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|Degree Code:||CSW||Degree Name:||BACHELOR OF ARTS IN SOCIAL WORK|
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Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts (Social Work) degree programme will be admitted to the course at the beginning of their first year and enroll for four courses in the social work programme, four in the department of Sociology and four others in any other two departments in the faculty of Arts. Thereafter, students will take courses prescribed by the social work programme, including not less than 1200 hours of field Practicum. Therefore, the curriculum for the B.A. Social Work will consist of:
I). Taught courses 41 courses
II) Practicum 3 courses
Each taught course shall include 45 contact hours
Each field practicum course shall take 10 weeks of external agency attachment.
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Since its inception in 1976 the social work program (B.A. Degree) has been administratively under the auspices of the Department of Sociology but with its own Program Coordinator. The Programme was initiated within the Department of Sociology in response to a request from an Inter-Ministerial Working Committee on Social Work Education in Kenya. The Inter-Ministerial Committee included the following representatives: The Kenya Institute of Administration, The Kenya National Association of Social Workers, The National Council of Social Services, The Ministry of Housing and Social Services, The Ministry of Finance and Planning, The Ministry of Education, The Directorate of Personnel and The Department of Sociology, University of Nairobi. The Committee, following its study of the social welfare needs of Kenya at that time projected that the country would need twenty to twenty-five (20-25) social work graduates per year to meet the existing manpower needs.
The committee established that “the overall goal of the programme would be to train professional university level social workers in response to the increasing complexity of social problems in the country”. Prior to 1976, there existed in Kenya a Diploma and Certificate Training Programme operating under the auspices of the Kenya Institute of Administration at Kabete. The Diploma Training Programme was later transferred to the Embu Government Training Institute. In other words, there was no university level training of social workers in Kenya prior to 1976.
In the beginning, the Inter-Ministries Committee and the Department of Sociology collaborated in planning and the development of the Social Work Programme. As a result of this collaboration, it was recommended that a B.A. Social Work degree be offered within the Department of Sociology at the University of Nairobi. The decision to administratively house the Programme in the Department of Sociology was made for several reasons:
Initially, the Social Work Programme was funded by the Fredrick Ebert Foundation for three-years. The Foundation met the cost of a senior lecturer position and two lecturer positions, including other expenses for operating the programme for the period specified and renewable for an additional two years. However, the Foundation did not fund the programme beyond the three years. Consequently, the financial responsibilities for operating the programme were taken over by the government. The programme has since grown; from admitting about 20 students per year to about 60 currently.
From 1976 to as recent as the 1990’s, the BA (Social Work) programme at the University of Nairobi remained the only university program in Kenya for professional training in social work. The course was started to fill a professional gap not only in Kenya’s but actually in East Africa’s social development sector. Social work graduates have since played a critical role in the overall development of the country. Of notable significance has been their contribution in the following areas: management of children’s affairs (e.g., rehabilitation and training), gender and development, youth affairs, probation and correctional services, management of community development programmes, community mobilization and capacity building, medical social work (in health facilities), counselling, human resource management and micro-enterprise development.
Like all recognized tertiary training centres for social workers, the University of Nairobi has over the years adhered to a curricula that not only allows students to specialize in social work early in the BA programme but also that combines class work and fieldwork. It is hoped that this practice will be sustained especially for the purpose of maintaining internationally recognized social work training standards and for the University of Nairobi to maintain its pole position as the model for professional social work training in Kenya.
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Common regulations for admission into the University of Nairobi and those in the faculty of Arts shall apply.
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The general objective of the BA (Social Work) programme is to produce graduates equipped with skills and knowledge necessary in the social development sector.
The specific objectives are:
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|CSW 101||Introduction To Psychology||View Description|
Introduction To Psychology Description
The nature and scope of psychology: Methods of psychology, measurement in psychology. Learning and thinking: conditioning and learning, memory and forgetting, facilitating learning. Motivation and emotions: relations between motives, emotions and behaviour. The nature and assessment of personality, conflict, adjustment and mental health, conflict, anxiety and defence mechanisms. Psychopathology, abnormal behaviour, neuroses, psychoses, schizpphrenia, personality disorders.
|CSO 101||Introduction To Sociology||View Description|
Introduction To Sociology Description
The aim of this course is to expose first year students to the basics of the discipline of sociology. At the end of the semester (45 hours) the students should have adequate grasp of the key issues and areas of interest, as well as the key theoretical and methodological concerns of sociology. Students are encouraged to attempt an application of the course content to what they observe in daily life. More importantly, students should develop a keen interest in the subject matter and an inquiring mind, thereby utilizing the tools which they will have developed from this introductory course.
