Entry and Graduation Requirements, and Recognised Modules


ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Undergraduate Programme

Candidates who wish to read Social Work at the Department must be successful in gaining admission to read a Bachelor of Arts degree at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. To read Social Work as a subject major, students must have a strong interest in working with people and should have obtained good results at the GCE 'A' level examinations or International Baccalaureate.

For further information relating to admission issues, please visit the website of the Office of Admissions.


GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Single Major [B.Soc.Sci. (Hons.)]
  1. Pass SW1101E. This will be counted towards the Faculty Core or Unrestricted Elective (UE) requirement.
  2. Pass at least 84 MCs of SW modules or SW-recognised modules, which include the following:
    1. SW2101 Working with Individuals and Families,
    2. SW2104 Human Development over the Lifespan,
    3. SW2105 Values & Skills for Helping Relationships,
    4. SW2106 Social Group Work Practice,
    5. SW3101 Social Work Research Methods or PL2131 Research and Statistical Method I, or SC2101 Methods of Social Research,
    6. SW3103A Social Work Field Practice I,
    7. SW3104 Social Work Field Practice II,
    8. SW3105 Community Work Practice,
    9. SW4101 Advanced Family-Centred SWK Practice,
    10. SW4102 Social Policy & Planning, and
    11. SW4103 Advanced Research and Evaluation.
    12. Read and pass a minimum of 64 MCs at level 3000 or higher (including modules listed above), with
      1. (i) A minimum of 40 MCs at level-4000 or higher.
      2. (ii) A maximum of 2 SW modules at level-5000 (subject to Department’s approval).

Notes:

  1. Students intending to pursue Honours and higher degrees are advised to undertake modules beyond the minimum necessary for the B.A. Students are encouraged to seek the advice of the Department in planning their course in ways that reflect comparability with social work graduates from overseas, and which will meet requirements that may be set for overseas graduate studies.
  2. To declare an Honours track, students must have completed 110 MCs, including 44 MCs in the Major, with a CAP of 3.20 and above.
  3. The Honours Thesis (15 MCs) is optional. To qualify for the Honours Thesis, students must complete 110 MCs including 44 MCs of SW major requirement with a minimum CAP of 3.50. In order to obtain B.Soc.Sci. Honours (Highest Distinction), students must achieve a CAP of 4.5 or higher AND read and pass Honours Thesis.
  4. Students who do not attempt the Honours Thesis will read level-4000 modules to fulfil the Honours Requirement.
  5. Students may also read a level-4000 Independent Studies Module (5 MCs). This level-4000 ISM carries a pre-requisite of 100 MCs completed, including 44 MCs in the Major, with a minimum CAP of 3.20. It precludes the Honours Thesis.
  6. All level-4000 modules carry a general pre-requisite of having completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in the Major, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 OR being on the Honours Track (some level-4000 modules may have different pre-requisites).
  7. Students are encouraged to read an additional 8 MCs in the major within the 36 MCs of UE space.
Single Major (B.A.)
  1. Pass SW1101E. This will be counted towards the Faculty Core or Unrestricted Elective (UE) requirement.
  2. Pass at least 44 MCs of SW modules or SW-recognised modules, which include the following:
    1. SW2101 Working with Individuals and Families,
    2. SW2104 Human Development over the Lifespan,
    3. SW2105 Values & Skills for Helping Relationships,
    4. SW2106 Social Group Work Practice,
    5. SW3101 Social Work Research Methods or PL2131 Research and Statistical Method I, or SC2101 Methods of Social Research,
    6. SW3103A Social Work Field Practice I,
    7. SW3104 Social Work Field Practice II,
    8. SW3105 Community Work Practice,
    9. Read and pass a minimum of 24 MCs at level 3000 or higher (including modules listed above).

* Students are allowed to read level-4000 modules subject to Department’s approval.

Note:

  1. Students are encouraged to read an additional 8 MCs in the major within the 36 MCs of UE space.
Second Major (B.A.)
  1. Pass SW1101E. This will be counted towards the Faculty Core or Unrestricted Elective (UE) requirement.
  2. Pass at least 44 MCs of SW modules or SW-recognised modules, which include the following:
    1. SW2101 Working with Individuals and Families,
    2. SW2104 Human Development over the Lifespan,
    3. SW2105 Values & Skills for Helping Relationships,
    4. SW2106 Social Group Work Practice,
    5. SW3101 Social Work Research Methods or PL2131 Research and Statistical Methods I, or SC2101 Methods of Social Research,
    6. SW3103A Social Work Field Practice I,
    7. SW3104 Social Work Field Practice II,
    8. SW3105 Community Work Practice,
    9. Read and pass a minimum of 24 MCs at level 3000 or higher (including modules listed above).

