Social Works – Course Modules

FOUR-YEAR STANDARD DEGREE PROGRAMME

FIRST YEAR

FIRST SEMESTER

MAJOR COURSES

COURSE CODE      COURSE TITLE                                                      UNIT

SWK   101      Introduction to Social Work                                                   2

SWK   111      Communication in Social Work                                              2

SWK   121      Social deviance and systems organisation                             2

SWK   141      Field Work Orientation                                                          2

REQUIRED ANCILLARY COURSES

ANTH 102      Introduction to Anthropology                                                            4

SOC    101      Introduction to Sociology 1                                                   2

GENERAL STUDIES COURSES

GSP     101      The Use of English                                                                 2

GSP     105      Natural Sciences 1                                                                  2

GSP     111      Use of Library and Study Skills                                             2

ELECTIVES (CHOOSE 2 UNITS)

ECO                101      Principles of Economics                                              2

PSC                 101      Introduction to Political Science                                2

PSY                 101      Principles of Psychology                                             2

RCS                101      Introduction to Religion                                             2

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Total                           20

 

SECOND SEMESTER

MAJOR COURSES

COURSE CODE      COURSE TITLE                                                      UNIT

SWK   102      Human Behaviour and the Social Environment                     3

SWK   122      Philosophy and Ethics of Social Work                                   2

SWK   142      Introduction to Field Work Practice                                       4

ANCILLARY

SOC    102      Introduction to Sociology 11                                                  2

GENERAL STUDIES COURSES

GSP     102      The Use of English 11                                                                        2

GSP     106      Natural Science 11                                                                  2

ELECTIVES (CHOOSE 4 UNITS)

ECO    102      Principles of Economics 11                                                     2

PSC     102      Introduction to Political Science                                            2

PSY     104      Determinants of Behaviour                                                     2

RCS    142      Religion and Human Values                                                   2

 

4

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Total                             19

 

 

FOUR-YEAR STANDARD DEGREE PROGRAMME

 

SECOND YEAR

FIRST SEMESTER

MAJOR COURSES

COURSE CODE      COURSE TITLE                                                                  UNIT

SWK   201      Social Work Theory                                                                            2

SWK   203      Elements of scientific thought for social workers                              2

SWK   245      Field Work Practice: Social Analysis

In Case Work                                                                                      2

SWK   251      Community Development                                                                  2

 

REQUIRED ANCILLARY

COS    101      Introduction to Computer Science                                                     2

FSS     201      Introduction to Statistical Methods for Social Science                      2

GENERAL STUDIES COURSE

GSP     201      The Social Sciences                                                                            2

GSP     207      Logic, Philosophy & Human Existence                                              2

ELECTIVES (CHOOSE 2 UNITS)

SWK   231      Crime, Delinquency and the Quality of Life              2

PSY     241      Social Psychology                                                       2

SWK   243      Social Work Practice and Gender                               2

PSY     251      Developmental Psychology                                        2

 

 

2

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Total                            18

SECOND SEMESTER

MAJOR COURSES

COURSE CODE      COURSE TITLE                                                                  UNIT

SWK   224      Functions of Social Work                                                                      2

SWK   242      Social Work Intervention with Families                                             2

SWK   244      Social Work in Rehabilitation                                                               2

SWK   246      Field Work: Problem Solving and Evaluation

in Case Work                                                                                             3

SWK   248      Social Work Communication Techniques                                          2

REQUIRED ANCILLARY

FSS     202      Introduction to Statistical Methods for

Social Sciences 11                                                                                     2

GENERAL STUDIES COURSES

GSP     202      Issues in Peace and Conflict Studies                                                  2

GSP     208      Nigerian, Peoples & Cultures                                                               2

ELECTIVES (CHOOSE 2 UNITS)

SWK   214      Death, Loss and Grief                                                                             2

SWK   228      Social Work in Health Care Setting                                                    2                                                       SWK   240      Social Work with the Youth                                                                             2

Total                              19

 

FOUR-YEAR STANDARD DEGREE PROGRAMME

THIRD YEAR

FIRST SEMESTER

MAJOR COURSES

COURSE CODE      COURSE TITLE                                                                  UNIT

SWK   301      Orphans and Vulnerable Children Services                                       2

SWK   303     Social Welfare Programme and Services                                           2

SWK   331      Social Work Intervention                                                                    2

SWK   335      Community Development Theory                                                      2

SWK   345      Field Work Practice: Social Analysis

In Group Work                                                                                      3

SWK   353      Social Work and Mental Health                                                        2

REQUIRED ANCILLARY

SOC    221      Criminology and Penology                                                                 3

CED    341      Introduction to Entrepreneurship                                                    2

ELECTIVES (CHOOSE ANY 2 UNITS)

SWK   305   Elements of Psychology in Social Work                                             2

SWK   311      Social Policy and Planning                                                                 2

SWK   313      Communities Mental Health Services                                             2

SWK   327      Rural Social Work                                                                               2

SWK   341       Social Work with Group                                                                  2

PSY     352      Community Psychology                                                                  2

2

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Total                                                                                                                    18

 

