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Department of Social Wellbeing


The Department of Social Wellbeing offers academic programs that furnish students with the content knowledge and professional skills necessary to improve and safeguard the social wellbeing of individuals, families and communities. We are led by values of solidarity, empathy, social justice, happiness, empowerment, inclusion, rehabilitation, prevention and positive intervention. Our programs provide multidisciplinary solutions to the challenges pertaining to living in modern society.

Our Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree is a professional degree in compliance with Global Standards of the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW). The program places a strong emphasis on field- based education involving integration of the academic aspect and practice. Students spend two semesters in the field going through a planned set of experiences occurring in a practice setting that helps translate knowledge from the classroom into skills and competencies in the practice field.

As the Department furthers its posture as a multidisciplinary academic entity, students will have the opportunity to enroll in upcoming interdisciplinary academic programs that reflect solid academic standards and align with market needs.

The Department also offers a Master of Social Work (MSW) program that prepares graduates for advanced professional practice in an area of concentration. The MSW program prepares UAEU graduates to join the job market as specialized practitioners, accepting leadership roles within the areas of health/mental health, criminal justice, applied research, policy analysis, community education, schools and in the planning and provision of social services in other areas.

We have outstanding faculty who share a passion for teaching and research in the field.


The mission of the Department of Social Wellbeing is to educate, train and prepare culturally competent practitioners who promote positive social change, solve social problems using innovative methodologies, and support the establishment of policy, mechanisms, and services that increase happiness and wellbeing of their communities.

Academic Programs



Note: If calling from outside the UAEU organization, dial (+971 3 713) before the extension.

Name Position Email Ext.

Dr. Shamma Alfalasi

Assistant Professor, Chair


Prof. Ansie Fouche



Prof. Abdulaziz Albrithen



Dr. Krista Cooper

Assistant Professor


Dr. Muna Albahar

Assistant Professor


Dr. Raquel Silva

Assistant Professor 6479

Dr. Vinnarasan Aruldoss 

Assistant Professor 6434

Dr. Sukhwinder Singh Purewal

Assistant Professor 5068

Ms. Enas Almarqab

Instructor 5080

Ms. Mariam AlNuaimi

Instructor 5035

General Enquiries

Thank you for your interest in the Social Wellbeing Department. We welcome your query and encourage you to contact us using the information below:

College of Humanities and Social Sciences,
United Arab Emirates University,
P.O. Box 15551, Al Ain, UAE

Phone: +971 3 713 6427
Fax: +971 3 713 4978 

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Jun 5, 2024