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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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Credits required for programme completion : 128
Length of programme : 4 years


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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
    Prerequisite: SOWK100 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,
  • SOWK231: Introduction to Macro Practice
    Prerequisite: SOWK100 Required of all new and transfer students. Students are introduced to social work practice at the macro level. This course will equip students with the knowledge and skills to understand, plan and implement macro level interventions in the community. Students are required to conduct a community assessment and intervention project.
  • SOWK300: Social Work Issues in the Caribbean
    Prerequisite: SOWK100 An exploration of the impact of the historical and socio-cultural context of the Caribbean frames this course. Students are exposed to a range of social issues in the Caribbean context and relevant micro and macro interventions. Consideration is made of the issues of postcolonialism, indigenisation and authentication. Social work theories, which may be used to plan and analyse intervention in social issues, are presented.
  • SOWK315: Values, Ethics and Diversity
    Prerequisite: SOWK100 Special attention is given to core values and professional ethics expected of outstanding social workers. Emphasizing a Christian world view, students will develop an appreciation for diversity and sensitivity toward issues related to culture, race, gender, class, age, and sexual identity.
  • SOWK320: Introduction to Counselling Skills
    Prerequisites: PSYC101 and SOWK100 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
    Prerequisite: SOWK100 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.
  • SOWK350: Social Welfare Policy
    Prerequisite: SOWK315 Students develop basic knowledge and skills for policy analysis, formulation and critical challenge within local and international context. This course examines the determining factors that affect public policy and provides a framework for analysis of social problems and policies as they impact development and social service practice.
  • SOWK401: Foundations of Practice I
    Co-requisite: SOWK435 Prerequisite for SOWK402: SOWK401 Prerequisite for SOWK411: SOWK402 Co-requisite for SOWK411: SOWK436 Designed to develop the theory, knowledge and skills essential in generalist social-work practice. Various methods are offered for developing communication, assessment, planning, intervention, termination, and evaluative skills necessary in social work practice. Focus on skills necessary for practice with individuals, families and groups in a variety of settings.
  • SOWK402: Foundations of Practice II
    Prerequisites for SOWK401:SOWK340 Co-requisite: SOWK435 Prerequisite for SOWK402: SOWK401 Prerequisite for SOWK411: SOWK402 Co-requisite for SOWK411: SOWK436 Designed to develop the theory, knowledge and skills essential in generalist social-work practice. Various methods are offered for developing communication, assessment, planning, intervention, termination, and evaluative skills necessary in social work practice. Focus on skills necessary for practice with individuals, families and groups in a variety of settings
  • SOWK411: Foundations of Practice III
    Prerequisites for SOWK401:SOWK340 Co-requisite: SOWK435 Prerequisite for SOWK402: SOWK401 Prerequisite for SOWK411: SOWK402 Co-requisite for SOWK411: SOWK436 Designed to develop the theory, knowledge and skills essential in generalist social-work practice. Various methods are offered for developing communication, assessment, planning, intervention, termination, and evaluative skills necessary in social work practice. Focus on skills necessary for practice with individuals, families and groups in a variety of settings.
  • SOWK435: Field Instruction I
    Prerequisites for SOWK435: SOWK211, SOWK231, SOWK300, SOWK315, SOWK320, SOWK340 Co-requisite for SOWK435: SOWK401 Co-requisite for SOWK436: SOWK402 A Lab course to give students experience and practice in a community agency under qualified supervision. A total of 680 clock hours is required.
  • SOWK436: Field Instruction II
    Prerequisites for SOWK435: SOWK211, SOWK231, SOWK300, SOWK315, SOWK320, SOWK340 Co-requisite for SOWK435: SOWK401 Co-requisite for SOWK436: SOWK402 A Lab course to give students experience and practice in a community agency under qualified supervision. A total of 680 clock hours is required.
  • SOWK437: International Environment of Social Welfare
    Prerequisites: SOWK315, SOWK350 Students engage in critical thinking in relation to global issues. Theories of causation and alternative models of global intervention. Explores the social, cultural (including religions), political, and economic factors impacting social-welfare policies and the delivery of human services in Third World, developing, industrial, and post-industrial societies.
  • SOWK440: Assessment and Treatment of Victims of Violence
    Prerequisites: SOCI119 and SOWK401 Examination of assessment issues, approaches, and barriers to effective treatment when working with victims of intimate partner violence, adult survivors of sexual abuse, victims of rape, incest survivors, and child sexual-assault victims. Interpretation of assessment finding included. Short- and long-term therapy options including specific techniques are explored.
  • SOWK455: Treatment of Substance Abuse
    Prerequisites:SOWK401 An overview of classifications of drugs abused, its processes, primary, secondary and chronic stages of addictions, treatment techniques and basic prevention strategies including specific training in assessment and therapeutic techniques, examining the relationship between etiology and treatment. Treatment evaluation discussed. At risk, vulnerable populations receive special consideration.
  • SOCI/SOWK460: Death and Grief in Contemporary Society
    Prerequisites: SOCI119 Designed to help the student understand cultural and societal perspectives on death as well as develop an increased awareness and sensitivity to the personal and interpersonal dynamics of death, dying, and loss. The student’s personal encounter with dying, death and loss as well as the experiences of guest speakers, provides topics for class discussion. The “art of condolence” is discussed for helping people deal with uncomplicated death and loss issues.
  • SOWK470: Social Work Research
    Prerequisite: STAT120 Emphasises the role of research in the field of social work. Outlines research tools available to social workers to improve both the effectiveness and the efficiency of their practice. Research methodologies and the research process are presented. Students are required to complete a research proposal addressing a social problem in the Caribbean.
  • SOWK489: BSW Professional Seminar
    Prerequisites: SOWK435, SOWK436 Monitors professionalism as evidenced in student’s portfolio, scholarship skills and their ability to exhibit positive behaviours that will ensure success in social work practice. Portfolios presented and graded before graduation. Students are required to do an oral presentation.

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<p><strong><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: 'Verdana',sans-serif; color: black;">Regular Admission</span></strong><o:p></o:p></p> <p style="font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: 'Verdana',sans-serif; color: black;">Five (5) CXC or O'level passes<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: 'Verdana',sans-serif; color: black;">Or three (3) CXC or O'level passes & Two (2) A'level passes <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><strong><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: 'Verdana',sans-serif; color: black;">Adult Admission </span></strong><o:p></o:p></p> <p style="font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: 'Verdana',sans-serif; color: black;">Three (3) CXC or O'level passes* <o:p></o:p></span></p>


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