|CSO 102||Introduction To Anthropology||View Description|
Introduction To Anthropology Description
Definition of anthropology. Various concepts considered central to cultural studies, e.g. society, culture traits, culture change, etc. Other fundamental concepts such as use of symbols and culture and communication, social structure, kinship and religion; all with emphasis on African cultures.
|CSO 104||The Socialization Process||View Description|
The Socialization Process Description
The course is aimed at exposing and increasing the student’s knowledge on the factors underlying individual and group behaviour in the system of social interaction. The course introduces students to the processes that a new born undergoes through life to become a fully functional member of society.Various concepts .e.g nature of man, culture, society, socialization, socio-biology are discussed. The process of socialization .e.g attachment, sextyping, identification and imitation is discussed at length including the role of the environment, physical and social (nature and nurture) in human growth and development.
|CSO 103||Introduction To Comparative Sociology||View Description|
Introduction To Comparative Sociology Description
This course will introduce students to some important elements of Social structure that tend to be found in all societies. Basically, the lecturers will select basic social instructions and examine the manner in which they function in different societies. Areas of commonality and areas of dissimilarity in the functioning of these institutions will be featured and explanations given.
|CSW 103||The Government And The People Of Kenya||View Description|
The Government And The People Of Kenya Description
Origins of the peoples of Kenya. Social and Organizational structures of different ethnic groups e.g. power and leadership bases. The nature of modern government: Its judicial, legislative and executive arms and relationships with people.
|CSO 208||Social Stratification, Class And Mobility||View Description|
Social Stratification, Class And Mobility Description
In terms of content, the course addresses different social systems, inequalities and the attendant forms of social differentiation, stratification, incentive structures, recognition and change. The key concepts, all related to various parameters and indicators of inequality include, but are not limited to social class, social mobility, elites power and prestige. Conceptual and theoretical approaches considered pertinent to the subject matter are also introduced. The views of both classical sociologists and those of contemporary scholars are also incorporated.
A strong relevance of East African settings is adopted in the course of class lectures, with strong emphasis on practical situations. Students are expected to read widely, identify their own source materials and be highly analytical in application of the knowledge thus attained. Both formal and informal data which add value to scholarship in the subject matter are welcome.
|CSW 201||Social Work Methods||View Description|
Social Work Methods Description
The process of social research: designing a study, generating research hypotheses, determining the sources of the data required, review of the relevant literature. Data collection: the sampling rationale and methods, data collection methods and instruments. Data processing: coding and statistical analysis. The discussion, interpretation and presentation of findings in appropriate report format.
|CSW 203||Community Development||View Description|
Community Development Description
The concept of community development: basic assumptions and principles underpinning community development. Various involved in a community development process and programmes and their roles; the local leadership. The conventional content strategies and methods of community development: action research, participatory research, and systems improvement research. The pure community development processes model, the directive and non-directive approach to community development process model, the directive and non-directive approach to community development. Integrated rural development and the role of community development worker.
Critique of the present state of community development theory and practice. Community development and national development: Kenya’s “harambee” movement, women self-help activities and programmes in Kenya. Comparison of Kenya’s harambee movement with selected community development experiences in the Third World, a critical assessment of the achievements and weaknesses of the harambee movement.
|CSO 204||Social Statistics I||View Description|
Social Statistics I Description
Social Statistics I is a course designed for Sociology students as a basic introduction to statistics and serves as a foundation for other more advanced statistics offered within the department namely Social Statistics II which is offered at the third level and Advanced Social Statistics offered at Post Graduate level. It is a core course for second year Sociology Students who intend to engage in social research. The Course aims at giving undergraduate students the opportunity to acquire skills in data and statistical. It is elementary in mathematical level. The Course also aims at helping students think about data and use statistical methods with understanding.
|CSO 210/CPY 203||Social Psychology||View Description|
Social Psychology Description
Introduction to the meaning, scope and importance of social psychology. An analysis of the nervous system and behavior. A critical understanding of the psychological factors in social life such as cognition, attribution, motivation, attitudes, interpersonal attraction and laughter, humor and play. Study of social influence with focus on conformity, compliance, obedience, persuasion, and deviance. The psychology of collective behavior. Applied aspects of social psychology are introduced by exploring in some detail such themes as stereotypes, prejudice, discrimination social change and mental health.
|CSO 206||Rural Sociology||View Description|
Rural Sociology Description
This course is a must for students who intend to work directly or indirectly with rural people for their development and consequently gain insight and understanding of their behaviour. Students will get a comprehension of what goes to make up the structure of rural life, its operation and the development of a framework which serves to analysis rural life.
