Sept 2023 EntryProgramme code: JS3250
BA (Hons) in Social Work - 116 (plus 15 clinical/field credits) (Subject to change)
BA (Hons) in Social Policy and Social Entrepreneurship - 112 (plus 9 clinical/field credits)
Dr Yam Kong (BSW, MSW, DSW)
Dr Tam Kin Yuen, Raymond (BASW, MASW, PhD)
Programme Aims & Learning Outcomes
We prepare our students to be professionally competent, versatile, adaptive and reflective, helping them to meet the fast-changing needs of society. The programme curriculum is designed to cultivate students’ humanistic values and equip them with the knowledge and skills necessary to become competent human service professionals in their chosen fields. Through wide exposure to different domains of knowledge and interdisciplinary issues, students are able to think from different perspectives and solve complex problems in real-life situations. Our graduates show a strong commitment to the betterment of society and humankind and are competent in the flexible and creative use of information, resources, knowledge and practical skills in professional practice.
Students are provided with opportunities to pursue professional study plus a significant component of study in other areas to cater to their different learning needs, interests and abilities. In addition to providing subjects that build basic interpersonal and communication skills and enhance students’ ability to work with uncertainty, this programme has a strong social science foundation, designed to develop students’ critical and analytical thinking and broaden their knowledge. The Department offers overseas study opportunities in the forms of placements, exchange programmes, study tours, etc.
Students admitted to the Scheme complete a common curriculum in Year 1 and start to pursue the professional study from Year 2. The Scheme programme offers the following Awards/Majors :
BA (Hons) in Social Work; or
BA (Hons) in Social Policy and Social Entrepreneurship
Students will be admitted to the Awards/Majors subject to their choice, overall GPA of year one study and interview performance. They will be invited to rank their choices of Awards/Majors (from the most preferred one to the least) during the semester 2 (probably before final examination) of their Year One study for the department’s consideration and approval.
The BA (Hons) Scheme in Applied Social Sciences programme adopts a common curriculum structure in the first year of study. Beyond this common foundation and in subsequent study years, different Awards/Majors that educate different human service professionals focus on different areas of professional study.
In Year 1, students are exposed to a broad knowledge base in social sciences as a foundation to inform their professional practice.
From Year 2 onwards, students are equipped with a wide range of knowledge relating to their chosen professional fields.
In Years 3 and 4, students are guided to integrate theoretical learning, practical applications and metatheoretical reflection on their respective professional fields.
More information on the Awards/Majors can be obtained here.
The option of Secondary Major in Innovation and Entrepreneurship is available to the students of BA (Hons) in Social Policy and Social Entrepreneurship.
Students admitted to the BA (Hons) in Social Policy and Social Entrepreneurship Award/Major are given the option to study a Secondary Major in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at 36 credits which will strengthen their discipline-specific knowledge to become successful innovators and entrepreneurs in Hong Kong, the Greater Bay Area (GBA) and beyond. In addition to a wide range of foundation subjects to be chosen by students, the Secondary Major is featured by a GBA Immersion Programme, Field Study for Innovation Ecosystems and at least 9 months of Company Attachment.
The minimum credits required for graduation with Secondary Major in Innovation and Entrepreneurship is 139 credits. Students are eligible to count up to 6 credits of their discipline-specific subjects towards the Secondary Major.
Graduates of the BA (Hons) in Social Work award are eligible for registration with the Social Workers Registration Board (SWRB) as Registered Social Workers (RSWs).
Graduates of the BA (Hons) in Social Work award are employable as Assistant Social Work Officers or the equivalent and can be promoted to Social Work Officers, Senior Social Work Officers and Chief Social Work Officers.
Graduates of the BA (Hons) in Social Policy and Social Entrepreneurship award can take up mid-level administrative and managerial posts in various public, quasi-public and non-government organisations, including think-tanks, NGOs, government departments, social enterprises, and other human service organisations. They can also take up posts in human resources management, marketing, and decision support.
Transcript / Certificate
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