SECOND SEMESTER

MAJOR COURSES

COURSE CODE      COURSE TITLE                                                                  UNIT

SWK   320      Social Work and Social problems                                                       2

SWK   322      Counselling and psychotherapy                                                          2

SWK   328      Dynamics of Social Functioning                                                         2

SWK   344      Community Education                                                                        2

SWK   346      Field Work: Problem Solving and Evaluation

In Group Work                                                                                      3

SWK   362      Methods of Social Work Research                                                   3

 

REQUIRED ANCILLARY

COS    314      Computer Application                                                                        3

CED    342      Business Development & Management                                        2

ELECTIVES (CHOOSE ANY 2 UNITS)

SWK   324      Care Management in Social Work                                                  2

SWK   326      Spirituality and Social Work Practice                                            2

SWK   330      Industrial Social Work                                                                      2

SWK   340      School Social Work                                                                           2

SWK   348      Social Work and the Elderly                                                            2

SWK   352      Community Needs and Resource

Assessment                                                                                                                  2

2

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Total                                       19

 

FOUR-YEAR STANDARD DEGREE PROGRAMME

 

FOURTH YEAR

FIRST SEMESTER

MAJOR COURSES

COURSE CODE      COURSE TITLE                                                                  UNIT

SWK   421      International Social Work                                                                   3

SWK   441      Methods of Social Work Practice                                                       3

SWK   445      Field Work: Social Analysis in Community

Organisation                                                                                        3

SWK  451      Community Development Practice                                                     3

SWK 491 Projects Tutorial                                                                                        2

ELECTIVES (CHOOSE 4 UNITS)

SWK   413      Social Work and the Law                                                       2

SWK   423      Substance Abuse Prevention and Intervention                       2

SWK   431      Ethno-cultural Relations and the Nigeria State                      2

SWK   447      Social Work Practice with Children                                       2

4

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   Total                       18

SECOND SEMESTER

MAJOR COURSES

COURSE CODE      COURSE TITLE                                                                  UNIT

SWK   434      Social Work Legislation and Policy                                                    3

SWK   442      Generalist Approach in Social Work                                                  2

SWK   446      Field Work: Problem Solving and

Evaluation in Community Organisation                                             3

SWK   454      Clinical Social Work Practice, Psychopathology

And Trauma                                                                                        3

SWK   492      Project                                                                                                 6

ELECTIVES (CHOOSE 2 UNITS)

SWK   406      Models of Family Therapy                                                      2

SWK   412      Gerontology and Getriatic Interventions in Social Work       2

SWK   414      Organisational/Administrative Skills in Social Work             2

SWK   444      Forensic Social Work                                                              2

2

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Total                           19


 

THREE-YEAR STANDARD DEGREE PROGRAMME

 

FIRST YEAR

FIRST SEMESTER

MAJOR COURSES

COURSE CODE      COURSE TITLE                                                                  UNIT

SWK   101      Introduction to Social Work                                                               2

SWK   121      Social Deviance and System Organisation                                        2

SWK   201      Social Work Theory                                                                            2

SWK   203      Elements of Scientific Thought for Social Workers                           2

REQUIRED ANCILLARY

COS    101      Introduction to Computer Science                                                     2

FSS     201      Introduction to Statistical Methods for

Social Sciences 1                                                                                 2

GENERAL STUDIES COURSES

GSP     101      The Use of English 1                                                                          2

GSP     105      Natural Science 1                                                                                2

GSP     201      Peace and Conflict Resolution                                                           2

ELECTIVES (CHOOSE ANY 2 UNITS)

ECO    101      Introduction to Economics 1                                      2

PSY     101      Principles of Psychology                                             2

SOC    101      Introduction to Sociology 1                                        2

PSC     101      Introduction to Political Science1                              2

SWK   231      Crime, Delinquency and the Quality of Life              2

REL    151      Introduction to African Traditional Religion             2

2

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Total                           20

SECOND SEMESTER

MAJOR COURSES

COURSE CODE      COURSE TITLE                                                                  UNIT

SWK   102      Human Behaviour and the Social Environment                                 3

SWK   122      Philosophy and Ethics of Social Work                                               2

SWK   224      Functions of Social Work                                                                   2

SWK   242      Social work Intervention with Families                                              2

SWK   244      Social Work in Rehabilitation                                                             2

REQUIRED ANCILLARY

FSS     202      Introduction to Statistical Methods for Social Services                    2

GENERAL STUDIES COURSES

GSP     102      The Use of English 11                                                                                    2

GSP     106      Natural Science 11                                                                              2

GSP     202      Peace and Conflict Resolution                                                           2

ELECTIVES (CHOOSE ANY 2 UNITS)

ECO    102      Principles of Economics 11                                         2

SOC    102      Introduction to Sociology 11                                      2

PSY     104      Determinants of Behaviour                                         2

REL    142      Religion and Human Values                                       2

SWK   214      Death, Loss and Grief                                                            2

PSY     252      Development Psychology                                           2

2

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Total                           21