* Students are allowed to read level-4000 modules subject to Department’s approval.

Minor In Human Services

Accumulate at least 24 MCs of SW modules, which include the following:

  1. Read and pass the following modules:
  2. SW1101E Social Work: A Heart-Head-Hand Connection, and
    SW2104 Human Development over the Lifespan.

  3. Read and pass a minimum of 16 MCs at level-3000, provided module requirement are met and the modules are not excluded for Minor students.
  4. The following modules are excluded for Minor students and Minor students are not allowed to read them:

    SW2101 Working with Individuals and Families,
    SW2103 Social Group and Community Work Practice,
    SW2105 Values & Skills for Helping Relationships,
    SW2106 Social Group Work Practice,
    SW3103 Social Work Field Practice
    SW3103A Social Work Field Practice I,
    SW3104 Social Work Field Practice II,
    SW3105 Community Work Practice,
    SW3209 Counselling Theories & Practice,
    SW3214 Counselling Process & Skills
    SW3218 Advanced Practice in Social Work

Students who have read the above excluded modules before they declare Minor in Human Services or have switched from a Social Work Major to Minor in Human Services cannot use them to fulfil Minor in Human Services requirement.

Single Major [B.Soc.Sci. (Hons.)]
  1. Pass SW1101E. This will be counted towards the Faculty Core or Unrestricted Elective (UE) requirement.
  2. Pass at least 84 MCs of SW modules or SW-recognised modules, which include the following:
    1. SW2101 Working with Individuals and Families,
    2. SW2104 Human Development over the Lifespan,
    3. SW2105 Values & Skills for Helping Relationships,
    4. SW2106 Social Group Work Practice,
    5. SW3101 Social Work Research Methods or PL2131 Research and Statistical Method I,
    6. SW3103A Social Work Field Practice I,
    7. SW3104 Social Work Field Practice II,
    8. SW3105 Community Work Practice,
    9. SW4101 Advanced Family-Centred SWK Practice,
    10. SW4102 Social Policy & Planning, and
    11. SW4103 Advanced Research and Evaluation.
    12. Read and pass a minimum of 64 MCs at level 3000 or higher (including modules listed above), with
      1. (i) A minimum of 40 MCs at level-4000 or higher.
      2. (ii) A maximum of 2 SW modules at level-5000 (subject to Department’s approval).

Notes:

  1. Students intending to pursue Honours and higher degrees are advised to undertake modules beyond the minimum necessary for the B.A. Students are encouraged to seek the advice of the Department in planning their course in ways that reflect comparability with social work graduates from overseas, and which will meet requirements that may be set for overseas graduate studies.
  2. To declare an Honours track, students must have completed 110 MCs, including 44 MCs in the Major, with a CAP of 3.20 and above.
  3. The Honours Thesis (15 MCs) is optional. To qualify for the Honours Thesis, students must complete 110 MCs including 44 MCs of SW major requirement with a minimum CAP of 3.50. In order to obtain B.Soc.Sci. Honours (Highest Distinction), students must achieve a CAP of 4.5 or higher AND read and pass Honours Thesis.
  4. Students who do not attempt the Honours Thesis will read level-4000 modules to fulfil the Honours Requirement.
  5. Students may also read a level-4000 Independent Studies Module (5 MCs). This level-4000 ISM carries a pre-requisite of 100 MCs completed, including 44 MCs in the Major, with a minimum CAP of 3.20. It precludes the Honours Thesis.
  6. All level-4000 modules carry a general pre-requisite of having completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in the Major, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 OR being on the Honours Track (some level-4000 modules may have different pre-requisites).
  7. Students are encouraged to read an additional 8 MCs in the major within the 36 MCs of UE space.
Single Major (B.A.)
  1. Pass SW1101E. This will be counted towards the Faculty Core or Unrestricted Elective (UE) requirement.
  2. Pass at least 44 MCs of SW modules or SW-recognised modules, which include the following:
    1. SW2101 Working with Individuals and Families,
    2. SW2104 Human Development over the Lifespan,
    3. SW2105 Values & Skills for Helping Relationships,
    4. SW2106 Social Group Work Practice,
    5. SW3101 Social Work Research Methods or PL2131 Research and Statistical Method I,
    6. SW3103A Social Work Field Practice I,
    7. SW3104 Social Work Field Practice II,
    8. SW3105 Community Work Practice,
    9. Read and pass a minimum of 24 MCs at level 3000 or higher (including modules listed above).

