The Department of Social Work’s Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) is a professional degree in compliance with Global Standards of the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW). The United Arab Emirates University mission is the basis for the social work program mission in compliance with International Association of Schools of Social Work’s (IASSW) global standards.
The BSW program is conceptualized along Islamic principles of social solidarity, cooperation and mutual aid within an ecological/strengths perspective with a focus on the traditional Arab/Muslim family and the multicultural expatriate populations. The UAEU Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree is the first professional social work degree to be offered in the GCC. Professional social work is based on the competencies identified in the IASSW Global Standards document. The curriculum is designed to graduate students with the competencies (knowledge, values, ethical principles, and skills) necessary for entry level generalist social work. Students are prepared for work and the international community. In the UAE and GCC there are two social service systems in place, one for nationals and another for expatriates. One system is the formal provision of services that includes Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) and other government social service agencies that serves the national population and limited services for expatriates. The second system is more informal and/or private that servers the expatriates population. Generalist social work practitioners are employed in schools, medical settings, criminal justice setting, government and private NGOs, and in humanitarian organizations such as the Red Crescent, World Health Organization and the United Nations.
The BSW Program regards the generalist social work practitioner as a professional who has acquired a transferable body of knowledge, values, skills, and ethical principles that can be used to enhance the functioning of diverse client systems in a wide variety of situations. Social and economic justice themes and their relationship with quality of life issues are infused throughout the curriculum. Using Islamic principles and ecological/strengths perspective, the curriculum is designed to assist students in the process of self-reflection in exploring their cultural strengths. Students learn how to use the strengths perspective to help those in need. The Program acknowledges that the undergraduate generalist practitioner works under supervision and must be guided by professional values and ethics that promote human and social well-being.