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Purpose of the BSW Qualification

This qualification is designed to meet the core purposes of Social Work which are embedded in the following internationally accepted definition:

The social work profession promotes social change, problem solving in human relationships and the empowerment and liberation of people to enhance well-being. Utilising theories of human behaviour and social systems, social work intervenes at the points where people interact with their environments. Principles of human rights and social justice are fundamental to social work. [International Federation of Social Workers and International Association of Schools of Social Work, 2000].

The ethical parameters of social work education, training and practice, require that learners must be registered with the SACSSP (South African Council for Social Service Professions) as student social workers, in terms of section 17 of the Social Service Professions Act, 1978. The successful completion of the qualification will enable the learner to be registered with the SACSSP and practise as a social worker.

The purpose of the BSW professional four-year qualification is to equip learners with:

• Skills to challenge structural sources of poverty, inequality, oppression, discrimination and exclusion. Knowledge and understanding of human behaviour and social systems and the skills to intervene at the points where people interact with their environments in order to promote social well-being.
• The ability and competence to assist and empower individuals, families, groups, organisations and communities to enhance their social functioning and their problem-solving capacities.
• The ability to promote, restore, maintain and enhance the functioning of individuals, families, groups and communities by enabling them to accomplish tasks, prevent and alleviate distress and use resources effectively. An understanding of and the ability to demonstrate social work values and the principles of human rights and social justice while interacting with and assisting the range of human diversity.
• The understanding and ability to provide social work services towards protecting people who are vulnerable, at-risk and unable to protect themselves.
Knowledge and understanding of both the South African and the global welfare context and the ability to implement the social development approach in social work services.
• Understanding of the major social needs, issues, policies and legislation in the South African social welfare context and the social worker`s role and contribution.
• The skills to work effectively within teams, including social work teams, multi- and inter-disciplinary teams as well as multi-sectoral teams.

BSW MODULES AND CODES

MODULES & CODES MODULE TITLES MODULE TYPE YEAR LEVEL SEMESTER
SCW 1541 Introduction to Social Work Theory First First
SCW 1641 Core Elements of Social Work Theory First Second
SCW 1741 Practical Work; Self & Social Awareness Practical First Year
SCW 2541 Introduction to Social Work Methods of Intervention Theory Second First
SCW 2542 Assessment in Social Work Theory Second First
SCW 2641 Human Behavior &
The Social Environment
Theory Second Second
SCW 2642 Legislation & Social Functioning   Second Second
SCW 2741 Practical Work In Social Work (Integrated Methods Practical Second First
SCW 2742 Practical Work In Social Work (Casework) Practical Second Second
SCW 3541 Intermediate Social Work Intervention Theory Third First
SCW 3542 Specialized Areas In Social Work Theory Third First
SCW 3641 Social Work Related Policies, Legislation & Practice Theory Third Second
SCW3642 Introduction to Research in Social Work Theory Third Second
SCW 3741 Practical Work: Group Work Practical Third Year
SCW 3742 Practical Work: Community Work Practical Third Year
SCW 4741 Advanced SW: Marriage Counseling & Family Guidance Theory Fourth Year Module
SCW 4742 Special Problems Areas in Social Work Theory Fourth Year Module
SCW 4743 Social Work Management & Supervision Theory Fourth Year
SCW 4744 Social Work Research Project Research Project Fourth Year
SCW 4745 Advanced Practical: Casework Practical Fourth Year
SCW 4746 Advanced Practical: Group Work Practical Fourth Year
SCW 4747 Advanced Practical: Community Work Practical Fourth Year

SELECTION CRITERIA INTO BACHELOR OF SOCIAL WORK PROGRAMME (BSW)

Complete the application form as required by University of Venda Students Admission Offices.
Have satisfied the provisions for Admission and Registration as set out in the calendar as well as the rules for Bachelor’s Degrees and the Rules for School of Social and Human Sciences.
Be in a possession of a Matriculation certificate with at least a D symbol in English Standard Grade or E symbol in English Higher Grade.
Have passed a selection criteria based on the matriculation results, to select students with a minimum points (M score) as determined by the University

SELECTION CRITERIA INTO BACHELOR OF SOCIAL WORK PROGRAMME (BSW)

NATURE OF THE BSW PROGRAMME

The curriculum shall extend over four academic years of full-time study. A candidate for the degree shall be registered as a student of the University of Venda
Social work education and training in South Africa follows a curriculum, admitted students are expected to familiarise themselves with the curriculum as stipulated in the University Calendar (Part 6).

The BSW at the University of Venda consist of 22 modules, which are theory, and practical modules.

The entire BSW degree must make up 510 credits (core modules; 320 credits, fundamental modules;10 credits and elective modules; 180 credits
The BSW comprised of 27 Exit Level Outcomes (ELOs) that should be achieved at the end of the qualification

GENERAL REQUIREMENT FOR
SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE

The practice of social work as well as the training of social workers in South Africa is partly governed by the Social Service Professions Act (Act 110 of 1978).

The student will be registered with the SA Council for Social Service Professions. In terms of the Social Service Professions Act, (No 110 of 1978,) from the second level of study.

Designation(Department) Name Contact
Associate Professor
/ HOD (Social work)

DG Thabede

BA (Hons) (SW) (Unizul), MSW (Ohio State) (PhD) (Stell)

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Senior Lecturer(Social work)

LD Mogorosi

BA (SW) (Unin), BA (SW) (Hons) (Unizul), MS, DSW (Columbia), PhD (Col)

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Senior Lecturer(Anthropology)

JLF Dederen

Kol, Lic (Ku-Leuven), PhD (Rau)

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Senior Lecturer(Anthropology)

EOM Hanisch

MA (Pret)

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Lecturer(Sociology)

M Jacobz

BA (Hons) CUM LAUDE (Steel), MA cum Laude (Stell)

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Lecturer(Social work)

GM Lekganyane

BA (SW) (Unin), BA (SW) (Hons) (Pretoria), MA (Rau)

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Lecturer(Anthropology)

D Mabale

BAHARC (Univen)

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Lecturer(Anthropology)

PE Matshidze

BA (Hons), LLB (Univen), LLM (Unisa), UED

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Lecturer(Social Work)

T.C Matsea

BA(SW), MA (SW) (Stell)

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Lecturer(Social work)

A.L Shokane

B. Soc. Sc.(SW), M A Soc. Sc. (SW), (RAU)

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Lecturer (Social work)

N. Phiri

B.A.(SW) Fort Hare M.A(SW)(UNISA)

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Lecturer(Sociology)

R .Tshifhumulo

BA (Hons), MA, PHD(Univen)

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Lecturer (Sociology)

P.T.S Zikhali

BA (Hons) (Unizul), MA, PhD (Unizul)

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Junior Lecturer(Social work)

N.J Budeli

BA(SW), (Univen)

BA (Hons), MA, PHD(Univen)

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Junior Lecturer(Social work)

V.N Nemutandani

BA(SW), (Univen)

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