INTRODUCTION

The rapid economic and social development in developing countries is the demand of our time. The political independence of these countries will remain meaningless without economic emancipation of their peoples. It is true that not only the concerned Governments but also NGOs and the international community are showing interest in their development. But it is now increasingly felt that the socio-economic transformation of a country cannot be brought about without proper training and education of a sizeable number of people for the purpose. It is these people, who will have the knowledge to understand the needs and problems of their fellow countrymen, are expected to motivate them for the attainment of higher standard of living and act as agents of socio-economic change.

Herein lays the rationale of the four-year undergraduate Social Work Program. It is expected that those who will successfully complete the program will have the necessary intellectual background, social and scientific knowledge and skills in Social Work.

The undergraduate program in Social Work would enable the student to acquire theoretical knowledge in social development and social work as well as gain practical field experience. Social development has reference to interaction between people and their environment, especially the social environment. Social work involves dealing with people, helping people cope with their personal, social and material problems, identify the factors that contribute in building up hindrances in the healthy growth and  development of the person and society i.e., diagnose the problems objectively and finding out ways and means to solve the problems. The bachelor’s degree in social work will equip the student to work as an entry level social work practitioners and the degree will be recognized as a beginning level professional degree. Students with degree in Social Work will be eligible to pursue graduate studies in Social Welfare and Social Work programs.

OBJECTIVES

The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program aims at developing students’ intellectual ability, aptitude and skills in social work by complete grooming of their personality for the purpose. They will be provided with an appropriate blending of general education and specialized education in Social Work. The program is designed to assist students in understanding and developing the unique qualities required for successfully pursuing poverty alleviation and social welfare activities in the community. The specific objectives of the program are

  • To produce a class of young people who will be willing to contribute to economic and social change by motivating people, by providing leadership and direction for the purpose of poverty alleviation and other social development  activities
  • To develop skills and aptitude among the candidates to undertake field work so that they can apply the knowledge in promoting socio-economic development
  • To prepare students for higher studies in Social Work at home and abroad

CAREER IN SOCIAL WORK

As both the Government concerned and the NGOs are paying more attention and allocating more funds, more doors of opportunities are being opened for the graduates in Social Work. The degree will also help the graduates to fulfill potential for high earnings, increased responsibility, greater personal development and self actualization. In particular, the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program serves the needs of the bright young persons who have earned HSC or equivalent qualifications and are either looking for a career education in social work profession or those who are already employed in the social work sector and want to increase their skill and proficiency.

DURATION OF THE STUDY

The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program is of 128 credit hours involving 11 semester duration for a full time student. A semester is of 16 Weeks duration. There are 3 semesters in a year.

PROGRAM OF STUDIES

The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) curricula consist of 40 courses including dissertation totaling 128 credit hours. The courses are grouped into following areas.

Languages


Language English
Mathematics
Computer
General Education Humanities
Social Sciences
Biological Sciences
Foundation Statistics
Behavioral Science
Economics
Sociology and Social Work

DISTRIBUTION OF COURSES AND SEQUENCES


Semester 1
Course Code Course Name Credits
ART 102 Educational Planning 1
ENG 101 Basic English Composition 4
MAT 107 Mathematics 3
CSC 103 Fundamentals of Computer and Applications 3
CSC 104 Computer and Applications Lab 1
Total 13


Semester 2
Course Code Course Name Credits
ENG 102 English Comprehension and Speaking 3
ECO 101 Principles of Micro Economics 3
SOC 106 Introduction to Sociology 3
MAT 147 Applied Calculus 3
Total 12


Semester 3
Course Code Course Name Credits
SOW 101 Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare 3
ECO 102 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
BIO 201 Biology 3
BIO 202 Biology Laboratory-I 1
ENG 203 Advanced English Composition 3
Total 13


Semester 4
Course Code Course Name Credits
PHI 114 Introduction to Philosophy 3
STA 240 Statistics 3
ANT 104 Introduction to Anthropology 3
BUS 101 Introduction to Business 3
Total 12


Semester 5
Course Code Course Name Credits
PSY 105 General Psychology 3
SOW 205 Social Work Method 3
SOW 214 Social Work in Urban Slum 3
NSC 101 Nutrition Science 3
ART 202 Career Planning and Development-I 1
Total 13