The course is conceived with social processes in rural areas in developing countries in general and in East Africa specifically. Rural Sociology is a sub-discipline of general sociology which attempts to apply sociological principles to obtain an understanding of rural issues such as land tenure, land use and settlement patterns, the rural household, community structure, occupations, rural interaction patterns, leadership, rural crime etc.
|CSW 200||Human Growth And Development||View Description|
Human Growth And Development Description
The development of human beings from psychological perspectives against biological backgrounds and environmental influences. Processes of growth, heredity and environmental influences. Genetic principles and patterns of development. The management of development, scientific and practical nature of development, early childhood, later childhood, adolescence, adulthood and old age. The nature of development, theories of development, cross-cultural descriptions of development.
Perception, language, socialization, cognition and intelligence. Personality development, personality theories, personality and behaviour, child-rearing practices, concept of African personality.
|CSW 202||Social Work Methods: Group Work And Case Work||View Description|
Social Work Methods: Group Work And Case Work Description
The nature of casework; definition, assumptions underpinning casework, principles governing casework relationship. Essential skills interviewing, recording, work organization in the agency context. Casework as a problem solving process, intake, diagnosis, treatment, termination/referral. Crisis theory and management in casework practice. Client centres therapy and its application to casework.
The concept and functions of the groupwork methods of social work. Basic principles governing groupwork practice. The relevance of group dynamics to groupwork. The phases of group development. Group treatment sequence, intake, group formation, building viable and cohesive group, guiding group towards treatment goals, maintaining and terminating the group. Diagnosis, interventions and programming in groupwork. Role and functions of the social groupworker. The relevance of group work theory to social development in Kenya.
|CSO 209||Sociology Of Deviant Behaviour||View Description|
Sociology Of Deviant Behaviour Description
The objective of this course is to introduce students to the study of deviant behaviour or deviating from the norms of society, as social problems which exist in society. The content of the course includes emphasis on the causes of deviant behaviour or social problems and pathological social actions which manifest themselves in society. Types of deviant behaviour studied include prostitution, abortion, homosexuality, drug addiction, alcoholism, suicide, mental disorder and juvenile delinquency as they occur in Kenya and East Africa in particular, and in developed societies in general.
|CSO 205||Sociology Of The Family||View Description|
Sociology Of The Family Description
The course examines the structure and functioning of the family across societies in general and within African societies in particular. Attention is to be given to the family internal dynamics in gender relations and inter-generational power and authority relations along with social, economic and cultural bases of these relations. Certain common themes appear to be developing in families and in varying degrees in all regions of the world. These themes include the rise in divorce, decline in fertility, gender role changes, and lessened support shown by children toward their parents and other elders.
Recognition is made that the family is undergoing major changes around the world consequent on the forces of industrialization. These changes have impelled an increasing number of national governments to develop family policies to resolve some family problems that emerge from industrialization-driven social changes.
|CSW 204||Field Practicum I||View Description|
Field Practicum I Description
This course exposes social work students to real life problems that social welfare workers usually deal with. This is done through their exposure to field practicum. In the first practicum, the emphasis is on undertaking of community profiles, identification of community resources. Understanding components of social work process; assessment, analysis, intervention, termination, and skills in direct service to individuals, groups and communities in the context of various social welfare agencies. Selection of areas of interest for project paper, identification of change agents for ongoing collaborative work
|CSW 301||Environment And Social Development||View Description|
Environment And Social Development Description
The purpose of the course is to introduce students to environmental issues as they relate to development in general and more specifically the implications of social variables on environmental issues and to demonstrate various approaches to conservation and to further the students’ general social work intervention skills specifically to deal with environmental factors.
|CSW 305||Personnel Management In Human Service Agencies||View Description|
Personnel Management In Human Service Agencies Description
The Management of Social Services with emphasis on development inter personal skills for managers. Recruitment, training and socialization; job design, and analysis, supervision and its functions.
|CSW 303||Fieldwork Practicuum||View Description|
Fieldwork Practicuum Description
This course is a continuation of CSW 204 (Social Work Theory and Practice II). The course will be done soon after the students have completed their second field practice at the end of the 2nd year of study. The students who by now would have covered extensive social work theory course and who are also expected to have dealt with complex practical field issues are to use this knowledge in identifying community issues; different approaches to handling issues and needs. The multi-disciplinary nature of community issues and needs; the use of community resources and resource development; leadership identification and development; programme supervision, evaluation and termination.
