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Social Work

Social Work is a relatively young profession in Singapore. Over the years, the social service sector blossomed and social work has become a promising career for young people who aspire to work with people from diverse backgrounds to promote and facilitate positive changes in their lives. This programme aims to equip students for entry into the social work profession. The programme is designed to develop your knowledge and skills as positive change agents in society and in the lives of the individuals, families and communities you serve. The programme also prepare students for indirect social work in the areas of social policy, planning and evaluation.

The Bachelor of Social Work with Minor is a four-year direct honours programme. To graduate, students are required to complete a total of 200 credit units (cu), inclusive of 40 cu of Common Curriculum courses. The Common Curriculum courses are first-year courses designed to hone students’ conceptual and writing abilities along with their communication skills. Students are also required to complete 1,000 hours of supervised social work field education (work attachment), an overseas experience and community engagement. Singapore University of Social Sciences aims to produce graduates who are professionally competent, social-minded and self-directed learners.

The academic admission requirements are: (a) at least three passes in H2 content subjects; or (b) a local polytechnic diploma, an international baccalaureate diploma or a diploma from NUS High School; or (c) an equivalent of (a) or (b). Applicants with (c) have to submit SAT1 scores. There will be additional admission criteria to better target students who are aligned to the educational philosophy of our full-time programmes. This will be done through interviews and selection tests.

Graduates can look forward to enriching careers in family service centres, children and youth centres, hospitals, hospices and other community or social service agencies.

Students pursuing the full-time Major-Minor programmes are required to complete 200 credit units (cu), which include:

  • 40 cu of SUSS Core
  • 100 cu of Major Courses: 70 cu Compulsory Courses + 30 cu Elective Courses
  • 40 cu of Minor Courses
  • 10 cu of an Integrative Course
  • 10 cu of an Applied Project


Social Work Major-Minor Programme
10 cu
SUSS Core Compulsory
  • SCO101 Why Do Good? (2.5 cu)
  • SCO103 New Empires (2.5 cu)
  • SCO201 Space, People & the City (5 cu)
10 cu
Restricted Electives
  • SCO111 Reasoning like a Sceptic (2.5 cu)
  • SCO113 Why Work? (2.5 cu)
  • SCO211 Science for Sustainability (5 cu)
20 cu
Unrestricted Electives

* General electives refers to all credit-bearing courses offered in the University and outside your enrolled programmes
100 cu
Major Courses
Social Work Major - Compulsory 70 cu
  • BUS105 Statistics
  • SWK100 Development of Social Work and Social Services in Singapore
  • SWK104 Human Growth and Life-Span Development (Birth to Adolescence)
  • SWK105 Human Growth and Life-Span Development (Adulthood to Old Age)
  • SWK201 Legal and Ethical Issues in Helping Professions
  • SWK211 Reflective Practice and Cultural Competencies
  • SWK291 Social Work Practice and Skills Lab 1: Working with Individuals and Families (10cu)
  • SWK292 Social Work Practice and Skills Lab 2: Working with Small Groups (10cu)
  • SWK354 Families and Their Issues
  • SWK382 Poverty and Social Inequality
  • SWK391 Social Work Practice and Skills Lab 3: Community Engagement and Development (10cu)
Major Electives - 30 cu (Choose 6)
  • SWK307 Globalisation and Social Change
  • SWK352 Children and Their Issues
  • SWK356e Social Work in Healthcare
  • SWK358 Eldercare
  • SWK361 Approaches to Community Development
  • SWK362 Developing Twenty-first Century Communities
  • SWK363 Introduction to and Assessment Framework for Youth Issues
  • SWK364 Interventions for At-Risk Youths
  • SWK371 Social Policy and Planning
  • SWK373 Social Innovation and Design
  • SWK375 Social Advocacy
  • SWK377 Social Welfare Administration
  • SWK384 Rehabilitation and Criminal Justice Systems
40 cu
Minor Courses
Minor Courses (to be taken in the evening)
Please note that not all courses are presented every semester and some courses have pre-requisites. You are to select ONE minor from the list of minors available.
20 cu
Integrative Course & Applied Project
  • SWK487 Social Work Field Seminars – Placement 1
  • SWK489 Social Work Field Seminars – Placement 2
  • SWK498 Social Work Applied Project (10 cu)
Compulsory Non Credit Programme Graduation Requirements
  • 1000 Hours of Supervised Social Work Field Education (Work Attachment)
  • Overseas Experience
  • Community Engagement
  • Teambuilding / Life Skills / Career Preparatory Workshop
  • e-Portfolio

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