Diploma in Social Work, a program co-ordinator assists the students and the agencies to fulfil placement expectations .

The Social Development Studies program provides an excellent background for further study in Social Work, Education, Theology, Law or Journalism, and for work in various helping professions, communications, and community and international service organiza tions.

Major Courses

Listed below are courses from the four subject areas which combine in the Social Development Studies Major.


Interdisciplinary Social Social Science Work Sociology Psychology
ISS 131R SOCWK 120R SOC 120R PSYCH 120R 150R 121R 121R ISS 220R SOCWK 220R SOC 220R PSYCH 220R 231R 221R 221R 221R 240R 222R 223 (R) 250R 230R 251R 240R 241R ISS 320R SOCWK 320R SOC 327R PSYCH 322R 350 (A-L) 321R 327R 323R 398R 322R 367R 334 (R) 399R 326R 368R 369R 499A/B 350 (A-L) 398R 398R 355R 399R 399R 356R 357R 365R 367R 390A/B 398R 399R

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Three-Year General Social Development Studies

Eligibility for graduation in the Three-Year General Social Development Studies program includes completion of the following requirements:

  1. A minimum of 30 term courses, including Faculty of Arts Group requirements, with an overall cumulative average of at least 60% and a cumulative Major average of at least 65%.
  2. At least 14 term courses from the Major. These courses must be distributed over the four subject areas of the program using a maximum of six term courses from a single subject area. (Additional Social Development Studies courses may be from any of the subject areas.)
Recommended Program, including required courses
Year One
ISS 150R, PSYCH 120R, SOCWK 120R (Fall)
ISS 131R, PSYCH 121R, SOC 120R (Winter)
Four additional term courses

Year Two
ISS 250R, 251R
Two other term courses from the Major
Six additional term courses

Year Three
Four term courses from the Major
Six additional term courses

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Four-Year General Social Development Studies

Eligibility for graduation in the Four-Year General Social Development Studies program includes completion of the following requirements:

  1. A minimum of 40 term courses, including the Faculty of Arts Group requirements, with an overall cumulative average of at least 60% and a cumulative Major average of at least 65%.
  2. Two options are available for completing the Major requirements:

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Honours Social Development Studies

Eligibility for graduation in the Honours Social Development Studies program includes completion of the following requirements:

  1. A minimum of 40 term courses including Faculty of Arts Group requirements with an overall cumulative average of at least 60% and a cumulative average of at least 75% in the Major.
  2. At least 18 term courses from the Major.
  3. Six term courses, selected in consultation with Renison's Associate Dean, to explore in depth a topic related to the students' interests (i.e. Theme Area).
Recommended Program, including required courses:
Year One
ISS 150R, PSYCH 120R, SOCWK 120R (Fall)
ISS 131R, PSYCH 121R, SOC 120R (Winter)
Four additional term courses

Year Two
ISS 250R, 251R
Two other term courses from the Major
Three term courses from Theme Area of study
Three additional term courses

Year Three
ISS 320R, SOCWK 326R
Two other term courses from the Major
Three term courses from Theme Area
Three additional term courses

Year Four
ISS 499A/B
Two other term courses from the Major
Six additional term courses

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Honours Social Development Studies (Applied Studies Co-op)

Eligibility for graduation in the Honours Social Development Studies, Applied Studies Co-op program includes completion of the following requirements:

  1. A minimum of 42 term courses including the Faculty of Arts Group requirements with a cumulative overall average of at least 60% and a cumulative Major average of at least 75%;
  2. 12 to 16 term courses as required for Arts Applied Studies with a minimum overall average of at least 75%;
  3. At least 14 term courses from the Major in Social Development Studies with an overall average of at least 75%. These courses will typically include:
  4. Four term courses in subjects related to a Theme Area of Study.

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Social Development Studies Joint Honours Program

Joint Honours programs are currently available with:

English		Psychology
French		Recreation
Music		Religious Studies
Philosophy	Sociology

Eligibility for graduation in the Social Development Studies Joint Honours program typically includes completion of the following requirements (variations may occur depending on the other discipline being considered):

  1. A minimum of 40 term courses including Faculty of Arts Group requirements with an overall cumulative average of at least 60% and a cumulative Major average of at least 75%. (The total number of courses will vary according to the number of courses required for the Major being combined with Social Development Studies.)
  2. At least 14 term courses from Social Development Studies including: The equivalent courses to ISS 250R/251R and 499A/B may be taken in the other discipline, subject to approval by both departments. If such replacement occurs, sufficient Social Development Studies electives must be taken to meet the 14 term course minimum requirement.
  3. At least four term courses relating to a chosen Theme Area (see number 3 under Honours program).

