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BSc Social Work with Minor in Youth Development Work

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Introduction

Social Work and Youth Development Work are intrinsically related; therefore, this  BSc Social Work with Minor in Youth Development Work seeks to offer students a rich blend of aspects of the human services that are urgently needed to address current societal issues that exist or are emerging in this 21st Century environment. This alignment of Social Work (Major) with Youth Development Work (Minor) offers students an exciting opportunity to explore and benefit from compatible and supplementary areas of academic interests that will make them stand out in the job market and in applying for graduate studies.

The programme seeks to equip the region’s professionals and volunteers with the requisite knowledge, skills and competencies to contribute meaningfully to the practice of social work and the issues of youth development work across the Caribbean region and elsewhere. 

Who is this programme for?

the programme is for individuals with an interest in pursuing careers in the human services including:

social/youth workers and volunteers who do not have formal qualification in social work and/or youth development work and are desirous of pursuing a profession in the human services
persons who are interested in enhancing and strengthening their competencies in order to engage in human services support in their places of employment, or as volunteers in social and civic organizations and institutions e.g. schools, churches, places of safety, children homes, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), community-based organizations (CBOs); first line supervisors and trainers in government ministries and agencies, private sector entities.

Which careers can graduates pursue?

Graduates are likely to pursue the following careers:

  • Social services administrator
  • Probation officer
  • Public administrator
  • Public policy consultant
  • Guidance counsellor
  • Educator
  • Youth coordinator and manager
  • Police officer
  • Sociologist
  • Correctional officer
  • Substance abuse counsellor
  • Child welfare officer
  • Outreach worker or volunteer
  • Behaviour specialist
  • Advocate
  • Researcher/Evaluator

Programme Structure

The structure of the BSc Social Work with Minor in Youth Development Work reflects progression of intellectual growth and promotes student success. The courses at Level 1 are foundation and introductory level courses. Levels II and III of the programme comprise the courses offered in the Social Work (Major), the Youth Development Work (Minor), and the Free Electives. All courses in this proposed structure are drawn from the Open Campus’ existing undergraduate programmes in Social Work and Youth Development Work in particular, as well as from the Sociology and Psychology programmes for the Free Electives. This degree category comprises the Major (30 credits); Minor (18 credits); and Free Electives (12 credits) 

When will the programme start?

The programme is offered in August of each Academic Year. Students may complete the degree full time in a minimum of three academic years (over six semesters). Students, however, may pursue the programme part-time according to their capacity to manage their academic and professional responsibilities.

Entry Requirements

New entrants must meet the University’s normal matriculation requirements in order to be accepted into the programme. 

New entrants must meet the University’s normal matriculation requirements in order to be accepted into the programme.  They must satisfy the requirements in either (a) or (b) or (c) or (d) below:

(a)     Entrants with CXC-CSEC and GCE qualifications having:

  • An acceptable pass in CXC-CSEC Mathematics or its equivalent; AND
  • An acceptable pass in CXC-CSEC English A; AND
  • One of the following minimum qualifications:
    o     either five subjects (at least two GCE ‘A’ Level or CAPE) and the remainder acceptable passes in CXC-CSEC or GCE ‘O’ Level; OR
    o     four subjects (at least three GCE ‘A’ Level or CAPE) and the fourth an acceptable pass in the CXC-CSEC or GCE ‘O’ Level
  • Grade requirements for CXC/CSEC subjects are General Proficiency, Grades I or II pre‐1998 and Grades I, II, or III from June 1998.    

(b)     Holders of five (5) CXC-CSEC or GCE ‘O’ Level passes or equivalent, not necessarily obtained at the same sitting.

NOTE:     The same subject cannot be counted at both CXC-CSEC General Proficiency and GCE ‘O’ Level.

English Language Proficiency Examination

Entrants may be required to take The English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT). This test is used to assess whether persons applying to pursue undergraduate degree programmes at the UWI Open Campus possess a satisfactory level of writing and reading proficiency in English for university academic purposes. 

Academic Preparation

The following courses do not provide credits for your programme of study but will give you the added benefit of preparing for your academic studies at the UWI Open Campus:

OOL1001     Orientation to Online Learning

IYMS1001    Improving your Math Skills (if applicable)

Course of Study
Level 1 
SOWK1900
Social Work Practicum
YDEW1000
Youth Development Work: Introduction to Theory and Practice
SOWK1020
Fundamental Principles and Practices of Social Work I
PHIL1902
Ethics for the Human Services
PSYC1000
Introduction to Psychology: Social, Developmental and Abnormal
SOWK1001
Introduction to Social Work
FOUN1101
Caribbean Civilisation
SOCI1002
Introduction to Sociology
FOUN1001
English for Academic Purposes
FOUN1501
Foundations for Learning Success
Level 2 
YDEW2007
Youth and Sustainable Development
YDEW2001
Contemporary Issues in Youth Development Work
YDEW2000
Youth Development Work: Personal and Professional Development
SOWK2018
Social Work Practicum II
SOWK2021
Group Dynamics in Social Work and Counselling
SOWK2015
Working with Communities
SOWK2020
Fundamental Principles and Practice of Social Work II
SOWK2011
Case Management
Level 2 Electives 
SOCI3048
Criminology and Criminal Justice
PSYC2031
Mental and Physical Health
YDEW2003
Youth Governance and Participation
SOWK2010
Lifespan Diversity within the Caribbean
GEND2111
Gender in the Caribbean Social, Political & Economic Relations
Level 3 
SOWK3042
Social Work Practicum IV
YDEW3000
Youth Development Work: Networks, Partnerships and Resourses
YDEW3002
Youth Advocacy: Principles and Tools
SOWK3041
Social Work, Laws and Policies within the Caribbean Context
SOWK3038
Human Growth and Development: Adulthood to Very Old Age
SOWK3037
Social Work Practicum III
SOWK3033
Mediation and Dispute Resolution
Level 3 Electives 
SOCI3035
Caribbean Social Problems
SOCI3028
Caribbean Social Structure
GOVT3079
Ethics and Global Justice
PSYC3003
Community and Environmental Psychology
SOWK3036
Development, Organization and Management in the Social Services