Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)

Programme Director: Prof WONG, Victor C W

Hong Kong is a rapidly changing society with diverse problems and welfare needs posing many challenges for social work practitioners. To be effective, a professional social worker needs to know how to help individuals, groups and communities to solve problems, effect changes, wisely utilise scarce resources and improve the quality of life. The importance of social research and social policy is also given an emphasis.

The programme aims to develop students’ knowledge, skills and professional values so that the graduates can effectively meet the challenges of the society in a flexible, realistic, creative, professional and caring manner.

The structure of the curriculum is as follows:

I) Social Sciences Common Core 4 units
II) Major Courses 75 units
III) Honours Project 3 units
IV) University Core Courses 13 units
V) General Education Courses 18 units
VI) Free Electives 15 units
    128 units


I. Social Sciences Common Core 4 units
  Core Course (1 unit)  
  SOSC1006 Invitation to Social Sciences 1 unit
  Experiential Learning in Action (3 units) +  
  SOSC3005 Community and Civic Engagement 3 units
  SOSC3006 Global Outreach  3 units
II. Major Courses 75 units
  Major Required Courses (69 units)  
  SOWK1005 Social Work in Contemporary Society 3 units
  SOWK1006 Human Development through the Life Span 3 units
  SOWK1008 Integrative Tutorial I 0 unit
  SOWK1009 Integrative Tutorial I 0 unit
  SOWK2005 Human Behaviour and Diversity 3 units
  SOWK2006 Social Work Intervention and Processes 2 units
  SOWK2008 Integrative Tutorial II 0 unit
  SOWK2009 Integrative Tutorial II 0 unit
  SOWK2018 Skills for Social Work Practice 2 units
  SOWK2019 Skills for Social Work Practice 2 units
  SOWK2028 Social Policy 2 units
  SOWK2029 Social Policy 2 units
  SOWK3005 Field Practice I+ 10 units
  SOWK3006 Law and Society 2 units
  SOWK3008 Integrative Tutorial III 0 unit
  SOWK3009 Integrative Tutorial III 0 unit
  SOWK3018 Social Work Research 2 units
  SOWK3019 Social Work Research 2 units
  SOWK3028 Theory and Practice in Social Work (Community Development) 2 units
  SOWK3029 Theory and Practice in Social Work (Community Development) 2 units
  SOWK3038 Theory and Practice in Social Work (Group) 2 units
  SOWK3039 Theory and Practice in Social Work (Group) 2 units
  SOWK3048 Theory and Practice in Social Work (Individual) 2 units
  SOWK3049 Theory and Practice in Social Work (Individual) 2 units
  SOWK3206 Social Dimensions of Health 3 units
  SOWK4005 Administration in Human Service Organizations 3 units
  SOWK4007 Social Work with Families 3 units
  SOWK4008 Field Practice II 5 units
  SOWK4009 Field Practice II 5 units
  SOWK4018 Integrative Tutorial IV 0 unit
  SOWK4019 Integrative Tutorial IV 0 unit
  SOWK4207 Social Work with People with Mental Health Problems 3 units
  Major Elective Courses (6 units) +    
  SOWK1015 Social Dimensions of Human Societies 3 units
  SOWK3205 Love and Human Sexuality 3 units
  SOWK3207 Creativity, Wellbeing and Art Therapy 3 units
  SOWK4006 Social Welfare in Chinese Societies 3 units
  SOWK4205 Social Work with Disadvantaged Groups 3 units
  SOWK4206 Social Work with Older People 3 units
  SOWK4215 Social Work with Youth 3 units
  SOWK4216 Special Topics in Social Work 3 units
  SOWK4217 Globalization and Community Development Practice 3 units
  SOWK4225 Data Methodology in Social Sciences Research 3 units
  SOWK4226 Career Facilitation and  Counselling 3 units
  + Students taking SOWK3005 Field Practice I will fulfil the course requirement of Experiential Learning in Action under “Social Sciences Common Core”. Students have to fulfil the 3 units derived from Experiential Learning in Action by taking SOWK Major Elective course(s). Hence, students are required to take a total of 9 units of SOWK Major Elective courses.
III. Honours Project 3 units
  SOWK4898 Social Work Honours Project 1 unit
  SOWK4899 Social Work Honours Project 2 units
IV. University Core Courses 13 units
V. General Education Courses 18 units
VI. Free Electives* 15 units
    128 units

* Students are strongly advised to take SOWK1015 Social Dimensions of Human Societies and SOWK1017 Psychology of Positive Living under Free Electives to fulfil the registration requirements of Social Workers Registration Board.

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