DIPLOMA IN SOCIAL WORK

The Department of Social Work and Sociology is one of several academic departments of the University of Zambia, School of Humanities and Social Sciences. It consists of two academic divisions: Social Work; and Sociology. The Division of Social Work was the first to be established; and is formerly known as The University of Zambia Oppenheimer College of Social Services. The Oppenheimer College of Social Services was established in the mid 1950s at the now Ridgeway Campus of the University of Zambia in Lusaka, Zambia to provide professional social work training in Zambia. The department through the Division of Social Work offers two professional degree programmes: Bachelor of Social Work Degree (BSW); and Master of Social Work Degree (MSW). The department also offers Diploma in Social Work Programme.

PROGAMME DESCRIPTION

The Diploma in Social Work programme encompasses theoretical and experiential learning. This programme is designed with an emphasis on generic training, whole-person development and workplace experience to better prepare students for further studies and employment after graduation.

The programme enables students to develop important skills, knowledge and understanding of key areas of social work; including law, theories, social practice methods, principles and values. There is an emphasis on fundamental professional principles, including a commitment to human rights, social justice, equality, diversity and inclusion. Thus, the programme will equip students with an understanding of social work values, the law, evidence-informed practice, making professional judgements, and the ability to apply a range of interventions in practice.

AIM OF THE PROGRAMME

This diploma programme aims at providing the learners with appropriate knowledge and skills to perform their role as social workers. The programme also prepares learners for higher studies in social work. To that end, the Diploma in Social Work aims to provide students with strong foundational social work education and training to prepare them for a career as Social Work Associates. The course adopts an integrated approach to social work education, training and practice with a view to equipping students with values, ethical principles and practices of social work. Ultimately, programme equips knowledge and skills to practice with children, youth, families, groups and communities facing diverse social problems.

With an emphasis on the integration of theories and practice, the programme enables students to develop an in-depth understanding of essential social work theories, social welfare systems and social policies as well as practical competences to provide support to individuals, groups, families and communities. From learning to fieldwork placements, such comprehensive learning aims to facilitate students to become professional, competent and accountable social workers who will be able to promote the well-being of Zambian and the development of social welfare in Zambia. So, the aim of the programme is for the Social Work students to graduate as confident and competent professionals.

PROGRAMME OBJECTIVES

After completing this diploma programme, graduates will be able to:

·         Engage in social work practice from a sound empirical/evidence base to understand and apply theory to practical situations;

·         Work with individuals, families, groups, and communities that are from diverse ethnic, cultural, religious and indigenous backgrounds;

·         Undertake practice according to the ethical, legislative and professional boundaries;

·         Promote the principles of human rights and social justice, and pursue social change, particularly with and on behalf of vulnerable individuals and group of people;

·         Work collaboratively with other professionals in multi-disciplinary teams, organisations and communities;

·         Uphold the mission, core values and ethical principles and standards of practices of the social work profession in Zambia.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Admission to the Diploma in Social Work programme is based on requirements set by The University of Zambia.

·         The candidate must obtain five credit level passes in the Zambian School Certificate (or equivalent), including English Language;

·         General scholastic attitude, interest in human service; and

·         Candidates with evidence of competence of work in private sector, non-profit organisations or NGOs, UN agencies, and/or public welfare services will have an added advantage. 

·         All Applicants will be required to submit a statement of purpose for pursuing Diploma Programme. The statement of purpose should be typed and not more than 300 words.

DIPLOMA IN SOCIAL WORK PROGRAMME CURRICULUM

The Diploma in Social Work programme consists of taught courses and field practicum carried out by candidates registered in the programme. The taught courses will be delivered by means of lectures and group discussions (also known as tutorials). The curriculum consists of course work and field work. The taught courses and field work are both an integral part of the programme. Thus, students are expected to complete these curriculum requirements within a period of three years.

