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Department of Social Work

Welcome to the Department of Social Work

Social work is a profession concerned with helping individuals, families, groups and communities to enhance their individual and collective well-being. It aims to help people develop their skills and their ability to use their own resources and those of the community to resolve problems. Social work is concerned with individual and personal problems but also with broader social issues such as poverty, unemployment and domestic violence. Human rights and social justice are the philosophical underpinnings of social work practice. The uniqueness of social work practice is in the blend of some particular values, knowledge and skills, including the use of relationship as the basis of all interventions and respect for the client’s choice and involvement.

As one of the helping professions, Department of social work focuses upon working with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities in order to assist them in functioning better in their social environments. In working with people, social workers apply knowledge from the social work courses and from experience. Qualities required in persons who consider careers in social work include flexibility, concern for people, patience, and ability to express ideas, resourcefulness, and emotional and physical energy. Social work requires a paradigm change to ensure the objective of social justice. To satisfy this requirement, both in an individual's subjective life, and in the process of meeting the needs of large part of a society, the paradigm of empowerment mainly focuses on solutions rather than problems and sees people as actors in their own lives and solutions.

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