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BA and MA Curriculum (Chinese & English-Taught Program)

The Department of Social Work of Asia University was established in 2001, offering undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Based on the university’s mission to deliver a healthy, caring, innovative, and prominent education, this department aims to equip students with the humanitarian, professional, and innovation capabilities, with the ability to act at the grass roots as well as at a more advanced level. Three modules have been integrated into the undergraduate curriculum, “Social Work and Psychology Specializing Module”, “Health Care and Community Work Module” and “Empowerment and Judiciary System Module”. Upon graduation, students must complete at least one of the above modules.

“Shaping a Healthy and Vibrant Social Work Profession” is the department's slogan. The courses are creative and diverse, with interactive teaching methods. For instance, some courses incorporate documentary filming, drama, and storytelling in the classroom, along with working and participating in indigenous or new immigrant communities, or with overseas studies and voluntary work.

For the first and second year undergraduate students, the curriculum introduces students to the basics of social work and social sciences; and for the third and fourth year, the importance of professional and practical training are emphasized. At the postgraduate level, the theory and practice-oriented contents are well-balanced, aiming to nurture future intermediate- or high-level social workers, professionals with knowledges of social policy or social administration, and social work researchers.

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Undergraduate Curriculum (Chinese Taught Program)  

Graduate Curriculum (Master of Social Work Program) (Chinese Taught Program) 

Master of Arts in Nonprofit Organization and Social Work Management (English Taught Program)

The Master of Arts in Nonprofit Organization and Social Work Management (MA NOSWM) is an advanced professional degree for those desiring careers as leaders or social work supervisors of nonprofit organizations. The curriculum for this program includes core courses in key aspects of this field, supplemented by electives for specialization. The MA program provides:

  1. Essential background knowledge of the scope, dynamics, and distinctiveness of the nonprofit sector.
  2. Key skills in the administration of nonprofit organizations, such as working effectively with staff and volunteers, fundraising, program evaluation, and ethical judgment.
  3. Theories and methods of directing nonprofit organizations to achieve goals as efficiently and effectively as possible within the framework of social work values.


Graduate Abilities 

We are confident that upon graduation, our students will be equipped with the following abilities:  

To Provide Services and Care:

  • Assessing the social functions and needs of individuals, families, and communities.
  • Planning and implementing treatments to rehabilitate the social functions of the service users.
  • Abiding by the social work ethics and to utilize legal knowledge in social work practices.  

To Understand Collaboration in Practice:

  • Building an appropriate partnership with service users.
  • Working as a team and to collaborate with other departments or institutions.  

To Manage Information and Integration:

  • Integrating available social resources to assist service users.
  • Utilizing management skills to develop social work services.  

To Think Critically and Develop Self-Awareness:

  • Acquiring insight and being sensitive to social issues.
  • Having logical and reasoning skills.
  • Experienced in viewing social problems with critical perspectives.
  • Being able to do research and active learning.