THREE-YEAR STANDARD DEGREE PROGRAMME

SECOND YEAR

FIRST SEMESTER

MAJOR COURSES

COURSE CODE      COURSE TITLE                                                                  UNIT

SWK   301     Orphans and Vulnerable Children Services                                      2         SWK   303     Social Welfare Programme and Services                                           2

SWK   331      Social Work Intervention                                                                    2

SWK   335      Community Development Theory                                                      2

SWK   345     Social Work Field Practice (Social Analysis in Group Work)         3

SWK   353      Social Work and Mental Health                                                        2

REQUIRED ANCILLARY

SOC    221      Criminology and Penology                                                                 3

GENERAL STUDIES COURSE

GSP     207      Humanities 1                                                                                       2

ELECTIVES (CHOOSE ANY 2 UNITS)

SWK   311      Social Policy and Planning                                2

SWK 313     Communities Mental Health Services                2                             

SWK 327     Rural Social Work                                              2

SWK   341     Social Work Practice with Group                     2

PSY     352     Community Psychology                                     2

2

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SECOND SEMESTER

MAJOR COURSES

COURSE CODE      COURSE TITLE                                                                  UNIT

SWK   320      Social Work and Social Problems                                                       2

SWK   322      Counselling and psychotherapy                                                          2

SWK   328      Dynamics of Social Functioning                                                         2

SWK   344      Community Education                                                                        2

SWK   346      Field Work: Problem Solving and Evaluation

In Group Work                                                                                   3

SWK   362      Methods of Social Work Research                                                     3

REQUIRED ANCILLARY

COS    314      Computer Applications                                                                       3

GENERAL STUDIES COURSE

GSP     208      Humanities 11                                                                                     2

ELECTIVES (CHOOSE ANY 2 UNITS)

SWK   326      Spirituality and social work practice                                       2

SWK   330      Industrial Social Work                                                            2

SWK   340      School Social Work                                                                2

SWK   348      Social Work and the Elderly                                                   2

SWK   352      Community Needs and Resource Assessment                       2

 

2                                                                                                                                              __

Total                           21


THREE-YEAR STANDARD DEGREE PROGRAMME

THIRD YEAR

FIRST SEMESTER

MAJOR COURSES

COURSE CODE      COURSE TITLE                                                                  UNIT

SWK   421      International Social Work                                                                  3

SWK   441      Methods of Social Work Practice                                                       3

SWK   445      Field Work: Social Analysis in Community Organisation                  3

SWK   451      Community Development Practice                                                     3

SWK   491      Project Tutorials                                                                                  2

 

ELECTIVES (CHOOSE 4 UNITS)

SWK   413      Social Work and the Law                                                       2

SWK   423      Substance Abuse, Prevention and Intervention                      2

SWK   431      Ethno-Cultural Relations and the Nigeria State                     2

SWK   447      Social Work Practice with Children                                       2

2

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            Total                           18

SECOND SEMESTER

MAJOR COURSES

REQUIRED COURSES

SWK   434      Social Work Legislation and Policy                                                    3

SWK   442      Generalist Approach in Social Work                                                  2

SWK   446      Field Work: Problem Solving and Evaluation in

Community Organisation                                                                    3

SWK   454      Clinical Social Work Practice, Psychopathology and Trauma            3

SWK   492      Project                                                                                                 6

ELECTIVES (CHOOSE 2 UNITS)

SWK   406      Models of Family Therapy                                                      2

SWK   412      Gerontology and Geriatric Interventions in Social Work       2

SWK   414      Organizational/Administrative Skills in Social Work             2

SWK   444      Forensic Social Work                                                              2

2

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Total                           19

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

 

SWK. 101 – Introduction to Social Work                                                  (2 Units)

                       

Introduction of the concepts and theories of Social Work Practice, Understanding social problems affecting people and the application of theories and concepts in social work intervention. A study of the development of social work in Europe,America and Nigeria. Survey of the principles and values of Social work, Areas and practice settings of social work practice. The social worker in action, the survey of the theories of human behaviour essential for social work, concept, relation of social work to other sciences.

 

SWK   102 – Human Behaviour and the Social Environment                  (3 Units)

This course is intended to introduce students to the basic concepts and models of how human behaviour is acquired, shaped, maintained or modified in the social environment through the life cycle. Contents should include the knowledge and understanding of normal human development and theories of bio-psycho-social development as well as the range of social systems, including cultural system, as knowledge base for practice and intervention with individuals, families, communities, groups, organizations and institutions of the society. There is need to emphasize how these systems interact, affect or be affected by human behaviour. The impact of social and economic forces on individuals and social systems and the ways in which systems promote or deter people in achieving and maintaining optimal health and well being will be explored. A broad range of theories relating to the biological, psychological, social development, cognitive, gender, family group, class, race and traditional development models like Piaget, Erickson, Kohlberg, etc as well as values and ethical issues related to them, need to be explored. Students should also be taught to evaluate these theories and apply them to client’s situations.

 

SWK. 111 – Communication in Social Work                                             (2 Units)

Introducing the art of interviewing. The study of skills and techniques required in social work intervention, principles and skills in recording; Various forms of recording; adaptation of interviewing skills in fieldwork practice. Social work recording in various settings such as health and welfare agencies.

