Social Work
Social Work
Degree / Award Title
Bachelor of Social Sciences in Social Work
Offering Academic Unit
Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Mode of Study

Aims of Major

The aim of the programme is to enable students to evaluate and align personal values with the value base of the social work profession, acquire knowledge, understanding and practice competence in practice.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Major (MILOs)

  1. Evaluate and align personal values with the value base of the profession and its ethical standards and principles, and practice accordingly;
  2. Integrate the liberal arts perspective that enriches the understanding of the person-in-environment context of professional practice with critical analysis and assessment of interpersonal, bio-psycho-social, cultural, and environmental factors;
  3. Explain the use of comparative theories of working with individuals and family, groups, organizations, and communities;
  4. Use communication skills differentially and creatively across client populations, colleagues, and communities;
  5. Apply the knowledge and skills of generalist social work practice with systems of all sizes, and be able to integrate new ideas into practice;
  6. Demonstrate skills to practice without discrimination and with respect, and knowledge related to clients’ characteristics, cultural beliefs, and contexts;
  7. Apply critical thinking skills within the context of professional social work practice;
  8. Describe the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination, and apply strategies of advocacy and social change that advance social and economic justice;
  9. Conduct research studies, evaluate and apply research findings to provide creative solution to practice and for the community, with an aim to engage in evidence-based practice; and
  10. Demonstrate knowledge, understanding and practice competence through reflections to accomplish discovery and innovation in social work practice.

Degree Requirements

Requirements Normative 4-year
Advanced Standing I1 Advanced Standing II2
Gateway Education requirement 30 credit units 21 credit units 12 credit units
College requirement 6 credit units 6 credit units 0 credit unit
Major requirement

81 credit units

78 credit units 56 credit units
Free electives / Minor (if applicable) 3 credit units 0 credit unit 0 credit unit
Minimum Graduation Requirement: 120 credit units 105 credit units 68 credit units
Maximum Credit Units Permitted: 144 credit units 114 credit units 84 credit units
Note 1: For students with recognised Advanced Level Examinations or equivalent qualifications.
Note 2: For Associate Degree/Higher Diploma graduates admitted as senior-year intake students.

Professional Recognition

The BSSSW Programme is a professional education programme which is accredited by the Social Workers Registration Board (SWRB). Any changes of the programme contents need prior approval from the SWRB.