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University of Zululand UNIZULU Bachelor of Social Work (AWDEGI)

University of Zululand UNIZULU Bachelor of Social Work (AWDEGI)

Bachelor of Social Work Code (AWDEGI)

The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) is a generalist programme designed for the students’ acquisition of knowledge, skills and values, with the emphasis on preventive, pro-active and developmental approaches to social service delivery to individuals, groups and communities in accordance with developmental policy as outlined post 1994.

Structure / Composition of the curriculum

The curriculum shall consist of at least 32 semester modules as follows:
First year – a minimum of eight semester modules
Second year – a minimum of eight semester modules
Third year – a minimum of eight semester modules
Fourth year- a minimum of eight semester modules

Purpose of the programme

The purpose of the four year BSW professional qualification which serves as the driver of the core purpose of social work in South Africa, is to equip social workers with:

  • Skills to challenge structural sources of poverty, inequality, oppression, discrimination and exclusion
  • Knowledge and understanding of human behaviour and social systems and the skills to intervene at the points where people interact with their environments in order to promote social well-being
  • The ability and competence to assist and empower individuals, families, groups, organisations and communities to enhance their social functioning and their problem-solving capacities
  • The ability to promote, restore, maintain and enhance the functioning of individuals, families, groups and communities by enabling them to accomplish tasks, prevent and alleviate distress and use resources effectively
  • Understanding of and the ability to demonstrate social work values and the principles of human rights and social justice while interacting with and assisting the range of human diversity
  • Understanding and ability to provide social work services towards protecting people who are vulnerable, at-risk and unable to protect themselves
  • Knowledge and understanding of both the South African and the global welfare context and the ability to implement the social development approach in social work services
  • Understanding of the major social needs, issues, policies and legislation in the South African social welfare context and the social worker’s role and contribution
  • The skill to work effectively within teams,  including social  work teams, multi- and inter- disciplinary teams as well as multi-sectoral

The above purpose is consistent with the core purposes of social work as identified in the Global Standards for the Education and Training of Social Work (adopted by the IASSW and IFSW in 2004) (Sewpaul & Jones, 2005), as reflected below:

  • Facilitate the inclusion of marginalized, socially excluded, dispossessed, vulnerable and at- risk groups of people.
  • Address and challenge barriers, inequalities and injustices that exist in socie
  • Form short and longer-term working relationships with and mobilize individuals, families, groups, organisations and communities to enhance their well-being and their problem-solving capacitie
  • Assist and educate people to obtain services and resources in their commun
  • Formulate and implement policies and programmes that enhance  people’s  well-being, promote development and human rights, and promote collective social harmony and social stability, insofar as such stability does not violate human righ
  • Encourage people to engage in advocacy with regard to pertinent local, national, regional and international aspects.
Exit Level Outcomes of The BSW programme
  • Policy & Legislation
    • Critically appraise social welfare and social work from a global, region(African) and nation perspective
    • Critically appraise the current status and position of the social work profession within the South African welfare context
    • Apply and uphold the basic values and principles enshrined in the Bill of Rights in the SA Constitution in relation to social work service delivery
    • Elucidate national and local governance structures and the general laws and charters governing social welfare policy and social work services in South Africa
    • Demonstrate understanding of how social policies and legislation on social issues impact on these issues and how to use legislation, ethically and accountably in order to protect and improve the quality of life of client systems from a social work perspective
    • Demonstrate understanding of how social welfare policy and legislation are developed and influenced
    • Demonstrate understanding of the roles and functions of the social worker within relevant statutory frameworks
    • Identify how social security is used optimally for the benefit of client systems
  • Intervention
    • Develop and maintain professional social work relationships with client systems
    • Access clients social functioning
    • Plan and implement appropriate social work interventions strategies and techniques at micro, mezzo and macro levels
    • Access and utilise resources appropriate to client systems’ needs and strengths
    • Evaluate the outcome of social work intervention strategies, techniques and processes
    • Terminate social work intervention
    • Negotiate and utilise contracts during social work intervention
    • Demonstrate social work values while interacting with human diversity
    • Appraise and implement the ethical principles and values of social work
    • Work effectively with social workers and members of inter-sectoral and multi-and/or inter-disciplinary teams in social work service delivery
  • Inequality and Social Inclusion
    • Identify, select and implement various techniques, methods and means of raising awareness, developing critical consciousness about the structural forces of oppression, exclusion and disempowerment and use such awareness to engage people as change agents
    • Analyse human behaviour with regard to the intersections of race, class, culture, ethnicity, gender, differential abilities and sexual orientation
    • Identify the influence of the relationship between socio-political and economic factors on social services
    • Identify the purpose, functions and principles of social work within the social development paradigm
  • Management, Administration and Supervision
    • Produce and maintain records of social work interventions, processes and outcomes
    • Demonstrate understanding of the roles, functions, knowledge and skills for effective social work supervision and consultation
    • Demonstrate understanding of roles, functions and characteristics of management and administration within the social service delivery
    • Formulate a business plan for the funding to fund social services
  • Research
    • Use and plan social work research
  • Skills to be learned
    • Interviewing skills
    • Counselling skills
    • Communication skills
    • Report Writing skills
    • Research skills
    • Presentation Skills
    • Computer literacy skills
    • Human relations skills
    • Leadership skills
    • Administrative skills
    • Listening skills
    • Management skills
    • Planning skills
    • Policy formulation skills


