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Department of Social Sciences (SS)

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.

Degree Offered

The Department of Social Sciences offers the following degree:

  • Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)
  • Diploma of Social Work

 

Specific Information

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.


Field Practicum

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.

Degrees Offered

The Social Science department offers 2 programs:

  1. Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)                                   
  2. Diploma of Social Work.

Bachelor of Arts in Social Work

The course requirements for Bachelor of Arts in Social Work include the following components.

University Requirements

This component consists of the following ten courses encompassing 30 credit hours:

  • ARAB 101: Academic Writing in Arabic
  • CMPS 100A: Introduction to Technical Computing for the Arts
  • ENGL 101: Basic Academic English
  • ENGL 102 A: English for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences I
  • ENGL 203 A: English for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences II
  • ENGL 204: Advanced English for Academic Purposes and Research
  • ENGL 305: Advanced English Language and Communication Skills
  • MATH 103: Mathematics for Social Sciences I
  • SOCS 102: Omani Society
  • ENTR 200: Entrepreneurship: Innovation & Creativity


College Requirements

This component consists of the following four courses encompassing 12 credit hours:

  • One-3-credit hours course in physical/natural sciences elective
  • One- 3-credit hours course in humanities and social sciences elective
  • Two, 6-credit hours Courses in any other major
Program Requirements

This component consists of 26 courses constituting 78 credit hours distributed as detailed below:

Major Core Courses:

This set consists of the following 22 courses encompassing 66 credit hours:

  • SOWO 200: Introduction to Social Work
  • MATH 215: Statistics for Social Work
  • SOWO 220: Social Work and Volunteers
  • SOWO 235: Communication and Interviewing skills
  • SOWO 245: Human Behavior and the Social Environment
  • SOWO 255: Social Policy and Social Planning
  • SOWO 260: School Social Work
  • SOWO 280: Social Work Practice I: Working with Individuals
  • SOWO 285: Social Work with Disabled
  • SOWO 290: Social Work: Field Internship I
  • SOWO 300: Social Work with the Family
  • SOWO 310: Social and Cultural Diversity
  • SOWO 330: Social Work Practice II: Working with Groups
  • SOWO 340: Social Work Practice with Health
  • SOWO 370: Research Methods in Social Work
  • SOWO 410: Social Work: Field Internship II
  • SOWO 440: Social Work Practice III: Working with Communities SOWO 450: Social Work Administration
  • SOWO 470: Social Work Integrative Seminar
  • SOWO 475: Social Work in Islam
  • SOWO 480: Special Topics in Social Work
  • SOWO 490: Senior Study Project

 

Major Supporting Requirements:

This set consists of the following 4 courses with encompassing 12 credit hours:

  • PSYC 150: Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYC 180: Human Development
  • PSYC 215: Social Psychology
  • SOCS 150: Introduction to Sociology

Diploma in Social Work

The course requirements for Diploma in Social Work include the following components:

University Requirements:

This component consists of the following 8 courses encompassing 24 credit hours

  • ARAB 101: Academic Writing in Arabic
  • CMPS 100A: Introduction to Technical Computing for the Arts
  • ENGL 101: Basic Academic English
  • ENGL 102 A: English for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences I
  • ENGL 203 A: English for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences II
  • MATH 103: Mathematics for Social Sciences I
  • ENTR 200: Entrepreneurship: Innovation & Creativity
  • SOCS 102: Oman Society

 

College Requirements:

This component consists of the following two courses encompassing 6 credit hours:

  • One, 3-credit hour course in physical/ natural sciences
  • One, 3-credit hour course in humanities/social sciences elective

 

Program Requirements:

This component consists of eleven courses constituting of 30 credit hours distributed as follows:

Major Required Courses:

This component consists of the following 10 courses constituting 30 credit hours:

  • PSYC 150: Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYC 180: Human Development
  • SOCS 150: Introduction to Sociology
  • SOWO 200: Introduction to Social Work
  • SOWO 235: Communication and Interviewing Skills
  • SOWO 245: Human Behavior and the Social Environment
  • SOWO 255: Social Policy and Social Planning
  • SOWO 260: School Social Work
  • SOWO 280: Social Work Practice I: Working with individuals
  • SOWO 290: Social Work: Field Internship I

Plan of Study

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