Fonds - School of Social Work fonds

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School of Social Work fonds

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  • 1929-1980 (Creation)
    University of British Columbia. School of Social Work

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5.22 m of textual records

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Instruction in social work at the University of British Columbia dates back to the late 1920s, at which time the University implemented a two-year diploma course within the Dept. of Economics, Sociology and Political Science. Originally coordinated by S.E. Beckett, and then C.W. Topping, the program slowly expanded. In 1943, Marjorie J. Smith became the first full-time instructor in social work at the University. Two years later the course evolved into the Dept. of Social Work with Smith as its first head. In 1950, the status of the department was again changed as it became the School of Social Work within the Faculty of Arts. The aim of the School, which offers a two-year post-graduate program leading to a Master's degree, is to "promote leadership and develop high educational standards in all branches of social work".

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The fonds consists of correspondence, minutes, reports, published materials, and other records documenting the programs and activities of the School of Social Work. The records are arranged into the following series: General History, Buildings and Resources, Statistics, Admissions, Faculty, Reports, Students, Financial Assistance, ʺThe School and the Community,ʺ Research Grants, Curriculum, Committees, Correspondence, Budgets, Symposia and Conferences and Miscellaneous.

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Fonds consists of institutional records – access requests must be reviewed by the Universityʹs FOIPOP Coordinator.

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BCAUL control number: UBCARCH-823

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