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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 its 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 Codes Course Titles Credits Hours
CMJ 1100 Communication Skills 3
ZOO 1100 HIV & Aids & Lifestyle Diseases 3
SAS 1103 The Art of Writing 3
SOC 1105 Introduction to Social Sciences 3
SWK 1103 Introduction to Social Work 3
CMD 1103 Community Development 3
SWK 1104 Principles and Methods of Social Work 3
SWK 1105 Basic Social Work Theory 3
Total Credit Hours 24 

Semester Two

Course Codes Course Titles Credits Hours
COM 1200 Computer & Information Literacy 3
MAT 1200 Quantitative Skills 3
SAS 1204 Deviation and Rehabilitation 3
SWK 1206 Social Science Perspectives in HIV/AIDS 3
SWK 1207 Social Psychology for Social Workers 3
SWK 1208 Human Rights and Empowerment 3
SWK 1209 Human Relation 3
Total Credit Hours 21 

Second Year

First Semester 

Course Codes Course Titles Credits Hours
ENS 2100 Environmental Skills 3
REL 2100 Philosophy & Critical Thinking 3
SAS 2105 Principles of Communication  3
SWK 2110 Human Growth and Development 3
SWK 2111 Social Work Research Methods 3
SWK 2112 Case work & Group Work 3
SWK 2113 Advanced Social Work Theory 3
Total Credit Hours 21                        

Second Semester

Course Codes Course Titles Credits Hours
SAS 2206 Ethnicity, Peace Relations and Nation Building in Kenya 3
REL 2205 Religion and Society 3
SWK 2214 Social Pathology 3
SWK 2215 Family and Child Welfare 3
SWK 2216 Social Work and Law 3
SWK 2217 Issues of Diversity and Globalization in Social Work 3
SWK 2218 Social Work Field Attachment I  6
Total Credit Hours 24                         

Third Year

First Semester

Course Codes Course Titles Credits Hours
SAS 3107 Contemporary Gender Issues 3
STA 3125 Statistical Methods and Data Analysis  3
SWK 3119 Social Service Delivery 3
SWK 3120 Health, Environment and Community 3
SWK 3121 Social Work and Law 3
SWK 3122 Personality Development Theories 3
Electives Courses (Choose at least one Elective)
SWK 3123 Social Work in the Palliative care (Cancer, HIV) 3
SWK 3124  Medical Social Work 3
SWK 3125 Collective Behavior and Social Movements  3
Total Credit Hours 21                      

Semester Two

Course Codes Course Titles Credits Hours
BBM 3200 Entrepreneurial & Work Skills 3
SAS 3208 Communication and Culture 3
SWK 3226 Ethical Issues in Social Work 3
SWK 3227  Urbanization 3
SWK 3228 Public Benefit Organizations and Resource Mobilization 3
SWK 3229 Social Work Field Attachment II 6
Electives Courses (Choose at least one Elective)
SOC 3230 Social Economic Change & Development 3
SWK 3230 Social Gerontology 3
SWK 3231 Addictions, Assessment and Interventions 3
Total Credit Hours 24                    

Fourth Year

First Semester

Course Codes Course Titles Credits Hours
SAS 4109 English for Specific Purposes 3
SWK 4132 Social Policy, Welfare and Administration 3
SWK 4133 Counselling Skills in Social Work 3
SWK 4134 Human Sexuality 3
SWK 4135 Social Work with Communities and Organizations 3
SWK 4136 BA. Social Work Honours Research Project 6
Electives Courses (Choose at least one Elective)
SWK 4137 Social Work in the Criminal Justice System 3
SWK 4138 Industrial Social Work 3
SWK 4139 Social Work Practice with Survivors of Trauma 3
Total Credit Hours 24                    

Second Semester

Course Codes Course Titles Credits Hours
SSAS 4210 Disaster & Conflict Management 3
SWK 4240 Project Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation 3
SWK 4241 Social Development 3
SWK 4242 Social Psychiatry 3
SWK 4243 Social Work Field Attachment III 6
SWK 4244 Regional Integration and Social Capital 3
Electives Courses (Choose at least one Elective)
SWK 4245 Contemporary Issues in Fields of Practice 3
SWK 4246 Community Capacity Building 3
SWK 4247 Poverty in Kenya and its Implications for Social Work  3
Total Credit Hours 24                    
Total Credit Hours  183


Collaborations and Linkages

University of Pau-France

It was requested that MMU to host one French Master of Tourism student for internship in 2014.The details to be discussed between Dean Tourism MMU and Director Tourism University of Pau France after the conference.

Clemson University - U.S.A.

Exchange research, training and workshop conference Developing a tourism information system for Maasai Mara Game Reserve

University of Bordeaux 3-France

Establishment of a French Language Institute/ centre Maasai Mara University is currently teaching French language to students undertaking tourism, arts and hospitality courses.

Aarhus University- Denmark

Establish and promote joint research, development projects and academic cooperation with focus on the Maasai Mara (ecosystem, living conditions, economic growth and biodiversity)

Regents University-London-U.K

Areas of collaboration: Education cooperation and articulation programmes. Research collaboration Exchange of students, faculty and staff members Joint consultancy activities Knowledge transfer Participation in seminar and academic meetings Exchange of academic materials and other information.

Kenya Industrial Estates

Create incubation centers and incubate student's projects with potential for commercialization. Attachment of MMU staff to enterprise funded through KIE for purposes of gaining experience that would be ploughed back into teaching.

University of Hertfordshire.- London-U.K

To conduct a survey to identify current research, educational, policy and regulatory activities (Governmental, academic, NGO)

University of Munster, Germany

The parties agree to collaborate in the following area of mutual interest: Explore possibilities for joint research programmes, Exchanges for students.

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