Bachelor of Social Work

Awarding body/institution 頒授機構 Macao Polytechnic Institute
Responsible school 負責學校 School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Endorsement  in the Official Gazette 政府公報批示 124/2010
Name of final award / programme Title 學位及課程名稱 Bachelor of Social Work
Duration of study 學習年期 4 years
MPI programme code 理工課程編號 4LWDC/4LWNC
FHEQ level of award FHEQ學歷水準 6

Academic units which will also be involved in teaching part of the programme

 School of Health Sciences and Sports, School of Arts

Institution(s) other than MPI that will provide some teaching to the programme


Programme outline 課程簡介
It is one of the oldest programmes in Macao Polytechnic Institute. It is also the most reputable training programme in the entire Macao's social service community. As a professional programme, SWP is characterised by its emphasis on both theoretical knowledge and hands‐on experience. The academic quality of this programme has long been positively recognised by the community. The major reason is that the teaching staff, alumni, and current students are socially active in order to keep abreast with the latest development of Macao society by means of conducting numerous relevant researches, engaging in a variety of community services, and participating in diversified but significant academic activities.
Programme objectives 課程目標

The Programme aims to supply professional social workers for local community and neighbouring regions as well. The four‐year professional training equips our students with professional values & code of ethics, inclusive and liberal attitude, substantial acquaintance of various community resources, basic professional knowledge, practice skills and diverse working approaches. With this generic social work training, graduates are capable of working in different service settings.

What will you be expected to achieve? 期望達到的成效
The aim of the programme is to equip students with the knowledge and skills to practise social work flexibly and effectively in diversified social service organisations. In general, students will learn to understand the complexity of social work practice and be capable of apply the social work knowledge and skills while upholding fundamental ethics and values. The degree overall emphasises breadth of knowledge and a long‐term professional commitment. With the breadth of knowledge, graduates are equipped for diversified social work fields and settings. With a long‐term professional commitment, graduates are well‐prepared for different kinds of adversity in the rapid changing society.
Academic content 學術內容
A1 Fundamental knowledge and skills of a variety of social work practice and intervention.
A2 General knowledge in Social Sciences and Behavioral Sciences.
A3 Basic knowledge and ability of social policy analysis, social research administration and interpretation.
Disciplinary skills‐ able to 學科技能
B1 Diverse social work intervention methods.
B2 Critical analytic ability toward social structure and social policies.
B3 Knowledge and skills in conducting and interpreting social research.
Attributes 特質
C1 Be equipped with generic social work knowledge and skills, and able to apply to real‐life social work professional settings.
C2 Develop critical perspectives to analyse the underlying socio‐economic factors and conditions that affect the social welfare policies and practices.
C3 Uphold liberal and non‐judgemental attitude toward social diversity and minorities, and skillful application of effective and diverse social work intervention.
How will you learn? 如何學習
The Programme provides a friendly and cooperative learning atmosphere for students. And they are encouraged to take an active role in learning. Besides, team work is often required in most of the course assignments so that students need to learn how to work with others. Fieldwork practice is a crucial part of this social work training. Students are required to play the role of quasi social worker in real social service organisations so that they need to apply the learned knowledge to handle genuine cases and crises.
How will you be assessed? 如何評核

There are generally two types of assessment: continual assessment and final examination.

(A) Continual Assessment
Continual assessment usually consists of a combination of the following methods:
(1) Essays
• Essay questions may include structured and unstructured questions. The main focus is to ask the students to describe how a theory is used in a practice situation and to reflect on the relevance of the theories learnt. Students are usually required to reflect upon their ethical stance, personal and professional values when encountering with moral and ethical dilemmas in practice.
(2) Projects
• Students are requested to conduct project work around issues of various kinds. Upon completion, students will conduct presentations as well as submit written report. Project work requires students to work in teams to develop ability to work with others.
(3) Case Studies
• Students are given factual information or description of a problem or situation and are asked to conduct an analysis followed by the formulation of intervention plan.
(4) Test
• Written test may be conducted at mid‐term.
(B) Final Examination
• Students are examined at the end of the semester on substantive knowledge they have learnt. The passing mark of examination is 50.
(1) Practicum
• Students are required to undertake fieldwork placements so as to assess their ability of putting knowledge into practice. They will receive on-going feedback from a practicum supervisor throughout the semester long practicum. A final and summative performance evaluation is given at the end of the practicum.
(2) Activity Log
• Students are required to record their daily activities so as to help them improve their time management and enhance their reflection upon their fieldwork.
(3) Reflective Journal
• Students are required to record thoughts and insights about their own learning experiences after they have been exposed to the fieldwork setting. In the journal, students need to write down reflective thoughts on their personal life experiences, values and ethical stance, as well as how they resolve dilemma and issues arising from practice situations acting as fieldwork social worker.
(4) Portfolio
• Students are requested to produce a portfolio which contains a collection of all the fieldwork-related work performance. All formal written work, such as recordings, proposals and reports, are included in the portfolio. Students will have the chance to discuss and reflect on the performance of their fieldwork and arrive at a result in the final evaluation.
How is the programme structured? 課程架構
Course Title
Course Code
Course Selection Status

