3 Units


This course aims to examine the classical and contemporary social theories, particularly the evolution of the theories of modernism and postmodernism in the domain of social science. It also investigates the changing concepts and functions of social welfare that transform from the residual conception of social welfare that emphasizes self-reliance, informal support, charity and subsistence to the institutional conception of social welfare that stresses collective responsibilities, community care and development of human potentials. The major focus is to help students examine and critically analyze the implications of changing social theories on the development of social welfare and social work practice.