B.S in Social Work
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The Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSW) is a professional degree which prepares graduates for generalist professional practice and/or the opportunity to be admitted to a Master of Social Work (MSW) with advanced standing. A total of 128 credit hours will be done towards fulfilling the requirements of the Social Work programme. Sample courses to be taken as part of this programme can be found below.
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- SOWK100: Introduction to Social Work
This Course introduces students to the profession of social work and focuses on its knowledge, values and skills base. Emphasis is placed on the response of the social work to varied populations and diverse cultures. Students are introduced to theories used in social work practice.
- SOWK211: Law for Social Work Practice
This is an introductory course that deals with legal principles and Social Legislation in the Caribbean. It looks at the court system and how this system addresses social issues with the individual, family, and community. It also looks at the role of the social worker in the court system, the writing of social inquiry reports for the courts and the social worker’s duty to the client. Laws relating to the family, children, and juveniles are examined and explained.
- SOWK320: Introduction to Counselling Skills
Exposes students to basic engagement, listening, assessment, and interviewing skills. Students gain beginning skills to explore the problems of various client systems. Classes include both instruction and lab experience.
- SOWK340: Human Behaviour and the Social Environment
This course engages students in a study of the dynamic interaction of the individual with his/her environment across the lifespan. Ecological and psychosocial theories frame the course. Key events at each stage of development are explored in addition to structural issues of discrimination and oppression that shape the human experience.
- SOWK412 Children and Families at Risk
This course focuses on the multiple systems (biological, socio-cultural and situational) that place families and children at risk. Theories that form the foundation for assessment and intervention are interrogated. Students gain an awareness of the fostering of resilience among children and families in adverse life situations. Development of programmes for the well-being of children. Focus on current child-welfare programmes including juvenile courts, foster care, child-care centers, adoptions, protective services institutional care, and special-needs services.