* Students are allowed to read level-4000 modules subject to Department’s approval.

Note:

  1. Students are encouraged to read an additional 8 MCs in the major within the 36 MCs of UE space.
Second Major (B.A.)
  1. Pass SW1101E. This will be counted towards the Faculty Core or Unrestricted Elective (UE) requirement.
  2. Pass at least 44 MCs of SW modules or SW-recognised modules, which include the following:
    1. SW2101 Working with Individuals and Families,
    2. SW2104 Human Development over the Lifespan,
    3. SW2105 Values & Skills for Helping Relationships,
    4. SW2106 Social Group Work Practice,
    5. SW3101 Social Work Research Methods or PL2131 Research and Statistical Methods I,
    6. SW3103A Social Work Field Practice I,
    7. SW3104 Social Work Field Practice II,
    8. SW3105 Community Work Practice,
    9. Read and pass a minimum of 24 MCs at level 3000 or higher (including modules listed above).

* Students are allowed to read level-4000 modules subject to Department’s approval.

Minor In Human Services

Accumulate at least 24 MCs of SW modules, which include the following:

  1. Read and pass the following modules:
  2. SW1101E Social Work: A Heart-Head-Hand Connection, and
    SW2104 Human Development over the Lifespan.

  3. Read and pass a minimum of 16 MCs at level-3000, provided module requirement are met and the modules are not excluded for Minor students.
  4. The following modules are excluded for Minor students and Minor students are not allowed to read them:

    SW2101 Working with Individuals and Families,
    SW2103 Social Group and Community Work Practice,
    SW2105 Values & Skills for Helping Relationships,
    SW2106 Social Group Work Practice,
    SW3103 Social Work Field Practice
    SW3103A Social Work Field Practice I,
    SW3104 Social Work Field Practice II,
    SW3105 Community Work Practice,
    SW3209 Counselling Theories & Practice,
    SW3214 Counselling Process & Skills
    SW3218 Advanced Practice in Social Work

Students who have read the above excluded modules before they declare Minor in Human Services or have switched from a Social Work Major to Minor in Human Services cannot use them to fulfil Minor in Human Services requirement.

Single Major [B.Soc.Sci. (Hons.)]

Accumulate at least 100 MCs of SW modules, which include the following:

  1. Read and pass the following modules:
  2. SW1101E Social Work: A Heart-Head-Hand Connection,
    SW2101 Working with Individuals and Families,
    SW2104 Human Development over the Lifespan,
    SW2105 Values & Skills for Helping Relationships,
    SW2106 Social Group Work Practice,
    SW3101 Social Work Research Methods,
    SW3103A Social Work Field Practice I,
    SW3104 Social Work Field Practice II,
    SW3105 Community Work Practice,
    SW4101 Advanced Family-Centred SWK Practice,
    SW4102 Social Policy & Planning, and
    SW4103 Advanced Research and Evaluation.

  3. Read and pass a minimum of 80 MCs at level 3000 or higher (including modules listed above), with
    1. A minimum of 40 MCs at level-4000 or higher.
    2. A maximum of 2 SW modules at level-5000 (subject to Department’s approval).
  4. Honours Thesis/Project is optional.

