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


The vision of the Department of Social Administration and Justice is to undertake and be the hub of excellence education and research centre in the field of human services in the region. 

The mission of the Department is to provide quality social work education to students and to advance knowledge through study, practice, and research. The paramount mission is to be the prime department towards achieving excellence in developing and disseminating knowledge of human services as well as leading the development of human resources in line with the aspiration of the country which is to create a caring society which free from social problems. 

The Department is committed to: 

• educating students to be effective practitioners and leaders in the public and private sectors, 

• preparing social workers to promote economic and social justice and human rights through policy practice, 

• preparing social workers to evaluate their practice and be an informed consumer of research and scholarship; and, 

• creating and strengthening community partnerships to further the Department and university's shared commitments to scholarship, professional preparation, and advocacy. 

In terms of goals, the Department is formed to achieve three main objectives as in the following: 

• to produce graduates with sufficient skills in addressing the threat of social problems and expanding the practice of social justice, 

• to produce graduates who meet the needs of manpower in the field of human services; and, 

• to produce outstanding scholars and sensitive towards current developments, and committed in developing Malaysian society, nation and mankind. 

The vision, mission and goals of the department are in line with the objectives of the establishment of University of Malaya which are: to be at the forefront of knowledge, producing high quality graduates, continuously in developing excellent scholars who can contribute to development of the country and community welfare, to advance universal human value and also developing the management of social problems which are efficient, innovative and committed.

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Programmes of Study
Industry Training

This course exposes the student to the real working environment. During industrial attachment, the student is also has the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills which they have learned. Besides, the student is also has the opportunity to identify the job related to their study. 

Learning Outcomes: 

• Explore to the real working environment. 

• Relate the theoretical knowledge in working environment. 

• Apply skills in the real working situation. 

• Report the activity through learning process in the organization. 

• Report the activity through learning process in the organization. 

• Develop the job networking in the selected human services.

Department of Social Administration and Justice
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
University of Malaya 
50603 Kuala Lumpur 

T: (603)-7967 5476
F: (603)-7967 5475
Last Update: February 14, 2019