Course Modules

SYLLABUS AND COURSE DESCRIPTION

FOUR-YEAR STANDARD DEGREE PROGRAMME
FIRST YEAR
FIRST SEMESTER
MAJOR COURSES

COURSE CODE           COURSE TITLE                                                 UNIT
SWK 101                           Introduction to Social Work                                   2
SWK 111                            Communication in Social Work                             2
SWK 121                           Social deviance and systems organization           2
SWK 141                           Field Work Orientation                                            2

REQUIRED ANCILLARY COURSES

ANT 101                           Introduction to Anthropology                                4
SOC 101                           Introduction to Sociology 1                                      2

GENERAL STUDIES COURSES

GSP 101                           The Use of English                                                     2
GSP 105                           Natural Sciences 1                                                     2

 

ELECTIVES (CHOOSE 2 UNITS)

ECO 101                          Principles of Economics                                            2
PSC 101                           Introduction to Political Science                             2
PSY 101                           Principles of Psychology                                            2
REL 101                          Introduction to Religion                                            2

Total 20

SECOND SEMESTER
MAJOR COURSES

COURSE CODE                       COURSE TITLE                                     UNIT

SWK 102                      Human Behaviour and the Social Environment       3
SWK 122                      Philosophy and Ethics of Social Work                         2
SWK 142                      Introduction to Field Work Practice                            4

ANCILLARY

SOC 102                       Introduction to Sociology 11                                           2

GENERAL STUDIES COURSES

GSP 102                        The Use of English 11                                                      2
GSP 106                        Natural Science 11                                                            2

ELECTIVES (CHOOSE 4 UNITS)

ECO 102                        Principles of Economics 11                                            2
PSC 102                         Introduction to Political Science                                  2
PSY 104                         Determinants of Behaviour                                           2
REL 142                         Religion and Human Values                                         2

Total 19

 

FOUR-YEAR STANDARD DEGREE PROGRAMME
SECOND YEAR
FIRST SEMESTER
MAJOR COURSES

COURSE                     CODE COURSE TITLE                                            UNIT
SWK 201                        Social Work Theory                                                             2
SWK 203                       Elements of scientific thought for social workers          2
SWK 245                       Field Work Practice: Social Analysis In Case Work       2
SWK 251                       Community Development                                                    2

REQUIRED ANCILLARY
COS 101                         Introduction to Computer Science                                     2
FSS 201                         Introduction to Statistical Methods for Social Science   2

GENERAL STUDIES COURSE
GSP 201                        Peace and Conflict Resolution 1                                           2
GSP 207                        Humanities                                                                               2

ELECTIVES (CHOOSE 2 UNITS)
SWK 231                       Crime, Delinquency and the Quality of Life                       2
PSY 241                         Social Psychology                                                                     2
SWK 243                      Social Work Practice and Gender                                          2
PSY 251                         Developmental Psychology 2                                                 2
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Total                18

SECOND SEMESTER
MAJOR COURSES
COURSE CODE                                          COURSE TITLE                                                                UNIT

SWK 224                                                    Functions of Social Work                                                                   2
SWK 242                                                    Social Work Intervention with Families                                         2
SWK 244                                                    Social Work in Rehabilitation                                                           2
SWK 246                                                    Field Work: Problem Solving and Evaluation in Case Work      3
SWK 248                                                    Social Work Communication Techniques                                      2

REQUIRED ANCILLARY
FSS 202                                                      Introduction to Statistical Methods for Social Sciences 11         2

GENERAL STUDIES COURSES
GSP 202                                                     Peace and Conflict Resolution 11                                                      2
GSP 208                                                     Humanities 11                                                                                       2

ELECTIVES (CHOOSE 2 UNITS)

SWK 214                                                     Death, Loss and Grief                                                                         2
SWK 228                                                    Social Work in Health Care Setting                                                 2
SWK 240                                                    Social Work with the Youth                                                               2
Total 19

 

FOUR-YEAR STANDARD DEGREE PROGRAMME
THIRD YEAR
FIRST SEMESTER
MAJOR COURSES

COURSE CODE                         COURSE TITLE                                                              UNIT
SWK 301                                          Orphans and Vulnerable Children Services                         2
SWK 303                                         Social Welfare Programme and Services                               2
SWK 331                                          Social Work Intervention                                                          2
SWK 335                                         Community Development Theory                                            2
SWK 345                                         Field Work Practice: Social Analysis In Group Work          3
SWK 353                                         Social Work and Mental Health                                                2

REQUIRED ANCILLARY
SOC 221 Criminology and Penology 3
ELECTIVES (CHOOSE ANY 2 UNITS)

SWK 305                                         Elements of Psychology in Social Work                                  2
SWK 311                                          Social Policy and Planning                                                         2
SWK 313                                         Communities Mental Health Services                                      2
SWK 327                                        Rural Social Work                                                                          2
SWK 341                                        Social Work with Group                                                                2
PSY 352                                         Community Psychology 2                                                              2
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Total 18

SECOND SEMESTER
MAJOR COURSES
COURSE CODE                                    COURSE TITLE                                                             UNIT
SWK 320                                         Social Work and Social problems                                                     2
SWK 322                                         Counselling and psychotherapy                                                        2
SWK 328                                         Dynamics of Social Functioning                                                       2
SWK 344                                         Community Education                                                                        2
SWK 346                                         Field Work: Problem Solving and Evaluation In Group Work   3
SWK 362                                         Methods of Social Work Research                                                    3
REQUIRED ANCILLARY
COS 314                                           Computer Application                                                                         3
ELECTIVES (CHOOSE ANY 2 UNITS)
SWK 324                                         Care Management in Social Work                                                     2
SWK 326                                         Spirituality and Social Work Practice                                               2
SWK 330                                         Industrial Social Work                                                                         2
SWK 340                                         School Social Work                                                                               2
SWK 348                                         Social Work and the Elderly                                                                2
SWK 352                                         Community Needs and Resource Assessment                                 2

Total               19

FOUR-YEAR STANDARD DEGREE PROGRAMME
FOURTH YEAR
FIRST SEMESTER
MAJOR COURSES

COURSE CODE                                          COURSE TITLE                                                            UNIT

SWK 421                                                       International Social Work                                                          3
SWK 441                                                       Methods of Social Work Practice                                              3
SWK 445                                                       Field Work: Social Analysis in Community Organization   3
SWK 451                                                       Community Development Practice                                           3
SWK 491                                                       Projects Tutorial                                                                           2
ELECTIVES (CHOOSE 4 UNITS)
SWK 413                                                       Social Work and the Law                                                            2
SWK 423                                                      Substance Abuse Prevention and Intervention                      2
SWK 431                                                       Ethno-cultural Relations and the Nigeria State                     2
SWK 447                                                       Social Work Practice with Children                                          2

Total     18

SECOND SEMESTER
MAJOR COURSES

COURSE CODE                                    COURSE TITLE                                                                   UNIT

SWK 434                          Social Work Legislation and Policy                                                                          3

SWK 442                         Generalist Approach in Social Work                                                                         2

SWK 446                         Field Work: Problem Solving and Evaluation in Community Organization     3

SWK 454                         Clinical Social Work Practice, Psychopathology And Trauma                             3

SWK 492                         Project                                                                                                                              6

ELECTIVES (CHOOSE 2 UNITS)

SWK 406                         Models of Family Therapy 2

SWK 412                         Gerontology and Getriatic Interventions in Social Work                                      2

SWK 414                          Organizational/Administrative Skills in Social Work                                           2

SWK 444                         Forensic Social Work                                                                                                    2

Total               9

 

THREE-YEAR STANDARD DEGREE PROGRAMME
FIRST YEAR
FIRST SEMESTER
MAJOR COURSES

COURSE CODE                                      COURSE TITLE                                                                          UNIT