 

SWK   121 – Social Deviance and Systems Organisation                          (2 Units)

            The course sets out to examine the nature, dynamics of the various dimensions of social deviance from sociological and social work perspectives. The stress will centre on clandestine subculture identity formation, stereotypes and implications for system or institutional functioning, conformity and non-conformity to systems/institutional norms and values, bureaucratic processes obedience to authority and intense indoctrination with the subculture norms and values. Sociological interpretations of social deviance will also be discussed. Modules are taught on violence and aggression, characteristic of subculture gangsterism, social, personal, situational structural motivations, harm and risks on the systems and group solidarity; and on personality make-up of individuals and factors: Sociological, environmental, biological, psychological – mental emotional and cognitive, processes and interpretations, as well as the social determinants of behaviour and its effects. Attitudinal and behavioural change outcomes and benefits will be stressed from the social wok perspectives.

 

SWK. 122 – Philosophy and Ethics of Social Work                                  (2 Units)

This course examines the characteristics of the social work profession and its areas of practice. It provides the philosophical consideration of the nature of man, contemporary social issues and problems. It considers the principles that are the basis for social work practice and the values and ethics with which social workers must contend within their professional practice.

 

SWK. 141 Fieldwork Orientation                                                                (4 Units)

Field work is the core of social work professional education. Students are introduced to the various settings where they meet varieties of clients eg, the Borstal or old peoples home, the prisons, the rehabilitation centers, beggars Project/Emene, welfare centre, etc to get acquainted with the course. After these visits, students are expected to write reports based on their findings and be able to discuss these findings through class presentations seminars and term papers. Students write reports and share their experiences with the classroom instructor in an interactive forum.

SWK. 142 – Introduction to Fieldwork                                                      (4 units)

The course introduces students to the following: areas of practice: need for fieldwork practice, relationship between field and classroom, situational learning objectives of field work and fieldwork recording framework.

 

SWK. 201 – Social Work Theory                                                                (2 Units)

Basic theories in the practice of social work; its philosophy, purpose and methods; professional intervention through various tools and techniques of social work appropriate to the Nigerian situation; case-work, community action, problem solving. Some basic theories in Social Work like Systems Theory, Crisis Intervention, Behaviour Modification, Role Theory and Sociological Theories.

SWK. 203 – Elements of Scientific Thought for Social Workers             (2units)

            The course explores scientific methods in contradiction to common sense, indigenous knowledge and hermeneutic strategies of knowledge production and distribution, and relates these to the needs of social workers. It is designed to help students acquire the level of objectivity and critical analytical skills that are necessary to design and prosecute empirical research, and to function in aspects of practical social work where such are needed. Both the historical development and the contemporary issues in the subject are considered. Modules covered are: Origin of scientific thought, options in knowledge production, the concept of empiricism, constructs, hypotheses and theories, qualitative and quantitative strategies in scientific method, positivism and socio-cultural factors in scientific method.

 

SWK 214 – Death, Loss and Grief                                                              (2units)

            This course will address the theoretical framework of human loss and grief from a culturally and philosophically diverse perspective. Students will be provided with information about why and how humans grieve and how grieving is affected by type of loss, socioeconomic and cultural factors, individual personality and family functioning. Attention will be focused on life span development and the meaning of death and loss at different ages. Various types of loss will be discussed from an individual, family, and socio/cultural perspective. The importance of understanding trauma and its relationship to grief and loss will also be addressed. Coping and resiliency in loss will be explored, emphasizing the diversity of human response and focusing on the significance of social groups in integrating loss. The formation and practice of rituals, and diversity in religious and spiritual experience as a component of coping with loss will be discussed.

 

SWK. 224 – Functions of Social Work                                                       (2 Units)

Social Work as an instrument of social change. Primary functions of social work in the Nigerian context, analysis of change in the functions of social work with the proper perspectives to current practices.

 

SWK.  228 – Social Work in Health Care Settings                                 (2 units)

This course examines Social Work Practice in health care institutions. It will review the role of the social worker with other professionals in the health care settings. The organizational structure and the administration of the health care institutions in relation to the social work practice will be examined. Students will also assess their own personal attitudes to reflect the issues of health, illness, disease, trauma, grief and loss and to be able to use this self awareness to work in these settings as well as to understand how patients experience and cope with these conditions. The strengths, empowerment and the wellness perspectives on health will be discussed. The spiritual dimension of patients, beliefs, attitudes and the psychosocial influences, ethical values and economic justice and preferences are highlighted. Students are also exposed to medical social work in a variety of settings such as in-patient and outpatient clinics, home care visits as well as churches and community based centres.

 

SWK 231 Crime, Delinquency and the Quality of Life                             (2 Units)

The course distinguishes between crime and delinquency and underscores the nature, dimensions, costs and factors associated with crime and delinquent acts causation. The roles of the criminal justice system – courts, prisons, the police and other correctional institutions are to be presented. The role of social work professional relationship with team members in the legal system and extent of social work involvement and contribution in the process. The legal issues and conflicts involved are also explored.