Semester 6
Course Code Course Name Credits
ECO 304 Demography 3
NUR 301 Fundamentals of Human Nutrition 3
PSY 240 Social Psychology 3
MGT 201 Management Process 3
Total 12


Semester 7
Course Code Course Name Credits
ECO 306 Labor Economics 3
SOW 215 Social Work in Rural Area 3
ECO 305 Money and Banking 3
MGT 401 Entrepreneurship 3
Total 12


Semester 8
Course Code Course Name Credits
SOW 305 Community Development 3
SOW 335 Social Problem, Law, Human Right 3
SOW 350 Social Policy and Planning 3
MGT 314 Disaster Management 3
Total 12


Semester 9
Course Code Course Name Credits
MGT 315 Problem Solving and Decision Making 3
MGT 404 Small Business Management 3
ECO 460 Cooperative Banking and Specialized Financial Institutions 3
SOW 411 Sociology of Health and Health Professions 3
Total 12


Semester 10
Course Code Course Name Credits
ECO 461 Poverty 3
SOW 460 Social Change 3
HRM 502 Human Resource Development 3
NUR 421 Population Control and Family Planning 3
ART 203 Career Planning and Development-II 1
Total 13


Semester 11
Course Code Course Name Credits
SOW 490 Field Work and Dissertation 9.0
(Each student will be assigned a separate topic on social work for the field work and dissertation.)
Total 9

DESCRIPTION OF COURSES

ANT 104 INTRODUCTION TO ANTHROPOLOGY [3]

Introduces the basic anthropological concepts and theories and deals with basics of physical, cultural and linguistic anthropology and archeology. Also deals with applied anthropology, especially the problems of technological change and those relating to ethnicity.

BIO 201 BIOLOGY [3]

A study of the major groups of organisms and what the history and evolution of life tells us about the major concepts in biology. The overriding theme will be the process of scientific discovery. This includes features of living things, history and scope of biology, scientific approach to basic problems in biology, evolution of diversity and study of organisms from molecules to biosphere.

BIO 202 BIOLOGY LABORATORY [1]

Biology laboratory exercises demonstrating general principles of biology using the scientific approach.

BUS 101 INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS [3]

The course outlines the philosophy, objectives, activities and responsibility of business enterprises and familiarizes with business enterprises, business terminologies and business environment. Included in the course are forms and procedure of business organization, procedure for business start up, sources of finance, agencies involved in business start up, major business decisions, associations in business world, major business functions and careers in business. Functional areas of business such as marketing, production, finance, accounting, personnel, etc. are discussed, includes a project work on how to set up a business.

CSC 103 FUNDAMENTALS OF  COMPUTERS AND APPLICATIONS[3]

Introduces students to the computer elements, functions of computer and its applications. Enables them to operate computer and perform data and word processing functions using popular programs. Principles and types of computer programming are covered. Intensive use of computer lab is required. Topics also include operating system, data entry and type writing.

CSC 104 COMPUTER APPLICATIONS LAB [1]

Laboratory work based on the topics of CSC 103. Specially Word Processing, Spreadsheet Analysis, Access Database, Power Point presentation and Internet Operations.

ECO 100 INTRODUCTION TO ECONOMICS [3]

Basic concepts of Economics – the theory of utility and demand – factors of production – market economy monopoly  and competition – rent, wage, profit and interest.

ECO 304 DEMOGRAPHY [3]

A historical and cross-cultural approach to population issues by linking changes in fertility and mortality to social  institutions. Focus of the course is the link between population processes and such issues as gender roles, the role of the family, Poverty and inequality in developing countries.

ECO 305  MONEY AND BANKING  [3]

P: completion of English sequence (ENG 101, ENG 102, ENG 203), introductory and intermediate principles courses (ECO 101,ECO 102,ECO 201,ECO 202,ECO 301) and two mathematics courses (MAT 101,MAT 140); or approval of Departmental Adviser. Includes theories of supply of and demand for money, and theory of central banking. Analyzes banking practice in Bangladesh and major industrial countries. Includes analysis of international financial arrangements, and informal and rural credit provision.