SWK 101                                                     Introduction to Social Work                                                                   2
SWK 121                                                     Social Deviance and System Organization                                           2
SWK 201                                                     Social Work Theory                                                                                  2
SWK 203                                                    Elements of Scientific Thought for Social Workers                            2

REQUIRED ANCILLARY
COS 101                                                       Introduction to Computer Science 2
FSS 201                                                       Introduction to Statistical Methods for Social Sciences 1                 2

GENERAL STUDIES COURSES
GSP 101                                                      The Use of English 1                                                                                   2
GSP 105                                                      Natural Science 1                                                                                        2
GSP 201                                                      Peace and Conflict Resolution                                                                 2

ELECTIVES (CHOOSE ANY 2 UNITS)

ECO 101                                                      Introduction to Economics 1                                                                   2
PSY 101                                                       Principles of Psychology                                                                          2
SOC 101                                                      Introduction to Sociology 1                                                                      2

PSC 101                                                       Introduction to Political Science 1                                                          2
SWK 231                                                     Crime, Delinquency and the Quality of Life                                         2
REL 151                                                       Introduction to African Traditional Religion                                       2

Total     20

SECOND SEMESTER
MAJOR COURSES

COURSE CODE                                        COURSE TITLE                                                                          UNIT

SWK 102                                                       Human Behavior and the Social Environment                                  3
SWK 122                                                       Philosophy and Ethics of Social Work                                                 2
SWK 224                                                      Functions of Social Work                                                                        2
SWK 242                                                      Social work Intervention with Families                                               2
SWK 244                                                      Social Work in Rehabilitation                                                                2

REQUIRED ANCILLARY
FSS 202                                                        Introduction to Statistical Methods for Social Services                    2

 

GENERAL STUDIES COURSES
GSP 102                                                        The Use of English 11                                                                               2
GSP 106                                                        Natural Science 11                                                                                     2
GSP 202                                                       Peace and Conflict Resolution                                                                2

ELECTIVES (CHOOSE ANY 2 UNITS)

ECO 102                                                       Principles of Economics 11                                                                      2
SOC 102                                                        Introduction to Sociology 11                                                                   2
PSY 104                                                        Determinants of Behavior                                                                        2
REL 142                                                        Religion and Human Values                                                                   2
SWK 214                                                       Death, Loss and Grief                                                                               2
PSY 252                                                        Development Psychology                                                                         2

Total               21

THREE-YEAR STANDARD DEGREE PROGRAMME
SECOND YEAR
FIRST SEMESTER
MAJOR COURSES

 

COURSE CODE                                  COURSE TITLE                                                                               UNIT

SWK 301                                                Orphans and Vulnerable Children Services                                               2
SWK 303                                               Social Welfare Programme and Services                                                     2
SWK 331                                                Social Work Intervention                                                                               2
SWK 335                                                Community Development Theory                                                                2
SWK 345                                                Social Work Field Practice (Social Analysis in Group Work)                 3
SWK 353                                                Social Work and Mental Health                                                                    2

REQUIRED ANCILLAR

SOC 221                                                 Criminology and Penology                                                                             3
GENERAL STUDIES COURSE
GSP 207                                                Humanities 1                                                                                                      2
ELECTIVES (CHOOSE ANY 2 UNITS)
SWK 311                                                Social Policy and Planning                                                                              2
SWK 313                                               Communities Mental Health Services                                                           2
SWK 327                                               Rural Social Work                                                                                             2
SWK 341                                               Social Work Practice with Group                                                                   2
PSY 352                                                 Community Psychology                                                                                   2

Total 20
SECOND SEMESTER
MAJOR COURSES

COURSE CODE                                            COURSE TITLE                                                                        UNIT
SWK 320                                            Social Work and Social Problems                                                                     2
SWK 322                                            Counselling and psychotherapy                                                                        2
SWK 328                                            Dynamics of Social Functioning                                                                       2
SWK 344                                            Community Education                                                                                        2

SWK 346                                            Field Work: Problem Solving and Evaluation In Group Work                   3
SWK 362                                            Methods of Social Work Research                                                                    3

REQUIRED ANCILLARY
COS 314                                              Computer Applications                                                                                       3
GENERAL STUDIES COURSE
GSP 208                                              Humanities 11                                                                                                       2
ELECTIVES (CHOOSE ANY 2 UNITS)

WK 326                                             Spirituality and social work practice                                                                  2
SWK 330                                             Industrial Social Work                                                                                        2
SWK 340                                             School Social Work                                                                                              2
SWK 348                                             Social Work and the Elderly                                                                               2
SWK 352                                             Community Needs and Resource Assessment                                                2

Total               21

 

THREE-YEAR STANDARD DEGREE PROGRAMME
THIRD YEAR
FIRST SEMESTER
MAJOR COURSES

COURSE CODE                                    COURSE TITLE                                                                                   UNIT
SWK 421                                                International Social Work                                                                                    3
SWK 441                                                Methods of Social Work Practice                                                                        3
SWK 445                                                Field Work: Social Analysis in Community Organization                             3
SWK 451                                                Community Development Practice                                                                     3
SWK 491                                                Project Tutorials                                                                                                     2

ELECTIVES (CHOOSE 4 UNITS)

SWK 413                                                Social Work and the Law                                                                                        2
SWK 423                                               Substance Abuse, Prevention and Intervention                                                 2
SWK 431                                               Ethno-Cultural Relations and the Nigeria State                                                 2
SWK 447                                               Social Work Practice with Children                                                                      2

Total               18

SECOND SEMESTER
MAJOR COURSES
MAJOR COURSES

COURSE CODE                                          COURSE  TITLE                                                                              UNIT
SWK 434                                              Social Work Legislation and Policy                                                                         3
SWK 442                                              Generalist Approach in Social Work 2
SWK 446                                              Field Work: Problem Solving and Evaluation In Community Organization  3
SWK 454                                              Clinical Social Work Practice, Psychopathology and Trauma                           3
SWK 492                                              Project                                                                                                                            6
ELECTIVES (CHOOSE 2 UNITS)
SWK 406                                              Models of Family Therapy                                                                                         2
SWK 412                                               Gerontology and Geriatric Interventions in Social Work                                   2
SWK 414                                               Organizational/Administrative Skills in Social Work                                         2
SWK 444                                               Forensic Social Work                                                                                                 2

Total    19

COURSE DESCRIPTION

SWK. 101 – Introduction to Social Work (2 Units)

Introduction of the concepts and theories of Social Work Practice, understanding
social problems affecting people and the application of theories and concepts in
social work intervention. A study of the development of social work in Europe,
America and Nigeria. Survey of the principles and values of Social work, Areas and
practice settings of social work practice. The social worker in action, the survey of
the theories of human behaviour essential for social work, concept, relation of
social work to other sciences.
SWK   102 – Human Behaviour and the Social Environment (3 Units)
This course is intended to introduce students to the basic concepts and models of
how human behaviour is acquired, shaped, maintained or modified in the social
environment through the life cycle. Contents should include the knowledge and
understanding of normal human development and theories of bio-psycho-social
development as well as the range of social systems, including cultural system, as
knowledge base for practice and intervention with individuals, families,
communities, groups, organizations and institutions of the society. There is need to
emphasize how these systems interact, affect or be affected by human behaviour.
The impact of social and economic forces on individuals and social systems and the
ways in which systems promote or deter people in achieving and maintaining optimal
health and wellbeing will be explored. A broad range of theories relating to the
biological, psychological, social development, cognitive, gender, family group, class,
race and traditional development models like Piaget, Erickson, Kohlberg, etc as well
as values and ethical issues related to them, need to be explored. Students should
also be taught to evaluate these theories and apply them to client’s situations.

