Department of Social Works and Social Administration

Introduction

Social Work and Social Administration is one of the undergraduate programmes offered in the Faculty of Social Culture and Development Studies. Professional Bachelor of Social Work and Social Administration (BSWASA) puts emphasis on education for professional social service design, delivery and system change. This document details the course content, entry requirements and regulations for the BSWSA programme.

Justification

There is an increasing need for social workers with a better understanding of issues under psycho-social, physical, economic and political aspects, of developing countries. There has been an overwhelming demand for this degree programme by development organizations like, Non-Government Organizations, Community Based Organizations, health institutions, Government Departments, and Individual interested students. This Degree reflects areas that are on critical demand in the communities.

Vision

  • A transformed society of competent and self-sustaining groups of social work practitioners who are able to enhance the wellbeing of communities, especially the vulnerable, oppressed and the poor.

Mission

  • To produce Social Work practitioners who can influence policy change and development at local, national and international levels through research and information dissemination

Expected Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, students should be able to;

  • To apply critical thinking skills within the context of social work practice
  • Explain the essence of Social Work    
  • Understand the problems and the different social situations handled by Social Workers
  • Comprehend the Social Work processes , broad techniques and skills needed in the helping process
  • Understand the different social policies affecting social service delivery in the contemporary world. 
  • Understand the social service delivery systems and the different challenges faced in the delivery of these social services to the community and society at large
  • Understand the professional behavior, the role and potential contribution of Social Work  in the resolution of societal problems
  • To analyze, formulate and influence social policies

Intended Participants

A degree in Social Work and Social Administration will target all those men and women who wish to become social agents of development at individual, community, national as well as international levels. The course will specifically target those students fresh from S.6 from any background with at least two principle passes and two subsidiaries at the same sitting or those with the equivalent. The course will also target those with other diploma or degree qualifications who may want to become vast with the dynamics of community development related issues.

Objectives

General Objectives

The general objective of the BSWASA programme is to enable participating students to acquire broad knowledge and skills required for effective service delivery.

Specific objectives

  1. To produce graduates who are able to recognize and address the barriers to service delivery
  2. To develop abilities required to undertake research in areas of social work practice
  3. To equip students with knowledge and skills to prepare for and respond to traumatic events and disasters

Rationale of the BSWASA programme

The BSWASA course is a three year programme of professional training in Social Work Practice. The Social Work programme consists of both theoretical and practical components. The theoretical component involves the study of relevant theories and issues in the perspective of human needs and problems.  This helps to generate social work interventions / strategies and programmes designed to respond to the above critical human demands. The practical component consists of carefully supervised fieldwork placement which serves as the context in which students can integrate theory and practice as part of their learning experience and within the framework of International Association of Schools of  Social Work (IASSW) and International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) standards, the fieldwork practicum constitutes 30% of the training period. Given the above theoretical and practical components, Social Work training therefore produces an all-round professional that is capable of assessing and understanding the social world and finding solutions to the prevailing social problems in society.

Resources and Scholastic Materials

The Degree in Social Work and Social Administration is housed in the Faculty of Social Culture and Development. It will therefore share the physical infrastructure, administrative and academic resources within the Faculty. The source of the materials will be the University Library.

Space

The programme is sharing the physical facilities, infrastructure, and administrative, academic resource within the Faculty.