Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Bachelor of Social Work

Qualification code: 99309
NQF level: 8
Total credits: 516
SAQA ID: 62459
APS/AS: 21
NO new registration will be accepted from 2016. Students who passed DVA1601 will retain credits for DVA1502; DVA3702 will retain credits for DVA2603 BUT must enroll for DVA3706 in order to complete the ten-modules major in Development Studies in a Bachelor's level programme. PSY2604 will retain credits for PYC2614; PYC3706 will retain credits for PYC3716, SCK1501 will retain credits BSW1501; SCK1502 will retain credits BSW1502 and SCK1503 will retain credits BSW1503. ENN103F has been replaced by ENG1503, students who have already passed ENN103F may not register ENG1503.
Purpose statement:
The purpose of this professional four-year qualification is to equip learners with: Skills to challenge structural sources of poverty, inequality, oppression, discrimination and exclusion. Knowledge and understanding of human behaviour and social systems and the skills to intervene at the points where people interact with their environments in order to promote social well-being. The ability and competence to assist and empower individuals, families, groups, organisations and communities to enhance their social functioning and their problem-solving capacities. The ability to promote, restore, maintain and enhance the functioning of individuals, families, groups and communities by enabling them to accomplish tasks, prevent and alleviate distress and use resources effectively. An understanding of and the ability to demonstrate social work values and the principles of human rights and social justice while interacting with and assisting the range of human diversity. The understanding and ability to provide social work services towards protecting people who are vulnerable, at-risk and unable to protect themselves. Knowledge and understanding of both the South African and the global welfare context and the ability to implement the social development approach in social work services. Understanding of the major social needs, issues, policies and legislation in the South African social welfare context and the social worker`s role and contribution. The skills to work effectively within teams, including social work teams, multi- and inter-disciplinary teams as well as multi-sectoral teams.
This qualification will be presented using both online and distance learning modes.
Qualification offered until 2023, and ONLY for students previously registered for this qualification.

Who can register?

  • Applicants may only register once they have received confirmation from Unisa that their application for admission has been accepted. Unisa reserves the right to not process and / or to cancel your registration if it is found that you were incorrectly admitted to a qualification. Admission to the alternative qualification is not automatic. It will depend on whether you comply with admission requirements and if space is available.
  • Re-registering students may register for the 2020 academic year once the registration period opens.

Please note:

  • Should you wish to start a new qualification, please apply online for the alternative qualification.
  • All communication sent to you after the initial study package (with the exception of study guides) will be sent electronically to your myLife e-mail account (eg follow-up tutorial letters, examination timetables and results, financial statements). You will no longer receive such communication in printed format.

How to choose your modules

Each Unisa qualification is structured in such a way that you need to pass a certain number of modules and NQF level credits within a certain amount of time in order to graduate. You must pass a minimum number of credits / modules annually so that you are able to re-register and continue with your qualification:

  • At least 36 NQF credits (3 modules of 12 credits each) in your first year of study.
  • At least 48 NQF credits (4 modules of 12 credits each) in your second or further years of study.

You may not register for more than the allowed maximum number of credits / modules per semester:

  • At least 60 NQF credits (5 modules of 12 credits each) in a semester.
  • At least 120 NQF credits (10 modules of 12 credits each) per year for year modules.

The maximum number of credits do not include supplementary and / or aegrotat examinations from a previous semester. Modules taken for non-degree / non-diploma purposes also count towards the maximum number of credits allowed.

You must take your available time into consideration when choosing your modules, as this will impact your academic performance. You need approximately

  • 6 to 8 hours per week for semester modules.
  • 4 to 6 hours per week for year modules.

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Curriculum for this qualification

As you are deciding on the modules you will be registering for, remember to write down the module names and codes so that you have something that you can refer to when completing your registration.

First level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
BSW1501 - Introduction to Social Welfare and Social Work
BSW1502 - Introduction to Social Work as a Profession
BSW1503 - Introduction to the Landscape of Social Work Practice Co-requisite:BSW1501 & BSW1502 or SCK1501 & SCK1502
INS1502 - Developing Information Skills for Lifelong Learning
SCW2601 - Introduction to Law for Social Work IIA
SCW2602 - Introduction to Law for Social Work IIB
Group B. Select the 2 modules of your Second Major (If DVA is chosen as a second major PYC2605 must be done)
CMY1501 - Introduction to Criminology: Crime, Offenders and Criminal Behaviour
CMY1502 - Introduction to Criminology: Victims and Reduction of Crime
COM1501 - Fundamentals of Communication
COM1502 - Communication Contexts and Applications
DVA1501 - Introduction to Development Studies
DVA1502 - Development Problems and Institutions
PLS1501 - Introduction to Western Philosophy
PLS1502 - Introduction to African Philosophy
PYC1501 - Basic Psychology
PYC1502 - Psychology in Society
SOC1501 - Community, Society and Inequality in a Globalised World: Introduction to Sociology
SOC1502 - Understanding South Africa: Families, Education, Identities and Inequality
Group C. Select 2 of the following: (if not selected from GROUP B)
APY1501 - Anthropology in a Diverse World
ENG1503 - Academic Language and Literacy in English
EUP1501 - Ethical Information and Communication Technologies for Development Solutions
RST1501 - Introducing Religions of the World