SWK. 111 – Communication in Social Work (2 Units)

Introducing the art of interviewing. The study of skills and techniques required in
social work intervention, principles and skills in recording; Various forms of
recording; adaptation of interviewing skills in fieldwork practice. Social work
recording in various settings such as health and welfare agencies.

SWK   121 – Social Deviance and Systems Organisation  (2 Units)
The course sets out to examine the nature, dynamics of the various dimensions of
social deviance from sociological and social work perspectives. The stress will
centre on clandestine subculture identity formation, stereotypes and implications
for system or institutional functioning, conformity and non-conformity to
systems/institutional norms and values, bureaucratic processes obedience to
authority and intense indoctrination with the subculture norms and values.
Sociological interpretations of social deviance will also be discussed. Modules are
taught on violence and aggression, characteristic of subculture gangsterism, social,
personal, situational structural motivations, harm and risks on the systems and
group solidarity; and on personality make-up of individuals and factors: Sociological,
environmental, biological, psychological – mental emotional and cognitive, processes
and interpretations, as well as the social determinants of behaviour and its
effects. Attitudinal and behavioural change outcomes and benefits will be stressed
from the social wok perspectives.

SWK. 122 – Philosophy and Ethics of Social Work (2 Units)
This course examines the characteristics of the social work profession and its
areas of practice. It provides the philosophical consideration of the nature of man,
contemporary social issues and problems. It considers the principles that are the
basis for social work practice and the values and ethics with which social workers
must contend within their professional practice.

SWK. 141- Fieldwork Orientation (4 Units)
Field work is the core of social work professional education. Students are
introduced to the various settings where they meet varieties of clients eg, the
Borstal or old peoples home, the prisons, the rehabilitation centers, beggars
Project/Emene, welfare centre, etc to get acquainted with the course. After these
visits, students are expected to write reports based on their findings and be able
to discuss these findings through class presentations seminars and term papers.
Students write reports and share their experiences with the classroom instructor
in an interactive forum.

SWK. 142- Introduction to Fieldwork (4 Units)
The course introduces students to the following: areas of practice: need for
fieldwork practice, relationship between field and classroom, situational learning
objectives of field work and fieldwork recording framework.

SWK. 201– Social Work Theory (2 Units)
Basic theories in the practice of social work; its philosophy, purpose and methods;
professional intervention through various tools and techniques of social work
appropriate to the Nigerian situation; case-work, community action, problem
solving. Some basic theories in Social Work like Systems Theory, Crisis
Intervention, Behaviour Modification, Role Theory and Sociological Theories.

SWK. 203 – Elements of Scientific Thought for Social Workers (2units)
The course explores scientific methods in contradiction to common sense,
indigenous knowledge and hermeneutic strategies of knowledge production and
distribution, and relates these to the needs of social workers. It is designed to
help students acquire the level of objectivity and critical analytical skills that are
necessary to design and prosecute empirical research, and to function in aspects of
practical social work where such are needed. Both the historical development and
the contemporary issues in the subject are considered. Modules covered are:
Origin of scientific thought, options in knowledge production, the concept of
empiricism, constructs, hypotheses and theories, qualitative and quantitative
strategies in scientific method, positivism and socio-cultural factors in scientific
method.

SWK 214 – Death, Loss and Grief (2units)
This course will address the theoretical framework of human loss and grief from a
culturally and philosophically diverse perspective. Students will be provided with
information about why and how humans grieve and how grieving is affected by type
of loss, socioeconomic and cultural factors, individual personality and family
functioning. Attention will be focused on life span development and the meaning of
death and loss at different ages. Various types of loss will be discussed from an

individual, family, and socio/cultural perspective. The importance of understanding
trauma and its relationship to grief and loss will also be addressed. Coping and
resiliency in loss will be explored, emphasizing the diversity of human response and
focusing on the significance of social groups in integrating loss. The formation and
practice of rituals, and diversity in religious and spiritual experience as a
component of coping with loss will be discussed.

SWK. 224 – Functions of Social Work (2 Units)
Social Work as an instrument of social change. Primary functions of social work in
the Nigerian context, analysis of change in the functions of social work with the
proper perspectives to current practices.

SWK.  228 – Social Work in Health Care Settings (2 Units)
This course examines Social Work Practice in health care institutions. It will
review the role of the social worker with other professionals in the health care
settings. The organizational structure and the administration of the health care
institutions in relation to the social work practice will be examined. Students will
also assess their own personal attitudes to reflect the issues of health, illness,
disease, trauma, grief and loss and to be able to use this self-awareness to work in
these settings as well as to understand how patients experience and cope with
these conditions. The strengths, empowerment and the wellness perspectives on
health will be discussed. The spiritual dimension of patients, beliefs, attitudes and
the psychosocial influences, ethical values and economic justice and preferences
are highlighted. Students are also exposed to medical social work in a variety of
settings such as in-patient and outpatient clinics, home care visits as well as
churches and community based centres.

SWK 231 Crime, Delinquency and the Quality of Life (2 Units)
The course distinguishes between crime and delinquency and underscores the
nature, dimensions, costs and factors associated with crime and delinquent acts
causation. The roles of the criminal justice system – courts, prisons, the police and
other correctional institutions are to be presented. The role of social work
professional relationship with team members in the legal system and extent of
social work involvement and contribution in the process. The legal issues and
conflicts involved are also explored.

SWK. 240 – Social Work with the Youth (2 units)
The course is designed to provide social workers with skill and competence to
practice with the youth. Issues of adolescence and problems associated with it will
be discussed. Such problems as juvenile delinquency, substance abuse, teenage
pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, HIV/AIDS will be given prominence.

SWK. 242 – Social Work Intervention with Families (2 units)
The family is taken as the basic unit for social development. The need of children
and parents will be examined. Attention will also be given to orphans and vulnerable
children and care givers, salutations, institutional provisions needs, etc. Welfare
services to meet these needs will be analysed with a view to strengthening,
supporting and enabling the family and orphaned homes and vulnerable children in
the performance of their duties. Special attention will be given to health,
nutritional, educational, and developmental needs of children and the parents, with
a view to preserving internal unity and safeguarding the integrity of the family.
Institutional support to orphans and vulnerable children will also be given full
stress.

SWK 243 – Social Work Practice and Gender (2 units)
This course examines the psychological and sociological approaches to the study of
women and the application of these theories to social work practice. Women often
do not fit the existing models of human growth and development; therefore, the
course will focus on models that have been developed for women and critically
analyse the related empirical research. Such models as Feminist perspective and
women empowerment among others will be examined. Special practice issues to be
covered include women and mental health, domestic violence, widowhood practices
and other harmful traditional practices.

SWK. 244 – Social Work in Rehabilitation (2 Units)
This course enables students to understand rehabilitation as services that help the
handicapped person (physically, mentally, socially, economically e.t.c.) have
conducive environment and opportunities for the total development of their human
potentials. This will be achieved through the following processes: Team – work,
setting of goals, and individualized plan for goal achievement, constant assessment
and reassessment, programme of services, follow-up and programme evaluation.

 

SWK. 245 – Social Work Field Practice: Social Analysis in Casework (2 units)
The trainees will be provided the opportunities to develop capabilities to
effectively apply generalist knowledge and skills in any social situation, especially
case work, through the following means: Knowing what the agency does and rules of
the agency as regards its internal functioning, relationship with external
environment, resources within and outside the agency, understanding the values of
social work and observing the supervisor in problem identification, assessment,
planning, interviewing and recording. Students interact in participatory class
sections to share their experiences from various agencies and equally present
seminars, write report on their field experiences and activities under the
supervision of the classroom instructor.