Course selection for a Joint Honours program with Social Development Studies should only be made after consultation with Renison's Associate Dean.

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The Social Work Stream

Within the Social Development Studies program, a Social Work stream has been developed for students who plan to pursue graduate studies in Social Work or to follow vocations in Social Work or the related helping professions. The courses in this stream meet the Faculty of Arts requirements for the BA and the College's requirements for the Major (see details in Renison College calendar). Course selection should be made in consultation with a Renison academic advisor.

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Diploma in Social Work

At the end of Year One, students following the Social Work Stream within the Social Development Studies program may apply and be considered for admission to the Diploma in Social Work. During the two years they follow the program, Diploma students are required to complete approximately 400 hours of supervised and evaluated field placement and the following courses: SOCWK 001, 326R, 350D, 350E, and ISS 399R (independent study during which students produce a major paper synthesizing their field work with their studies).

An additional fee of $100.00 is assessed in each of the two years of the Diploma program to cover costs of placement not provided for in the operating grants received from the Government.

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Minor Program

A Minor in Social Development Studies requires the completion of ten term courses from the Major with an overall cumulative average of at least 65%. Courses may be selected to fill the needs of the individual student, but course selection should only be made after consultation with a Renison academic advisor. The following requirements apply to the Minor in Social Development Studies:

  1. ISS 131R, 150R, SOCWK 120R;
  2. seven term courses beyond the first-year level including at least two term courses in each of two different disciplines.

Of the ten term courses required for the Minor, no more than six may be taken in any one discipline.

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Certificate Programs

Renison College offers three Certificate programs. Courses which make up these programs can also be used for a degree. Certificates will be issued by the College to those students who satisfy program requirements and notify the College upon completion.

The Certificate of Study in General Social Work

Eligibility for this certificate includes the successful completion of ten term courses, with an overall cumulative average of at least 65%, as follows:

Seven core courses: PSYCH 120R, 121R or ISS 150R; SOC 120R; SOCWK 120R, 220R, 221R, 222R;

Three further term courses, including:

  1. At least one but not more than two of: SOCWK 320R, 321R, 322R;
  2. At least one but not more than two of: ISS 220R, 350H; PSYCH 322R, 323R, 334(R); SOCWK 355R, 356R, 367R.

This certificate will not be awarded concurrently with or following the receipt of the Social Work Stream Certificate.

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The Certificate of Study in Social Work (Child Abuse)

Eligibility for this Certificate includes the successful completion of ten term courses, with an overall cumulative average of at least 65%, as follows:

SOCWK 120R or 350C; ISS 220R; SOCWK 220R, 221R, 320R, 321R, 355R; PSYCH 211; PHIL 220 or ISS 350F; SOCWK 357R or 350B.

Students who have completed the requirements for the Certificate of Study in General Social Work will be eligible for the Certificate of Study in Social Work (Child Abuse) with the successful completion of a further five term courses with a cumulative average of at least 65% as follows:

ISS 220R or SOCWK 350C; SOCWK 355R, PSYCH 211, PHIL 220 or ISS 350F, SOCWK 357R or 350B.

Note
For this certificate, SOCWK 390A/B may be substituted for any two of: PSYCH 211, PHIL 220, ISS 220 or 350F.

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The Certificate of Associate in Arts

Eligibility for this Certificate includes completion of the requirements for one of the Social Work certificate programs as well as an additional five term courses, three of which must meet Group A requirements of the Faculty of Arts, with a cumulative overall average of at least 65%.

This certificate must be requested within 12 months of completing the 15th course. It will not be awarded concurrently with or following receipt of a degree.

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Notes For All Programs

  1. For students in Minor programs who do not have at least one term course in statistics and one term course in research, and especially those considering graduate studies in Social Work, ISS 250R and ISS 251R are strongly recommended.
  2. For further information regarding any of the programs, consult the Registrar, Renison College, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G4.

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