The Department of Social Work started at the time when the College was founded in 1971. The Department took in the first cohort of Bachelor of Social Work (Hons.) Programme students in 2002 The 4-year honours degree programme gives students a first qualification in social work. A generalist model is adopted to equip students with theories, knowledge and skills in social work through core and supplementary courses. Core subjects relating to Human Behaviour & Social Environment, Social Welfare System & Social Services, Social Work Practice & Theories, Fieldwork Practicum and Social Science are taught throughout the 4 years with a different focus in each year.
To graduate in the degree programme, students are required to complete a minimum of 126 credits consisting of required and elective courses. The Department maintains a distinctive feature of providing 3 supervised fieldwork placements for students, which is a unique pattern of fieldwork practice in current social work training in the territory. In addition, students have to undertake a Pre-Placement Exposure of 100 hours in social service settings in Year 2. To promote quality assurance and to foster a culture of quality in teaching and learning, the Department has established a set of mechanisms to ensure and develop the quality of the programme.