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ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOCIAL WORKS AND SOCIAL ADMINISTRATION (SWASA)

SWASA means - Social Work and Social Administration

Social Works and Social Administration in simple terms could mean skills to apply the knowledge, values, and skills of generalist social works practice to individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. Individuals can attain these skills by offering short courses at diploma, bachelors and master level. At bachelors level, the course is offered at the faculty of Arts,  College of Humanities and Social Sciences under graduate or graduate level and several universities such as Makerere University, Kyambogo, Uganda Christian University, Victoria University, Muteesa Royal University and many other institutions have this course. The tuition fees for the course vary from one University and Institution to another according to their levels and duration depend on the level.

The program consists of six subjects that is; Economics, Political Sciences and Public Administration, Sociology, Gender and Development. Students may also take courses from other relevant departments and faculties.

In 2005, the ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development (MGLSD) approved recommendation that community development workers must be degree holders. This has enabled building capacity to produce qualified personnel for government, private and civil society sectors which also necessitated advancement in social development in the country.

A graduate of Social Works and Social Administration will gain knowledge and understanding of Social work profession, the current status, trends and issues in the field; understanding of the dynamics and social significance of discrimination and oppression and how to change the systems in order to advance the course of social and economic growth, ability to analyze social policies and their impacts on client system, social works services, social agencies and their role in development. There are many skills and knowledge one acquires by studying this community course and also several employment opportunities available both under government, private sector, and civil society.

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IRENE AGENO JULU
IRENE AGENO JULU
Economist, writer and editor

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