DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY

FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCE

AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY, ZARIA

 

A-TWO YEAR DIPLOMA IN SOCIAL WORK AND DEVELOPMENT (SWDS) PROGRAMME

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME

Considering the universal requirements for  training and re-training of workers (practicing and non-practicing) at various levels and in line with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria offers a two-year programme leading to Diploma in Social Work and Development Studies (SWDS).

The essence of the course therefore is to expose students to contemporary dimensions in Social Work and Development Studies within the most current world development framework, especially in the context of a fast developing society such as Nigeria with its attendant social problems. 

The main objective of the programme is to provide additional training for manpower needed for development.  As the nation is evolving as one of the leading world economies in the world, there is the urgent need for trained and skilled personnel to deal with developmental issues.  The programme will help satisfy the nation’s need for manpower as well as practicing social workers.  The diploma is not a terminal certificate; however it may be required for direct entry into B.Sc. programme in Sociology and other related disciplines provided the basic requirements for admission are met by candidates.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
Prospective candidates for this programme must have credit in five subjects in not more than two sittings including English Language in WAEC, SSCE, NECO, Grade II or its equivalent.

COURSE DURATION:
The diploma in Social Work and Development Studies is a full-time programme that lasts for four semesters of two sessions.  It shall comprise of a course work, field visit and one long assay writing.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS:-
To graduate, a student must have a total of 50 credit units before he/she is qualified to be awarded a Diploma in Social Work and Development Studies (SWDS) by the Senate of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

The distribution is as follows:

  • 21 courses of 2 credits units each      =       42 credit units
  • Field Visit                                         =         5 credit units
  • Long Essay                                       =         3 credit units

Total                                                      =        50 credit units
GRADING SYSTEM:
A grade of an E is required for a Pass in any course offered by students and the grading system for the Diploma in Social Work and Development Studies (DSWDS) programme is as follows:-
Distinction                   -           70 and above
Credit                         -           50 -  69
Merit                          -           45 -  49
Pass                           -           40 -  44

PROSPECTS

At the end of this programme, graduate will have the opportunity of working in Banks, Prisons, Military and Para-Military Outfits, Hospitals, Refugee Camps, Guiding and Counseling Units, Red Cross, Motherless Baby Home, Old People Home, International Organization such as:  UN, AU, ECOWAS, UNICEF, WHO, NACA, Non-governmental organisations. etc.

YEAR ONE FIRST SEMESTER COURSES
(2 Credit Units Each)
SWDS 111:       Introduction to Social Work
SWDS 112:       Introduction to Sociology
SWDS 113:       Introduction to Anthropology
SWDS 114:       Introduction to Psychology
SWDS 115:       Introduction to Community Studies
SWDS 116:       Use of English
Total        =     12 Credit Units

YEAR ONE SECOND SEMESTER COURSES
(2 Credit Units Each)
SWDS 121:       Principles and Practice of Social Work
SWDS 122        Inter-Group Relations
SWDS 123:       Community Organization and Social Change
SWDS 124:       Marriage, Family and Kinship
SWDS 125:       Social Problems and Development
SWDS 126:       Social Structure and Cultures of Nigeria
Total        =    12 Credit Units

YEAR TWO FIRST SEMESTER COURSES
(2 Credit Units Each)
SWDS 211:       Basic Research Methods
SWDS 212:       Basic Theories of Social Work and Development Practice
SWDS 213:       Basic Statistics for Social Work
SWDS 214:       Social Work and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
SWDS 215:       Child Welfare
SWDS 216:       Development Strategies
                        Total     =        12 Credit units

YEAR TWO SECOND SEMESTER COURSES
 ( 2 Credit Units Each Except Long  Essay)
SWDS 221:       Helping and Rehabilitating Institutions
SWDS 222:       Social Policies, Programmes and Actions
SWDS 223:       Social Work and the Aged
SWDS 224:       Women and Social Development
SWDS 225:       Field Visit  (5 Credit Units)
SWDS 226:       Long Essay (3 Credit Units)
                        Total  = 14 Credit Units (i.e.  10 credit units for courses plus 4 credit                              units for Long Essay)

SWDS 111:       INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL WORK
The course will acquaint students with the basic concepts, theories, scope, principles and practices of social work.  It will also place the profession within the Nigerian socio-cultural milieu.

SWDS  112:      INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
The course will introduce an analysis and description of social structure and dynamics of human society.   Field of  sociology and other social sciences, methods and techniques of scientific inquiry.  Basic concepts and principles of      sociology, social structure and social institution. Founding fathers of sociology; problems of social organizations, population and society, collective behavior; social movements and ideologies.  Uses and relevance of sociology would also be examined.

SWDS  113:      INTRODUCTION TO ANTHROPOLOGY
The course will delineate and describe the four main branches of anthropology: social/cultural anthropology, physical anthropology, archaeology and linguistic anthropology. Also, it will focus on human evolution, cultural development and basic social institutions of society.

SWDS  114:      INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY
The nature of social psychology, social influence processes, intergroup attitudes, socialization, cognitive control, social motives, racial prejudice, etc would be the   focus of this course.

