BSc. in SOCIAL WORK
RATIONALE FOR THE PROGRAMME
The University of the Commonwealth Caribbean (UCC) in its review of the personal and professional developmental and educational needs of the Jamaican workforce has decided to add major academic programmes in the human services professions. These are in Applied Psychology and Social Work. The programme in Social Work offers courses leading to the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree. It combines humanities and general studies offerings with social work modules to prepare individuals for entry into direct human service professional positions. The programme is designed to prepare competent, professional, ethical social work generalists. Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) and Applied Psychology students learn to work collaboratively in a variety of settings and learn skills including engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation at various levels (CSWE Standards). Students will learn supplementary skills such as service planning, case management, problem solving, community outreach and organizing, advocacy, research and networking. The programme is designed to produce graduates who will work for the well-being of their clients, advocate for the development and implementation of appropriate and relevant social policies, and contribute positively to the administration of organizations.
The exit outcomes of this programme offer students the opportunity to enter the professional practice for those who have an interest in working with people, and in addressing social and community issues and problems. Social workers play a vital role in developing a society based on social justice, and aim to stimulate action to change the social circumstances of individuals and groups who are disadvantaged. At completion of their theory and practice, graduates are expected to be able to function in primary as well as secondary social work settings and become members of professional bodies and seek appropriate license to practice.
The Bachelor of Science in Social Work includes 120 credit hours of coursework plus 10 credit hours of internship at the lower level, with an emphasis on academic/theoretical material as well as skills and practice experience. The programme duration is four (4) years full-time and four and a half (4 ½) years part-time.
REQUIREMENTS FOR ENTRY