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Department of Anthropology

Discover Your Focus


Our research topics span social work’s central commitments to respond to individual and social problems and pursue social justice. Our strengths include knowledge mobilization – our engagement with theoretical, applied/professional, community and public audiences. Methodologically, we employ a range of critical approaches that consider power relations in research and practice.

Undergraduate Programs

Our program is accredited as an undergraduate university-level degree program by the Canadian Association for Social Work Education. You will be eligible for membership in the Ontario Association of Social Workers both as a student and upon graduation. Also upon graduation, you will be eligible to join the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.

Graduate Programs

We believe that social workers must be actively involved in the understanding and transformation of injustices in social institutions and in the struggles of people to maximize control over their own lives. The School of Social Work offers two MSW programs, a PhD program and a Graduate Diploma.

Field Education

We have a long history of combining practical and classroom learning. We have over 100 community partners who help us the provide hands-on experience that is an integral part of our BSW and MSW programs.

PhD student Elene Lam speaks up for Asian and migrant sex workers

Why Elene Lam founded Butterfly, a grassroots group that speaks up for Toronto’s Asian and migrant sex workers. Butterfly helps workers access health and legal services, organizes English classes and ‘know your rights’ workshops, and translates city bylaw information.
Jun 18, 2021

‘Can you hear me now?’

Transforming Stories, Driving Change uses theatre to bring new voices into public discussions.
May 19, 2021

OPEN LETTER: Hamilton Public Health needs to work with community members to prioritize vaccinations for Black, racialized, disabled and working class communities

Please join us and sign in support of the urgent call to add Black and other racialized groups to the booking system for COVID-19 vaccinations, in Hamilton and across Ontario.
Apr 16, 2021

Ameil Joseph has been featured in the British Journal of Social Work.

Ameil Joseph of the School of Social Work has been published to the British Journal of Social Work. The article is entitled Simulating the Other in Social Work Pedagogy: Pathologising the Oppressed through Neoliberal/Colonial Practice Teaching.
Mar 30, 2021

#MigrantSexWorkerJustice: Please sign and share!

On behalf of Butterfly (Asian and Migrant Sex Workers Support Network), and Elene Lam, a Social Work PhD student, we are inviting your organization and affiliated individuals to sign our declaration of support and join our community of allies in support of the rights of migrant sex workers.
Mar 25, 2021

The Impact of the Dr. Richard Splane Fund for Social Policy in Social Work

PhD candidate in the School of Social Work at McMaster University, Mary-Elizabeth Vaccaro, is a recipient of the Dr. Richard Splane Fellowship in Social Policy. She's used the Fellowship to advocate and raise awareness around gender-based homelessness.
Mar 24, 2021