Program description

The subjects studied vary from one program to another and group together the knowledge and skills needed in the degree being sought. Several types of undergraduate programs allow students to acquire knowledge according to their preferences and personal learning styles. Regardless of the subjects studied, the many types of programs honours, honours with specialization, integrated, general, major, minor, and certificate all provide access to the labour market. In addition, some degrees open the door to graduate studies or professional programs.

The brief description as well as the examples of subjects studied in this bachelors degree is drawn from the Undergraduate programs and courses calendars. The acquired skills compiled below are specific to this program of study as every program fosters the development of different skills. Examples of graduate and professional programs are also presented to consider the possibilities of further studies.

Further studies

Many graduate programs are available for people with an undergraduate degree interested in expanding their knowledge, specializing or conducting research. Many graduate programs are offered by the University of Ottawa. 

Potential occupations

Universities studies lead to multiple occupations. Furthermore, certain professions require talent, special aptitudes, additional skills and experience beyond degrees themselves.  

In order to list your choices, visit the Job Bank Canada and, using the National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes, view job postings, wages, employment prospects and other important information that can help you make a decision. The occupations found below are examples derived from the National Occupational Classification.  

Occupations related to this program

Social policy researchers, consultants and program officers

  • Human rights officer
  • Social policy analyst
  • Social policy consultant

Probation and parole officers and related occupations

  • Parole officer
  • Probation officer
  • Social assistance program officer

Social and community service workers

  • Community worker
  • Social animator
  • Streetworker
  • Youth worker

Government managers – health and social policy development and program administration

  • Social services policy, planning and research director

Managers in social, community and correctional services

  • Consumer information director
  • Religious education director
  • Social services manager
  • Welfare manager

Acquiring experience

Experience is acquired by participating and trying new personal, educational and professional activities, where it is possible to discover preferences, increase confidence and improve skills. As for professional experience, it is acquired through volunteering, internships, self-employment and full-time or part-time jobs. In addition to developing these skills, performing work related to your program of study can strengthen your expertise and increase your employability. 

Volunteer opportunities

In addition to providing an opportunity to apply theories and knowledge learned during your university studies outside the classroom, in real world situations, volunteering is a way to help the community and its many organizations. Community engagement services help students to contribute to their community by participating in projects that are related to their program of study. 

Potential employers

The following examples of employers related to your program can offer internships or employment opportunities related to students’ program of studies. It is also useful to browse potential employers website to learn about the culture, read job postings and keep up to date with the latest development. 

  • Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport - CCES
  • National Research Council Canada - NRC
  • Canadian Centre for Ethics and Corporate Policy
  • Education Quality and Accountability Office
  • Ministry of the Environment
  • Commission de l'éthique en science et en technologie
  • W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics

Job search resources

The job search resources are designed to stimulate networking activities, develop marketing strategies and facilitate access to job postings. Networking events offer employers the opportunity to learn about the available workforce, and they give students a chance to be considered in the recruitment process. Career Development Centre offers helpful tips on networking, interview preparation techniques and different tools that can also be used to help with the preparation of resumés and cover letters. 

Professional organizations

Professional organizations provide essential information on professional development opportunities and networking activities, the examples can also provide access to publications and job opportunities. The are a great source of information.  

  • Canadian Association for Legal Ethics
  • Canadian Association of Research Ethics Boards
  • Canadian Bioethics Society
  • Canadian Business Ethics Research Network
  • Canadian Philosophical Association
  • Canadian Society for the Study of Practical Ethics - CSSPE
  • Ethics Practitioners' Association of Canada - EPAC
  • Nova Scotia Health Ethics Network