 

SWK. 246 – Social Work Field Practice: (Problem Solving and Evaluation in
Case Work) (3Units)
Under the guidance and supervision of the supervisor, students will implement the
planned programmes in meeting the client’s needs, focusing on the potentialities
within the client and his environment to meet his needs. Practical skills will be
facilitated and reinforced in areas of interviewing, case recording, and observation
of basic social work values while giving services and followed by evaluation. Through
class presentations, reporting and seminars students gather more knowledge about
a multitude of agencies and clients situations as they share their experiences in
the class sessions.

 

SWK. 248 – Social Work Communication Techniques (2 Units)
This course covers principles and processes of communication, types of
communications skills needed to understand human nature in social work,
transactional analysis. Interviewing as the most common way of communication in
social work should be highlighted.

 

SWK. 251 – Community Development (2 units)
The course highlights major community development theories that will guide the
social worker in the community. Basic concepts in community development,
Historical development of community development initiative. Identifying and

meeting community needs. Application of community development theories to
practice, group dynamics and various community groups educational enlightenment.

 

SWK, 301- Orphans and Vulnerable Children Services (2 units)
The course is designed to equip students with appropriate skills and knowledge to
serve the needs of orphans and vulnerable children. This is also intended to
prepare them for effective intervention through exposure to the concepts,
processes and helping skills that underline all interventions with vulnerable children
and families.  Thus, a range of psychosocial challenges related to HIV/AIDS and
other traumatic and stressful events for orphans and vulnerable children will be
addressed and to include ways to obtain social and institutional support providing
counselling stigma. The ethical and policy issues that pertain to the provision of
resources and system 0f care at various levels are stressed.

 

SWK, 303 – Social Welfare Programme and Services (2 Units)
A descriptive examination of publicly sponsored programmes and policies in
comparison with those rooted in the private sector. The course explores traditional
and contemporary welfare systems in the Nigerian society and relates it to the
needs and the existing social problems of the time as they affect the civil society
and human functioning in contemporary times.  It aims at knowledge of specific
Nigerian programmes and the underlying social issues.

 

SWK. 305 – Elements of Psychology in Social Work (2 Units)
Theoretical approaches to personality structure; self as a personality attribute;
socio-cultural dynamics; concept of normality; psychology of adjustment viewed
from two dimensions; (a) Criteria for good adjustment; (b) achievement of good
adjustment; drive, anxiety, accommodation, assimilation, competition and conflict;
learning theory with emphasis on how it affects behaviour, stress, abnormal
behaviours; psychological and social work perspectives.

 

SWK  311 – Social Policy and Planning (2 units)
The course focuses on introducing students to the knowledge, values and skills
required for administration and planning for human services. Principles and

processes of administration and management will be introduced. Types of phases of
social planning and knowledge of various social policies will be considered.

 

SWK 313 Community Mental Health Services (2 Units)
The thrust of this course will be on community health and mental health in general.
Attempt should be made to bring to focus, the individual and institutional roles and
responsibilities for health, the various dimensions of health, health indicators,
community mental health problems and issues. The course also examines the role of
the socio-cultural environment in the cause of psychiatric disorders. Students in
this connection, learn and make systemic formulations for mental health
interventions at the family, group, institutional and community levels. Services
especially to chronic or severe and mild cases of mental disorders and for the low-
income populations are to be explored in details.

 

SWK. 320 Social Work and Social Problems (2 Units)
The thrust of the course is on the concept of social functioning, social problems
and the dynamics of social change, the impact of social change and social problems
on individual, community, group and family on social functioning. Institutional
constructions and approaches in the analyses of social change and social problems,
determining/causative factors and the impact of social transformations and
continuity on traditional institutions.

 

SWK. 322 Counselling and Psychotherapy (2 units)
The student is exposed to the contents and nature of counselling and
psychotherapy in a complex multicultural environment such as Nigeria
comprehensive. It gives a professional overview of counselling and
psychotherapeutic process: Interviewing and assessment techniques, taking of
psychological histories, basic communication and problem solving skills, methods of
evaluation, and recording in the counselling and the psychotherapeutic process. In-
depth examination of selected theories in counselling and psychotherapy such as
the behaviour therapy reality therapy, rational, motive therapy etc. will be
discussed. Application of the therapeutic techniques and skills to various settings
will also be emphasised.

 

SWK. 324 Care Management in Social Work (2 units)

The course examines the knowledge, values and skills provided by professional
education and training for social work. It requires organising and coordinating
services across a range of field, day and residential settings, drawing on natural,
voluntary, private and statutory sources of help. The care management process
aims to achieve planned goals using what are familiar and central tasks in social
work such as data collection, analyses and intervention.

 

SWK.326 Spirituality and Social Work Practice (2 Units)
The course derives its meaning and essence from its religious roots given, the
profession’s assumption that revolves around understanding the total person in his
environmental and cultural contexts. It traces social work historical development
and underpins the relationship between religion and spirituality in the context of
man’s longing for a sense of meaning from transcendental forces through
responsible moral relationships with diverse populations such as individuals,
families, communities as well as cultures and religions. An integrative
multidisciplinary approach including those of comparative religious orientations,
anthropology, sociology, psychology and social work will be of essence. This
provides the basic background framework to the historical, cultural and religious
orientations and philosophy for the course with social work practice. Students
should be aware and sensitive to the ethical issues/dilemmas/conflicts and values
ever present in the practice milieu. Knowledge, skills and competent interventions
are enhanced through practice formworks derived from individual assignments,
practicum visits, class interactive sessions and term paper presentations.

 

SWK. 327 Rural Social Work (2 Units)
Study of social work potentials in rural areas. The utilization of natural helping
networks in isolated areas and the organization of helping linkages in the provision
of care to residents will be explored. A general problem-solving approach will be
applied to the development of intervention strategies and skills appropriate for
such areas. Focus on the social worker as practitioner in isolation.

 

 

SWK. 328 – Dynamics of Social Functioning (2 units)
Personality growth of the individual in society and culture; social determinants of
personality; defence mechanisms of the individual for maintaining normality;
personality disorders as adaptive patterns; abnormal behaviour in the Nigerian

context. Motivational patterns in Nigeria, Modification of adaptive and maladaptive
responses in motivational processes.

 

SWK. 330 – Industrial Social Work (2 units)
The course introduces the student to the industrial/organizational context of
social work practice. It examines the structure, nature, purpose and development
of significant trends and events within organizations as well as how these trends
respond to workers and organizational needs, employer – employee relationship,
social processes involved particularly in promoting harmonious relationship within
system. Adequate stress will be given to organizational theories and social workers
roles in such a context.

 

SWK. 331 – Social Work Intervention (2 Units)
This is a laboratory course that should provide opportunities for students of social
work to refine social work skills and to acquire new ones; small group leadership,
chairing meetings, interviewing, reporting and recording activities, community
assessment and community organizing as skills.

 

SWK. 335 – Community Development Theory (3 units)
Community Development theories and policies: principles, processes and
programmes of community development: history of community development (in
Nigeria). The community development worker as an organiser and leader in the
community, economic integration and social development through community
development process

 

SWK. 340 – School Social Work (2 Units)
The study of social work practice in the Nigerian primary, secondary and tertiary
instructions, identification of roles and relationship of social work as a profession
within the school system; and with individuals and groups in the school system;
intervention strategies and skills in a given context.

 

SWK. 341 – Social Work Practice with Group (2 units)
The course incorporates both micro and macro elements in focusing on social
worker analysis of group development, worker-client interactions and interventions

in the helping process. Emphasis is placed on understanding and learning new skill
and theories that help the worker manage a group.

 

SWK. 344 – Community Education (2 units)

Identification and assessment of objectives and problems of social development in
terms of adult literacy, health education and extension services: the role of social
workers as team members in an integrated approach to development.

