Degree Code: SWK

Degree Title: Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BASW)

Degree Duration: 4 Years

Degree Description:

The BASW at Maasai Mara University aims to educate social work professionals who are committed to promoting social change and sustainable social development by providing an up-to-date and comprehensive professional training in the theory and practice of social work. The BASW programme prepares its graduates to engage in entry-level generalist social work practice with individuals, families, groups, communities, and/or organizations within a multicultural society. Professional practice setting prospects include Hospitals; Institutions Providing Mental Health Care; Working with the Chronically/Terminally Ill; Schools; Residential Institutions: Children’s Homes:, Correctional Institution, Homes for the Aged, Residential institutions for women, homeless shelters;  Organizations Working with the Differently Abled(disabled, handicapped); Organisations Working with Victims of Disasters; Organisations Working with Women; drug and substance abuse, among many others.

Expected Learning Outcomes of the Programme:

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Uphold the principles and methods of social work.
  2. Observe ethical values and code of ethics that govern different social relationships in society, especially in human service delivery.
  • Take up careers in government, the private sector, and non – governmental organizations for sustainable social development.
  1. Engage in professional practice in social work.
  2. Develop and implement sound social research that contributes to Social Work theory, knowledge and research-based practice for sustainable social development.

Minimum Admission Requirements for the Programme

Eligible applicants in the Bachelor of Arts in Social Work Programme shall meet the following qualifications:


  • Holders of K.C.S.E certificate, grade C+ or it’s equivalent


  • Holders K.A.C.E certificates with a minimum of two principal or its equivalent.


  • Holders of a 2-year relevant diploma from an accredited institution which is recognized by the Maasai Mara University senate and CUE or  its equivalent


  • Holders of an advanced relevant diploma from an accredited institution recognized by the University senate and CUE or its equivalent.

Degree Courses

List of Course Per Semester

The courses offered are shown below: 

N/B. University-wide common courses are italicized; Programme core courses and required courses are in normal font; Elective courses are in bold font.

First Year

Semester One    

Course CodesCourse TitlesCredits Hours
CMJ 1100Communication Skills3
ZOO 1100HIV & Aids & Lifestyle Diseases3
SAS 1103The Art of Writing3
SOC 1105Introduction to Social Sciences3
SWK 1103Introduction to Social Work3
CMD 1103Community Development3
SWK 1104Principles and Methods of Social Work3
SWK 1105Basic Social Work Theory3
Total Credit Hours24 

Semester Two

Course CodesCourse TitlesCredits Hours
COM 1200Computer & Information Literacy3
MAT 1200Quantitative Skills3
SAS 1204Deviation and Rehabilitation3
SWK 1206Social Science Perspectives in HIV/AIDS3
SWK 1207Social Psychology for Social Workers3
SWK 1208Human Rights and Empowerment3
SWK 1209Human Relation3
Total Credit Hours21 

Second Year

First Semester 

Course CodesCourse TitlesCredits Hours
ENS 2100Environmental Skills3
REL 2100Philosophy & Critical Thinking3
SAS 2105Principles of Communication 3
SWK 2110Human Growth and Development3
SWK 2111Social Work Research Methods3
SWK 2112Case work & Group Work3
SWK 2113Advanced Social Work Theory3
Total Credit Hours21                        

Second Semester

Course CodesCourse TitlesCredits Hours
SAS 2206Ethnicity, Peace Relations and Nation Building in Kenya3
REL 2205Religion and Society3
SWK 2214Social Pathology3
SWK 2215Family and Child Welfare3
SWK 2216Social Work and Law3
SWK 2217Issues of Diversity and Globalization in Social Work3
SWK 2218Social Work Field Attachment I 6
Total Credit Hours24                         

Third Year

First Semester

Course CodesCourse TitlesCredits Hours
SAS 3107Contemporary Gender Issues3
STA 3125Statistical Methods and Data Analysis 3
SWK 3119Social Service Delivery3
SWK 3120Health, Environment and Community3
SWK 3121Social Work and Law3
SWK 3122Personality Development Theories3
Electives Courses (Choose at least one Elective)
SWK 3123Social Work in the Palliative care (Cancer, HIV)3
SWK 3124 Medical Social Work3
SWK 3125Collective Behavior and Social Movements 3
Total Credit Hours21                      

Semester Two

Course CodesCourse TitlesCredits Hours
BBM 3200Entrepreneurial & Work Skills3
SAS 3208Communication and Culture3
SWK 3226Ethical Issues in Social Work3
SWK 3227 Urbanization3
SWK 3228Public Benefit Organizations and Resource Mobilization3
SWK 3229Social Work Field Attachment II6
Electives Courses (Choose at least one Elective)
SOC 3230Social Economic Change & Development3
SWK 3230Social Gerontology3
SWK 3231Addictions, Assessment and Interventions3
Total Credit Hours24                    

Fourth Year

First Semester

Course CodesCourse TitlesCredits Hours
SAS 4109English for Specific Purposes3
SWK 4132Social Policy, Welfare and Administration3
SWK 4133Counselling Skills in Social Work3
SWK 4134Human Sexuality3
SWK 4135Social Work with Communities and Organizations3
SWK 4136BA. Social Work Honours Research Project6
Electives Courses (Choose at least one Elective)
SWK 4137Social Work in the Criminal Justice System3
SWK 4138Industrial Social Work3
SWK 4139Social Work Practice with Survivors of Trauma3
Total Credit Hours24                    

Second Semester

Course CodesCourse TitlesCredits Hours
SSAS 4210Disaster & Conflict Management3
SWK 4240Project Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation3
SWK 4241Social Development3
SWK 4242Social Psychiatry3
SWK 4243Social Work Field Attachment III6
SWK 4244Regional Integration and Social Capital3
Electives Courses (Choose at least one Elective)
SWK 4245Contemporary Issues in Fields of Practice3
SWK 4246Community Capacity Building3
SWK 4247Poverty in Kenya and its Implications for Social Work 3
Total Credit Hours24                    
Total Credit Hours 183