|CSW 307||Human Relations And Social Development||View Description|
Human Relations And Social Development Description
Types of relations among people, formal and informal relations. Social and cultural influences on human relations. Human relations in an organizational setting; characteristics of the professional relationship; Public relations, Relationships with authority; caring relationship. Peer and colleague relationships. Leadership and management style. Communication and human relations.
|CSW 309||Economics For Social Development||View Description|
Economics For Social Development Description
Forum of economic organizations. Basic economic principles and theories. Social and economic development. Economic planning rationale and processes in Kenya. Economic consideration in social services provisions. Cost sharing principles and mechanisms. Distribution and redistribution of resources. Social welfare planning and national development. The role of national development plans. Resource generation, management and control. Budgetary systems and the family.
|CSW 311||Social Work And Social Ethics||View Description|
Social Work And Social Ethics Description
A broad look at ethical issues in society. An analysis of various bases for ethics e.g. religion, culture, politics, and economics. Different professions and their relevance to social work practice.
|CSO 302||Qualitative Research Methods||View Description|
Qualitative Research Methods Description
The historical background of qualitative research, its importance to third world countries like Kenya and its current concerns. Theoretical perspectives essential for understanding qualitative research methods; symbolic interactionism, social change, social confliect, labeling, dramaturgy, impression management, phenomenology, and ethnomethodology. The nature of social reality and the use of sociological imagination in searching for connections between its various aspects. The design and implementation of naturalistic or inductive research including the use of techniques such as participant observation, personal documents (e.g. letters, diaries, autobiographies, etc.) and group interviews. Analysis and presentation of qualitatively gathered data.
|CSW 300||Social Policy And Administration||View Description|
Social Policy And Administration Description
The subject matter of social policy and administration. Models of social policy: Aspects of policymaking and the policy formulation process. The administrative process and tasks involving: policy choices programme planning, implementation, supervision and evaluation. Administration of the social welfare services: decision-making, personnel management; fiscal management. Social dimensions of delivering them, their manner of delivery, and the obstacles hampering service delivery.
|CSW 302||Family And Child Welfare||View Description|
Family And Child Welfare Description
The family as a social unit. Forms of households. Family functions. Life cycle of the family. Family as a powerful environment. Family dynamics and processes. Family conflicts and their management .Changes in family patterns. Family policies. Management of family resources. Family and the law. Family role relations. Dissolution of family.
|CSW 304||Social Change And Development||View Description|
Social Change And Development Description
An overview of social change and development. Sociological theories of social change and development. Development strategies. Urbanization and development. Pre-requisites for, and factors in, development. Techniques of development planning, implementation and evaluation. Analysis of development patterns in East Africa. The role of social work in development.
|CSW 306||Evaluative Research||View Description|
Evaluative Research Description
Designing and evaluative study for social service agencies; the concepts; principles and purposes of evaluation, monitoring evaluation; impact analysis. Evaluation models and designs. Generating evaluation questions. Data collection, data processing and analysis for evaluation purposes. Presentation of evaluation findings and writing of evaluation reports in a professional format and style.
|CSW 310||Community Organization And Action||View Description|
Community Organization And Action Description
Community organization as a social work concern. Historical development of community organization. The assumptions and principles underpinning community organization. Community organizational approaches; inter-organizational coordination, service creation and development, direct work with community groups. The role of the professional worker in community organization. The meaning of, and rationale for, community action. Methods and tactics in community action; the place of conflict strategies in community action. The applicability of, and constraints on, community action in Kenyan context.
|CSW 312||Deviation And Social Rehabilitation||View Description|
Deviation And Social Rehabilitation Description
Forms of deviation: physical, mental, behavioural and personality. Theory relating to deviation. Societal categorization and control of deviant persons. Stigmatization and deviation. The concept of rehabilitation. Forms of rehabilitation. Psycho-social, vocational, institutional, community-based placement and employment. Rehabilitating disability, principles, methods and techniques of rehabilitating various disabilities with special reference to the Kenyan experience.
|CSW 313||Statistics||View Description|
Frequency distribution, the normal curve, measures of central tendency; measures of variability; probability and sampling errors, confidence intervals and levels. Correlations. Testing hypotheses: chi-square and F. distributions. Linear regression and analysis of variance. Non-parametric tests and other measures in data analysis and inference.
|CSW 401||Adolescence||View Description|
Adolescence as a developmental stage in the life cycle. Development tasks during adolescence; search for identity, academic and career development, social development. Adolescence and peer groups. Inter-generation conflicts. Adolescence, sexuality and fertility: dating, teenage pregnancies. Specific health problems and adolescence. Adolescence and parents. Delinquency and the growing process among adolescents. Recreation and leisure time needs of adolescents.
