Q: What is social work?
A: Social work is a subject that seeks to understand social problems, to strengthen social relationships among people, and to safeguard the values of social justice. It is also a helping profession, aiming to empower individuals, groups, and communities, in order for them to reach and develop their full potential, as well as to reform the social welfare system, so as to diminish poverty, illness, crime, domestic violence, and alienation from communities.
Q: What can we learn at the department of social work?
A: The curriculum consists of two major components: primary courses and professional courses. Primary courses include Sociology, Psychology, Introduction to Social Work, Human Behavior and Social Environment, Social Casework, Social Group Work, Community Work, Program Planning and Evaluation, Counseling and Guidance, and Social Work Research Methods. Professional courses include social services and issues concerning children, adolescents, women, elderly people, people with disabilities, indigenous people, immigrants, marriage and family, and community organization and development. An internship of three hundred and twenty hours of social work practice is required during the summer break in the third year of college, helping students learn how to apply the knowledge they learned in the classroom into the real world.
Q: What do we do after graduation?
A: Social work graduates have very bright career prospects, having a variety of work to choose from:
- Government agencies: such as working at the department of social welfare at the municipal/city/county government.
- Non-profit organizations: such as working in medical institutions, or social welfare organizations or foundations.
- Corporations: such as working in human resources, management, or project planning.
- Working as a social work practitioner (with a social worker certificate). Those who intend to pursue further education could earn their postgraduate degrees abroad in social work-related areas, such as in social welfare, social policy, or counseling and guidance.