DIPLOMA PROGRAMME REQUIRED COURSES

SW 115: Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare

SW 367: Block Fieldwork I (Concurrent)

SW 215: Social Theory and Social Policy

SW 235: Introduction to Social Work Methods

SW 363: Block Field Work I

SW 315: Theory of Social Policy

SW 325: Methods of Social Investigations

SW 335: Analysis of Social Work Intervention

SW 367: Block Field Work II

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

The Diploma in Social Work Programme provides an internationally recognised diploma which allows graduates to work in varied contexts such as health and mental services, women's services, disability services, child protection services, aged care, police services, correctional services, military bases, city councils/local government, criminal and child/juvenile justice systems, schools, and international development, and migration and refugee services, among others. Graduates may also be involved in Community work and community development, youth work and development, human rights and social justice. So, social workers make a difference in many areas around the world.

 

BACHELOR OF SOCIAL WORK (BSW) PROGRAMME

The Department of Social Work and Sociology is one of several academic departments of The University of Zambia, School of Humanities and Social Sciences. It consists of two academic divisions: Social Work; and Sociology. The Division of Social Work was the first to be established; and is formerly known as Oppenheimer College of Social Services. The Oppenheimer College of Social Services was established in the mid 1950s at the now Ridgeway Campus of the University of Zambia in Lusaka, Zambia to provide professional social work training in Zambia. The department through the Division of Social Work offers two professional degree programmes: Bachelor of Social Work Degree (BSW); and Master of Social Work Degree (MSW).

PROGAMME DESCRIPTION

The BSW provides an excellent opportunity to develop analytical skills, knowledge and theory; an ability to work with people; and practical social work skills. The Bachelor of Social Work degree is an internationally recognised qualification. The programme is designed to prepare social workers with the knowledge, values, and skills required for generalist social work practice. Students learn the knowledge, skills, and values of the social work profession and gain both classroom and community-based experiences that prepare them for a wide range of entry-level professional social work jobs.

The programme leading to the Bachelor of Social Work degree is a generic programme, and national development needs provide a guiding principle upon which teaching is based. Humanities and Social Sciences courses augment the core Social Work Programme in order to provide the student with a well rounded perspective of development problems.  Supervised practical work is an integral part of the programme. The major emphasis in this programme is upon research, administration, policy, monitoring and evaluation, planning and programme development, human rights and development, project management, and capacity building of staff.

The Bachelor of Social Work is a four year Degree programme which aims to produce a cadre of high caliber professionals with an all-round perspective of development problems and tools for analysis who are going to practice as direct service providers, social service planners and managers, programme evaluators, policy analysts and researchers.

 

AIM OF THE BACHELOR OF SOCIAL WORK PROGRAMME

The primary mission of undergraduate social work programme at the University of Zambia is to provide quality professional education that would prepare students for competent practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities in accordance with national, regional and international acceptable standards. The ultimate goal is to equip students with most appropriate knowledge and skills to design and implement innovative programmes; and to devise creative strategies that would enhance human well-being with special attention to meeting basic human needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable and live in poverty.

PROGRAMME OBJECTIVES

After completing this Bachelor of Social Work programme, graduates will be able to:

a)       Engage in social work practice from a sound empirical/evidence base to understand and apply theory to practical situations;

b)       Work with individuals, families, groups, and communities that are from diverse ethnic, cultural, religious and indigenous backgrounds;

c)       Undertake practice according to the ethical, legislative and professional boundaries;

d)       Focus their social change efforts primarily on issues of poverty, unemployment, structural violence, discrimination, human rights violations and other forms of social injustice;

e)       Endeavor to enhance people’s capacity and opportunity to change and address their own needs;

f)        Have social and political awareness, and to think critically about the structures, behaviours, and processes that disadvantage and oppress people;

g)       Promote the responsiveness of organizations, communities and other institutions to individuals' needs and social problems;

h)       Promote the principles of human rights and social justice, and pursue social change, particularly with and on behalf of vulnerable individuals and group of people;

i)         Work collaboratively with other professionals in multi-disciplinary teams, organisations and communities;

j)        Provide or facilitate the provision of social services, in fields such as healthcare, schools, government and non-government agencies;

k)       Uphold the mission, core values and ethical principles and standards of practices of the social work profession in Zambia.