|CSW 403||Dissertation Or Project Paper||View Description|
Dissertation Or Project Paper Description
This paper is compulsory for all 126.96.36.199. Social Work students and is optional for the 188.8.131.52. students. The field topic to be researched and its theoretical orientation can be selected by students during the 3rd and 4th years of study, or during the 2nd or 3rd block field placements.
|CSW 405||Field Practicum Iii||View Description|
Field Practicum Iii Description
This will be the final portion of the continuous core course of social work, Field Practicum. The students who are by now expected to have mastered advanced social work skills and would have understood social problems and issues both in the micro and macro levels are expected to use that knowledge in community and organizational assessment through the use of key informants, opinion leaders and other methods and sources. Participation in staff meetings and community meetings; inter-organizational or team meetings; setting objectives and choice of strategies; resource creation and mobilization; training; monitoring and supervisory functions. Report writing, presentation and dissemination of information. Organizing of seminars and workshops. Inter-organizational co-ordination and networking.
|CSW 407||Formal Organization Behaviour||View Description|
Formal Organization Behaviour Description
The nature, types and functions of formal organizations. Theories of organizations and management: Bureaucracies, their basic elements, functions and dysfunctions, for administrative structures. The human relations movement. Systems analysis or organizations (modern theory). Some processes in organizations; power and authority; leadership, motivation, communication, structuring organizational relationships, delegation, coordination, supervision, discipline, employment and development of people.
|CSW 409||Gerontology||View Description|
The situation of age in Kenya. The place of the extended family in the care of the aged. Policies and issues in legislation, health, housing, income maintenance, and social welfare programmes, nursing homecare and research. Combative approaches to care for the aged.
|CSW 411||Social Law||View Description|
Social Law Description
Law and individual behaviour. Collective behaviour and the actions of government. Forms of social legislation. Substantive and procedural law in development and administration. The legislative machinery and process in Kenya. The social foundations of law. Marital and family law. Land laws in Kenya. Law of succession. Social work interventions for social justice.
|CSW 412||Social Psychiatry||View Description|
Social Psychiatry Description
The main focus of this course will be the social etiology of mental illness and social work’s intervention strategy. The main concern of social psychiatry, which is the relationship between mental disorder and socio-cultural process, will be explored in detail. Specific areas of focus will include child and adolescent problems of growth and development; socially and culturally induced personality disorders; psychosocial problems of ageing; alcohol and drug-abuse mental related problems.
|CSW 400||Gender And Development||View Description|
Gender And Development Description
Women as subject rather than object development. Social development and women’s issues and concerns. Methodologies for studying women in social development and administration. Indicators on women and development. Principal sectors of women’s inputs and activities. Difference of the outcome of development plans. Women’s involvement in the provision of social services .Women’s perception of themselves and their roles vis-à-vis the perception of others. Opportunities and constraints on women’s advancement.
|CSW 402||Population And Development||View Description|
Population And Development Description
Population trends and patterns. Impact of man on the environment. Policies for management of the human resource. Economics of population change. The consequence of growth on development. Population data and public policy. Population policies, measures and effectiveness (e.g. family planning, birth control).
|CSW 406||Counselling||View Description|
Types and forms of counselling e.g. crises counselling, problem solving counselling e.g. marriage counselling, decision making counselling. Process and stages in counselling. Counselling skills (supportive and non-supportive). Social, cultural and economic contexts of counselling.
|CSW 408||Health And Community||View Description|
Health And Community Description
The concept of health and disease: Social and anthropological theories of disease. African perceptions of disease. Role of environment in disease causation. Types of common preventable diseases and their control; immunization, material and child health, nutrition and health. The primary health care programme in Kenya, policies and delivery systems. Women and Community health programmes.
|CSW 410||Introduction To Psychiatry||View Description|
Introduction To Psychiatry Description
This course aims to familiarize social work students to the subject matter of psychiatry. Course content will include, definition of psychiatry, its scope and sub-specialities. Classification of psychiatric disorder like psychotic disorder, schizophrenia, neurotic disorders, anxiety and phobic disorder, hysteria, personality disorder, paranoia and antisocial, obsessive and compulsive disorder; organic brain disorder. The course will be serviced from the Department of Psychiatry and will be scheduled and planned in harmony with the two courses in the departments of psychiatry namely introduction to psychiatry and general psychiatry with course codes of HPS 400.
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