Second level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
APY2613 - Anthropology in an African Context
RSC2601 - Research in Social Sciences
SCK2601 - Facilitative Communication in Groups and Communities Pre-requisite:BSW1502 & BSW1503 OR SCK1502 & SCK1503 or SCK102X & SCK103Y. (Not applicable to 02313 - CHP & SCK1503 - not applicable to 98218)
Co-requisite:SCK2602 or SCK2024 (Not applicable to 98218)
SCK2602 - Practical Work Pre-requisite:BSW1501 & BSW1503 or SCK1502 & SCK1503 or SCK102X & SCK103Y
Co-requisite:SCK2601or SCK2013
SCK2603 - Welfare Policy Pre-requisite:BSW1501 or SCK1501 or SCK101W
SCK2604 - Counselling Skills Pre-requisite:SCK1502 or SCK102X (Not applicable to 98218)
Co-requisite:SCK2601 or SCK2013
Group B. Select 1 from the following:
MGG2601 - Marriage Guidance and Counselling
MGG2602 - Sexual Trauma
Group C. Select 3 modules if CRIMINOLOGY is your SECOND MAJOR
CMY2601 - Crime Risk Perspectives
CMY2602 - Principles of Crime Prevention, Reduction and Control
CMY2603 - Child and Youth Misbehaviour
CMY2604 - Dealing with Young Offenders
Group D. Select 3 modules if COMMUNICATION SCIENCE is your SECOND MAJOR
COM2601 - Organisational Communication
COM2602 - Integrated Organisational Communication
COM2603 - Intercultural, Development and Health Communication
COM2604 - Media Studies: Mass Communication and Media Theory
Group E. Select the 3 modules if DEVELOPMENT STUDIES is your SECOND MAJOR
DVA2601 - Projects and Programmes as Instruments of Development
DVA2602 - Community Development and the Basic Needs Approach
DVA2603 - Urban Development
Group F. Select 3 modules if PHILOSOPHY is your SECOND MAJOR
PLS2601 - Critical Reasoning
PLS2602 - African Ethics and Politics
PLS2607 - Philosophy of Science
Group G. Select PYC2605 plus 2 modules if PSYCHOLOGY is your SECOND MAJOR
PYC2601 - Personality Theories
PYC2602 - Child and Adolescent Development
PYC2603 - Adulthood and Maturity
PYC2605 - HIV/AIDS Care and Counselling
PYC2606 - Basic Measurement and Questionnaire Design
PYC2614 - Community psychology: Building foundations
Group H. Select 3 modules if SOCIOLOGY is your SECOND MAJOR
SOC2601 - Theories of Social Change Recommendation:SOC1501 and/or SOC1502
SOC2602 - Globalisation and Social Change in South Africa Recommendation:SOC1501 and/or SOC1502
SOC2604 - Sociology of Families and Social Problems

