The Undergraduate Social Work Program at Dhofar University is designed to prepare students for ethically-guided, generalist social work practice at the entry level of professional employment and for graduate professional education. Satisfactory completion of our undergraduate curriculum means that you would be eligible for up to one year advanced standing in Master of Social Work degree programs.
Students who select our program are prepared to access meaningful careers in through a carefully designed curriculum including program-specific theoretical knowledge, research skills, hands-on experiences, practicums, internships, and other planned activities and extra-curricular events.
The Department of Social Sciences offers the following degree:
- Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)
- Diploma of Social Work
The Social Work Degree Program
The social work curriculum is based on the premise that as a social worker you need a well-integrated program of liberal arts courses, professional foundation courses, and professional core courses. The curriculum is, therefore, interdisciplinary in nature. For Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), it includes 66 credit hours in social work core courses and 54 credit hours. For Diploma in Social Work, it includes 30 credit hours in social work core courses and 30 credit hours. All the courses are professionally related courses in the social sciences, math, computer, biology, chemistry, physics, management and English.
Social Work Advisor and Student Handbook
After admission to the Department, you will be assigned a social work faculty advisor who will help you plan your study and any related issues. Your advisor will provide you with a Social Work Program Student Handbook. This includes general information about the social work profession and specific information regarding the program’s mission, goals and objectives, together with its policies and procedures. It is highly recommended that you meet with your advisor every semester in order to help ensure that you are taking the courses you need and in the required order.
Graduation from Social Work Program
An overall CGPA of 65% and CMGPA of 70% must be maintained by BSW social work students and CGPA of 60% and CMGPA of 65% must be maintained by Diploma social work student. Your graduation is contingent upon maintenance of this CMGPA requirement.
The core of the field education program is an educationally planned, professionally guided field practicum in an agency or facility where professional social workers are employed. As a social work intern, you will be engaged in the delivery of social services to individuals, families, groups, organizations and/or communities, generally two to three days per week in fall and spring semesters. DU’s social work program has two practicum models.
The practicum model is the model that open to all students admitted to social work. You are enrolled in the field practicum course and working in the assigned agency two semesters, for a total of 6 credit hours for BSW and 3 credit hours for Diploma. The department will assign a supervisor to be responsible to guide you.
The field practicum provides you with invaluable experience and preparation for employment in entry-level social work practice. Because the field practicum, together with required coursework, places high demands on your time and energy in the senior year‚ advance planning is required.
As we subscribe to and aim to cultivate the values of the social work profession, it is expected that you will respect and promote the dignity, integrity and self-determination of every person in the field agency, on campus, in the classroom and in related interactions, as well as conduct yourself according to the NASW Code of Ethics at all times.