Social Work
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B in Social Work

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See the Calendar, part 4 of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, for more information.

 

Applications​

Apply online at http://t2000-05.sun.ac.za/eAansoeke/alg.jsp?Tl=1

Consult the online application system for undergraduate closing dates.

 

Specific admission requirements

  • The average NSC or IEB school-leaving percentage is 65% (excluding Life Orientation) for the four-year mainstream programme.
  • The  average NSC percentage is 60-64,9% (excluding Life Orientation) for the five-year extended degree programme.
The National Benchmark Test results may be taken into consideration for placement in the extended degree programme.

 
​​Study fees
See http://www.sun.ac.za/english/maties/fees/study-fees

Programme content and structure
This programme focuses on generic social work and is professionally oriented in that it provides students with the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes to enable them as beginners to practise in accordance with the requirements of the South African Council for Social Service Professions. During each year of study students must pass the theory and practice education modules of social work independently to continue with the next academic year. Students may only take Social Work 478 and 488 if they comply with the provisions as set out by the Department. In each of the two major subjects (Social Work theory and Practice Education) students must undertake an amount of work which is aimed at increasing the integration of the contents within and between the two major subjects, as well as promoting the coherence of the programme as a whole. This work that forms part of the process of integrated assessment, can take various forms such as written assignments, tests, different types of practical work, etc.


Programme composition
First year (126 credits)
  • Social Work theory 178(24): Introduction to Social Work
    • Introduction and value base of social work and social welfare
    • System-functioning from a developmental perspective
    • The professional relationship with client systems in social work
    • Introduction to family and child care
  • Social Work practice education 188(24): Introduction to Social Work
    • Concurrent involvement as student volunteer at an approved welfare-related organisation or institution
    • Group and individual supervision
    • Regular reports
    • Portfolio on practice education
  • Compulsory modules
    • Information skills 172(6)
    • Psychology 114(12), 144(12)
    • Sociology 114(12), 144(12)
  • Elective modules: Choose one of the following subjects (24 credits)
    • Afrikaans and Dutch 178(24)
    • Afrikaans language acquisition 178(24) or 188(24)
    • Basic Xhosa 114(12), 144(12)
    • English studies 178(24)
    • Philosophy 112(6), 122(6), 142(6), 152(6)
    • Public and development management 114(12), 144(12)
    • Xhosa 178(24) or 188(24)

Second year (128 credits)

  • Social Work theory 278 (32): Methodology of Social Work
    • Casework
    • Group work
    • Community work
    • Social work administration
  • Social Work practice education 288 (32): Methodology of Social Work
    • Concurrent practice education in casework, group work, community work and social work administration at welfare organisations and institutions in communities
    • Group and individual supervision
    • Regular reports
    • Portfolio on practice education
  • Compulsory modules
    • Psychology 213(8), 223(8), 243(8), 253(8)
    • Social anthropology 212(8), 222(8), 242(8), 252(8)
      OR
    • Sociology 212(8), 222(8), 242(8), 252(8)

Third year (144 credits)

  • Social Work theory 378 (48): Intervention in Social Work
    • Perspectives, theories and models in social work intervention
    • Intervention regarding family violence
    • Intervention regarding health care
    • Intervention with youth
  • Social Work practice education 388 (48): Intervention in Social Work
    • Concurrent practice education in casework, group work, community work and social work administration at welfare organisations and institutions in communities
    • Group and individual supervision
    • Regular reports
    • Portfolio on practice education
  • Compulsory modules
    • Psychology 314(12), 324(12), 348(24)
      OR
    • Social anthropology 314(12), 324(12), 344(12), 354(12)
      OR
    • Sociology 314(12), 364(12) plus two of 324(12), 344(12), 354(12) (344 and 354 cannot be taken together).

Fourth year (150 credits)

  • Social Work theory 478 (75): Integrated Social Work
    • Family counselling
    • Welfare law
    • Social welfare policy
    • Substance use
    • Social work supervision and management
    • Social work research
  • Social Work practice education 488 (75): Integrated Social Work
    • Concurrent practice education in casework, group work, community work and social work administration at welfare organisations and institutions in communities
    • Group and individual supervision
    • Regular reports  
    • Portfolio on practice education

 

Programme assessment

 Each theoretical module in Social Work is assessed by means of scheduled mid-semester tests, assignments and a final examination. In terms of University requirements students are allocated a final mark from a combination of a class mark and an examination mark.

A system of flexible assessment is used for the practice education modules. Students receive feedback throughout the year on their progress.

The manner in which individual modules are assessed, is explained in a module framework/study guide that is handed out during the first lecture of each module.

 
Professional registration
For the purpose of practice education, a student in Social Work must register at the South African Council for Social Service Professions (SACSSP) from the second year.

Enquiries
Programme Co-ordinator: Dr M Strydom​​
Tel: 021 808 2076​
E-mail: mstrydom@sun.ac.za

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