SWK. 240 – Social Work with the Youth                                                   (2 units)

The course is designed to provide social workers with skill and competence to practice with the youth. Issues of adolescence and problems associated with it will be discussed. Such problems as juvenile delinquency, substance abuse, teenage pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, HIV/AIDS will be given prominence.

SWK 242 – Social Work Intervention with Families                                 (2 units)

The family is taken as the basic unit for social development. The need of children and parents will be examined. Attention will also be given to orphans and vulnerable children and care givers, salutations, institutional provisions needs, etc. Welfare services to meet these needs will be analysed with a view to strengthening, supporting and enabling the family and orphaned homes and vulnerable children in the performance of their duties. Special attention will be given to health, nutritional, educational, and developmental needs of children and the parents, with a view to preserving internal unity and safeguarding the integrity of the family. Institutional support to orphans and vulnerable children will also given full stress.

SWK 243 – Social Work Practice and Gender                                          (2 units)

This course examines the psychological and sociological approaches to the study of women and the application of these theories to social work practice. Women often do not fit the existing models of human growth and development, therefore the course will focus on models that have been developed for women and critically analyse the related empirical research. Such models as Feminist perspective and women empowerment among others will be examined. Special practice issues to be covered include women and mental health, domestic violence, widowhood practices and other harmful traditional practices.

 

SWK. 244 – Social Work in Rehabilitation                                                (2 Units)

This course enables students to understand rehabilitation as services that help the handicapped person (physically, mentally, socially, economically e.t.c.) have conducive environment and opportunities for the total development of their human potentials. This will be achieved through the following processes: Team – work, setting of goals, and individualised plan for goal achievement, constant assessment and reassessment, programme of services, follow-up and programme evaluation.

 

SWK. 245 – Social Work Field Practice: Social Analysis in Casework      (2 units)

The trainees will be provided the opportunities to develop capabilities to effectively apply generalist knowledge and skills in any social situation, especially case work, through the following means: Knowing what the agency does and rules of the agency as regards its internal functioning, relationship with external environment, resources within and outside the agency, understanding the values of social work and observing the supervisor in problem identification, assessment, planning, interviewing and recording. Students interact in participatory class sections to share their experiences from various agencies and equally present seminars, write report on their field experiences and activities under the supervision of the classroom instructor.                                                                                                                                                                                 

SWK. 246 – Social Work Field Practice: (Problem Solving and Evaluation in Case Work)                                                                                                     (3 Units)

Under the guidance and supervision of the supervisor, students will implement the planned programmes in meeting the client’s needs, focusing on the potentialities within the client and his environment to meet his needs. Practical skills will be facilitated and reinforced in areas of interviewing, case recording, and observation of basic social work values while giving services and followed by evaluation. Through class presentations, reporting and seminars students gather more knowledge about a multitude of agencies and clients situations as they share their experiences in the class sessions.

SWK. 248 – Social Work Communication Techniques                             (2 Units)

This course covers principles and processes of communication, types of communications skills needed to understand human nature in social work, transactional analysis. Interviewing as the most common way of communication in social work should be highlighted.

 

SWK. 251 – Community Development                                                       (2 units)

The course highlights major community development theories that will guide the social worker in the community. Basic concepts in community development, Historical development of community development initiative. Identifying and meeting community needs. Application of community development theories to practice, group dynamics and various community groups educational enlightenment.

 

SWK, 301- Orphans and Vulnerable Children Services                                 (2 units)

The course is designed to equip students with appropriate skills and knowledge to serve the needs of orphans and vulnerable children. This is also intended to prepare them for effective intervention through exposure to the concepts, processes and helping skills that underline all interventions with vulnerable children and families. Thus, a range of psychosocial challenges related to HIV/AIDS and other traumatic and stressful events for orphans and vulnerable children will be addressed and to include ways to obtain social and institutional support providing counselling stigma. The ethical and policy issues that pertain to the provision of resources and system 0f care at various levels are stressed.

SWK, 303 – Social Welfare Programme and Services                                 (2 units)

A descriptive examination of publicly sponsored programmes and policies in comparison with those rooted in the private sector. The course explores traditional and contemporary welfare systems in the Nigerian society and relates it to the needs and the existing social problems of the time as they affect the civil society and human functioning in contemporary times. It aims at knowledge of specific Nigerian programmes and the underlying social issues.

 

SWK. 305 – Elements of Psychology in Social Work                                (2 Units)

Theoretical approaches to personality structure; self as a personality attribute; socio-cultural dynamics; concept of normality; psychology of adjustment viewed from two dimensions; (a) Criteria for good adjustment; (b) achievement of good adjustment; drive, anxiety, accommodation, assimilation, competition and conflict; learning theory with emphasis on how it affects behaviour, stress, abnormal behaviours; psychological and social work perspectives.

 

SWK 311 – Social Policy and Planning                                                      (2 units)

            The course focuses on introducing students to the knowledge, values and skills required for administration and planning for human services. Principles and processes of administration and management will be introduced. Types of phases of social planning and knowledge of various social policies will be considered.

