Graduate Programs

Programs on offer
The purpose of this qualification is to prepare students for a career as a social worker. Social work is a professional and academic discipline that seeks to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of an individual, group, or community by intervening through research, policy, crisis intervention, community organizing, direct practice, and teaching on behalf of those afflicted with poverty or any real or perceived social injustices and violations of their civil liberties and human rights.

The International Federation of Social Workers states, of social work today, that “social work bases its methodology on a systematic body of evidence-based knowledge derived from research and practice evaluation, including local and indigenous knowledge specific to its context. It recognizes the complexity of interactions between human beings and their environment, and the capacity of people both to be affected by and to alter the multiple influences upon them including bio-psychosocial factors. The social work profession draws on theories of human development, social theory and social systems to analyze complex situations and to facilitate individual, organizational, social and cultural changes.”

In Namibia, registration and licensure of people working as social workers is mandatory. The training as a social worker has a large practical component to it. Because sensitive topics are often discussed during counseling, counselors are expected, and legally bound, to respect client or patient confidentiality. A registered social worker may work in private practice, or he/she may be employed to work within schools, hospitals, correctional services, et cetera.

This is a four (4) year stand-alone qualification. Candidates first complete three (3) years of general training, followed by specialization in the fourth (4th) year of study. The candidate then graduates with a 4-year professional degree in Social Work, with specialization either in Forensic Social Work, or in Primary Health Care. The program is compiled as follows:

* Years 1 to 3: General training as a social worker (Bachelor’s degree)
* Year 4: Specialization at honors level in –

* Forensic Sociel Work, or
* Primary Health Care for Social Workers

Depending on the nature of specialization in the fourth year of study, candidates may either work in forensic settings, e.g., the police service, prisons, the courts and judicial system, or in community and primary healthcare settings, e.g. hospitals, schools, communities, et cetera.

Candidates, who have already obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work wishing to specialize, may take either one of the specialization streams as a stand-alone postgraduate diploma (one year duration). The training program has a practical component to it, which is compulsory. The Namibian Health Professions Council may require an internship prior to registration as a professional social worker.

TYPE OF QUALIFICATION
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Bachelor’s degree in Social Work: minimum of 360 credits (first 3 years), plus a further 120 credits-bearing fourth year of specialization in anyone of the two streams.

PROGRAM DELIVERY
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The program of study is delivered in e-learning format, in combination with blocks of compulsory practicum.

A candidate who wishes to enroll for the social work degree program, must comply with the following admission criteria:

* A candidate must be at least 18 years of age.
* A candidate must have obtained at least 25 points according to the APS scale.
* A candidate must have obtained a minimum symbol D in English at Grade 12 level.

All students admitted to the 1st year of study who have obtained less than a (C) or (3) in the Grade-12 final examination for English, must register for the module Academic English, OR pass the WU English Exemption Benchmark test prior to commencement of the respective academic year (i.e. commencement of the Spring or Fall academic year) as proof of Academic English Proficiency;

All students admitted to the 1st year of study must register for the module Computer Literacy, OR pass the WU Computer Literacy Benchmark test prior to commencement of the respective academic year (i.e. commencement of the Spring or Fall academic year) as proof of Computer Literacy Proficiency;

All students admitted to the 1st year of study must register for the modules Study Methods (STU 101) and Critical Thinking (CRI 102);

The modules Academic English, Computer Literacy, Study Methods, and Critical Thinking, are academic prep modules and therefore not credit bearing towards the professional BA Social Work program of study;

Assessment of these prep-modules are done via online testing.

Credits earned by exam for prep-modules are reflected on the academic record of the student and a student may be exempted from having to re-do these modules in future, should such a student transfer to another program of study at WU;

Prep-modules mentioned above are bearing five (5) credits each, and these modules are offered during a period of block lectures prior to commencement of lectures reflected in the BA Social Work curriculum in order to equip all students and get them on par with their peers prior to commencement of the academic program;

Selection to the BA Social Work program is based on merit, including any aptitude tests that may be required.