BACHELOR OF SOCIAL WORK (BSW) ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Admission to the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) programme is based on requirements set by The University of Zambia.

1)                   The candidate must obtain five credit level passes in the Zambian School Certificate (or equivalent) in:

a)       ‘O’ level in English Language;

b)       ‘O’ level in Mathematics or Geography or History; and

c)       ‘O’ level in two subjects chosen from prescribed subjects, including Geography or History if these were not selected under (b); 

d)       O’ level in one subject from prescribed subjects.

2)                   In addition, all Bachelor of Social Work candidates are required to submit a written statement of purpose for pursuing the programme. The statement of purpose should not be more than 300 words.

PROGRAMME REQUIREMENTS

The duration of the programme is four years. However, the duration of the programme can vary depending on a number of factors including the enrollment status of the student.

Candidates have their full-year courses examined by the end of each academic year of study, while half-year courses shall be examined by middle of each academic year. The pass mark for the bachelor’s degree is as provided for by the University of Zambia regulations. No candidate is permitted to proceed to next phases of the programme unless he/she has satisfied the requirements of the first phase or has been exempted from it because of equivalent standing of academic work acquired elsewhere.

BACHELOR OF SOCIAL WORK PROGRAMME: COURSE WORK

The bachelor of social work programme consists of course work) and field practicum. The taught courses are delivered by means of lectures, case studies and group discussions (tutorials). The degree programme leading to the Bachelor of Social Work degree is a direct entry. It is not based on a major and minor structure. A student in this programme is required to do all compulsory courses and electives from Social Work courses and any other social science disciplines.

CORE COURSES

FIRST YEAR

SWK 1110: Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare

SOC 1110: Introduction to Sociology

PSG 1110: Introduction to Psychology

Elective: First Social Work Students should take an Elective Course from any social science discipline (Development Studies, Political Science, Public Administration, Demography, Gender Studies, etc.). 

SECOND YEAR

SWK 2110: Contemporary Issues in Social Policy

SWK 2320: Social Work Practice Methods

SWK 2414: Research Methods in Social Sciences

SWK 2430: Social Work and Law

THIRD YEAR

SWK 3110: Social Welfare Theory and Social Policy Analysis

SWK 3330: Analysis of Social Work Intervention

SWK 3221: Social Work Research Methods

SWK 3613: Block Field Work I

FOURTH YEAR

SWK 4110: Social Planning and Administration

SWK 4211: Monitoring and Evaluation Research

SWK 4715: Community Development

SWK 4613: Block Field Work II

ELECTIVE COURSES

SWK 4310: Social Work with Children and Families

SDS 9215: Participatory Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation

SDS9210: Social Protection

SDS 9110: Human Rights and Development

SWK 9315: Social Work, Disability and Mental Health

SWK 9210: Project Management

GRADUATE CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

The Bachelor of Social Work provides an internationally recognised degree which allows graduates to work in varied contexts such as health services (e.g., medical social workers and oncology social workers), mental services (e.g., psychiatric social workers), justice systems (e.g., forensic social workers), women's services, disability services, child protection services, aged care, police services, correctional services, military bases, city councils/local government, criminal and child/juvenile justice systems, schools, universities and colleges, and international development, and migration and refugee services, research firms, private practices, Management and supervision, among others. Graduates may also be involved in Community work and community development, youth work and development, project and programme evaluation, policy development, human rights and social justice, advocacy and research. So, social workers make a difference in many areas around the world.

In Zambia, graduates of the BSW programme are prepared to address the complex social welfare challenges facing Zambia such as poverty; unemployment; juvenile delinquency; gender-based violence/domestic violence; human rights violations; social and economic injustice; and child abuse and neglect, among others. They are expected to assume leadership roles in the profession and in their communities, and bringing their knowledge of research, policy analysis, and advocacy to bear in diverse social work fields of practice.