SWK 313 Community Mental Health Services                                          (2 Units)

The thrust of this course will be on community health and mental health in general. Attempt should be made to bring to focus, the individual and institutional roles and responsibilities for health, the various dimensions of health, health indicators, community mental health problems and issues. The course also examines the role of the socio-cultural environment in the cause of psychiatric disorders. Students in this connection, learn and make systemic formulations for mental health interventions at the family, group, institutional and community levels. Services especially to chronic or severe and mild cases of mental disorders and for the low-income populations are to be explored in details.

SWK. 320       Social Work and Social Problems                                        (2 Units)

            The thrust of the course is on the concept of social functioning, social problems and the dynamics of social change, the impact of social change and social problems on individual, community, group and family on social functioning. Institutional constructions and approaches in the analyses of social change and social problems, determining/causative factors and the impact of social transformations and continuity on traditional institutions.

 

SWK. 322       Counselling and Psychotherapy                                          (2 units)

            The student is exposed to the contents and nature of counselling and psychotherapy in a complex multicultural environment such as Nigeria comprehensive. It gives a professional overview of counselling and psychotherapeutic process: Interviewing and assessment techniques, taking of psychological histories, basic communication and problem solving skills, methods of evaluation, and recording in the counselling and the psychotherapeutic process. In-depth examination of selected theories in counselling and psychotherapy such as the behaviour therapy reality therapy, rational, motive therapy etc. will be discussed. Application of the therapeutic techniques and skills to various settings will also be emphasised.

 

SWK   324      Care Management in Social Work                                      (2 units)

            The course examines the knowledge, values and skills provided by professional education and training for social work. It requires organising and coordinating services across a range of field, day and residential settings, drawing on natural, voluntary, private and statutory sources of help. The care management process aims to achieve planned goals using what are familiar and central tasks in social work such as data collection, analyses and intervention.

 

SWK.326       Spirituality and Social Work Practice                          (2 Units)

The course derives its meaning and essence from its religious roots given, the profession’s assumption that revolves around understanding the total person in his environmental and cultural contexts. It traces social work historical development and underpins the relationship between religion and spirituality in the context of man’s longing for a sense of meaning from transcendental forces through responsible moral relationships with diverse populations such as individuals, families, communities as well as cultures and religions. An integrative multidisciplinary approach including those of comparative religious orientations, anthropology, sociology, psychology and social work will be of essence. This provides the basic background framework to the historical, cultural and religious orientations and philosophy for the course with social work practice. Students should be aware and sensitive to the ethical issues/dilemmas/conflicts and values ever present in the practice milieu. Knowledge, skills and competent interventions are enhanced through practice formworks derived from individual assignments, practicum visits, class interactive sessions and term paper presentations.

 

SWK   327      Rural Social Work                                                                         (2 units)              Study of social work potentials in rural areas. The utilization of natural helping networks in isolated areas and the organization of helping linkages in the provision of care to residents will be explored. A general problem-solving approach will be applied to the development of intervention strategies and skills appropriate for such areas. Focus on the social worker as practitioner in isolation.

 

SWK 328 – Dynamics of Social Functioning                                              (2 units)

Personality growth of the individual in society and culture; social determinants of personality; defence mechanisms of the individual for maintaining normality; personality disorders as adaptive patterns; abnormal behaviour in the Nigerian context. Motivational patterns in Nigeria, Modification of adaptive and maladaptive responses in motivational processes.

SWK 330 – Industrial Social Work                                                             (2 units)                       The course introduces the student to the industrial/organizational context of social work practice. It examines the structure, nature, purpose and development of significant trends and events within organizations as well as how these trends respond to workers and organizational needs, employer – employee relationship, social processes involved         particularly in promoting harmonious relationship within system. Adequate stress will be given to organizational theories and social workers roles in such a context.

SWK 331 – Social Work Intervention                                                                     (2 unit)           

            This is a laboratory course that should provide opportunities for students of social work to refine social work skills and to acquire new ones; small group leadership, chairing meetings, interviewing, reporting and recording activities, community assessment and community organizing as skills.

 

SWK 335 – Community Development Theory                                                       (3 units)

            Community Development theories and policies: principles, processes and programmes of community development: history of community development (in Nigeria). The community development worker as an organiser and leader in the community, economic integration and social development through community development process

 

SWK 340 – School Social Work                                                                  (2 units)

The study of social work practice in the Nigerian primary, secondary and tertiary instructions, identification of roles and relationship of social work as a profession within the school system; and with individuals and groups in the school system; intervention strategies and skills in a given context.

 

SWK 341 – Social Work Practice with Group                                           (2 units)

            The course incorporates both micro and macro elements in focusing on social worker analysis of group development, worker-client interactions and interventions in the helping process. Emphasis is placed on understanding and learning new skill and theories that help the worker manage a group.

SWK 344 – Community Education                                                             (2 units)

            Identification and assessment of objectives and problems of social development in terms of adult literacy, health education and extension services: the role of social workers as team members in an integrated approach to development.

