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Diploma Course in Social Work

Course Structure

Introduction

The Diploma Course in Social Work is intended to provide a platform to gain knowledge, skills, and experience in social work and related fields for social workers, community development assistants, programme assistants, etc. It is understood that there are several social problems emerging and escalating in the human society which could influence the well-being of the people in a negative manner. Especially, contemporary Sri Lankan society has encountered several social problems, issues, and conflicts during the last two decades. However, it is evident that sufficient attempts have not been made to study these problems in different perspectives in sociology. The curriculum of the diploma course has been developed to provide students with knowledge and skills that are required in providing services as social workers and related fields efficiently and effectively. The course would also facilitate practitioners to gain insights and investigate into emerging and escalating social issues. Great emphases have been placed on vulnerable groups including the children, women and communities affected by civil conflicts. Hence, the course would be of immense help to many practitioners in different fields to understand and think in critical and constructive ways on these aforesaid matters and their consequences, and plan and implement measures in preventing and rectifying the possible consequences.

Many sociologists who have interest in these social issues are concerned with academic discourse rather than articulate practical means to mitigate such issues in the human society. This phenomenon is especially evident in many developing countries including Sri Lanka. At present there are several universities/university departments in Sri Lanka conducting courses in Sociology for local students. It is encouraging to note that the smallest nation in South Asia – Maldives – has requested the University of Kelaniya to cater for their social service managers in conducting a diploma course on social work. As a university department – Department of Sociology – intends to support a neighbouring country to uplift its social development and also feels confident of opening this proposed diploma course for other nations including Sri Lankan nationals.

The course is opened to both local and foreign nationals. Those who have experience in the fields of social work, community development, development planning, rehabilitation, criminology and crime prevention, counselling, child and women activities etc. and fulfil the minimum qualification are eligible to follow the course. However, it should be noted that following personnel will receive  preference over the other applicants in the process of selection.

  • Social workers who do not possess a degree in sociology.
  • Those who do not possess a degree in sociology and are frequently engaged in occupations or providing services related to social work (e.g. individuals working in Non-Governmental Organisations) and desirous of gaining a sound knowledge and skills in their present fields.
  • The first batch of students will include only the social service managers nominated by the Government of Maldives which outsourced the training of these officials to the University of Kelaniya.
  • From the 2nd batch and thereinafter individuals from any nationality who fulfil minimum entry requirement  may apply to follow the Diploma course.
  • Faculty of Social Sciences and the Department of Sociology will decide the course contents and structure and make amendments as and where necessary after considering the local and foreign demands.  Such amendments will be tabled into relevant Boards of the University for approval.

The Course duration is 10 months including of examination. Lectures and Practical sessions will be held during the week days.

The applicants should pass at least three subjects at the GCE (A/L) [General Certificate of Examination (Advanced Level)]

OR

GCE (O/L) [General Certificate of Examination (Ordinary Level)] with a minimum of six subjects AND three years experience in the relevant fields or equivalent qualification if the applicant is a foreign student.

English

A student who obtained a grade below C in a particular course unit may re-sit the examination in respect of that course unit for the purpose of improving the grade; however, the best grade obtainable in this instance is ‘C’.

Course Contents

Proposed diploma course constitutes 60 credit values as illustrated below.

Semester 1

Code

Course Units

Status

Credits

SDSW 11016

Introduction to Sociology

Core

6

SDSW 11026

Human Growth and Development

Core

6

SDSW 11036

Introduction to Psychology

Core

6

SDSW 11046

Gender and Development

Core

6

SDSW 11056

Research Methods for Social Work

Core

6


English for Professional Purposes

Preparatory



Computer Literacy

Preparatory


Semester 2

Code

Course Units

Status

Credits

SDSW 12066

Child Protection and Welfare

Core

6

SDSW 12076

Introduction to Counselling

Core

6

SDSW 12086

Social Work Management

Core

6

SDSW 12096

Introduction to Social Work

Core

6

SDSW 12106

Field Placement/Internship

Core

6

Main levels of evaluation of students’ performance are listed below.

  • Assignments

  • Projects

  • Placements/Internships

  • Assessment of skills through practice workshops

  • Interviews

  • Written examination

The proportion of each level of evaluation is indicated under the each course unit mentioned under each course unit. Students are evaluated through continuous assessments and end semester examinations in respects of each course unit within the framework of rules and regulations approved by the university.

Students will be evaluated through continuous assessment, practical examination (depending on the course unit), and a written examination for each course unit. The method of overall testing of a course unit will be announced by the Department of Sociology, at the commencement of each course unit.

Marks obtained in respect of a course unit will be graded according to a ten category system as follows:

Range of Marks

Grade

Grade Point Value

85-100

A+

4.5

70-84

A

4.0

65-69

A-

3.5

60-64

B+

3.3

55-59

B

3.0

50-54

B-

2.8

45-49

C+

2.5

40-44

C

2.0

25-39

D

1.0

00-24

E

0.0

Students are required to complete all course units. Those who fail to produce valid reasons for not completing a particular course unit, will be given grade of ‘E’.

The overall performance of the students is assessed by calculating the Grade Point Average. Grade Point Average (GPA) is the credit-weighted Arithmetic Mean of the grade point values, i.e., the GPA is determined by dividing the total credit Weighted Grade Point Value by the Total Number of Credits. GPA shall be computed first decimal place.


A: Pass

A student registered for the diploma in social work will be awarded the diploma in social work if he/she satisfies all the following requirements:

Obtains grade C or better in all course units,

Has a minimum GPA of 2.8 from all course units,

The relevant requirements should be fulfilled within a period of three years

B: Merit Pass

A student registered for the diploma in social work will be awarded the diploma in social work with merit if he/she satisfies all the following conditions.

(i)     Obtains grade B or better in all course units,

(ii)    Has a minimum GPA of 4.0 from all course units,The relevant requirements should be fulfilled at first attempt of the examination.