Diploma in Social Work (Social Work) Course at Botswana College of Engineering and Technology (BCET)

Diploma in Social Work (Social Work) Course at Botswana College of Engineering and Technology (BCET)

What is Social Work?

Social work is an academic discipline and practice-based profession concerned with meeting the basic needs of individuals, families, groups, communities, and society as a whole to enhance their individual and collective well-being.

DSW Programme Structure and Content.

The Diploma in Social Work (DSW) programme has a total of 72 to 74 credits.

Level 100

Semester 1

DSW100 Introduction to Social Work and its Literature (3)
DSW101 Social Work with Communities and Groups (3)
DSW102 Social Services in Botswana (2)
DSW103 Social Work with Youth (2)
DSW104 Social Work in Health Services (3)
COM151 Communication and Academic Literacy Skills (Social Sciences) (3)
ICT121 Computer Skills Fundamentals I (2)
18 credits.

Semester 2

SWF101 Orientation to Fieldwork (1)
DSW105 Social Work with Families and Children (3)
DSW106 Psychology for Social Work (3)
DSW107 Social Work and Disabilities (2)
DSW108 Interpersonal Communication (2)
STA111 Elementary Statistics (3)
COM152 Academic and Professional Communication (Social Sciences) (3)
ICT122 Computer Skills Fundamentals 2 (2)
19 credits.

Winter Semester

SWF200 Fieldwork (Block Placement) (3)

Level 200

Semester 1

SWF200 Fieldwork (Block Placement) (3)
SWF201 Fieldwork and Professional Development (3) (pre-requisite SWF200)
DSW200 Introduction to Counselling in Social Work (3) (pre-requisite DSW106, DSW 108)
DSW201 Introduction to Social Policy (2)
DSW202 Selected Issues in Social Work (2)
DSW205 Probation (3) (pre-requisite DSW101, DSW105)
General Education Course/Elective (2 or 3 creits)18/19 credits.

NB:SWF200 is a 12-week block placement in social welfare agencies that takes place during the long vacation between Levels 1 and 2.

Semester 2

DSW203 AIDS and Home Based Care (3)
DSW204 Social Work and Social Development (3)
DSW206 Management and Supervision in the Human Services (3) (pre-requisite DSW102, DSW201)
DSW207 Culture, Change and Social Work in Botswana (3)
SOC122 The Social Structure of Society (3)
General Education Course/Elective (2 or 3 credits)
NB: A student can choose to take a GEC or an Elective course.
(17-18 Credits)


Assessment shall be as per General Academic Regulations 00.8. Assessment criteria shall also be stated in each course outline.

Progression from Semester to Semester

Progression from one semester to the next shall be as per General Academic Regulations 00.9.

Award of the Diploma

The award of the Diploma shall be as per General Regulations 00.852.