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Social work is an academic discipline studying and promoting the quality of life of individuals and the well-being of the community. Social work integrates knowledge about human and community development, social policy and administration, human interaction, and the influence and manipulation of social, political and psychological factors upon society. Social work degrees combine theories from different other fields such as sociology, medicine, psychology, philosophy, politics and economics in order to enable complete understanding and shaping power over the social mechanisms of any kind.

By studying a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in social work you will develop the following skills and qualities: empathy, active listening, social perceptiveness, persuasion, cooperation, critical thinking, communication and interpersonal skills. Professional social workers focus on providing help to individuals or communities suffering from poverty, lack of opportunities or information, social injustice, persecution, abuse or violation of rights and they have to connect individuals with the resources they need, advocate for individual clients or the community on identified problems.

Graduates of social work studies usually get careers opportunities such as: probation officer, advice worker, careers adviser, charity officer, counsellor, volunteer coordinator, youth worker, social policy analyst and more.

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Suggested Masters in Social Work

M.Sc. Addiction Counseling - Family Studies and Interventions

With an MS in Addiction Counseling from Walden, you can help create positive social change in your community and in society at large. Delivered online, this degree program helps prepare you to provide treatment plans and develop intervention strategies for individuals whose lives have been impacted by behavioral addictions.

United States
Postgraduate Certificate Child Protection

Recognising the increasingly high-profile nature of child protection issues requiring an integrated multi-agency service response, the Child Protection course from University of the West of Scotland is aimed at practitioners working in health, police, social work, education and voluntary sector settings.

United Kingdom
Master Social Work - with Children and Families

Prepare to advance your social work career with a CSWE-accredited Master of Social Work (MSW) from Walden University. This online master’s degree program helps you develop the skills needed to become a social worker.

United States
M.A. Social Work

Accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council, this MA University of East Anglia degree from University of East Anglia offers an academic and professional qualification that will enable you to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council to register as a professional Social Worker.

United Kingdom