The School of Arts & Sciences

Department of Social Sciences

Mission, objectives and learning outcomes


The mission of the undergraduate Social Work and Community Development program at LAU is to prepare competent, evidence-based social work practitioners with special emphasis on poverty reduction, the special needs of the underprivileged and the vulnerable groups in society, guided by the global values of human rights, social justice, and equality. The Social work program intends to engage students in scholarly activities, continued learning and the community.  

Program Educational Objectives

  1. Prepare graduates to practice social work by serving individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities, guided by professional ethics;
  2. Prepare graduates who integrate scholarship into practice through an evidence-based process;
  3. Prepare graduates who are committed to lifelong learning, social justice, and human diversity; and
  4. Prepare graduates to engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the degree in Social Work & Community Development, students will be able to:

  1. Practice social work in a variety of areas with various population groups, with special emphasis on community development skills (in capacity building, needs assessment, conflict resolution and resource mobilization as well as other intervention modalities).
  2. Apply a person-environment perspective to work with individuals, groups and communities.
  3. Apply the necessary values and ethical principles of the profession of social work.
  4. Apply research methods to promote a scientific-based social work practice.
  5. Demonstrate professional attitudes towards diverse populations and value the culture and sub-culture of various groups.
  6. Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments


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