Curriculum

DIPLOMA IN SOCIAL WORK

FIRST YEAR

CORE COURSES

1a

SOCIAL POLICY ADVOCACY

2a

INTEGRATIVE SOCIAL WORK MODELS

3a

Seminar Course4a

 

Grand Total:                       27 Units

Prerequisite for non-BSSW graduates (not credited for the DSW/MSW Program Requirements):

5a

Admission Requirements

Applicants may apply for graduate programs at least one month before the regular registration period of the first semester/second semester of any school year, the applicant must submit the following:

  • A duly accomplished application form for admission
  • An official transcript of academic records of the highest degree obtained by the applicant (one original and a photocopy)
  • At least two letters of reference from persons who are in the best position by the applicant’s potential for graduate work, and
  • For non-English speaking students, a certificate of English proficiency (TOEFL) with a grade of 500 or above.

Background

Since the last revision of the Master of Social Work (MSW) and the Diploma in Social Work (Dip SW) curricula in 1984, there have been various developments which necessitate a review of these graduate programs. The focus on globalization, the widening gap between the rich and the poor sectors of society, and the increase in the number of disadvantaged groups pose challenges to social work practice. At the same time, the devolution of basic social services to local government units stresses the importance of practitioners to be able to influence changes in social policy and develop appropriate interventions with various target groups.

In a series of faculty workshops and consultations with practitioners, the Department of Social Work saw the need to redefine the thrust of the current MSW and DSW curricula. While affirming the goal of preparing graduates for leadership on social development work, it sees the need to develop a critical, proactive stance among practitioners who can work towards meaningful changes at various levels. Consistent with proposes global standards for social work education, the Department seeks to develop among practitioners the commitment towards “human rights, social justice, and caring for, and the empowerment of individuals, groups and communities.”

The goal of the proposed MSW curriculum is to prepare students for leadership in social transformation and human development through policy advocacy and development of innovative practice models. Rather than focusing on areas of specialization, the Department sees the importance of developing among its students the necessary competencies for advocating policy changes and building innovative practice strategies at whatever level or area of practice they may be in, whether micro or macro. This redefined thrust will enable them to hone their knowledge and skills in integrative social work practice which is responsive to changing global and national realities.

Thus, the proposed MSW program will have these basic curricular areas to enable students to have a wholistic perspective of social work practice:

  • Core courses in social work;
  • Social policy advocacy; and,
  • Integrative social work models.

The Diploma in Social Work program, which seeks to respond to the demand for higher level competence in direct practice and supervision among practitioners, will essentially follow the thrust of the MSW program.

 

Diploma in Social Work

College of Social Work and Community Development