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Aboriginal Social Work Assignment – My Diary as a Cultural Artifact

Aboriginal Social Work Assignment – My Diary as a Cultural Artifact

Written by on March 17, 2013 in College & University Tips, Education & Student Tips with 1 Comment

The most interesting and controversial social work assignment I’ve completed so far in my MSW coursework at UBC  is the Cultural Artifact presentation. It was for First Nations Issues (SOWK 510) – and it represents the first time I emailed a university instructor to discuss her grading procedure. I didn’t care about receiving a “B” on […]

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A History of Family Allowances in Canada – Emphasis on Inuit Peoples

A History of Family Allowances in Canada – Emphasis on Inuit Peoples

Written by on November 24, 2012 in College & University Tips with 1 Comment

Learning the history of family allowance benefits in Canada was even more fascinating (and depressing) when I researched how the Inuit and Indian peoples were affected. Not much good news here, I hate to report. Oppression, marginalization, powerlessness, and even “dog tags” or discs with numbers instead of people’s names are the themes of family […]

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Support Group for Couples Who Can’t Have Children – Social Work Paper

Support Group for Couples Who Can’t Have Children – Social Work Paper

We can’t have children, and I keep thinking about starting a support group for childless couples in Vancouver. I got the idea because I have to write a paper for one of my social work courses. The more I work on this paper (which isn’t 100% complete, and which is due in three days), the […]

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12 Ageism Scenarios for Social Workers – Including Reverse Ageism

12 Ageism Scenarios for Social Workers – Including Reverse Ageism

Written by on November 7, 2012 in College & University Tips, Psychology Tips with 0 Comments

These scenarios encourage students to think about and discuss ageism; they’re from our anti-oppression presentation for social work class (I’m a first-year MSW student at UBC). In our group presentation, our goal was to encourage our fellow students to think about how older people are represented and treated in society. Further, we discussed how young […]

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Getting Good Grades in Grad School – 6 Tips From an MSW Student

Getting Good Grades in Grad School – 6 Tips From an MSW Student

Written by on October 19, 2012 in College & University Tips, Education & Student Tips with 3 Comments

How to get good grades in grad school – I’m an MSW (Master’s of Social Work) student at UBC in Vancouver, and I’m learning how to succeed without studying 24 hours a day (and learning everything there is to know about social justice! ). Getting good grades in grad school is easier than you think. […]

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Sample Policy Brief: The Guaranteed Annual Income (GAI) in Canada

Written by on October 12, 2012 in College & University Tips with 2 Comments

Here’s a sample policy brief for social work students, policy writers, and social workers. I’m an MSW student at UBC; this policy brief was for my graduate-level Advanced Canadian Social Policy class. My instructor didn’t give us a sample policy brief, so I researched “How to Write a Policy Brief” and read a few dozen […]

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How to Find a Practicum Placement in Social Work

How to Find a Practicum Placement in Social Work

Written by on October 10, 2012 in College & University Tips, Education & Student Tips with 9 Comments

If you’re a BSW or MSW student, you probably need to do a practicum placement to complete your degree. I’m an MSW (Master’s of Social Work) student at UBC (the University of British Columbia) in Vancouver…and I’m one of the few BSW and MSW students who hasn’t found a practicum placement. I’m told that my […]

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How to Write a Self-Identity Paper for Social Work Class

Written by on October 8, 2012 in College & University Tips, Education & Student Tips with 1 Comment

Social work instructors assign cultural self-identity papers because self-reflection and self-knowledge is key to a good practice. Here, I share my self-identity paper for Social Work 505 at UBC (the University of British Columbia). Feel free to ask questions or make comments – I welcome your thoughts! First, the assignment: “Identity is a moving target. […]

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Sample Thesis Proposal – Master’s of Social Work (MSW) Program

Sample Thesis Proposal – Master’s of Social Work (MSW) Program

Written by on September 19, 2012 in College & University Tips, Education & Student Tips with 0 Comments

Q: How do I write a thesis proposal for my application to grad school? A: Here’s the thesis proposal I wrote when I applied to UBC (the University of British Columbia). I was accepted into the Master’s of Social Work (MSW) program; I’m currently in my third week! If you’re worried you won’t be accepted […]

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5 Ways to Stay Motivated to Go to College

You know it’s good to get your degree, but you can’t stay motivated to go to college. These tips are for students who need inspiration to keep going – whether they’re applying for grad school or halfway through their college degree! Here’s what M. said: “[Applying to graduate school] has been very frustrating and confusing […]

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