Philippine School of Social Work
COURSES OFFERED
Bachelor of Science in Social Work
Master of Science in Social Work with specialization in Social Work Administration
Master of Science in Social Work with specialization in Social Work Education and Practice
Master of Arts in Social Development with specialization in Policy Research and Practice
Doctor of Philosophy in Social Development

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN SOCIAL WORK (with Specialization in Social Work Administration)

CURRICULUM AY 2017-2018

The Master of Science in Social Work program specialized in Social Work Administration facilitates innovative and creative learning experience with emphasis on social justice, truth, peace and transformative leadership that prepares the students to meet the challenges of working with human service organizations. The program will facilitate agency placements/immersions that provide opportunities to better understand the context of social work administration and management. The program will provide students venues to observe and participate in the different administrative and management functions with emphasis on organizational policies, coordination of finances, service provision, supervision, planning, organizing, commanding, coordinating, and controlling to enable them to develop and grow professionally. The students will have opportunities to share and critically analyze their experiences in transformative practices to formulate organizational assessments, applying theories and models and refining approaches and strategies that contribute to achieving agency goals, toward the promotion of a social work profession imbued with the core values of personal integrity, family solidarity, community participation and leadership.

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN SOCIAL WORK (With Specialization in Social Work Education and Practice)

CURRICULUM AY 2017-2018

The Master of Science in Social Work program specialized in Social Work Education and Practice aims to develop student’s competencies in providing quality teaching methodologies, innovative approaches, and strategies in educational management. The program also provides opportunities for the students to develop social work supervision skills through actual practice in an agency setting. The student’s experiences in the field will serve as avenues for learning and developing commitment to relate humanely, imbued with the core values of personal integrity and spirituality, family solidarity and community participation.

MASTER OF ARTS IN SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT (With Specialization in Policy Research and Practice)

CURRICULUM AY 2017-2018

The Master of Arts in Social Development with specialization in Policy Research and Practice facilitates critical and creative learning reflective of the students’ experiences. The program will provide students with understanding and technical skills on policy research and social development practice. Students will analyze and research on policy agenda, policy formulation and administration that will contribute to the improvement of quality of life of sectors such as marginalized children, women, peasants, indigenous people etc. Practicum placement of students will enrich their knowledge through varied experiences. Students are committed to carry the values of personal integrity and spirituality, family solidarity and community participation in social development practice.

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY IN SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

CURRICULUM AY 2017-2018

The Doctor of Philosophy in Social Development program facilitates critical and creative learning vis-á-vis the Philippine Women’s University’s commitment to transformative praxis that cultivates the passion for civic engagement and sustainable development. The program is practice-based that provides students opportunities to better understand the historic and systemic character of social problems, inequality, and social exclusion.

The program provides students avenues for sharing and analyzing their experiences in transformative practices to formulate and refine approaches and strategies that promote inclusive, gender-responsive, sustainable, and participatory development. Students are encouraged to do practiced-based doctoral dissertations and engage in grounded theorizing to enliven and enrich the discourse in social development.

The program revolves around the lives, experiences, and aspirations of the poor, disadvantaged, marginalized and disempowered. Students are challenged to commune directly with the social realities of poverty and learn to look at the world through the eyes of the poor. The program facilitates community immersion, providing opportunities for students to experience living, working, and learning with the excluded, with the aim of arriving at an inclusive definition of development, starting from where they are and building on what they have. With this approach, students are coached to critically reflect and theorize with them in order to refine social development practice.

The program aims to provide students advanced competency in Social Development anchored on the Philippine Women’s University’s core values of personal integrity and spirituality, family solidarity and community participation. It hopes to produce graduates who will champion the causes of the poor and disempowered and to take a leadership role in the promotion of committed service for social transformation.

Bachelor of Science in Social Work - The development of students as generalists empowering individuals, groups, families and communities towards their transformation and liberation from the cycle of poverty through a well integrated program of theory and practice, skills in social analysis, research, advocacy, social action and social legislation.

