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Programme Objectives

The MSW programme is designed to equip persons for professional practice in the Caribbean. It is acknowledged that some graduates will seek employment outside of the region. The programme seeks to respond to labour market needs, and to remain responsive to the challenges and possibilities of the contemporary and emerging Caribbean. The programme maintains its alignment with the voluntary global standards developed by the International Association of the Schools of Social Work (IASSW) of which the programme at Mona is a member.
The programme continues to be anchored in internationally recognised core principles guiding the social work profession: the dignity and worth of the person, the centrality of relationships for effecting change, and a commitment to social justice. It is grounded in a framework characterised by its person in environment, evidence informed, inclusive and strengths-based perspective. Further, the teaching and learning process of SW programme at UWI Mona is informed by a Social Development orientation, with its focus on social participation and on capability development at individual and institutional levels.

Expected outcomes
A graduate of the proposed MSW programme will:

  1. Be able to analyse complex social issues and make relevant proposals regarding how they might be addressed.
  2. Be able to identify and provide a justification for the course of action chosen in situations in which ethical issues arise.
  3. Demonstrate competence in the assessment, development and implementation of appropriate plans for work with systems of different sizes, in at least one of the following fields: children and youth and their families, geographic or other types of communities, or social service delivery or social planning organisations.
  4. Demonstrate a knowledge of how legislative and other institutional processes affect the life chances of vulnerable or marginalised groups.
  5. Be able to use research to inform practice.
  6. Be able to engage in the process of representation and negotiation to secure legislative and/or institutional reform or change to improve the life chances of vulnerable or marginalised groups.
  7. Be able to make effective use of supervision, including seeking it from other sources if it is not available in one’s immediate work environment.
  8. Within 2-3 years of completion of the programme be capable of providing supervision to paraprofessional staff and persons with entry-level qualifications in social work or closely related fields.
  9. Demonstrate a commitment to on-going professional development by regularly identifying and participating in such activities.
  10. Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of self-care by putting in place arrangements for regular debriefing, rest and renewal.

The best performing graduates of the programme will be capable of:

  1. Pursuing a higher degree.
  2. Providing leadership to service agencies and professional or civic organisations.
  3. Serving as instructors in paraprofessional and undergraduate social work education programmes.

Structure

The MSW in social work is offered on a full time and on a part time basis. Students who choose to do the full -time programme, should be prepared to fulfil the requirements expected of that status, which will include the demand for a block placement. (Please see details of your practicum in this Handbook)
Number of credits needed for graduation: 45

Duration of Programme
2 years full-time or 3 years part-time
The course is divided into a Foundation Year and a Concentration Year

Foundation Year
During the Foundation year, the students are introduced to a generalist curriculum which gives them a theoretical understanding which requires a range of macro and micro theories. These include Biological, Psychological, Social Policy, Organizational theories as well as Administrative theories. Students are encouraged to develop the ability to apply these to multiple level assessments and interventions

Concentration Year
During the Concentration year, students who choose the Direct Social Work Practice Concentration, will be exposed to assessment and intervention tools which will allow them to do effective assessment and intervention as it relates to psychopathology using DSMV as a resource book. Students must apply contemporary theories as it relates to trauma, depression and other major pathologies affecting children adolescents and their families.
Students who choose to do the Social Administration and Development Concentration, will emphasize the transition from direct practice to more supervisory and management issues, and build on previous knowledge in the undergraduate programme and the foundation courses, to address issues of social work leadership, community development policies and strategies, ethical dilemmas and overall management of organizations.

Courses

Year / Semester FOUNDATION COURSES YEARS 1 AND 2 (22 credits total for Years 1 & 2) Research course (3 credits)
Y1, S1 - SOCI 6067 Advanced Social Research Methods [3 credits]
Core theory courses (6 credits)

Y1, S1 - SOCI 6102 Social Policy & Administration I [3 credits]
Y1, S 2 - SOWK 6124 Theory for Advanced SW Practice [3 credits]
Core practice course (6 credits)

Y1, S1 - SOWK 6130 Social Work Practice for the Caribbean: Values, Issues & Contexts [3 credits]
Y1, S 2 - SOWK 6125 Strategies & Skills for Effecting Social Change [3 credits]
Core research course (3 credits)

Y1, S 2 - SOWK 6120 Evaluation of Social Work Practice [3 credits]
Core practicum course (4 credits)

Y2, S1 & S 2 (Yearlong) SOWK 6126 Social Work Practicum & Integrative Seminar I (240 hours [2 days/week + 2 hr weekly seminar) (320 for students w/o SW degree and relevant post-qualifying experience or students w/ SW degree but without relevant post-qualifying experience) [4 credits]
CONCENTRATION COURSES YEARS 2 & 3 (23 credits total for either concentration in Years 2 & 3)

For complete listing see Handbook

 

 

Admission Requirements

Admission to the MSW programme is granted on a competitive basis. Applicants are expected to have a GPA in excess of 2.85 and have a demonstratable record of paid or voluntary experience in the social sector.
Candidates with no professional experience but a strong academic record will be considered for admission, as will persons with qualifications in a related discipline. In the latter instances, the candidate may be required to take additional courses and/or to complete additional hours of practicum.

Cost

The MSW is a UGC-funded programme. See fees guide for costing.

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