 

SWK. 345 – Social Work Field Practice (Social Analysis: in group Work) (3 units)
This course focuses on orienting trainees into group behavior patterns, the
subject matter or the task upon which the group is working and what is happening
among group members. Awareness of and sensitivity to group dynamics and its
importance in analyzing group problems will be emphasized.  Students participate
interactively and share experiences gathered in their various field work placement
agencies. Written reports and seminars including class discussions of their field
activities and experiences will be presented.

SWK. 346 – Field Work Practice (Problem Solving and Evaluation in Group Work) (3 units)
This is intended through generalist approach to provide students the opportunities
to apply theoretical knowledge empirically in the identification of problems in group
situation, provide services for people within the group, followed by the evaluation
of the service. Students interact and share their experiences through class
presentations, seminars and write reports of events and activities in the field
under the guidance of the instructor.

SWK. 348 – Social work with the Elderly (2 units)
This is a course on the normal aging process, the developmental task of the aged,
and theories of aging. The goal is to create a holistic understanding of the aging
process by examining the cultural, economic, physical, environmental, social and
psychological influences on old age. Skills required by social workers in dealing with
the elderly and their families will be discussed. Issues of care giving, elder abuse
and other issues related to the elderly will be highlighted.

SWK. 352 – Community Needs and Resources Assessment (2 units)

This course helps student develop skills for assessing community needs and
resources necessary for human survival, growth and fulfilment. The students will
be required to identify those social needs that are not being met and essential
resources absent. The assessment of community needs and resources will be
approached from these lines; through the use of social indicators.

SWK. 353 – Social Work and Mental Health (2 units)
The course is designed to acquaint the students with a comprehensive knowledge
of the concept of mental health, its historical aetiology, various movements and
efforts towards conceptualizing and understanding, treating, prevention and
control orientation in the contemporary times compared with past experiences. The
Nigerian traditional efforts, attitudes and beliefs and a comparison with other
cultures, as well as its implications for social work practice should be examined.
Theorists who have contributed in the early development and shaping of mental
health as well as theoretical perspectives that led to the full understanding of
mental health must be graphically described. Exploration of various mental health
systems that provide care and support for those suffering from permanent
developmental disabilities, exploration of psychiatric aetiology and of its
treatment, intervention strategies and skills must be examined. The entry of social
work among the interdisciplinary treatment tradition should also be historically
delineated.

SWK. 362 – Methods of Social Work Research (3 units)
Scientific principles basic to social work research are examined. Students learn
how to formulate problems and hypotheses, develop research designs and
methodology, carry out research, and utilize social work research report.

SWK. 406 – Models of Family Therapy (2 units)
Family Therapy models by various social work theorists and application to real life
situations. Different problems encountered in the family and various models of
intervention.

SWK. 412 – Gerontology and Getriatic Intervention in Social Work (2 units)
The course introduces the need, nature and processes of Social Work with the
elderly in the Nigerian society, given the increasing population of the elderly in the
country. It includes a review of the multiple dimensions of aging and aging process

as well as the implications to the practice of social work. Special focus of the
course will be on assessment interventions, case management and its implication for
social workers employment with the client’s population in Nigeria, social legislation
and polices as well as future policy directions on the aged in Nigeria should be
explored.

SWK. 413 – Social Work and the Law (2 Units)
The trust of this course revolves around legal issues and regulation of social work.
This includes licensing standard, ethnical issues and sanction, liability of social
workers as well as professional liability. Also, to be included in the social work
involvement in the legal processes as well as testifying in court and depositions
substantive laws affecting social work practice in special areas such as child abuse,
and protection family practice, criminal law, privacy and confidentiality issues as
well as domestic abuse and violence.

SWK. 414 – Organisational/Administrative Skills and Social Work Practice (2Units)
This course provides the student with an understanding of organisational behaviour
as well as how social agencies operate and function as organizational entities. It
equips the student with skills required for effective social work practice
interventions within organization, including budgeting, grant writing and elements
of supervision.

SWK 421 International Social Work (3 Units)
The idea of this course is to expose the students to international environment,
with a view to preparing and equipping them to be able to practice competently
anywhere in the globalize world, be it western or developing societies. This calls
into question a close look at culture with respect to cultural patterns and
communications, cultural identity, biases or differences, inter-cultural contacts
and competence, interpersonal interactions and relationships, inter-cultural
contexts, and episodes as well as potentials for inter-cultural competent practice.
All these will be seen in the light of social work agenda and interests in cultural
diversity practice. Concrete examples must be cited from both western and
developing world’s cultures. The course further explores and acquaints the
students with social issues or problems as well as social policies across nations,
thus contrasting problem definitions and policy responses among nations at various

levels of socioeconomic and political transformations. The course also provides
analytical tools on social policies from various nations, while contrasting and
identifying the factors responsible in recent years for welfare state
transformations among the different nations identified.

 

SWK. 423 – Substance Abuse, Prevention and Intervention (2 Units)
Exploration of the nature, development and the phenomenon of addiction generally,
addictions to substances in particular. There is the need to focus attention on the
roles and effects of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs or substances of abuse,
strategies and polices for prevention. Social worker and allied professionals’ skills
as a team to work with substance abusers will be discussed. Special attention also
should be given to the roles of macro policies, societal values and the supports
required for intervention and prevention strategies.

 

SWK. 431 – Ethno-Cultural Relations and the Nigerian State (2 Units)
The essence of this course is to expand students’ horizon of knowledge and
understanding of the meaning of ethnicity, culture, class, and gender as well as the
concepts of marginalization, oppression, stigma, prejudice and stereotyping. This
prepares a good ground for students for practice in a multi-ethnic society like
Nigeria. Since the issues impact on personal, professional, institutional and social
levels and national outlook, a comprehensive analysis of ethnic issues in Nigeria are
required: politics governance, resource control, quota system, religious, gender,
conflict and lopsided development. Social workers are to adopt an approach that
supports and enhances the culture of the people. Students are also expected to
adopt an integrative perspective and explore the implications for both direct and
indirect social work practice, given the Nigerian experience.

 

SWK. 434 – Social Work Legislation and Policy (3 units)
The nature and development of social welfare policy in Nigeria, legal and
governmental processes of social policy and planning as well as decision making in
Nigeria. Social legislation in Nigeria; family law, children and young person’s law,
adoption law, etc; principles underlying social agency policy and function. Social
workers role in administering social agencies and coordinating social welfare
programmes; nature of client system and rights of the clients.

 

SWK. 441 – Methods of Social Work Practice (2 units)
This course helps students develop and demonstrate understanding of and utilize
interpersonal skills in social work treatment. It focuses on communication and
interview skills, the helping relationship and factors affecting them. It assists
students in developing the capacity to identify the factors that affect changes in
the relationship between the social system and the clients.

SWK. 442 – Generalist Approach in Social Work Practice (2 units)
This course helps students to develop practice skill within a theoretical framework.
The major emphasis is on problem solving. The students are assisted to develop the
capacity for assessment and the use of intervention strategies according to
psychosocial, problem-solving and behavioural approaches. Students will also
develop the capacity to observe, analyse and utilise groups for therapeutic purpose.

 

SWK. 444 – Forensic Social Work (2 units)
The Course examines the services provided for prisoners/person in detention in
the prisons. It traces the origin of prison (world and Nigeria), the history of social
work services in the prisons, reforms in the services provided, factors affecting
the services provided etc.

 

SWK. 445 – Field Practice (Social Analysis in Community Organization) (4units)
This course will provide students the opportunity to apply their theoretical
knowledge about their understanding of how communities function in concrete
situations in communities and community development agencies. Class participation,
seminar presentation and reports under the guidance of the classroom instructor
as students share experiences and demonstrate their skills and competencies in
handling cases and situations in their placement agencies.