ECO 306 LABOUR ECONOMICS [3]

P: completion of English sequence (ENG 101, ENG 102, ENG 203), introductory and intermediate principles courses (ECO 101,ECO 102,ECO 201,ECO 202,ECO 301) and two mathematics courses (MAT 101, MAT 140); or approval of Departmental Adviser. Analyzes labor markets and industrial relations in Bangladesh. Includes treatment of public and private sector employment, employment in formal and informal sectors, role of women in labor markets.

ECO 460 COOPERATIVE BANKING AND SPECIALIZED FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS [3]

Cooperative movement and banking – causes of their tardy growth in developing countries. Role of Land – Mortgaged Banks. Rural credit facilities. Special banking facilities for urban poor.

ECO 461 POVERTY [3]

The social, cultural, economic, political and psychological implication of being poor. Sources of poverty in the structure and operation of society consequence of poverty for society. Current policies for alleviating poverty. Feasible policies for easing the problems of poverty in social cultural economic political and psychological field survey of the problem in these fields.

ENG 101 BASIC ENGLISH COMPOSITION [4]

The course aims at building the ability of the students in correct writing, composition and presentation  of English. The emphasis of the course is on correct and independent writing.

ENG 102 ENGLISH COMPREHENSION AND SPEAKING [3]

P: ENG 101. A course to provide solid foundation in English reading and listening, comprehension and speaking. The  course emphasizes the practice of pronunciation, speed reading, and effective listening.

ENG 203 ADVANCED ENGLISH COMPOSITION [3]

A course to provide solid foundation in English reading and listening, comprehension and speaking. The course emphasizes the practice of pronunciation, speed reading, and effective listening.

HRM 502 HUMAN RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT [3]

Deals with the context, problem and process of planning  manpower needed for an organization. Also studies employee development and performance and the evaluation of the human resource function.

MAT 107 MATHEMATICS [4]

A course involving algebraic operations and process and calculus functions. Topics include properties of real numbers, linear equation, differential and integral calculus and their applications in day to day life. Also includes an introduction to computers and computer programming.

MAT 147 APPLIED CALCULUS [3]

MAT 107 or Math placement test.  Topics include: Algebraic functions, inverse functions, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions, rectangular and polar coordinates, introduction to vectors, matrix operations, limits of functions, derivatives, curve sketching, concavity, optimization, approximation, anti-derivatives, indefinite and definite integrals, error estimation, application of definite integrals (area, volume, surface).

MGT 201 MANAGEMENT PROCESS [3]

The concept, process, principles and environment of management are studied. Topics include management process and functions, managerial role and skill, planning, organizing , leading, controlling, approaches to management, management environment and management practice in Bangladesh.

MGT 314 DISASTER  MANAGEMENT [3]

Primarily concerned with applications of disaster management principles, assessment and monitoring of disaster risks, ways to mitigate disaster losses and post-disaster reconstruction and rehabilitation.

MGT 315 PROBLEM SOLVING AND DECISION MAKING [3]

Provides both the psychological background and practical knowledge to help solve problems in everyday decision-making. Skills to be covered include creativity, methods of problem solving, memory aids, decision-making tools and avoiding biases of judgements.

MGT 401 ENTREPRENEURSHIP [3]

A study of the process and skills involved      in new business creation and its effective management. Essentials of planning a new business, choosing ownership form, sources of financing, evaluation of alternative business plans, analysis of business functions  to get started are included. Characteristics and management of  small business are included.

MGT 404 SMALL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT  [3]

P: MGT 201, HRM 301, MKT 301, FIN 301. The course is concerned with opportunities in business ownership. Approaches to starting a small enterprise; importance, status, problems and functional areas of small business and management of a small business are covered.

NSC 101 NUTRITION SCIENCE [3]

This is an introductory course on nutrition. Topics include definition of nutrients, expanding field of nutrition, relationship of nutrition with other disciplines of science, human nutrition and nutrients: classification and function of carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, minerals, vitamins, water; digestion and metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, minerals, vitamins and interaction between nutrients.

NUR 301 FUNDAMENTAL OF HUMAN NUTRITION [3]

A study of the importance and principles of nutrition, the sources of food, methods of calculating daily nutrition requirement for an individual, food preservation, proper preparation and cooking which yields maximum nutrition value for a body, assessment of nutritional state problems and solution with advice regarding good consumption habits.

