Bachelor of Social Work

Social work is a helping profession that values respect for the equality, worth, and dignity of all people. Does this match with your value system? If so, social work can be your future profession! The scope of social work ranges from individual and family psychosocial processes to social policy, and from planning to development. Though most of our alumni join the social work profession after graduation, some excel in other fields including business, education, administration, and other human services.

Our BSW curriculum is carefully crafted to equip you as a future social work leader. Since 100% of our new students are enrolled through direct admission to Year 1, we have the rare privilege to fully utilize the 4-year study span and provide rigorous professional social work training for our students. The 1st year is for setting a solid foundation in social science theories as well as the art of thinking through different common core courses. The focus of the 2nd year is to consolidate the knowledge gained in social sciences theories into the discipline of social work. The 3rd and the 4th year is for the integration and specialization. With the wide range of elective courses, you can develop a more in-depth understanding of the issues faced by different vulnerable target group or sharpen your skills in specialized counseling approach. You are expected to integrate your classroom learning into real life practice in two field work placements. In the summer between the 3rd and 4th year, you have ten weeks working experience in local or overseas agencies under professional supervision. There is a second placement in the final year of study as well. 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.

On completing our BSW programme, students will be able to:

  • Show mastery of a critical and independent learning habit and readiness for lifelong learning
  • Apply multi-disciplinary knowledge and understanding to adapt to new and uncertain situations and problems
  • Show commitment to ethical practice and recognize personal strengths and weaknesses
  • Recognize multi-cultural diversity and identify socio-cultural factors that contribute to the development of social problems
  • Communicate effectively and ethically with clients and people from all walks of life and develop abilities in collaborative team work
  • Show readiness to serve the needy in society through direct service provision, strategic research and policy advocacy