 

SWK. 446 – Field Practice (Problem Solving and Evaluation in Community Organisation)  (3 Units)
Having acquired theoretical knowledge of problem solving, students will be assisted
to apply this knowledge in solving and evaluating concrete problems in community

setting. Students’ participation, seminar presentation and reports under the
supervision of the classroom instructor as the students engage and share
experiences and demonstrate their skills and knowledge in handling cases from
their various agencies.

SWK. 447 – Social Work Practice with Children (2 units)
This course is intended to prepare students for effective practice with children.
The course provides a comprehensive review of child development; review of major
theories concerning the evaluation and treatment of children and examines how
social workers may effectively promote successful development and the acquisition
of psychosocial competence for children. The course will also focus on the
development of practice knowledge and skill to prepare professional social workers
for position in child welfare agencies.

SWK. 451 – Community Development Practice (3 units)
Application of the principles of community development in assisting communities
carry out development projects; locating and meeting community needs through
local groups; the community organiser’s involvement in programmes of public
enlightenment; methods of motivating society and social action through community
development as radical movement for social change.

SWK. 454 – Clinical Social Work Practice, Psychopathology and Trauma     (3 Units)
This course is designed to boost student’s clinical competence through knowledge
and skills development as well as familiarization with the basic concepts and
principles of clinical practice. The basis for intervention borders on the systemic
differential assessment of human problems in the social context. Particular
attention is paid on the use of self, the environment, group and activities
differentially while working with different processes, populations, settings and the
problems or issues of concern. In addition, reference to life cycle issues, gender,
culture, class or status as well as the social and environmental stressors is to be
highlighted. A comprehensive understanding of psychopathology and issues as well
as various conceptualizations of trauma, clinical strategies and interventions with

diverse populations are of essence. Diagnostic issues, evidence-based
interventions, controversies and emerging trends and area of practice with victims
are to be underscored. The social, political cultural and economic forces
perpetrating and shaping the sources and exposure as well as recovering from
traumatic stressors and events are to be equally explored. Service delivery
systems design, import of ethno-culturally competent practice, strategies and
goals for self-care and trauma impact on clinicians as well as burn out reduction are
also central to the theme of the course.

SWK. 491 – Project Tutorials (2 Units)
Students consult with the supervisors regularly to discuss basic issues,
principles and methods of project writing. Assessment of the student and grading
are on level of zeal, articulation, objectivity and ability to follow guided instruction
and corrections agreed upon on submission of chapter one.

SWK. 492 – Project Report (6 Units)
An original research project report on an approval topic on social work and
community development bases on field practice in field experience or library
research is submitted and evaluated.

5. LIST OF COURSES

LIST OF COURSES FOR PGD PROGRAMME IN SOCIAL WORK

First Semester
Course Code                                  Course Title                                                                      Units
SWK501:                                Social Work Research Methods                                                              3
SWK505:                               Generic Practice Skill in Social Work                                                     3
SWK571:                                Field Work Practice I                                                                                 3
SWK570:                               Philosophy of Social Work                                                                        3
SWK503:                               Community Development Theory                                                           3
Total 15

 

Second Semester

Course Code                                 Course Title Units
SWK 504:                              Development of Social Work in Nigeria                                                 3
SWK 502:                              Models of Intervention in Social Work                                                   3
SWK500:                               Social Work Theory                                                                                     3
SWK508:                               Community Development Process                                                           3
SWK572:                                Field Work Practice II                                                                                 3
SWK 560:                              Research Project                                                                                           4
Total 19

 

LIST OF COURSES FOR MSC PROGRAMME IN SOCIAL WORK
Core Courses
M.Sc. (Social Work)
First Semester

Course Code                                   Course Title                                                                          Units
SWK 603                                             Advanced Social Research Methods                                             3
SWK 605                                             Conflict Management                                                                       3
SWK 607                                             Advanced Generalist Social Work Practice                                  3
SWK 609                                            Philosophical Perspectives in Social Work                                   3
SWK 641                                             Social Work Field Practice 1                                                            3

First Semester Electives

Students are expected to register six (6) units in their area of specialization

Course code                                       Course Title                                                                       Units
SWK 631                                                Social work Ethics and Values  3
SWK 643                                               Social Work with Older Adults 3
SWK 645                                               Social Work Intervention with Families 3
SWK 615                                               Social Work Administration 3
SWK 617                                               Social Work Supervision 3
SWK 651  Approaches to Community Development

(Traditional and Modern) 3
SWK 647 Social Work with the Challenged 3
SWK 611 History of Social Work and Social Legislation 3
SWK 617 Social Work Supervision 3
SWK 619 Social Policy and Planning 3
SWK 633 Legal Issues in Social Work 3
SWK 645 Social Work Intervention in Correctional

Institution 3

Core courses
M.Sc. (Social Work)
Second Semester
SWK 604 Advanced Theory and Models of Treatment 3
SWK 608 Social Work Intervention 3
SWK 642 Social Work Field Practice 11 3

SWK 652 Community Development Process 3
PGC  601 Use of ICT/ Workshop on Research Methods 3
SWK 616 Seminar in Project Findings  3
SWK 660 Master’s Project 6
Second Semester Electives
Students are expected to register six (6) units in their area of specialization
Course code Course Title Units
SWK 632 Social Policies for Oder Adults and the Challenged 3
SWK 634 Social Work with Groups 3
SWK 654 Women in Community Development 3
SWK 656 Community Organization and Mobilization  3
SWK 622 Alcoholism and Drug Addiction 3
SWK 640 Industrial Social Work 3
SWK 638 Advanced Rehabilitation in Social Work 3
SWK 647 Social Work with the Challenged 3
SWK 644 Social Work with Children and Youth 3
SWK 648 Social Work in School 3

LIST OF COURSES FOR PHD PROGRAMME IN SOCIAL WORK
Core Courses
First Semester
Course Code Course Title Units
SWK 703 Advanced Social Research Methods 3
SWK 751 Advanced Community Organization and Development 3
SWK 743 Special topics in area of specialization 3
SWK 741 Social Work Field Practice I 3
PGC  701 Synopsis and Grant Writing  3
Second Semester

SWK 702 Advanced Theory and Models of Treatment 3
SWK 704 Seminar in Generalist Social Work Practice 3
SWK 742 Social Work Field Practice II 3
SWK 744 Theoretical orientations in area of specialization 3
SWK  761 Seminar in Research Findings 3
SWK 760 Doctoral Dissertation 12
Electives
Students are expected to register six (6) units in their area of specialization
Area of specialization (This can be in the first or second semester)
Course code Course Title Units
SWK 718 Advanced Social Work Practice with Older Adults
and Families 3

SWK 716 Advanced Intergroup Relations and Conflict

Management 3
SWK 717 Advanced Community Development Practice 3
SWK 723 Advanced Rehabilitation in Social Work 3
SWK 726 Advanced Industrial Social Work 3

