Welcome to Introduction to Social Welfare (SWK200)


A course of the United Arab Emirates University, Department of Social Work

Website content created by Karen S. Rotabi, PhD, Associate Professor of Social Work


Course Learning Outcomes

What can you expect to learn as a student? The following course learning outcomes have been developed.

At the end of the course, students will be able to

1: Identify basic structures of social welfare systems, to include health, housing and education with application to Sheik Zayed’s social development vision

2: Apply theories and paradigms to understand social phenomena, including application of human rights, social development, and social support theories.

3: Use numerical, symbolic, graphical and other methods to analyze social phenomena/problems

4: Describe methods of social scientific methods when exploring a social problem and making analysis of the social welfare policies and programs.

As we learn, we will always look at the unique cultural context, history, and social problems of the United Arab Emirates with close attention to government goals for social development as well as the values of Islam. Of course, we always consider Sheik Zayed’s vision for the people and planning for the well-being of the citizenry of the UAE.

Note- This is a general education course of the UAE University, College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Content for this course…FOLLOW the weekly BLOGS!!!

In your course syllabus, you will find our our schedule or road map for content, activities, testing, and your social problem projects. The way in which you study for this class includes this website content, where the BLOG will be written by your instructor about the major ideas found in the lecture as well as additional material for you to use when studying. You will find links to videos or other information (like news articles online) that are important for your learning. You are expected to use this website along with materials, especially selected readings, that are posted in Blackboard.

Make sure to follow the WEEKLY BLOG that reinforces and expands on course lecture. And, as students you are expected to make comments as we go along!