1st Year of Study 第一學年

General Education Elective I (from Elective Group A) See below 2 E 1
General Education Elective II (from Elective Group A) See below 2 E 2
Information Technology Fundamentals COMP1101 2 C 1
Advanced Computer Applications COMP1102 2 C 2
English I ENGL1101 4 C 1
English II ENGL1102 4 C 2
Introduction to Psychology PSYC1101 3 C 1
Self Growth and Ego Development PSYC1102 3 C 2
Introduction to Sociology SOCI1101 3 C 1
Social Statistics SOCI1102 3 C 2
Introduction to Social Work SOWK1101 3 C 1
Social Work in Macao Context SOWK1102 3 C 2
Foundation Skills For Social Workers SOWK1103 3 C 2

2nd Year of Study 第二學年

English III ENGL2101 4 C 1
English IV ENGL2102 4 C 2
Human Behaviour and Social Environment I PSYC2101 3 C 1
Human Behaviour and Social Environment II PSYC2102 3 C 2
Contemporary Social Problems SOCI2101 3 C 1
Health, Illness and Disability SOCI2102 3 C 2
Social Work Practice I: Individual and Family SOWK2101 3 C 1
Social Work Practice II: Groups SOWK2102 3 C 1
Social Work Practice III: Organisation and Community SOWK2103 3 C 2
Social Work Research Methods SOWK2104 3 C 1
Social Work and Law SOWK2105 3 C 2
Social Welfare Policy SOWK2106 3 C 2

3rd Year of Study 第三學年

Social Work Elective I (from Elective Group B) See below 3 E 1
Social Work Elective II (from Elective Group B) See below 3 E 2
English V ENGL3101 4 C 1
Mental Disorders PSYC3101 3 C 1
Social Psychology PSYC3102 3 C 2
Social Work Administration SOWK3101 3 C 1
Contemporary Social Work Theories SOWK3102 3 C 1
Family and Social Work SOWK3103 3 C 1
Integrative Social Work Practice Seminar SOWK3104 3 C 2
Fieldwork Practice I SOWK3151 9 C 2

4th Year of Study 第四學年

Social Science Elective I (from Elective Group C) See below 3 E 1
Social Science Elective II (from Elective Group C) See below 3 E 2
Selected Topics of Social Policy SOWK4101 3 C 2
Gaming, Entertainment and Social Work SOWK4102 3 C 2
Philosophy and Ethics of Social Work SOWK4103 3 C 1
Social Work and Diversity SOWK4104 3 C 1
Fieldwork Practice II SOWK4152 9 C 1
Fieldwork Practice III SOWK4153 9 C 2

General Education Elective I (Elective Group A)

World Culture and Natural Heritage            HIST1111 E  
History and Culture of Macao            HIST1112 2 E  
Introduction to Chinese Culture            CHIN1111 2 E  
University Chinese I            CHIN1112 2 E  
Music and Film Appreciation            MUS1111 2 E  
Introduction to Philosophy            PHIL1111 2 E  
Nature, Ecology, & Environmental Science            SCIE1111 2 E  
Introduction to Business            BUSS1111 2 E  
Globalization & Macao’s Economy & Polity            SOCI1111 2 E  
University Sport             PEDU1111 2 E  
Introduction to Geography            GEOG1111 2 E  

Social Work Elective II (Elective Group B)