SWK 714 Advanced Social Policy, Planning and Administration3
SWK 715 Advanced Family, Child and Youth Development 3
SWK 719 Advanced Social Work and Corrections 3
SWK 723 Advanced Rehabilitation in Social Work 3
SWK 724 Advanced Medical and Psychiatric Social Work 3
SWK 725 Advanced Substance/Drug Abuse 3
SWK 727 Advance School Social Work 3
6. COURSE DESCRIPTION
SWK 501 Social Work Research Methods 3 units
Problems and issues of scientific methodology in the Social Sciences will be
highlighted. Scientific principles basic to social work research will be examined.
The issue of qualitative and quantitative techniques in African research will be
discussed.  Students learn how to formulate problems and hypotheses, develop
research designs and methodology, carry out research, data collection and
organization, analysis, interpretation and research report. Research techniques
appropriate to the fields of social work statistical methods-correctional measures,
analysis of variance, and regression.
SWK 503 Community Development Theory 3 units
The course provides student social work of Postgraduate Diploma level with the
theoretical knowledge of community development practice. The course highlights
major community development theories that will guide the social worker in the
community. Basic concepts in community development, Historical development of

community development initiative. Identifying and meeting community needs.
Application of community development theories to practice, group dynamics and
various community groups educational enlightenment
SWK 500 Social Work Theory 3units
Basic theories in the practice of social work; its philosophy, purpose and methods;
professional intervention through various tools and techniques of social work
appropriate to the Nigerian situation; case-work, community action, problem
solving. Some basic theories in Social Work like Systems Theory, Role Theory and
Sociological Theories. Finally, models of social work practice such as problem-
solving, psychosocial, the functional, behavioural therapy, crisis intervention, the
four systems model, task centered model, the unitary approach, the health belief
model, rational choice model among others will form the basis of discussion.
Approaches to social group work and community development will also be presented
and discussed.
SWK 502 Models of Intervention in Social Work 3units
The course examines the traditional intervention approaches that social workers
adopt in treatment viz include case work, group work, community approach, it
further examines modern intervention approaches used in the treatment of cases.
The course should provide opportunities for students of social work to refine
social work skills and to acquire new ones; small group leadership, chairing
meetings, interviewing, reporting and recording activities, community assessment
and community organizing as skills.
SWK 504 Development of Social Work in Nigeria 3units
The course exposes the origin of social work in different countries, and Nigeria. It
also highlights the various areas of specialization and the problems affecting the
profession. The course will trace the historical developments of social work
practice in Nigeria from its British and American origins.  It will expose the
students to the state of Social Work discipline/profession and Social Welfare
services (government and non-governmental/voluntary) provided in contemporary
Nigerian society.  The basic concepts of the discipline, the prospects and
challenges, as well as current issues of debate that affect individuals, families,
communities and the larger society will be identified and discussed. Emphasis will

be laid on the traditional cultural values of care, roles of the family in care and
helping services in the past and present Nigerian society.
SWK 505 Generic Practice Skill in Social Work 3units
This course helps students to develop practice skill within a theoretical framework.
The major emphasis is on problem solving. The students are assisted to develop the
capacity for assessment and the use of intervention strategies according to
psychosocial, problem-solving and behavioural approaches. Students will also
develop the capacity to observe, analyse and utilise groups for therapeutic purpose
SWK 560 Research Project 3units
This is an original long essay on a social service/social problem/social work practice
selected by the student in consultation with a departmental supervisor. The
research project will be based on library research and content analysis.
SWK 508 Community Development Process 3units
The course exposes student to the different skills and techniques of community
development practice. Community Development principles, processes and
programmes of community development and history of community development (in
Nigeria) will be discussed. The community development worker as an organiser and
leader in the community, economic integration and social development through
community development process will be highlighted
SWK 570 Philosophy of Social Work 3units
The course examines the philosophical base of social work. It discusses the various
schools of thought in social work and relevancy to modern social work practice. The
course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the nature,
history, traditions, and issues of professions in general and most importantly of
social work. It also provides the student a chance to evaluate his or her goodness-
of-fit with the values and ethics, the purposes and focus, the sanctions for
practice, the knowledge base required, and the people served by social workers.
The professional need for the course is seen in diminishing the parochialism often
found in social work practice through a focus on the commonalities that bind social
workers into a single profession. The educational need for the course is seen in
providing a conceptual and practical umbrella for whatever course of professional
activity the student wishes to pursue.

SWK 571 Social Work Field Practice 1 3units
Under the guidance and supervision of the supervisor, students will implement the
planned programmes in meeting the client’s needs, focusing on the potentialities
within the client and his environment to meet his needs. Practical skills will be
facilitated and reinforced in areas of interviewing, case recording, and observation
of basic social work values while giving services and followed by evaluation. Through
class presentations, reporting and seminars students gather more knowledge about
a multitude of agencies and clients’ situations as they share their experiences in
the class sessions.
SWK 572 Field Work Field Practice 11 3units
The trainees will be provided the opportunities to develop capabilities to
effectively apply generalist knowledge and skills in any social situation, especially
case work, through the following means: Knowing what the agency does and rules of
the agency as regards its internal functioning, relationship with external
environment, resources within and outside the agency, understanding the values of
social work and observing the supervisor in problem identification, assessment,
planning, interviewing and recording. Students interact in participatory class
sections to share their experiences from various agencies and equally present
seminars, write report on their field experiences and activities under the
supervision of the classroom instructor.
SWK 603 Advanced Social Research methods 3units
Problems and Issues of Scientific Methodology in the Social Sciences: The issue of
qualitative and quantitative techniques in African research. Research approaches
as they relate to research design, field work, data collection and organization,
analysis and interpretation. Research techniques appropriate to the fields of Social
Work statistical methods – correctional measures, analysis of variance, and
regression.
SWK 605 Conflict Management 3units
Problems and issues relating to conflict such as the signs and symptoms of conflict,
means to aggravate or to diffuse conflict. Making potential conflict situations
productive rather than destructive. Practical conflict management skills and
interpersonal intervention plans.

SWK 607 Advanced Generalist Social Work Practice 3units
The students will be exposed to common base of Social Work Practice. The skills
and knowledge required of the social worker. Social work professional identity,
development of core skills, problems-solving and planned social change as well as
the knowledge base for appropriate Social Work Profession.
SWK 609 Philosophical Perspectives in Social Work 3units
The course examines the philosophy of social work practice. It exams the
different schools of thought and their relevance to current social work practice.
SWK 641 Social Work Field Practice 1 3units
Orientation to the agency and social analysis. Students undertake problem-solving
under strict supervision.
SWK 631 Social Work Ethics and Values 3units
In-depth examination of the code of ethics of social work and its appraisal in the
Nigerian cultural context. Consideration of the value system which the social
workers must content with and how these affect the practice of the social
workers.
SWK 611 History of Social Work and Social Legislation 3units
The development of social work and social legislation from its Euro-American
origins, colonial times to independence and post independence era in the Nigerian
and African culture within which this development is taking place.
SWK 633 Legal Issues in Social Work 3units
The legal system as it may affect social work either through direct services
practice or in the development of human service politics and programmes. Basic
trial court procedures with opportunity to develop skills to testify appropriately.
Students develop skills in integration of legal and social work issues.
SWK 643 Social Work with Older Adults 3units

Main issues associated with ageing and older people.  Stereotypes and Prejudice
against older adults. Care of the aging in traditional society and contemporary
society Cultural, economic, physical, environmental, social and psychological
influences on old age.
SWK 615 Social Work Administration 3units
The theory of formal organizations and social administration; major functions of
administration in human services. Topics such as fund raising, budgeting, personnel
management and some ethical issues confronting social administration are
examined.
SWK 619 Social Policy and Planning 3units
Historical and comparative approach to the problem of social policy and planning.
Tools of policy making and frameworks for policy analysis.  The relationship
between social work, social policy and planning. Ideological perspectives that
policies are derived from. Planning models/theories and the task involved during
planning.
SWK 617        Social Work Supervision                       3units
The purposes, functions, process and methods in the supervision of staff in social
welfare settings.