PHI 114 INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY [3]

The course deals with demographic issues relating to population control and family planning methods. Detailed exposition is made on traditional to modern methods of birth control and the involvement of nursing profession in family planning service delivery and maternal and child care (MCH) activities.

PHI 114 INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY [3]

Introduces to the nature of reasoning and argument and familiarize with basics of philosophy of religion, science, ethics and mind. The course also includes social philosophy and its importance and the philosophy behind idealism and materialism.

PSY 105 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY [3]

A survey of the general content areas of psychology including psychology including method, data and principles. An introduction to the general psychological process, factors and concepts such as sensation and perception, emotion, intelligence and motivation and the process of social adjustment to one’s personality.

PSY 240 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY [3]

Psychology of the individual in society. Survey of empirical studies and theoretical models of social perception, attitude and social behavior (e.g. ethnic and gender prejudice, conformity etc.).

SOW 101 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL WORK & SOCIAL WELFARE [3]

Introduction to the profession of social work and various fields of social services activities and their appropriateness  in the social setting. Development and application of social welfare conception under present-day social system.

SOC 106 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY

Development, structure and functioning of  human groups. Social and cultural patterns and the principal  social process. Analysis of social groups and institutions.

SOW  214 SOCIAL WORK IN URBAN SLUMS [3]

Causes of growth of slums in urban areas. Analysis of social problems of practice competency in social work roles and skills necessary to work in urban slums.

SOW  215 SOCIAL WORK IN RURAL AREAS [3]

Rural Development in developing countries. Causes of rural poverty. Need for land reform and agrarian reform-relationship between land settlement policies, rural politics and mobilization-the scope for rural off-farm production including rural industrialization.

SOW  216 FAMILY DYNAMICS [3]

Institution of marriage, family functions, size and types – impact of social change on family. Legal issues concerning marriage, inheritance and family. Family and disabled persons including old people and children.

SOW  205 SOCIAL WORK METHODS

Primary and Auxiliary methods and their relationship.  Skills relevant to different methods  of social work. Practice under different setting – case work method and social group work method.

SOW  305 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT [3]

Different ways to work with communities and groups working with individuals in  community development. Role of Women in community development. Prerequisites for leadership in community development. Report on field experience in community agencies and  programming as a practical application of social work with emphasis on direct work with clients.

SOW  335 SOCIAL PROBLEMS LAW, HUMAN RIGHTS [3]

Analysis of social problems connected with drug, abuse, crime, juvenile delinquency, mental illness, unemployment and family instability. Role of social workers in dealing with such problems. Law and criminal justice. Human Rights and the role of social workers in promoting these rights.

SOW  411 SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH AND HEALTH PROFESSIONS [3]

An analysis of the social and cultural bases of health and illness and in the organization. Distribution of health care. Objectives and methods of medical and psychiatric social work.

SOW  350 SOCIAL POLICY AND PLANNING [3]

Examines social policy development; the historical aspects; value assumptions, social-political-economic context and processes and skills required for analysis. The course is focused on situations analysis and on policies adapted to the local level, such as extension services, guidance and community development as well as social planning at the state level.

SOW 460 SOCIAL CHANGE [3]

The nature of social change – Impediments of social change – Elementary theories of social change (the conflict theory, the cultural interaction theory and the adaptation theory) – Agents of social change – Problems associated with socio-economic change.

SOW 480 FIELD EXPERIENCE AND FIELD PRACTICUM [3]

The student is expected to prepare a research proposal and complete the research in the field practicum setting. This may be designed as a report on field experience in community agencies as a practical application of social work with emphasis on direct work with clients.

SOW 490 FIELD WORK AND DISSERTATION [9]

This is on a social work topic comprising between 6000 and 8000 words.

STA 240 STATISTICS [3]

This course is designed to introduce to the students the basic concepts and tools of statistics and enable them to relate them to social problems. Topics include collection, processing and presentation of data, measures of central tendency and dispersion, time series, regression, correlation, basic concept of probability, sampling distribution and hypotheses testing.