School of Social Work
Social Work Program
The Social Work Program formally opened in 1994, the first of its kind in Ilocos Norte offering Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW).
The Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW) is an undergraduate program that prepares students for direct (generalist) practice of social work with individuals, families, groups, and communities. The profession aims to advance the growth and empowerment of people, development and social progress of communities, and greater justice and equality of societies where there exist oppression, discrimination, and equality among marginalized people.
Further, it requires the acquisition and application of beginning level of knowledge, attitudes, values, and skills in enhancing the social functioning of people (client system) with needed resources improving the operation of social service delivery networks and promoting social justice through advocating for just social policies.
The program adheres to the global standards for social work education and training with the following competency standards:
- Knowledge and skills in the generalist process and planned changed process within the micro-meso- macro practice continuum for the purposes of developmental, protective, preventive, and /or therapeutic intervention;
- The development of critical self- reflective and ethically active practitioners;
- Ability to practice in various contexts, e.g. respect for diverse ethnic and cultural groups, including those with special needs.
The BSSW graduate is highly assured of job opportunities in the private, public, or business sectors, addressing social needs, issues, and concerns of various sectors such as children, youth, peasants, workers, women, urban poor, migrants, indigenous people, and most of all, for the satisfaction in serving one’s fellowmen.