B.S.W – Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work
The curriculum provides knowledge and skills for working with individuals, groups and communities. It trains social workers to cope with issues of unemployment, violence, substance abuse and poverty. Effective coping with personal and social issues requires a systemic approach in addition to the traditional one-on-one care. The syllabus provides comprehensive coverage of these issues. Particular emphasis is placed on the treatment and implementational aspects together with broad perspectives on Israeli society and policy change.
Once qualified, the graduate can become a Registered Social Worker and work in this field.
The syllabus covers three years and includes units on theoretical and practical studies, workshops, and focal study topics. Students begin practical training during their first year of studies, either in social services or various suitable agencies throughout Israel. This gradually exposes students to real-time social work. Areas of training include specialization in individual care, group facilitation, support of community projects, and policy change. On completing their first year, students choose their specialization: individual or community social work.
The track for individual care focuses on the individual and the family from a systemic perspective. Studies include specialization in community work and social policy.
The track for community care provides a community-oriented approach and explores social changes. Studies also include specialization in all components of individual care: the individual and the family.
In both tracks – individual care/community care – the emphasis is placed on both the theoretical-academic perspective and practical training.