Social Work With Youth SOWK3111 3 E  
Social Work With Senior Citisens SOWK3112 3 E  
Social Work With Disadvantaged Groups SOWK3113 3 E  
Social Work and Mental Disorders SOWK3114 3 E  
Social Work and Disabilities SOWK3115 3 E  
Social Work and Drug Abuse SOWK3116 3 E  
International Social Work SOWK3117 3 E  
Social Work and Social Policy Practice SOWK3118 3 E  
Selected Topics in Social Work Practice SOWK3119 3 E  

Social Science Elective I (Elective Group C)

Social Welfare in China SOCI4111 3 E  
Comparative Social Security Policy SOCI4112 3 E  
Social Development SOCI4113 3 E  
Collective Behaviour and Social Movement SOCI4114 3 E  
Gender Studies SOCI4115 3 E  
Popular Culture Studies SOCI4116 3 E  
Crime and Deviance SOCI4117 3 E  
Death, Dying and Bereavement SOCI4118 3 E  
Human Sexuality SOCI4119 3 E  
Intimate Relationships SOCI4120 3 E  
Organisational Behaviour SOCI4121 3 E  
Selected Topics in Social Sciences SOCI4122 3 E  
What are the entry requirements? 入學條件


Secondary School Graduates(Form 6), or According to article 28 of the Higher Education Law of RAEM, article nº9, applicants of age 25 or above and with special ability conditions, need not comply with the above mentioned point 1. Upon successful completion of the entrance examination, the applicant will be eligible to further his/her studies in a higher diploma programme offered by MPI. All those who complete 25 years of age before September 1st will also be eligible to participate in the entrance examination.
2. Have passed the medical examination.
How do we listen and act on your feedback? 如何聽取及回應學生的回饋
1. Semestral dialogue mechanism with teachers: The Social Work Students' Society represents all the social work students. The SWSS is an independent student organisation from the Programme. It has meeting with all teaching staff in each semester. This meeting is called “the Dialogue with teachers”(與老師對話會). In this meeting, participants discuss course arrangements, teachers’ performance, and the future planning of the Programme, etc. Both sides help set the joint agenda of the meeting. The chairperson of SWSS and the Programme coordinator will be the cochairpersons to conduct the meeting. With this mechanism, the Programme staff could have a regular mechanism to have better understanding the students’ ideas, views, and expectations.
2. Year Tutor/Class Advisor mechanism: The Programme has also set up a system of year tutor/class advisor. Each class is assigned a full‐time teacher to be the said tutor/advisor. With this system students could approach the responsible teacher at the convenience of both parties to reflect all kinds of opinions regarding their learning conditions in the Programme. Teachers often bring back these opinions to the Programme meeting to share with other colleagues. Follow‐up actions whenever deemed necessary would be carried out by the Programme Coordinator and Assistant
Academic support 教學支援
As mentioned above, a system of class advisor/year tutor has set up to offer help to students especially those freshmen. Besides, an informal mentorship scheme is regularly conducted to graduating class in which alumni would come back to campus to make friend with and introduce different kinds of social work settings to our graduates‐to‐be. During the fieldwork training, a formal supervisor is assigned to each fieldwork student so that this teacher‐student bond could have a long‐term academic impact on the learning of the student.
Programme-specific rules and facts 課程特定的規則及事項
The 4‐year curriculum has implanted a systematic structure of pre‐requisite network so that students are not eligible to enrol courses on an advanced level without substantial academic performance in the courses on the elementary level.
Support for disabled students 殘疾學生支援
Macao Polytechnic Institute has in place an institution‐wide policy to ensure that all student needs are taken care of and a supportive and accessible learning environment is maintained. When cases of special needs are notified or identified, special arrangements are made on a case‐by‐case basis with the joint effort of the programme and several student support services of the Institute, such as the Registry, the Student Affairs Office, the Computer Services Centre, etc. to provide the necessary support.
Links with employers, internship opportunities and transferable skills 與僱主的關係、實習機會及可轉移技能
1. Students are required to complete a total of not less than 1,020 hours of fieldwork training. Through fieldwork placement, students engage in the real life practice under the guidance and supervision of qualified instructors/supervisors assigned by the Programme. 2. The Programme has already established a close network with various social service units in the community including related governmental departements and non‐government organisations to locate meaningful placements for students' fieldwork training. 3. Those students who could pass the three fieldwork courses are not only able to graduate but also demonstrate an effective resume to meet potential employers' professional expectation. 4. The Programme has set up an industrial advisory committee since 2009 which comprises 8 to 9 senior officials of major local NGOs and related governmental departements.