Third level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
SCK3701 - Social Case Work Pre-requisite:SCK2604 or SCK2046
Co-requisite:SCK3704 or SCK304A (Not applicable to 98218)
SCK3702 - Social Group Work Pre-requisite:SCK2601 & SCK2602 or SCK2013 & SCK2024 (SCK2602 - not applicable to 98218)
Co-requisite:SCK3704 or SCK304A (Not applicable to 98218)
SCK3703 - Community Work Pre-requisite:SCK2601 & SCK2602 or SCK2013 & SCK2024. (Not applicable to 02313 - CHP, SCK2602 is not applicable to 98218)
Co-requisite:SCK3705 or SCK305B. (Not applicable to 02313 - CHP & 98218)
SCK3704 - Practical Work in Social Case and Group Work Pre-requisite:SCK2601 & SCK2602 or SCK2013 &SCK2024
Co-requisite:SCK3701 SCK3702 or SCK3016 & SCK3028
SCK3705 - Practical Work: Community Work Pre-requisite:SCK2601 & SCK2602 or SCK2013 & SCK2024
Co-requisite:SCK3703 or SCK3039
Group B. Select 5 of the following if PHILOSOPHY is your SECOND MAJOR
PLS3701 - Theoretical and Applied Ethics
PLS3702 - Modern Philosophy
PLS3703 - Advanced African Philosophy
PLS3705 - Political Philosophy
PLS3709 - Advanced Western Philosophy
Group C. Select 5 of the following: if PSYCHOLOGY is your SECOND MAJOR
PYC3701 - Social Psychology
PYC3702 - Abnormal Behaviour and Mental Health
PYC3703 - Cognition: Thinking, Memory and Problem Solving
PYC3704 - Psychological Research Pre-requisite:RSC2601 (not applicable to 98053 - PPG and 98053 - XPG)
PYC3705 - Transformative Counselling Encounters
Group D. Select 5 of the following: if CRIMINOLOGY is your SECOND MAJOR
CMY3701 - The Explanation of Crime
CMY3702 - Crime Typologies
CMY3704 - Formal Reaction to Crime
CMY3705 - Victimology
CMY3706 - Contemporary Criminological Issues
CMY3708 - Qualitative Research Methodology in Criminology
CMY3709 - Quantitative Research Methodology in Criminology
Group E. Select All 5 modules if DEVELOPMENT STUDIES is your SECOND MAJOR
DVA3701 - Development Theories
DVA3703 - Development Policy and Strategies
DVA3704 - Development Planning
DVA3705 - Empowerment and Popular Initiatives
DVA3706 - Rural Development
Group F. Select 4 of the following: if COMMUNICATION SCIENCE is your SECOND MAJOR
COM3701 - Marketing Communication
COM3702 - Media Studies: Institutions, Theories and Issues
COM3703 - Media Studies: Content, Audiences and Production
COM3704 - New Media Technology
COM3706 - Communication Research Pre-requisite:RSC2601 or RSC201H
Group G. Select 1 additional module from COMMUNICATION SCIENCE SECOND MAJOR
COM3705 - International Communication
COM3707 - Political and Government Communication and Media Ethics
COM3708 - Advertising and Public Relations
Group H. Select 5 of the following: if SOCIOLOGY is your SECOND MAJOR
SOC3701 - Thinking Sociologically: Research Methodology Pre-requisite:RSC2601
SOC3702 - Industrial Sociology
SOC3703 - Sociology of Education
SOC3704 - Group Dynamics
SOC3705 - Theorising Modernity: Classical and Contemporary Social Theory

Fourth level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
SCK4801 - Social Casework: Working with Individuals-Integrated Theory and Practice Pre-requisite:SCK3701 & SCK3704 or SCK3016 & SCK304A
Co-requisite:SCK4802 or SCK402B
SCK4802 - Social Casework: Working with Couples and Families- Integrated Theory and Practice Pre-requisite:SCK3701 & SCK3704 or SCK3016 & SCK304A
Co-requisite:SCK4801 or SCK401A
SCK4803 - Social Group Work with Children and Youth- Integrated Theory and Practice Pre-requisite:SCK3702 & SCK3704 or SCK3028 & SCK304A
Co-requisite:SCK4804 or SCK404D
SCK4804 - Social Group Work with Adults- Integrated Theory and Practice Pre-requisite:SCK3702 & SCK3704 or SCK3028 & SCK304A
Co-requisite:SCK4803 or SCK403C
SCK4805 - Community Work: Planning and Integrated Practice Pre-requisite:SCK3703 & SCK3705 or SCK3039 & SCK305B
Co-requisite:SCK4806 or SCK406F
SCK4806 - Community Work (Project) Pre-requisite:SCK3703 & SCK3705 or SCK3039 & SCK305B
Co-requisite:SCK4805 or SCK405E
SCK4807 - Social Work Management: the Social Work Organisation- Integrated Theory and Practice Pre-requisite:SCK2603 or SCK2035
Co-requisite:SCK4808 & SCK4811 or SCK408H & SCK411C
SCK4808 - Social Work Management: The Social Worker as Employee and Manager Pre-requisite:SCK2603 or SCK2035
Co-requisite:SCK4807 & SCK4811 or SCK407G & SCK411C
SCK4810 - Research Project: Planning and Execution Pre-requisite:RSC2601
SCK4811 - Supervision Ethics Pre-requisite:SCK2603 or SCK2035
Co-requisite:SCK4807 & SCK4808 or SCK407G & SCK408H