Bachelor of Social Work
The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Programme is one of the most established first degree social work training programmes in Hong Kong. It is designed to develop students into professional social service leaders who are committed to serve and empower the underprivileged in society, as well as to cater to the ever-changing social needs in Hong Kong and Greater China. On successful completion of the programme, students are eligible to apply for registration as Registered Social Worker with the Hong Kong Social Workers Registration Board.
Skills Laboratory aims to equip students with the basic knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary through action-learning approach. In-house trainings followed by field projects in a variety of social service settings facilitate students to develop social work skills competence and mastery.
Skills lab has provided me opportunity of getting well-prepared for the field work placements. I was given a taste of handling clients with different backgrounds through case interview, group discussion and organizing community work.
Under teachers’ guidance, I have applied social work knowledge and skills during skills lab. Such intensive trainings did not only train me to explore more and think independently, it also equipped me with the organizational skills and leadership which helped me to overcome the challenges in field placement and career ahead.
The Department encourages students to participate in exchange programmes and overseas placements, so that they can be cultivated as global citizens with international exposure. Students can explore social work and social welfare from a global perspective.
Finland Study Tour
We provide financial support to students to participate in the Finland summer school which brings together students and instructors from different countries. Participants have opportunities to learn about the social welfare system and services in Finland. The programme includes lectures, small group discussions, agency visits, cultural events, and field trips. Special events such as the “international night” enable participants to share selected aspects of their culture in a relaxing informal atmosphere.
Having the opportunity to participate in the Finland Exchange programme has widened my horizons on the practices and theories that can be applied to social work. What really inspired me most was the commonality of the challenges we face around the world as social workers and despite the cultural differences, we can work together and share our experiences to improve the service we render to our clients. The new friends we make are an everlasting memory of the time we spent together there.
In 2011 summer, I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to join the Finland exchange programme. By interacting with social work students from different parts of the world, I have learnt more about how social work is perceived and practiced in other countries. Also, I was inspired by how a country's culture and ideology can affect her social welfare and social services. This programme enabled me to review Hong Kong's welfare system with a different perspective and with new insight.
From 1998 onwards, our Department has been receiving special grants from the University and scholarships, which has enabled more than 10 students each year to undertake overseas placements. Over the years, a total of 270 social work students completed their field placement outside Hong Kong such as: Australia (Melbourne and Sydney), Canada (Vancouver and Toronto), China (Beijing, Sichuan, Guangzhou and Shanghai), Germany, India, Japan, Myanmar, New Zealand (Auckland), Singapore, Taiwan, U.K. (London and Manchester), U.S.A. (Chicago and San Francisco).
Other Exchange Opportunities
The University and the Faculty of Social Sciences has also established a wide range of undergraduate exchange programmes with universities all around the world to broaden students' cultural exposure.