This specialization is one of many quality programs offered by Palestine Ahliya University in terms of its inclusiveness, the diversity of its courses, and its focus on teaching theory and practice. Its general requirements also intersect with the general requirements of other disciplines in the department. Social work, from the perspective of sociology, in a broad, holistic sense, is the main specialization of this program. Because of the relationship between sociology and social work, the program forms a solid social, humanitarian, and academic research base. This track provides students with social knowledge and skills that qualify them for employment in social work. The comprehensibility of the program’s theoretical and practical courses will enable students to pursue higher education in sociology and to work in multidisciplinary areas.

To be accepted to major, students:

  1. Must obtain a GPA of 65% (1.5) as a minimum in the general requirements, namely Introduction to Sociology (130101), Social Work (131101), Introduction to Psychology (132101) and Sociology of Family (130201).
  2. Pass a personal interview.

Potential Job Titles: Social Worker

Potential Workplace: 

Graduates of this program, through acquiring the skills and scientific knowledge gained during their studies, will be qualified to work in various fields and areas, including:

  1.     Social workers in public frameworks: state authorities (in welfare departments and social services in municipalities), government schools, hospital departments, prisons, security institutions, psychiatric institutions, and others.
  2.     Social workers in the third sector – especially non-governmental and non-profit organizations, such as charitable institutions and centers to support children, women and people with special needs, in addition to many social institutions working in these areas.
  3.     Social workers in particular frameworks: private schools and nursing homes.
  4.     Pursuing postgraduate studies at leading universities.
  5.     Shifting to other fields; such as psychology, sociology, migration, labor force, etc.
  6.     Social workers for child care: social workers help resolve conflicts in families with children. At the same time, their role specializes in working with families to create a safe and friendly environment for children, and they act as advocates for children’s rights.
  7.     Legitimate social workers (criminal justice): social workers apply the established principles of social work to legal questions and issues related to legal matters, litigation, and criminal and civil affairs. Some cases involving legitimate social workers include rehabilitation, child custody, and family services.
  8.     Social workers in dealing with ageing: as part of the social work system in healthcare, social workers assist the elderly and their families in locating services such as home healthcare and meal delivery. This type of social worker can further assist the elderly during their transition to nursing care or assisted living facilities.
  9.     Medical social workers: medical social workers are another branch of social work within the healthcare social work hierarchy. They help patients cope with chronic diseases through psychological and social support. Other duties include discharge planning, assisting patients with accessing other services, organizing support groups, and conducting home visits for recently discharged patients.
  10. Working with all age groups and social categories, such as the elderly, adults and families, women and girls, veterans, active-duty military personnel, and terminally ill patients.
  11. Other social workers work in essential positions such as management, policy, substance abuse disorders, school counseling, community organizing, healthcare, trauma relief, and disaster relief.
  12. Social workers protect and promote the well-being of children and vulnerable adults, providing services to children and their parents within their home environment.