The BSW program requires three years of undergraduate full time study. The rationale for three years of study is as follows.
- University-trained Bachelor level social workers are uniquely positioned to address social problems at the individual and family levels. Social work education prepares social workers to assess and understand the complex transactions of people in the context of their environment. BSW social workers are uniquely trained to work with poor, disadvantaged individuals and families in an effort to reduce poverty, providing supports that enable them to fully participate in society. This means that helping individuals and families solve their problems to cope more effectively with their situations through strengths-based interventions will be advantageous to Ethiopia. Bachelor level social workers are generalist practitioners who will work in a variety of public and non-governmental agencies. Their set of skills can be applied t
- Bachelor of social work education is built upon an interdisciplinary base of knowledge from related social science disciplines such as Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, history, medicine, philosophy and ethics, history, economics, personnel management and public administration, social policy, Law, etc. This is with the idea that preparation of knowledge and skills for competent practice with individuals and families requires extensive coursework. As a result, the school is interested to implement a four-year curriculum. BSW graduates are likely to be hired as the first social worker working in hospitals, clinics, court offices, and international adoption and so on throughout Ethiopia. It is important that BSW graduates be adequately prepared. They will also likely be supervising many other staff that is without professional social work training. Thus, to insure a quality workforce of trained Basic Level social workers, it is important for them to have a solid interdisciplinary base, in addition to specialty unit module/courses in social work practice.
- Field education—the practical application and experience of social work skills—is an important and essential part of BSW education. Field education is an imperative and important part of undergraduate social work education. It is likely that most students who will enter into the BSW program at Ambo University will be young, inexperienced in the work environment, and lacking skills in working in human services through government or local NGOs. Students coming from rural and undeveloped areas of Ethiopia are likely to have even less exposure to human service programs than students from major cities such as Addis Ababa. For students without prior experience in the workforce and/or human services, field education is the place in which students learn how to apply knowledge and skills. Field education is the place for testing one’s ability to work with poor and disadvantaged individuals and families. This internship experience will allow the opportunity to evaluate one’s performance and practice with people experiencing life’s real problems. BSW education at Ambo University requires practical field internships throughout the 4 years of undergraduate education. This means that students will spend567 (21ECTS x 27 hours) clock hours serving the community within their student roles.
The program aims to acquaint students with the subject matter and profession of social work that helps them to develop professional career and involve them in solving the recurrent social and economic problems of the country. The Bachelor of Social Work degree program is therefore expected to accomplish the following specific objectives: -
- To produce students with basic knowledge and skills of various interventions for addressing problems of individuals, groups, organizations, communities and societies;
- To enhance students’ critical thinking ability and their communication skills in the Social Work profession;
- ·Equip the students with necessary research methods, social work code of ethics and practices so that they can effectively employ it to mitigate societal problems;
- Produce students who appreciate diversity and promote mutual respect.