  • Target group of students
    • The National Senior Certificate (NSC) as certified by Umalusi, with an achievement rating of four (50%) or higher in four (4) recognised NSC subjects with 26 credits and achievement rating 4 or higher in English.
    • Admission selection is done through the Central Applications Office (CAO) or some students who have registered with the University from other programmes who would like to modify and study social wor
    • Students shortlisted must attend selection interviews held in November
    • Must have satisfied the Department during the interview and in the course of his/her study that she/he possesses the qualities required to train as a social worker
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Additional information relevant to the programme eg WIL, practicals, dress codes, etc Rules
  • General rules of the Faculty of Arts app
  • The curriculum shall extend over at least four years of stud

Departmental Policy on Work Integrated Learning

  • A student shall complete the practical work/service learning programme for the second, third and fourth year levels and shall hand in all reports as determined by the Head of Departmen
  • A student who does not report at the school/community project/social welfare and social work agency where he/she is placed and does not produce satisfactory written justification for his/her absence, will not be considered to have met the requirements for the practical work programme.
  • A student who misses more than 3 days of Practical Work with no valid and satisfactory reason(s) will be disqualified and stopped from proceeding training in that year.
  •   Students undergoing practical work must register with the South African Council for Social Service Professions as a student social worker in terms of the regulations made under the Social Service Professions Act, 1978.
  • No student will undertake 4th year practical work if he or she has outstanding first semester module(s) from previous year(s).
  • All students undergoing practical work from 2nd year to 4th year must be registered with the South African Council for Social Service Professions, a statutory body regulating the Code of Ethics for Social Workers, as a student social worker in terms of the regulations made under the Social Service Professions Act, 1978.
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Dress Code

Students must dress appropriately and formal for practical work, in comfortable clothing which adequately covers the body all the time.

Ethical Rules and Code of Conduct

  • Students in practical settings are required to maintain a Professional Relationship with clients, colleagues and other Professionals at all
  • Students are forbidden from engaging in sexual relationships with clien Any student who is found to be engaging in a sexual relationship with a client before the expiry period of 24 months will be PERMANENLY discontinued from the BSW Training Programme and struck off the roll as a student Social Worker or future practicing Social Worker by the SACSSP.

Departmental Policy on Portfolio of Evidence

Social work students from level one to four are required to keep a portfolio of evidence of all the work done (and other recommended documents) in the Bachelor of Social Work Programme in order for them to fulfill the requirements for a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. BSW qualification will only be conferred once the student has satisfied the Department that she/he has submitted evidence as stipulated above.

Assessment of students’ work

The Department uses the University assessment policy. Four(4) assessments per semester to be administered by all lecturers within the department for theory modules. Continuous assessments are implemented by the department. Practical work is done through the submission of weekly reports, and there are no examinations for practical work modules, unless if practical work has been infused into a theory module

Teaching and learning within the department

The Department uses the University teaching and learning policy. Students should demonstrate understanding and integration of BSW exit level outcomes in their learning and practicum tasks. A variety of teaching and learning methods should be utilized.Lecturers should prepare and review study guides annually.