SWK 645 Social Work Intervention with Families 3units
An overview of marriage, and alternative lifestyles in contemporary society,
showing tends, highlighting differences and providing major theoretical
orientation. System and social learning approaches, communication, negotiation in
problem-solving and their relevance to assessment, treatment structure and
treatment techniques relevant to the family. The use of social policy to promote
the welfare of family and children policies in selected stages of development with
special emphasis on Nigeria and developing skill in the analysis and formation of
family policies.
SWK 651 Approaches to Community Development (Traditional and
Modern) 3units

Students are exposed to the different approaches of community development both
traditional and modern approaches, and relevancy to Nigeria are examined.
SWK 647 Social Work with the Challenged 3units
Specific problems related to the challenged (physical or mental), the societal
responses to these groups, in addition to their social, emotional and physical
characteristics; various intervention strategies particularly beneficial to the
challenged clients. Existing and additional programmes.
SWK 604 Advanced Theory and Models of Treatment 3units
The course will cover the framework for understanding and use of treatment
models in inter-personal Social Work Practice.
SWK 606 Social Work Intervention 3units
The course examines the strategy of intervention in social work. It examines the
principles and ethics of practice. It examines how foreign based social work
interventive strategies can be used in Nigeria taking into cognizance culture.
SWK 642 Social Work Field Practice II 3units
The course exposes the students to treatment of real life problems. Students are
assigned real life cases to treat under the supervision of staff.

SWK 652 Community Development Process 3units
The students will be exposed to the different skills and techniques in Community
Development Practice. The theories and approaches/models of Community
Development will be adequately discussed. The course will also explore the
different leadership styles and the applicability in African context.
SWK 644 Social Work with Children and Youth 3units
This is designed to help students acquire skills in developmental approach in
working with children and youths; in the homes and villages, schools, clubs, and peer
organizations. Whether the young ones have personality problems in development

or not, the goal is to help them master their developmental tasks with enhanced
sense of self-reliance and democratic principles.
SWK 640 Industrial Social Work 3units
The course introduces the student to the industrial/organizational context of
social work practice. It examines the structure, nature, purpose and development
of significant trends and events within organizations as well as how these trends
respond to workers and organizational needs, employer – employee relationship,
social processes involved particularly in promoting harmonious relationship within
system. Adequate stress will be given to organizational theories and social workers
roles in such a context.
SWK 634 Social Work with Group 3units
The course incorporates both micro and macro elements in focusing on social
worker analysis of group development, worker-client interactions and interventions
in the helping process. Emphasis is placed on understanding and learning new skill
and theories that help the worker manage a group.
SWK 646 Social Work Intervention in Correctional Institutions 3units
The human development process, the transaction between the individual and
environmental, the family, informal networks, peers, school, works; neighbourhood
and community, the role of inter-disciplinary team: effects of the need for
transfer and generalization of training.

SWK 648 Social Work in Schools 3units
The need for social work intervention in school; interdisciplinary team approach;
the contributory influence of schools, community and home environments to school
children’s learning problems, the social worker’s role in the intervention strategies.
SWK 632 Social Policies on the Older Adults and the Challenged 3units
The problems of aging and disability. Critical examination of public policies on older
adults and the challenged in Nigeria and other countries. Appropriate policies to

integrate the elderly and the handicapped in the society and help then live self-
fulfilling live-through community based services.
SWK 654 Women in Community Development 3units
It examines the place and conditions of women to community development. It also
examine the problems they experience and strategies for empowering them.
SWK 622 Alcoholism and Drug addiction 3units
A basic orientation to alcoholism as a problem requiring various intervention.
Strategies to implement services to deal with alcoholics and their families.
SWK 656 Community Organization Mobilization 3units
The theory and practice of community organization concerned with social change.
The nature and functions of organizations, communities and social linkages. The
organizing processes in the introduction of desired social change in the rural and
urban settings.
SWK 661 Seminar in Research Findings 3units
The student is expected to present a seminar on the major issues of the research
project highlighting what is the project is all about.
SWK 660 Master’s Project 4units
The students writes a master’s project starting with a proposal that will be
presented to the Postgraduate board under the guidance of an approved
supervisor.

PGC 701 Synopsis and Grant Writing 3units
Identification of types and nature of grant and grant writing; mining of grants
application calls on the internet. Determining appropriate strategy for each grant
application. Study of various grant application structures and contents and writing
of concept notes, detailed project description, budgeting and budget defence.
Study of sample grant writings in various forms and writing of mock research and

other grants. Identification of University of Nigeria synopsis structure and
requirements (Introduction, Methodology and Results). Determining the content of
each sub-unit of the synopsis. Steps in writing of synopsis from the
Dissertation/Thesis document. Structural and language issues. Common errors in
synopsis writing and strategies for avoiding them. The roles of the student and the
supervisor in the production of a synopsis. Writing a mock synopsis. All registered
PhD students must attend a solution-based interactive workshop to be organized
by the School of Postgraduate Studies for a practical demonstration and
application of the knowledge acquired from the course, conducted by selected
experts.
SWK 703 Advanced Social Work Research Methods
The course provides advanced social work students with the conceptual and
methodological skills needed to become competent social work researcher. It
explores basic design issues and relates them to specific survey research skills
such as sampling, questionnaire construction. Measurement and data collection
issues. It explores alternative research design besides survey. It also emphasizes
the relationship between research design and methods of casual references.
Alternative data analysis strategies are presented.
SWK 751 Advanced Community Organization and Development
Theoretical and practice understanding of the nature, functions, and operation of
social organization and communities.
SWK 741 Social Work Field Practice 1
The student engages in field work practice where he treats cases assigned. The
course offers the student an educational experience in a social service agency
under the supervision of a qualified professional.  The purpose of the course is to
integrate materials gained in academic course with practice in the field.  At the
end of the placement, the student will be expected to submit a field practicum
report to the Department using a departmental format.
SWK 743 Special topics in area of specialization
This course is designed as an introductory doctoral seminar to help candidates
explore their areas of specialization and sift out issues that are worth researching
on the area of study.

SWK 702 Advanced Theory and Models of Treatment.
The student presents seminar different social work theories and models and how
they can be applied to real life situations in social work practice.
SWK 704 Advanced Generalist Social Work Practice
A conceptual framework for a variety of interceptive approaches to social work. An
analysis of social contact of practice, value assumptions and dilemmas and common
theoretical base for social work interceptive methods.
SWK 742 Social Work Field Practice II
The student continues his work at the agency assigned to him and treats cases.
SWK 744 Advanced Theoretical orientations in the area of
specialization    3 units
The focus here is on critical examination of theoretical underpinnings that could
help explain the major issues in the area of specialization
SWK  761 Seminar in Research Findings 3units
The student is expected to present a seminar on the major issues of the research
project highlighting what is really PhD about the work
SWK 760 Doctoral Dissertations                            6 units
The student writes a doctoral dissertation on a chosen topic. This will be
presented to the Postgraduate board of the department in three phases: The
proposal, methodology and research findings under the guidance by an approved
supervisor.
7. LIST OF APPROVED HIGHER DEGREE SUPERVISORS
1. Professor Uzoma Odera Okoye B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D. (Nigeria)
2. Dr. Uzuegbu, Ngozi Charity B.Ed., PGD, M.Sc., Ph.D. (Nigeria)
3. Dr. Tanyi, Lum Perpetua B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D. (Nigeria)
4. Dr. Okafor, Agnes Ebelechukwu B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D. (Nigeria)
5. Dr. Anugwom, Kenechukwu Nwakego B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D. (Nigeria)

6. Dr. Uche, Okala Agwu B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D. (Nigeria)
7. Dr. Ngwu, Christopher Ndubuisi B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D. (Nigeria)
8. Dr. Okoli, Rosemary Chinyere B.Sc., M.Sc., (Nig.) Ph.D. (Edinburgh,

UK)

9. Dr. Iyiani, Christian Chidozie B.Sc. (Nig.), M.Sc. Ph.D. (Norwegian

University)

10. Dr. Chukwu, Ngozi Eucharia PGD, B.Sc., Ph.D. (Nigeria)