Notes:

  1. Students intending to pursue Honours and higher degrees are advised to increase their coverage beyond the minimum necessary for the B.A., and to seek the advice of the Department in planning their course in ways that reflect comparability with social work graduates from overseas, and which will meet requirements that may be set for overseas graduate studies.
  2. To declare an Honours track, students must have completed 110 MCs, including 60 MCs in the Major, with a CAP of 3.20 and above.
  3. The Honours Thesis (15 MCs) is optional. To qualify for the Honours Thesis, students must complete 110 MCs including 60 MCs of SW major requirements with a minimum CAP of 3.50. In order to obtain B.Soc.Sci. Honours (Highest Distinction), students must achieve a CAP of 4.5 or higher AND read and pass Honours Thesis.
  4. Students who do not attempt the Honours Thesis will read level-4000 modules to fulfil the Honours Requirements.
  5. Students may also read a level-4000 Independent Studies Module (5 MCs). This level-4000 ISM carries a pre-requisite of 100 MCs completed, including 60 MCs in the Major, with a minimum CAP of 3.20. It precludes the Honours Thesis.
  6. All level-4000 modules carry a general pre-requisite of having completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in the Major, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 OR being on the Honours Track (some level-4000 modules may have different pre-requisites).
Single Major (B.A.)

Accumulate at least 60 MCs of SW modules, which include the following:

  1. Read and pass the following modules:
  2. SW1101E Social Work: A Heart-Head-Hand Connection,
    SW2101 Working with Individuals and Families,
    SW2104 Human Development over the Lifespan,
    SW2105 Values & Skills for Helping Relationships,
    SW2106 Social Group Work Practice,
    SW3101 Social Work Research Methods,
    SW3103A Social Work Field Practice I,
    SW3104 Social Work Field Practice II, and
    SW3105 Community Work Practice.

  3. Read and pass a minimum of 40 MCs at level-3000 or higher* (including modules listed above).

*Students are allowed to read level-4000 modules subject to Department’s approval.

Second Major (B.A.)

Accumulate at least 48 MCs of SW modules, which include the following:

  1. Read and pass the following modules:
  2. SW1101E Social Work: A Heart-Head-Hand Connection,
    SW2101 Working with Individuals and Families,
    SW2104 Human Development over the Lifespan,
    SW2105 Values & Skills for Helping Relationships,
    SW2106 Social Group Work Practice,
    SW3101 Social Work Research Methods,
    SW3103A Social Work Field Practice I,
    SW3104 Social Work Field Practice II, and
    SW3105 Community Work Practice.

  3. Read and pass a minimum of 28 MCs at level-3000 or higher* (including modules listed above).

* Students are allowed to read level-4000 modules subject to Department’s approval.

Minor In Human Services

Accumulate at least 24 MCs of SW modules, which include the following:

  1. Read and pass the following modules:
  2. SW1101E Social Work: A Heart-Head-Hand Connection, and
    SW2104 Human Development over the Lifespan.

  3. Read and pass a minimum of 16 MCs at level-3000, provided module requirement are met and the modules are not excluded for Minor students.
  4. The following modules are excluded for Minor students and Minor students are not allowed to read them:
  5. SW2101 Working with Individuals and Families,
    SW2103 Social Group and Community Work Practice,
    SW2105 Values & Skills for Helping Relationships,
    SW2106 Social Group Work Practice,
    SW3103 Social Work Field Practice
    SW3103A Social Work Field Practice I,
    SW3104 Social Work Field Practice II,
    SW3105 Community Work Practice,
    SW3218 Advanced Practice in Social Work
    SW3209 Counselling Theories & Practice,
    SW3214 Counselling Process & Skills

Students who have read the above excluded modules before they declare Minor in Human Services or have switched from a Social Work Major to Minor in Human Services cannot use them to fulfill Minor in Human Services requirements.


RECOGNISED MODULES

List of SW-recognised modules for SW Single [B.A. and B.Soc.Sci. (Hons)] or Second Majors

Cohort 2016

  • PL2131 Research and Statistical Methods I (read in place of SW3101 Social Work Research Methods)
  • PL3254 Introduction to Trauma Psychology

  • Students intending to do a double major in PL and SW are advised to read PL2131 first as it serves as a gate for pursing a major in Psychology, and can be read in place of SW3101.


    Cohort 2017 onwards

  • PL2131 Research and Statistical Methods I (read in place of SW3101 Social Work Research Methods)
  • PL3254 Introduction to Trauma Psychology
  • SC2101 Methods of Social Research (read in place of SW3101 Social Work Research Methods)
  • SC2204 Social Inequalities: Who Gets Ahead?
  • SC2212 Sociology of Deviance
  • SC3221 Qualitative Inquiry

  • Students intending to do a double major in PL and SW are advised to read PL2131 first as it serves as a gate for pursing a major in Psychology, and can be read in place of SW3101.


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