Bachelor of Social Work

The Bachelor of Social Work ( BSW) at The Department of Social Work is a professional degree in compliance with Global Standards of the international Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW). The program aims to educate, train and prepare culturally competent generalist social work practitioners that promote social change and problem solving on the Micro, Mezzo, and Macro levels. The BSW program is conceptualized along Islamic principles of social solidarity, cooperation and mutual aid within an ecological/strengths perspective with a focus on the traditional Arab/Muslim family and the multicultural expatriate populations.

Program Objectives

  • To graduate entry level BSW practitioners that have acquired the knowledge, values, skills to practice with the multicultural populations of the UAE, the GCC and the global community.
  • To prepare students for professional practice, to conduct research/dissemination of findings, and for community service.
  • To enhance traditional values of volunteerism, social solidarity, cooperation and mutual aid through real world humanitarian experiences.
  • To prepare today’s leader for professional practice and service in furthering a worldwide humanitarian and social development agenda to improve individual, children, family, groups and community’s quality of life.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Apply theoretical knowledge gained in human behavior & social environment, social work practice, social policy and research courses to generalist social work practice.
  • Present orally and in writing the results of using the problem solving method to case scenarios based on real life situations.
  • Conduct bio-psycho-social assessments, needs assessments, planning, and evaluation in relation to generalist social work practice.
  • Apply social work generalist practice theory and skills with individuals, families, groups, communities and organizational leadership in practice exercises and field practicum settings.
  • Apply critical thinking in their interventions with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities in their field practicum settings.
  • Communicate orally and in writing a research study including data analysis and the use of SPSS.
  • Apply a research-based case study on an issue and/or problem encountered in the field.
  • Model the professional and ethical behavior expected of entry-level social work professionals, including the use of supervision for accountability and improvement of practice.
  • Develop self-awareness and learning practice strategies through self-study via readings, practice experiences and reflection.

Degree Requirements

Required Credit Hours : minimum 120 hours

General Education (Req. CH:39)

Cluster 1: Values to Live By - Islam (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ISLM100Islamic Culture3.000

Cluster 1: Values to Live By - Ethics (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
FOED102Professional Ethics in Education3.000
PHI121Fundamentals of Environmental Ethics3.000
PHI122International Ethics3.000
PHI226Human Rights Theory3.000
PHIL120Principles of Professional Ethics3.000

Cluster 2: Skills for Life - English Communication (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ESPU1014Introduction to Academic English for Humanities and SS3.000

Cluster 2: Skills for Life - Information Literacy (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
GEIL101Information Literacy3.000

Cluster 2: Skills for Life - Thinking Skills (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
HSS110Scientific Research Skills3.000
CSBP119Algorithms and Problem Solving3.000
PHI180Critical Thinking  13.000
PSY105Creative & Innovative Thinking Skills3.000
1 : IBLC - Inquiry based learning courses must be taken within first 30 credit hours

Cluster 3: The Human Community - Emirates Society (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
HSS105Emirates Studies3.000

Cluster 3: The Human Community - Humanities/Fine Arts (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ARCH340History and Theory of Architecture3.000
HIS133Introduction to Art History3.000
HSR120Introduction to Heritage & Culture3.000
HSR130Introduction to Language & Communication3.000
LIT150Introduction to Literature3.000
LNG100Introduction to Linguistics3.000
LNG110Language, Society & Culture3.000
MSC200Introduction to Mass Media3.000
MSC240World and Arab Media3.000
PHI101Introduction to Philosophy3.000
PHI270Philosophy of Education3.000
PHI271History and Philosophy of Science3.000
TRS200Introduction to Translation3.000

Cluster 3: The Human Community - Social and Behavioral Sciences (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
AGRB210Introduction to Agribusiness3.000
ECON110Principles of Economics3.000
HSR140Introduction to Society & Behavior3.000
HSR150Introduction to Government Policy & Urban Structures3.000
PSY100Introduction to Psychology3.000

Cluster 3: The Human Community - The Global Experience (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
AGRB360Global Agri-food Trade3.000
ARCH346Contemporary World Architecture3.000
BIOE240Principles of Environmental Science3.000
GEO200World Regional Geography3.000
HIS120Arab & Islamic Civilization3.000
HIS121World History: Origins to 15003.000
HIS125Contemporary Civilization3.000
PSG250Principles of International Relations 3.000

Cluster 4: The Natural World - Mathematics (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
STAT101Statistics in the Modern World3.000
MATH120Contemporary Applications of Math3.000

Cluster 4: The Natural World - Natural Sciences (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ARAG205Introduction to Fish & Animal Science3.000
ARAG220Natural Resources3.000
BION100Biology and its Modern Application3.000
CHEM181Chemistry in the Modern World3.000
FDSC250Contemporary Food Science & Nutrition3.000
GEOL110Planet Earth3.000
PHED201Physical Fitness and Wellness3.000
PHYS101Conceptual Physics3.000

Cluster 5: Capstone Experience (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
HSR400Integrated Capstone  23.000
2 : Also counts towards the Major


Social Work Major

Required Courses (63.00 hours)

Credit Hours
SWK200Introduction to Social Welfare3.000
SWK210Introduction to Humanitarian Social Work3.000
SWK220Social Policy & Services3.000
SWK230Human Behavior in Social Environments3.000
SWK240Social Work Research Methods4.000
SWK250Social Work Practice I: Individuals3.000
SWK251Social Work Practice I: Skills1.000
SWK320Social Policy Research3.000
SWK350Social Work Practice II: Families3.000
SWK351Social Work Practice II: Skills1.000
SWK355Social Work Leadership3.000
SWK360Social Work Practice III3.000
SWK361Social Work Practice III: Skills1.000
SWK375Social Work & Mental Health3.000
SWK376Social Work and Special Populations3.000
SWK380Social Work & Islam3.000
SWK385Social Work & Substance Abuse3.000
SWK465Social Work Practicum I4.000
SWK466Field Seminar3.000
SWK470Field Practicum II4.000
SWK499Special Topics In Social Work3.000
SWK365Social Work & Humanitarian Relief3.000

Required Minor (18.00 hours)

Credit Hours