The students are trained to work with business, government and civil society for an integrated effort to bring about the well being of society.

With the above, the program contributes to the formation of social capital at the base of the socio-economic pyramid, as able participants in social development efforts.

Master of Science in Social Work - The master’s degree program in Social Work develops a core of specialists in the fields of Social Administration, Social Work Education, Advanced Social Work Practice and International Relations Diplomacy.

Graduates of this program are the middle level managers/supervisors of NGOs, GOs and Social Action groups engaged in social work and social development efforts.

Master of Arts in Social Development - The program prepares the students for advocacy in social development issues and advanced practice in working with children, youth and women entrepreneurial management and leadership in social development.

Doctor of Philosophy in Social Development - The doctoral program starts off with the end in view. Students are coached to reflect and identify their leadership role in society at the end of the program. This will then be the direction and focus of the teaching-learning pedagogy contextualized in national ASEAN and global reality from the basic contents to on the job transformatory praxis to field practicum up to the dissertation requirement.

This approach, which is tunnel focused is expected to produce transformed leaders of national, ASEAN and international organization engaged in social and humanitarian work.

HISTORY

The Philippine Women’s University considers the Philippine School of Social work as one of its professional bridges to span the distance between “science on one hand and humanities on the other.” The PSSW strives to provide sound professional training, working towards the integration to classroom studies and field instruction and research.

As early as 1947, undergraduate social work courses were offered by the college of Liberal Arts and Sciences as one of the areas for a major or a minor field of study toward the degrees of bachelor of Arts. In response to the need for professional training of social welfare practitioners, the PSSW was established in 1950.

As the pioneering professional School of Social Work in the Philippines in 1950, the Philippine School of Social Work has, through the decades, stood by this essence in the Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral programs.

MESSAGE FROM THE PROGRAM CHAIR

Evelyn B. Valencia

My dear graduates,

You have chosen Social Work as your profession. It is one profession that is unique in its essence, purpose and process. It is a profession that aims to promote the growth and empowerment of people, through a well integrated program, for greater social justice where there exist oppression, discrimination and inequality amongst marginalized individuals, families, groups and communities.

Your alma mater has prepared you for this extraordinary mission integrating the core values with the social work curriculum towards societal transformation.

Go forth and make a difference in your service to God, people and country!

FACULTY

Valencia, Evelyn B.

Sabalboro, Rhea V.

 

EVELYN B. VALENCIA is currently a faculty member at the Philippine Women’s University who specializes in case management, collaboration and coordination, interviewing, research, administration and supervision, coaching and mentoring, advocacies and trainings. She has extensive experience in welfare services, particularly in child protection, healing and recovery, capacity building, emergency response, organizational development and networking to both government and civil society organization. She graduated with a Masters of Science in Social Work and is a Registered Social Worker. She attended and participated in various international and local conferences related to children in need of special protection and children in emergencies. She is a committee member of the Regional Sub Committee for the Welfare of Children, the Committee on Family and Alternative Parental Care, National Nutrition Council and the Philippine Association of Social Workers.

RHEA V. SABALBORO is a Registered Social Worker who obtained her Bachelor of Science in Social Work at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM) and her Master of Science in Social Work at the Asian Social Institute, Manila, under the school’s residence scholarship program. She was the Assistant Program Manager of Families and Children for Empowerment and Development (FCED) Foundation and became the Over-all Coordinator for the health and livelihood programs, facilitating direct services among children and their families in Paco and Pandacan, Manila. She also served as Training Officer of Childhope Asia Philippines and later on asits Program Manager for the Street Education Program. She has attended several trainings and seminars on children’s rights, psychosocial interventions, family counseling, community organizing, child sexual abuse and exploitation. She also participated in various conferences and consultation meetings concerning children’s issues, both here and abroad.