SWK 345 – Social Work Field Practice (Social Analysis: in group Work)        (3 units)

            This course focuses on orienting trainees into group behaviour patterns, the subject matter or the task upon which the group is working and what is happening among group members. Awareness of and sensitivity to group dynamics and its importance in analysing group problems will be emphasised. Students participate interactively and share experiences gathered in their various field work placement agencies. Written reports and seminars including class discussions of their field activities and experiences will be presented.

 

SWK 346 – Field Work Practice (Problem Solving and Evaluation in Group Work)

                                                                                                                        (3 units)

            This is intended through generalist approach to provide students the opportunities to apply theoretical knowledge empirically in the identification of problems in group situation, provide services for people within the group, followed by the evaluation of the services.            Students interact and share their experiences through class presentations, seminars and write reports of events and activities in the field under the guidance of the instructor.

SWK 348 – Social work with the Elderly                                                   (2 units)

This is a course on the normal aging process, the developmental task of the aged, and theories of aging. The goal is to create a holistic understanding of the aging process by examining the cultural, economic, physical, environmental, social and psychological influences on old age. Skills required by social workers in dealing with the elderly and their families will be discussed. Issues of care giving, elder abuse and other issues related to the elderly will be highlighted.

 

SWK 352 – Community Needs and Resources Assessment                                  (2 units)

This course helps student develop skills for assessing community needs and resources necessary for human survival, growth and fulfilment. The students will be required to identify those social needs that are not being met and essential resources absent. The assessment of community needs and resources will be approached from these lines; through the use of social indicators.

 

SWK, 353      Social Work and Mental Health                                                      (2 units)

            The course is designed to acquaint the students with a comprehensive knowledge of the concept of mental health, its historical aetiology, various movements and efforts towards conceptualizing and understanding, treating, prevention and control orientation in the contemporary times compared with past experiences. The Nigerian traditional efforts, attitudes and beliefs and a comparison with other cultures, as well as its implications for social work practice should be examined. Theorists who have contributed in the early development and shaping of mental health as well as theoretical perspectives that led to the full understanding of mental health must be graphically described. Exploration of various mental health systems that provide care and support for those suffering from permanent developmental disabilities, exploration of psychiatric aetiology and of its treatment, intervention strategies and skills must be examined. The entry of social work among the interdisciplinary treatment tradition should also be historically delineated.


SWK 362 – Methods of Social Work Research                                                      (3 units)

            Scientific principles basic to social work research are examined. Students learn how to formulate problems and hypotheses, develop research designs and methodology, carry out research, and utilize social work research report.

SWK. 406 – Models of Family Therapy                                                                 (2 units)

Family Therapy models by various social work theorists and application to real life situations. Different problems encountered in the family and various models of intervention.

 

SWK   412      Gerontology and Getriatic Intervention in Social Work               (2 units)

            The course introduces the need, nature and processes of Social Work with the elderly in the Nigerian society, given the increasing population of the elderly in the country. It includes a review of the multiple dimensions of aging and aging process as well as the implications to the practice of social work. Special focus of the course will be on assessment interventions, case management and its implication for social workers employment with the client’s population in Nigeria, social legislation and polices as well as future policy directions on the aged in Nigeria should be explored.

 

SWK 413 Social Work and the Law                                                                       (2 Units)

            The trust of this course revolves around legal issues and regulation of social work. This includes licensing standard, ethnical issues and sanction, liability of social workers as well as professional liability. Also to be included in the social work involvement in the legal processes as well as testifying in court and depositions substantive laws affecting social work practice in special areas such as child abuse, and protection family practice, criminal law, privacy and confidentiality issues as well as domestic abuse and violence.

 

 

SWK 414        Organisational/Administrative Skills and Social Work Practice

                                                                                                                        (2 Units)

            This course provides the student with an understanding of organisational behaviour as well as how social agencies operate and function as organizational entities. It equips the student with skills required for effective social work practice interventions within organization, including budgeting, grant writing and elements of supervision

           

 

SWK 421 International Social Work                                                                      (3 Units)

The idea of this course is to expose the students to international environment, with a view to preparing and equipping them to be able to practice competently anywhere in the globalize world, be it western or developing societies. This calls into question a close look at culture with respect to cultural patterns and communications, cultural identity, biases or differences, inter-cultural contacts and competence, interpersonal interactions and relationships, inter-cultural contexts, and episodes as well as potentials for inter-cultural competent practice. All these will be seen in the light of social work agenda and interests in cultural diversity practice. Concrete examples must be cited from both western and developing world’s cultures. The course further explores and acquaints the students with social issues or problems as well as social policies across nations, thus contrasting problem definitions and policy responses among nations at various levels of socioeconomic and political transformations. The course also provides analytical tools on social policies from various nations, while contrasting and identifying the factors responsible in recent years for welfare state transformations among the different nations identified.