Postgraduate Programs

Programs on offer
This one (1) year diploma course at honors level forms the fourth year of the professional degree program of study for Social Work. If a candidate already has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, he/she may enroll for this diploma program as a stand-alone specialty program of study.

Forensic social work is the interaction of the practice or study of social work and the law. Social workers interested in this line of applied work may be found working in prisons, jails, rehabilitation centers, police departments, law firms, government agencies, or in private practice, to name a few. They may work directly with attorneys, defendants, offenders, victims, pupils, families, or with patients within the state’s corrections or rehabilitation centers.

TYPE OF QUALIFICATION
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Postgraduate diploma: minimum of 120 credits (one year diploma course)
Duration: minimum of one (1) academic year’s full time study or two (2) years of part-time study

RULES OF ACCESS TO POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA PROGRAM:
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(a) Candidates must have already completed a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work to be
eligible to enroll for this program;
(b) General Regulation G1 apply mutatis mutandis.

ADDITIONAL REGISTRATION / LICENSING REQUIREMENTS

Registration as a Social Worker with the Namibian Health Professions Council is required. Students must pass the final licensing examination prior to professional admission to this specialty category of registration. Students must also complete the prescribed number of practical hours under the supervision of a senior social worker.

PROGRAM DELIVERY
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The program of study is delivered in e-learning format, with compulsory face-to-face contact sessions and practical hours under the supervision of a senior social worker.

TRANSITION ARRANGEMENTS
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(a) The General Regulation and Rules of the University apply mutatis mutandis.
(b) Upon completion of this Postgraduate Diploma, students are eligible to continue with a
Master’s degree in Social Work.
(c) Terms and conditions apply for selection to this Postgraduate Diploma program, and selection
bases on academic merits and psychometric testing.

This one (1) year diploma course at honors level forms the fourth year of the professional degree program of study for Social Work. If a candidate already has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, he/she may enroll for this diploma program as a stand-alone specialty program of study.

Primary Health Care for social workers focuses on the interaction of the practice or study of social work and health care. Social workers interested in this line of applied work may be found working in hospitals, schools, primary health care settings, rehabilitation centers, government agencies, or in private practice, to name a few. They may work directly with professional nursing staff, physicians, psychiatrists or psychologists, or with patients within the state’s health care settings.

TYPE OF QUALIFICATION
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Postgraduate diploma: minimum of 120 credits (one year diploma course)
Duration: minimum of one (1) academic year’s full time study or two (2) years of part-time study

RULES OF ACCESS TO POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA PROGRAM:
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(a) Candidates must have already completed a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work to be
eligible to enroll for this program;
(b) General Regulation G1 apply mutatis mutandis.

ADDITIONAL REGISTRATION / LICENSING REQUIREMENTS
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Registration as a Social Worker with the Namibian Health Professions Council is required. Students must pass the final licensing examination prior to professional admission to this specialty category of registration. Students must also complete the prescribed number of practical hours under the supervision of a senior social worker.

PROGRAM DELIVERY
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The program of study is delivered in e-learning format, with compulsory face-to-face contact sessions and practical hours under the supervision of a senior social worker.

TRANSITION ARRANGEMENTS
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(a) The General Regulation and Rules of the University apply mutatis mutandis.
(b) Upon completion of this Postgraduate Diploma, students are eligible to continue with a
Master’s degree in Social Work.
(c) Terms and conditions apply for selection to this Postgraduate Diploma program, and
selection bases on academic merits and psychometric testing.

Any candidate who wishes to enroll for a postgraduate program, must hold a prior qualification within the related field at the preceding NQF exit level, e.g. for Postgraduate Diplomas, a Bachelors degree is required; for a Masters degree, a Honors degree is required; for a PhD, a Masters degree is required. Applicants should note that a four (4) year professional degree exits at Honors level, and these candidates are entitled to seek admission to a Masters program of study, without holding a stand-alone Honors qualification.

Selection into any of the research programs is based on merit, the preceding program of study and the quality of the research proposal submitted during application.

It is very important to note that candidates will be penalized for poor grammer/spelling within a research proposal. It is the applicant’s responsibility to have the proposal language edited prior to submission.