University Exclusion Policy

The Department also applies the exclusion policy if the need arises.


Department: Social Work
Degree (Designator): Bachelor of Social Work
Majors: Social Work
Abbreviation: BSW
Qualification Code (SAQA):
EXIT NQF Level: 8
Admission  Requirements:
  •  The National Senior Certificate (NSC) as certified by Umalusi, with an achievement rating of four (50%) or  higher in four (4) recognised NSC subjects with 26 credits and achievement rating 4 or higher in      English.
  •  Admission selection is done through the Central Applications Office (CAO) or some students who have  registered with the University from other programmes who would like to modify and study social work.
  •  Students shortlisted must attend selection interviews held in November
Minimum Credits for Admission: 26 NSC points
Minimum duration of studies 4 YEARS
Presentation mode of subjects:  DAY CLASSES
Presentation mode of subjects:  DAY CLASSES
 Intake for the qualification:  JANUARY
 Registration  Cycle  for  the subjects:  JANUARY
Readmission:  Subject to prior performance and current applicability of passed modules
 Total credits to Graduate:  480
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ASWK111 Introduction to Social Welfare and Social Work 15 5 None ASWK 121 Y
ASWK 121 Social Work Practice 1 15 5 None ASWK 111 Y
AENG121 Practical English 1 A 15 5 None N
APSY111 Introduction to Psychology 15 5 None N
ASWK112 Introduction to Social Work Methods and Special Issues 15 5 ASWK121 ASWK 122 Y
ASWK122 Social Work Practice 2 Purpose: 15 5 ASWK111 ASWK 112 Y
AENG122 Practical English 1 B 15 5 AENG121 None N
ASGY122 Social Change and Development 15 5 ASGY 111 None N
Total Credits: Level 1 120


ASWK211 Social Group work with reference to activity 15 6 ASWK 112 ASWK221 Y
ASWK221 Social Casework, Family and Childcare 15 6 ASWK 122 ASWK211 Y
ASWK241 Theories of Social Work 15 6 ASWK122 ASWK 221 Y
SCPS121 Computer Literacy 1 15 5 None None N
ASWK 212 Cross-cultural understanding in professional  practice 15 6 ASWK221 ASWK 222 Y
ASWK222 Life   Skills   (Fieldwork Practice) 15 6 ASWK211 ASWK212 Y
APSY222 Developmental Psychology 15 6 None APSY111 N
ASWK232 Substance Abuse from childhood to adulthood 15 6 None ASWK222 Y
Total Credits: Level 2 120


ASWK311 Programme and Project Management (Community Development  Practice) 15 7 ASWK222 ASWK 321 Y
ASWK321 Preparation and Fieldwork Practice 1 15 7 ASWK221&

ASWK 222

ASWK 311 Y
ASWK341 Philosophy of social work and social ethics 15 7 ASWK221 ASWK321 Y
ACOR211 Crime Prevention 15 6 None None N
ASWK 312 Social Development for Social Service Professions 15 7 ASWK311 ASWK332 Y
ASWK322 Research  Methodology: Beginning Social Work Research 15 7 None ASWK 312 y
ASWK332 Integrative Service Learning (Fieldwork Practice 2 15 7 ASWK 321 ASWK 312 y
CBMG302 Business Management 3B 15 7 None None N
Total Credit                           120


ASWK411 Fieldwork Instruction 1: Direct Practice with individuals 15 8 ASWK 321 ASWK421 Y
ASWK 421 Fieldwork Instruction 2: Direct Practice with groups and/or communities 15 8 ASWK 222&

ASWK 332

ASWK431 Fieldwork Practice 3: Indirect practice: Agency  Assessment 15 8 ASWK321 ASWK441 Y
ASWK441 Fieldwork 4: Indirect Practice:  Practical Work Assessment 15 8 ASWK321 ASWK411 Y
ASWK 412 HIV/AIDS Counselling 15 8 None ASWK422 Y
ASWK422 Research  Methodology: Guide for preparing a research document and production of a project of approximately 25 pages 15 8 ASWK322 ASWK432 Y
ASWK432 Management and Administration in Social Work 15 8 ASWK332 ASWK412 Y
ASWK442 Youth and Social Service (Social Policy) 15 8 ASWK312 ASWK422 Y
Total Credits: Year 4
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