Department of Social Work

Welcome to the Department of Social Work at the University of Zululand. Our Vision is to be a leading rural based Social Work Department in South Africa. Our mission is to offer a social work curriculum that responds to the needs of South Africa society through economic, cultural, disciplinary and learning responsiveness relevant to the global agenda for social work and social development.

Programmes offered aim to develop social work students with high level skills for the labour market (social welfare). This talks directly to the motto of our University namely: Restructured for relevance!

The Department of Social Work prides itself with having qualified staff who strives to pursue excellence standards in all the social work programmes through Teaching and Learning; Research and Innovation, Community Engagement. The professional standards and ethical conduct of social work are mainstreamed in all the qualifications.

The department and the academic team are all members of the Association of South African Social Work Education Institutions (ASASWEI) and the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW).

Undergraduate Programmes

Details of Programmes Offered
  • Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)
  • The BSW is a 4 years qualification designed to meet the needs of the social welfare and social services sector. The BSW programme is also endorsed by the South African Council of Social Services Professions (SACSSP), a professional body that regulates the training and practice of social work in South Africa, in terms of the Social Services Professions Act 110 of 1978. The new BSW programme was accredited by CHE (H/H22/EO32CAN) in 2020 based on the new CHE standards and SAQA approved (Qual ID: 117923).
  • Admission selection is done through the Central Applications Office (CAO) at http://www.cao.ac.za
  • Minimum points for admission are M 28 score.
Students should note that the requirements for a Police Clearance Certificate and National Child Protection Register (Part B) should be satisfied before they can be registered as a student social worker with the South African Council of Social Services Professions (SACSSP) in their second year of study. (Details of these can be found at http://www.asaswei.org.za/students

If you have any queries regarding the BSW programme, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Prof John V Rautenbach
HOD
Email: RautenbachJ@unizulu.ac.za

Ms. Bonisiwe Mkwanazi
Departmental Administrative Support Coordinator
Email: MkwanaziB@unizulu.ac.za
Tel: +27 35 902 6662

Postgraduate Programmes
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Community Development
  • Masters in Community Work
  • Masters in Social Work (MSW)
  • PHD in Social Work

If you have any questions or queries regarding these programmes, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Prof John V Rautenbach
HOD
Email: RautenbachJ@unizulu.ac.za

Ms. Bonisiwe Mkwanazi
Departmental Administrative Support Coordinator
Email: MkwanaziB@unizulu.ac.za
Tel: +27 35 902 6662

Details of Programmes Offered

Post-graduate Diploma in Community Development (PGDIP Community Development)

Overview

The Post-Graduate Diploma in Community Development programme is an advanced programme offered at NQF Level 8 and provides students with skills for community development.

Duration

The PGDIP (Community Development) is a one (1) year full time programme which comprise of 120 credits and can be completed in two (2) years on the case of part time.

Admission/Entry requirements

Students with a Bachelor’s Degree related to community development are accepted into the Programme.

Programme Structure

The PGDIP (Community Development) is structured into five (5) modules which are:

  • Theory & Development of Community Work
  • Social Policy and Planning, Social Legislation & Administration
  • Community Work Practice
  • Research Theory & Project Management
  • Research Project – Research is conducted under the guidance of a supervisor. At the end of the programme students are expected to produce a mini-research dissertation.

Programme Coordinator

Mr. M.M. Shabalala
Tel: +27 35 902 6658
Email: ShabalalaM@unizulu.ac.za

MA Community Work

Overview of the programme

This is a course work Master’s Degree in Community Work. It is pitched at NQF level 9. The purpose of the programme is to equip students with community work and research skills.

Duration

The MA Community Work is a two (2) years full time programme which comprise of 180 credits. The programme can be completed in three (3) years on the case of part time.

Admission/Entry requirements

Four Year Bachelor’s Degree, Honors Degree or a three-year Bachelor’s Degree plus Post Graduate Diploma in Community Development.

Programme Structure

The MA Community Work is structured into five (5) modules which are:

  • History and Philosophy of community work
  • Social Policy and Planning
  • Community work strategies
  • Research Methodology
  • Practical work.

Programme Coordinator:

Ms N.B. Ndlovu
Tel: +27 35 902 6657
Email: NdlovuN@unizulu.ac.za

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Overview

The MSW programme is an independent research based post graduate study in social work at an advanced level. The aim of research is to equip students into advanced research competencies in the various fields of social work and social welfare. The MSW is offered at NQF level 9 and comprise of 180 credits.

Duration

The MSW is a two (2) years full time programme which comprise of 180 credits. The programme can be completed in three (3) years on the case of part time.

Admission/Entry Requirements

Students with an Honours Degree or a four (4) year Degree programme are accepted in the MSW Degree.

Prgramme Structure

The MSW consists of a research dissertation on an approved subject.

Programme Coordinator

Mrs SS Myeni
Tel: +27 35 902 6873
Email: MyeniSS@unizulu.ac.za

Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work (PhD)

Overview

The doctoral programme is research based. Students that are selected in this programme are expected to develop new knowledge in social work education, fieldwork practice, theory, and policies. It is also expected that students at this level should demonstrate independent learning and critical thinking. The PhD is offered at NQF level 10 and comprise of 360 credits.

Duration

The PhD is a three (3) year full time programme which comprise of 360 credits. The programme can be completed in five (5) years on the case of part time.

Admission/Entry Requirements

Only students with a Master’s degree in Social Work will be accepted in this programme.

Programme Structure

The MSW consists of a research dissertation on an approved subject.

Programme Coordinator

Dr P.M Dimo
Tel: +27 35 902 6664
Email: DimoP@unizulu.ac.za

ALERTS AND NOTICES

Covid 19 Information

Hotline number 072 097 0901 for queries and information

Staff

Prof John Rautenbach

HOD and Professor

Prof Lulu Shokane

Professor and

Deputy Dean

Dr Delarise Mulqueeny

Senior Lecturer

Dr Peter Dimo

Lecturer

Sithu Myeni

Lecturer

Nomandla Ndlovu

Lecturer

Bonisiwe Mkwanazi

Administration Support

Jabu Gininda

Administrative Support