SWDS  115:      INTRODUCTION TO DEVELOPMENT STUDIES
The basis concept in development studies will be discussed as well as development as a social change programme.    The philosophy of community development.  Group dynamics and their impacts on the attainment of the goal of community development and  self help movements would be examined. Target groups of social work, the environment of social work, private and  public social philantropism.  Voluntary social services, contemporary climate of Nigerian social work, functions and practice.  Preparedness and emergency response plans to crises,  disaster  management,  resources for planning and  diffusion of initiatives.

 

SWDS 116:       Use of English

SWDS  121:      PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE OF SOCIAL WORK
This course involves the practical application of social work in various institutions within the context of the Nigerian socio-cultural milieu.

SWDS 122:       INTER-GROUP RELATIONS
The course will explore the nature and dynamics of inter-group relationships.  An examination of relations between peoples of different cultures, religious groups, ethnicities, ideologies, etc with specific emphasis to a plural society like Nigeria will be treated.

SWDS 123:       COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION AND SOCIAL CHANGE
An exploration of the different types of community organization in the Nigerian   society, their functions, structure and services.  Examination of some of the problems involved in the delivery of service.   The students will also be exposed to changes and problems associated with  such changes in  communities of Nigeria.

SWDS  124:      MARRIAGE, FAMILY AND KINSHIP
The course seeks to expose students to key issues and concepts involving   marriage, family and kinship relationships, particularly as they affect the conceptionalization and practice of social work within the family.  Particularly    attention shall be paid to the various kinds of relationships in marriage and the    family; the emphatic approach to marriage, relationship of marriage and education, happenings in the world of marriage and the family, satisfaction and dissatisfaction in marriage; the importance of personality in marriage relationship; who to fall in love with and why; reliability; social factors in mate selection; psychological factors in mate selection; endogamy vs exogamy; premarital sex; marriage adjustments; family communication; sexual adjustments in marriage; marriage problems and solutions, kinship relationship, etc.

SWDS 125:       SOCIAL PROBLEMS AND DEVELOPMENT
Analysis of some social problems causes and effects of poverty, disease, crime, delinquency and marital conflict.   Others include ethno-religious conflicts, racial sexual segregation, issues of justice and injustice, population, industrialization   and environmental problems such as climate change, desert encroachment, deforestation, etc.

SWDS  126:      SOCIAL STRUCTURE AND CULTURE OF NIGERIA
The course will examine pre-colonial government and major constitutional changes in Nigeria.  The people and culture of Nigeria, civilian government in Nigeria, and military rule in Nigeria.  A comparison of government policies on  politics, agriculture, education, religion, etc and their effects on Nigerian people. Ethnicity and nation-hood in Nigeria.

 

SWDS  211:      BASIC RESEARCH METHODS
The course will deal with an introduction to the research process.  Development of skills in the designing and execution of survey research; application of  statistical analysis to survey data and report writing.

SWDS 212:   BASIC THEORIES OF SOCIAL WORK AND DEVELOPMENT PRACTICE
Meaning of social work:   An introduction to basic concepts.  The course is designed to expose students to the major theoretical perspectives on social      work.

SWDS  213:      BASIC STATISTICS FOR SOCIAL WORK
The course will expose students to basic statistical approaches and methods, sources of data, data collection, analysis and interpretation.

 

SWDS  214:      SOCIAL WORK AND NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS (NGOs)
Application of the principles, theories and practice of social work as they relate   to NGOS such as labour union, women organizations, industries, supra-national organizations, cooperatives, banks and other financial institutions, etc.

SWDS  215:      CHILD WELFARE
The child in the Nigerian family/society and his/her  development.  United Nations Convention on the rights of the child.  Categorization of children especially in difficult circumstances.  Community involvement in child welfare         services.  Fostering and adoption; advocacy and intervention.

SWDS  216:      DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES
The course will expose students to the various models and strategies of     development in the context of the global system with particular emphasis to the developing countries, Nigeria inclusive.

SWDS  221:      HELPING AND REHABILITATING INSTITUTIONS
The course will examine institutions such as remand homes, settlement centre’s (leprosy settlement), social security system:  functions and practice, and that of the destitutes, aged, unemployed, dispossessed, deranged, etc.

SWDS  222:      SOCIAL POLICIES, PROGRAMMES AND ACTIONS
An examination of social policy as a political instrument.  The development of      social policy in Nigeria and its determinant; sectoral analysis of social policy impact and patterns of response by citizens including popular participation; social values and public policy.  A critical assessment of the role of social science in social policy.

SWDS  223:      SOCIAL WORK AND THE AGED
Why we grow old (Gerontology).  The process of aging and generation gap.  The aged in traditional  and modern societies and their social needs.   The aged, government policy and  socio-economic effects of aging.

 

SWDS 224:       WOMEN AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
The role of women in the society with emphasis on the social aspects.  Factors that inhibit the contribution of women to social development.  Institutional as well as non-formal arrangements in the past and present that influence women’s contribution to development.

SWDS  225:      FIELD VISIT
The field visit will be at the second semester of year two. Complete mastery of case work techniques and methods as demonstrated in practical applications are expected from students. SWDS  226: LONG ESSAY
This is the final year (Diploma II) report writing or mini-projects that all legible  students  are expected to write  under the supervision of Lecturers before they graduate from the programme.

 

Dr. Y.K. Gandu
Head of Department