Master of Social Work

MASTER OF SOCIAL WORK
[MSW]

The Master of Social Work (MSW) programme is the the latest offering by the programme. This programme offers a coursework-based degree for students who wish to obtain as masters degree via coursework and a research project. Through this course, students will be exposed to advanced knowledge in theories and practice in social work and social services. The mode of study comprises a total of 43 credit hours of courses, a 6 credit hours project paper and a 12 credit hours compulsory practicum training in social work related agencies.

As shown in the diagram below, the major component of the programme is the 25 credit hours core courses. These are compulsory courses which the students must undergo, apart from the project paper and the practicum. These courses are designed to incorporate advanced social work knowledge and skills which will then be complemented by a research project and a field experience. At this level of study, the students are able to choose specific area of specialization from three clusters of courses. From each of these clusters, students are free to choose any three (3) which comprise a total of nine (9) credit hours of electives. For those who do not wish to specialize, they can mix any three courses across the clusters.

A diagram depicting the MSW course structure. Click to enlarge.

 

Background

Background

The Aim and Expected Outcomes of the MSW Programme

The aim of the Master of Social Work (MSW) Programme is to produce knowledgeable, skillful and ethical graduates in human services profession in accordance with the national higher education aspirations and professional standards.

The objectives of the programme are stated as follows:

At the end of this programme, the students are expected to be able to:

  • apply advanced social work theories in the relevant fields of practice;
  • upgrade the existing knowledge, skills and methods to become highly skilled and excellent social workers;
  • uphold with utmost integrity the social work ethical and professional values in performing their duties, and
  • develop an inquisitive mind to confront and tackle challenges more effectively.

The programme learning outcomes had been formulated in accordance with the eight (8) MQF learning outcome domains (nine (9) domains under the MoE requirements). Table below shows the programme learning outcomes and their relationship with the learning outcome domains:

Programme Learning Outcomes and MQF Learning Domains
Programme Learning Outcome Domains MQF Domains
LOD1 Acquire advanced knowledge, understanding and skills relevant to the social work profession. Knowledge
LOD2 Apply the technical and practical skills in planning, implementing and evaluating the social work intervention. Practical skills
LOD3 Think critically, creatively and innovatively in managing various situations and working with diverse clients. Scientific methods, critical thinking and problem solving skills
LOD4 Apply communication skills effectively and able to work in a team. Communication, leadership and team skills
LOD5 Demonstrate high levels of social skills and act as a responsible human being towards oneself, clients, the profession and society. Social skills and responsibilities
LOD6 Treat the profession and life in general as a field of sustainable lifelong learning. Lifelong learning and information management
LOD7 Identify, embrace and practice the values, attitudes and professional ethics of the social work profession. Ethics, professionalism and humanities
LOD8 Integrate social entrepreneurship skills appropriate to the social work profession. Entrepreneurship and managerial skills
LOD9 Demonstrate excellent leadership skills and capabilities. Leadership

MSW Course Structure

MSW Course Structure

Components Credit Hours
A Core Courses 25
Project Paper 6
Practicum 12
B Elective Courses 9
Total 52
A. Core Courses (+ Project Paper & Practicum) (43 credit hours)
Code Course Credit
SSWA5013 Foundations of Social Work Practice 3
SSWA5213 Crisis Intervention and Disaster Management 3
SSWT5013 Social Work and Welfare Services in Asia 3
SSWT5023 Social Work Ethics, Values and Spirituality 3
SSWT5033 Policy Planning and Analysis 3
SSWY5043 Human Behavior in the Social Environment 3
SSWX59912 Practicum 12
SSWZ6996 Project Paper 6
SZRZ6014 Research Methodology 4
B. Elective Courses (9 credit hours)
Students are to choose any THREE (3) of the courses listed below.

Code Course Credit
SSWA5113 Contemporary Social Work with Children and Adolescents 3
SSWA5123 Interpersonal Practice with the Family 3
SSWA5133 Advanced Social Work Practice with Adults and the Elderly 3
SSWA5143 Social Work Practice in Health Care Settings 3
SSWA5153 Community Work in Social Work Practice 3
SSWA5163 School Social Work Services 3
SSWA5173 Psychopathology in Social Work Practice 3
SSWA5183 Social Work with Marginalized Group 3
SSWA5193 Social Work Practice and Substance Abuse 3
SSWA5203 Social Work Practice with People Living with HIV/AIDS 3
SSWS5113 Crime and the Criminal Justice System 3
SSWT5043 Managing Human Service Organizations 3
SSWT5143 Advocacy In Social Work Practice 3
SSWT5153 Program Evaluation in Social Services 3

Course Selection

Course Selection based on Semester (Full-time Students)

SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER 2
Code Course Credit Code Course Credit
SSWA5013 Foundation of Social Work Practice 3 SSWA5023 Advanced Social Work Theory & Practice 3
SSWT5013 Social Work and Welfare Services in Asia 3 SZRZ6014 Research Methodology 4
SSWT5023 Social Work Ethics, Values and Spirituality 3 SSWA5123 Crisis Intervention and Disaster Management 3
SSWY5043 Human Behavior in the Social Environment 3 SSWXXXX3 Elective 1** 3
SSWT5033 Policy Planning and Analysis 3      
Total 15 Total 13
SEMESTER 3 SEMESTER 4
Code Course Credit Code Course Credit
SSWXXXX3 Elective 2** 3 SSWX5912 Practicum* 12
SSWXXXX3 Elective 3** 3      
SSWZ6996 Project Paper 6      
Total 12 Total 12

* The practicum is part of the programme's core component which students must complete successfully within the stipulated time. Students must register for the course and secure a placement by the second semester. The practicum will commence as soon as they finished taking the final examination at the end of the third semester. ** Refer to the list of elective courses offered by the programme.

Course Selection based on Semester (Part-time Students)

SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER 2
Code Course Credit Code Course Credit
SSWA5013 Foundation of Social Work Practice 3 SSWA5023 Advanced Social Work Theory & Practice 3
SSWT5013 Social Work and Welfare Services in Asia 3 SZRZ6014 Research Methodology 4
SSWT5023 Social Work Ethics, Values and Spirituality 3 SSWY5043 Human Behavior in the Social Environment 3
Total 9 Total 10
SEMESTER 3 SEMESTER 4
Code Course Credit Code Course Credit
SSWT5033 Policy Planning and Analysis 3 SSWXXXX3 Elective 2** 3
SSWA5123 Crisis Intervention and Disaster Management 3 SSWXXXX3 Elective 3** 3
SSWXXXX3 Elective 1** 3      
Total 9 Total 6
SEMESTER 5 SEMESTER 6
Code Course Credit Code Course Credit
SSWZ6996 Project Paper 6 SSWX5912 Practicum* 12
Total 6 Total 12

* The practicum is part of the programme's core component which students must complete successfully within the stipulated time. Students must register for the course and secure a placement by the second semester. The practicum will commence as soon as they finished taking the final examination at the end of the third semester. ** Refer to the list of elective courses offered by the programme.

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