Doctor of Social Work

 

PROGRAMME CODE

54053-DF (Full-time) / DP (Part-time)

MODE
Mixed-mode

NORMAL DURATION
3 years (Full-time) with summer terms 
4 years (Part-time) with summer terms

CREDIT REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION
48

PROGRAMME LEADER
Dr KU Hok Bun, Ben

Note: This programme admits students in alternate years and will not invite applications for admission in 2017-18.

DEFINITIVE PROGRAMME DOCUMENT

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PROGRAMME AIMS

The Doctor of Social Work programme aims to provide first-rate education for senior social workers, welfare administrators and social work educators with substantial experience who are committed to engage in pursuing and integrating a higher level of research, practice and education for advancing the framework of knowledge and practice, and social betterment.
 
The programme is specifically designed to cater for the needs of those who seek to develop and advance their academic, professional and reflective capacity and capability as practitioner-researcher-educator in a social setting of rapid changes.
 
This programme also offers a platform for local-global dialogue on critical social work practices, fostering those enrolled to develop mastery of conceptual, methodological, analytical and practice skills with an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural perspective. 

It is the aim of the programme to inspire students upholding a reflexive perspective that emphasizes critical reflections on current local and international wisdom and professional practices in social work

 

PROGRAMME FEATURES

Integration of theory and practice 

  • Integration of theory and practice in social work with consideration of relevance, practicality and specific social and governance setting 
  • Embodiment of a reflective approach in theory-practice integration 
  • Incorporation of cutting edge knowledge in innovative practice 

Dialogue between international perspective and local setting 

  • Engagement in critical dialogue between local and global community 
  • Development of comparative perspective in understanding local and international social and welfare issues 
  • Exploration of culturally sensitive and appropriate social work practices for indigenous and international settings 

Professional values and personal commitment 

  • Acknowledgement of social work practice as moral-political engagement 
  • Emphasis on ethical and personal commitment 
  • Continuous self reflection on professional values and changing external environment 

Individual concerns and social consideration 

  • Recognition of complexities of external forces impacting on professional practices 
  • Adoption of cross-disciplinary, inter-professional and holistic approach in problem solving in social work

 

CORE AREAS OF STUDY

Core Subjects (15 credits) 

  1. Epistemology of Social Work Knowledge (3 credits) 
  2. Controversies and Issues in Social Work Practice: Global & Local Dialogues (3 credits) 
  3. Challenges and Opportunities in Educating and Developing Social Work Practitioners (3 credits) 
  4. Philosophy & Paradigms in Social Work Research (2 credits) 
  5. Qualitative Research Methods in Social Work Research (2 credits) 
  6. Advanced Quantitative Research Methodology (2 credits) 

Elective Subjects (9 credits) 

Students have to take three subjects, including a guided study subject (3 credits) and two subjects at level 6 in one of the following three areas: 

I. Direct Service Practice (Family Practice & Mental Health) 

  • Advanced Family-Centred Social Work: Theory, Practice and Research (3 credits) 
  • Recovery and Emotionality in Mental Health Practice (3 credits) 

II. Policy & Administration Practice (Social Policy and Social Service Administration) 

  • Critical Social Policy in Comparative Contexts (3 credits) 
  • Innovations & Explorations in Social Service Administration (3 credits) 
  • Pathways to Social Development (3 credits) 

III. Social Work Education 

  • Towards a Personal Stance in Teaching Social Work Practice (3 credits) 
  • Organizational Learning and Learning Organizations (3 credits) 

Doctoral Thesis and Research Seminar 

  • DSW Thesis Seminar and Proposal Development (6 credits) 
  • DSW Thesis (18 credits)

 

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

MSW, MASW, MSocSc (Social Work) or Master's degree in related disciplines.
(Applicants with Master's degree in related disciplines and not in social work may be required to take additional postgraduate subjects in social work as deemed appropriate.)
(For all applicants, five years of relevant working experience is normally required.)

 

GLOBAL PARTNERS

The programme has enlisted a number of internationally prestigious institutions as professional and academic partners to ensure students enrolled will benefit from inputs contributed by overseas scholars, researchers and practitioners of the highest standard through formal and informal exchange initiatives.
 

OUR ACADEMIC PARTNERS

  • Department of Social & Policy Sciences University of Bath, United Kingdom 
  • The School of Social Work University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Sociology Department Peking University, China 
  • Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work University of Toronto, Canada 
  • GeorgeWarren Brown School of Social Work Washington University in St. Louis, United States 
  • The School of Social Work & Human Services The University of Queensland, Australia

 

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

MSW, MASW, MSocSc (Social Work) or Master's degree in related disciplines. For all applicants, five years of relevant working experience is normally required.
Applicants with Master's degree in related disciplines and not in social work may be required to take additional postgraduate subjects in social work as deemed appropriate.

 

APPLICATION PERIOD AND SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION

Prospective applicants can obtain the application material and submit online applications via Study@PolyU during the Application Period. 

Application Period 


http://www.polyu.edu.hk/study> Postgraduate Programmes > Select a Programme 

Submit an Application 
 

http://www.polyu.edu.hk/study 
 

ENQUIRIES

Please contact Mr Ken WAN at (852)-2766-5784 or e-mail to Ms Angel SHING at sspg@polyu.edu.hk for administrative enquiries. 

Please contact Dr Ben KU at (852)-2766-4553 or e-mail to hok.bun.ku@polyu.edu.hk for academic enquiries.