Master of Social Work

Overview

Objectives

The objectives of the Master of Social Work programme are:

1. To facilitate graduate exchange with top social work programmes overseas;
2. To meet projected manpower needs for specialist practice;
3. To produce practitioners who can be leaders in their field of specialization and serve as part-of a multi-disciplinary group of professionals in health, family and community development

From a pedagogical point of view, the programme aimed at developing specialist skill sets based on a specific knowledge base, will focus on building from the generic level in the undergraduate programme as well as to provide a wider option in the choice of modules. The Master of Social Work with a specialization focus will provide a rung in the hierarchy of knowledge and skills development for social work professionals.

Duration

The maximum period of candidature is 36 months of full-time study or 48 months of part-time study from the date of commencement of the course. Leave of absence of up to one year will not be counted towards a candidate's maximum candidature. Subsequent period of leave will be considered as part of the candidature.

The maximum periods of candidature are exclusive of any period of preparatory study that may be required by the Department of Social Work.

The Head of the Department of Social Work may require a candidate to withdraw from his/her programme of studies for the degree of Master of Social Work if, in the Head's opinion, the candidate's progress has not reached a satisfactory level of proficiency.

Course Structure

There are three options for the Master of Social Work:
1. Master with Specialisation (Family/Community or Health);
2. General Master without Specialisation; and
3. Self designed Master without Specialisation.

A candidate for the degree of Master of Social Work must offer not fewer than ten modules. The ten modules include:

  • 4 essential modules;
  • 5 elective * modules (including 1 specialization related supervised project or practicum if on the specialization track); and,
  • 1 general elective module (including any relevant graduate module across Faculties/Schools such as the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS Business School, and the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, NUS), OR,
  • 5 elective * modules from either of the specialization tracks and 1 general elective (including any relevant graduate module across Faculties/Schools), OR
  • 6 electives * in a self-designed curriculum including relevant cross faculty graduate modules as approved by the department.

Candidates on a specialization track are required to complete a Supervised Project (SW5112) or Fieldwork Practicum (SW5111 or SW5111A or SW5111B). The Supervised Project will be an independent and original piece or work which involves innovative and original initiatives such as developing a new social service programme/policy or conducting an original piece of field research. SW5111 and SW5111B requires 400 fieldwork hours and field supervision under an approved supervisor; SW5111A requires 800 fieldwork hours and field supervision under an approved supervisor. Field integration seminars are scheduled in conjunction with SW5111A.

* Students from the AY2014/15 intake onwards without a BSW are required to take the Practicum as an elective module to fulfil graduation requirements regardless of whether or not they are doing a specialization track.

In addition, the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, on the advice of the Head of the Department of Social Work, may require a candidate to undertake such other work as may be deemed relevant to his/her candidature for the degree of the Master of Social Work.

Four Essential Modules:

  • SW5103 Family Systems Theory and Intervention;
  • SW5104 Management of Human Service Organizations;
  • SW5106 Social Policy and Welfare Services;
  • SW5107 Program Development and Evaluation; and,

Five elective (level 5000 or level 6000) modules from either of the specialization tracks offered by the Department of Social Work and 1 elective for General Master) OR six electives in a self-designed curriculum including cross-faculty graduate modules as approved by the Department for Self-Designed Master.

* Students from the AY2014/15 intake onwards without a BSW are required to take the Practicum as an elective module to fulfil graduation requirements regardless of whether or not they are doing a specialization track.

Four Essential Modules:

  • SW5103 Family Systems Theory and Intervention;
  • SW5104 Management of Human Service Organizations;
  • SW5106 Social Policy and Welfare Services;
  • SW5107 Program Development and Evaluation; and,

Five Elective * modules from the following:

Family/Community Specialization: Any five specialization modules Health Specialization: Any five specialization modules
  • SW5207 Working with Multi-Stressed Families;
  • SW5208 Using Play Therapy with Children and Families;
  • SW5215 Poverty and Asset-Building Policy;
  • SW5216 Family and Interpersonal Violence;
  • SW5245 Current Group Approaches in Social Work;
  • SW5252 Community Organization and Development;
  • SW5253 Volunteer Management;
  • Supervised Project OR Practicum (compulsory module).
  • SW5210 Trauma and Mental Health;
  • SW5211 Risk Assessment & Management: Mental Health;
  • SW5213 Practice with Persons with Disability;
  • SW5217 Continuum of Care and Healthy Ageing;
  • SW5218 Practice with Persons with Addiction;
  • SW5219 Palliative and End-of-Life Care;
  • Supervised Project OR Practicum (compulsory module).

One General Elective:

The general elective may be from the Health specialization OR the Family/Community specialization OR the following:

  • SW5247 Social Prevention and Public Education;
  • SW5880 Special Topics in Social Work (the module will highlight a contemporary issue in social work practice e.g. pathological gambling, social enterprise or end stage renal failure);
  • Cross faculty modules such as from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS Business School, or the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine.

* Students from the AY2014/15 intake onwards without a BSW are required to take the Practicum as an elective module to fulfil graduation requirements regardless of whether or not they are doing a specialization track.

Note:

  1. Not all elective modules are necessarily available in any one year.
  2. Unless otherwise indicated, each module shall be of one semester's duration.
  3. The course structure and the modules offered may be modified from time to time.

Continuation Requirements

  • Cumulative Average Point (CAP) should not fall below 2.50 for two consecutive semesters or 3.00 for three consecutive semesters. Termination of candidature will result if a student fails to maintain the minimum CAP as stipulated above. A student will be issued a warning for any semester in which his/her CAP falls below that required for graduation (3.00 for a Masters degree). If, in the following semester, the student's CAP again falls below the graduation requirement, but not sufficiently to warrant immediate termination, he/she will be placed on probation.
  • With effect from AY2015/2016, where a module is required for the graduate candidature and the minimum grade is not met, a student may repeat:

(a) The same module (core or elective) only once. The improved grade point of the repeat/replaced module will replace the weaker one in the CAP (Cumulative Average Point) computation in the semester in which the successful attempt is made; and

(b) One-third of the curricular requirements not exceeding three modules, whichever is lower.



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