The core business of the department is to provide quality education to the Undergraduate, Masters, and Ph.D. students who pursue their interest in the field of human services. The goal of this department is derived from the establishment of the department on March 29, 1993, as it is in line to the needs of the university in addressing social problems in the community and nation. As managing social problems is our main professional concern, the department is committed to produce skilled human capital that are equipped with various social work practices and variety of social work techniques which eventually lead them in addressing the social problems effectively in our society and nation at the present and future.
Through holding high the vision and purposes of this education, the program aims to inspire students to be proactive in building a more just and equitable future in which access to life sustaining resources and opportunity structures is not thwarted by one's race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, age, culture, religion or disability.
The ultimate focus of this program is to generate human capitals who build on the strengths and resources of people and their environments, engage in advocacy, and use empowerment as a guiding principle toward achieving personal, interpersonal, social and economic justice. The program strives to contribute to the uplifting and well-being of people in our respective communities. The program's greatest aspiration is to produce such graduates who would be able to build a sustainable future for the nation, who honor diversity, uphold the highest ethical standards and practice the creative art of blending social work knowledge, values, and skills in the helping process.
The program attempts to cuddle not only the art, heart and scruples of social work but also the central importance of research-guided knowledge and problem-solving in nurturing the scientific basis of social work. We hope the educating graduates will value research and use an articulate approach for assessing, intervening, and evaluating practice outcomes related to planned change forms a significant aspect of the program's mission. In this manner, the program inquires about to amplify the work force of generalist social workers engaging in accountable, empirically-based practice, knowledge building and sharing of their own practice wisdom.
The program's desire is linked to a broader purpose of promoting human well-being and social betterment. It is concerned and involved with the interactions between people and the institutions of society that affect the ability of people to accomplish life tasks, realize aspirations and values, and alleviate distress. These interactions between people and social institutions occur within the context of the larger societal good. Therefore, three major purposes of this program may be identified:
• to enhance the problem-solving, coping and developmental capacities of people;
• to promote the effective and humane operation of the systems that provide people with resources and services; and,
• to link people with systems that provide them with resources, services, and opportunities.
Head of Department
Associate Prof. Dr. Siti Hajar Binti Abu Bakar Ah
B.A,PhD (University of Malaya)
M.A (Birmingham University)