 

SWK   423      Substance Abuse, Prevention and Intervention                             (2 Units)

            Exploration of the nature, development and the phenomenon of addiction generally, addictions to substances in particular. There is the need to focus attention on the roles and effects of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs or substances of abuse, strategies and polices for prevention. Social worker and allied professionals skills as a team to work with substance abusers will be discussed. Special attention also should be given to the roles of macro policies, societal values and the supports required for intervention and prevention strategies.                                                                                                          

SWK 431       Ethno-Cultural Relations and the Nigerian State      (2 Units)

The essence of this course is to expand students’ horizon of knowledge and understanding of the meaning of ethnicity, culture, class, and gender as well as the concepts of marginalisation, oppression, stigma, prejudice and stereotyping. This prepares a good ground for students for practice in a multi-ethnic society like Nigeria. Since the issues impact on personal, professional, institutional and social levels and national outlook, a comprehensive analysis of ethnic issues in Nigeria are required: politics governance, resource control, quota system, religious, gender, conflict and lopsided development. Social workers are to adopt an approach that supports and enhances the culture of the people. Students are also expected to adopt an integrative perspective and explore the implications for both direct and indirect social work practice, given the Nigerian experience.

 

SWK 434        Social Work Legislation and Policy                                                (3 units)

The nature and development of social welfare policy in Nigeria, legal and governmental processes of social policy and planning as well as decision making in Nigeria. Social legislation in Nigeria; family law, children and young persons law, adoption law, etc; principles underlying social agency policy and function. Social workers role in administering social agencies and coordinating social welfare programmes; nature of client system and rights of the clients.

SWK 441 – Methods of Social Work Practice                                            (2 units)

            This course helps students develop and demonstrate understanding of and utilize interpersonal skills in social work treatment. It focuses on communication and interview skills, the helping relationship and factors affecting them. It assists students in developing the capacity to identify the factors that affect changes in the relationship between the social system and the clients.

SWK 442 – Generalist Approach in Social Work Practice                       (2 units)

            This course helps students to develop practice skill within a theoretical framework. The major emphasis is on problem solving. The students are assisted to develop the capacity for assessment and the use of intervention strategies according to psychosocial, problem-solving and behavioural approaches. Students will also develop the capacity to observe, analyse and utilise groups for therapeutic purpose.

 

SWK 444        Forensic Social Work                                                                        (2 units)

The Course examines the services provided for prisoners/person in detention in the prisons. It traces the origin of prison (world and Nigeria), the history of social work services in the prisons, reforms in the services provided, factors affecting the services provided etc.

 

SWK 445        Field Practice (Social Analysis in Community Organization)      (4 units)

            This course will provide students the opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge about their understanding of how communities function in concrete situations in communities and community development agencies. Class participation, seminar presentation and reports under the guidance of the classroom instructor as students share experiences and demonstrate their skills and competencies in handling cases and situations in their placement agencies

SWK. 446       Field Practice (Problem Solving and Evaluation in Community Organisation)                                                                                                  (3 Units)

Having acquired theoretical knowledge of problem solving, students will be assisted to apply this knowledge in solving and evaluating concrete problems in community setting.

Students’ participation, seminar presentation and reports under the supervision of the classroom instructor as the students engage and share experiences and demonstrate their skills and knowledge in handling cases from their various agencies.

 

SWK 447        Social Work Practice with Children                                                (2 units)

This course is intended to prepare students for effective practice with children. The course provides a comprehensive review of child development; review of major theories concerning the evaluation and treatment of children and examines how social workers may effectively promote successful development and the acquisition of psychosocial competence for children. The course will also focus on the development of practice knowledge and skill to prepare professional social workers for position in child welfare agencies.

SWK 451        Community Development Practice                                                  (3 units)

            Application of the principles of community development in assisting communities carry out development projects; locating and meeting community needs through local groups; the community organiser’s involvement in programmes of public enlightenment; methods of motivating society and social action through community development as radical movement for social change.

SWK 454        Clinical Social Work Practice, Psychopathology and Trauma     (3 Units)

This course is designed to boost student’s clinical competence through knowledge and skills development as well as familiarization with the basic concepts and principles of clinical practice. The basis for intervention borders on the systemic differential assessment of human problems in the social context. Particular attention is paid on the use of self, the environment, group and activities differentially while working with different processes, populations, settings and the problems or issues of concern. In addition, reference to life cycle issues, gender, culture, class or status as well as the social and environmental stressors is to be highlighted. A comprehensive understanding of psychopathology and issues as well as various conceptualizations of trauma, clinical strategies and interventions with diverse populations are of essence. Diagnostic issues, evidence based interventions, controversies and emerging trends and area of practice with victims are to be underscored. The social, political cultural and economic forces perpetrating and shaping the sources and exposure as well as recovering from traumatic stressors and events are to be equally explored. Service delivery systems design, import of ethno-cultural competent practice, strategies and goals for self care and trauma impact on clinicians as well as burn out reduction are also central to the theme of the course.

SWK   491      Project Tutorials                                                                               (2 Units)

            Students consult with the supervisors regularly to discuss basic issues, principles and methods of project writing. Assessment of the student and grading are on level of zeal, articulation, objectivity and ability to follow guided instruction and corrections agreed upon on submission of chapter one.

 

SWK. 492 – Project Report                                                                                    (6 Units)

An original research project report on an approval topic on social work and community development bases on field practice in field experience or library research is submitted and evaluated.