The Department of Social Work
"The Department of Social Work" was established in 2001 when the school was founded. In 2004 the Department expanded its programs to include a master’s program and an extension. In 2005, the school was granted by the Ministry of Education (MOE) a comprehensive university status and renamed "Asia University" as a result of its excellence in pedagogy and research excellence. The Department then belonged to “the College of Health Science.” In 2007, the university restructured its academic units, incorporating the Department into “the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.” In accordance with the university’s educational goals to foster students in “health”, “caring”, “innovation”, and “excellence”, the four core competences that the university requires its students to develop, the Department re-designs its curriculum to nurture quality and professional social workers. In addition to some core courses, the curriculum mainly consists of the following 3 tracks: “the Health Care and Social Care Track”, “the Social Work Track”, and “the Minority Empowerment and Judicial Protection Track”.
Based upon the university's mission to deliver care, innovative and
prominent education, this department established a postgraduate
program, and works hand in hand with welfare organizations. It aims
to equip students with the capacities of humanity, profession and
innovation and with the ability to act at the grass roots as well as
at a more comprehensive level. Upon graduation, the students are
expected to be capable of participating in social welfare services,
and promoting a warm, harmonious and healthy community development.
To become top 10 departments in the field and to develop social workers and professionals who are preferred for employment by institutes and industries.
- Close Staff-students Relationship: The department is proud of its close
staff-students relationship and supportive atmosphere, providing students a
friendly learning environment.
- Flexible but Professional Curriculum: The department is adaptive to
social trends and changes in labor market. Undergraduates will have to
choose at least one of the modules: Social Work Specializing Module, Health
Care and Community Work Module, and Empowerment and Judiciary System Module.
- The Integration of Classroom Learning and Practicum of Community
Organization and Development: The department has dedicated to equip students
with social work theories and practical abilities. It has put equal weights
on the introduction of three principal social work methods: casework, group
work, and community work. The department has long been involved with the
developments of local communities, offering students a unique opportunity to
carry out methods of community work practice.
- The Emphasis on Multicultural Education: The department has guaranteed
an annual intake of ten indigenous students, who have contributed a great
deal to the enhancement of the department’s multicultural learning
environment. Accordingly, the department has established a strong tradition
on teaching and researching social policy/social work in relation to the
minorities in Taiwan.
- Strong Research Capacity: The Department of Social Work has 15 full-time
academic staff specializing in a variety of subjects, including various
areas in social work, community development, ethnicity and multicultural
social policy/social work, social work in the judiciary system, counseling
and guidance, and sociology, etc. It also has very close link/collaboration
with other academic institutes domestically and internationally.