About the BA in Social Work Programme

SCE is offering this unique opportunity to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work Programme, first of its kind in the country. It is a 4 – year programme (8 Semesters) leading to degree in Bachelor of Arts in Social Work of Royal University of Bhutan (RUB). The academic session begins in July every year beginning with 2019. The programme aims to produce the next generation of social work graduates whose knowledge, skills and professional values will be guided by the wisdom of Jinpa– the act of generosity.

Programme Structure

The BA in Social Work Programme consists of a robust curriculum with a balanced combination of knowledge, skills and professional ethics and values that will enable social work graduates to empower individuals, families, and communities, especially the vulnerable and the marginalized, to lead lives of dignity. The curriculum was designed through extensive research and review of the best international and Bhutanese practices and contexts.



ISGY101 Understanding Bhutanese SocietyCOU101 Introduction to CounsellingBDM101Buddhism and Social WorkACS 101Academic SkillsDZG101 Dzongkha for Communication
IIPSY101 Introduction to Human DevelopmentFIT102 Functional Information TechnologyRES101Introduction to Social ResearchSWK101Basic Methods of Social Work SWK102 History, Ideologies and Fields of Social Work


IACS202 Effective Communication and Interpersonal SkillsBDM202 Bodhichitta Mind and Social WorkSWK203 Communication for DevelopmentSWK204 Participatory Planning for DevelopmentSWK205 Rural and Urban Community Development
IIFWK201 Fieldwork I: Rural Social Innovation Practice


ISWK306 Law for Social Work PracticePSY302 Human Behavior in Social EnvironmentSTS301 Basic StatisticsSWK307 Child Rights and Child WellbeingSWK308 Environment and Sustainable Livelihood
IISWK309 Social Welfare AdministrationSWK310 Budget Analysis of Social PolicyPMT301 Project Cycle ManagementSWK311Disaster Risk Reduction and ManagementSWK312 Community Health and Wellbeing




 FWK402 Fieldwork II: Working with Social Development Agencies
II BDM403 Blo-Sbyonga


SWK413Working with Persons with Disabilities

SWK414 Social Work Practice in Mental Health

SWK415 Social Work Practice with Elderly

SWK416 Gender and Family

SWK417 Working with Youth


Special Feature of the Programme

Among others, one of the special features of the BA in Social Work Programme is Fieldwork component. Fieldwork is the very heart of social work training and the vehicle through which students have the opportunity to practice the skills, knowledge and values taught in class. Accordingly, the filedwork in the BA in Social Work Programme is designed carefully to provide students with the opportunity to apply theories and practice skills learned in the classroom in social work field settings. There are two fieldwork placements, each of a semester long duration, and together they account for 25 per cent of the total credit values of the programme.

Programme Delivery and Support

The programme will be delivered and supported through awide range of teaching and learning approaches. Some of them are mindful practice, interactive lectures, tutorials, use of case studies, fieldworks, and project based learning, seminars and workshops.

SCE has a pool of highly qualified faculty in social work discipline. Other social work professionals and academics from both within and outside the country will be also engaged in the delivery of the modules through guest talks, seminars and fieldwork mentoring and supervision.


 Intake Capacity

To begin with, college will enroll 35 students (Government scholarship 25 & Self-financed 10) for the academic year 2019.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Class XII (Science/Arts/Commerce) pass students with a minimum of 50% in English.
  • Ability rating points: English – 4; Dzongkha – 2; and any other three subjects – 1 each.

Application Procedure

  • Eligible candidates have to apply online between 23 February and 15 March 2019.
  • To apply online, please visit RUB website (http://www.rub.edu.bt).

 Further Information

 For further information about the BA in Social Work Programmme, please  contact:

  1. Mr. Kuenzang Gyeltshen
    Dean of Academic Affairs
    Email: kgyeltshen.sce@rub.edu.bt
    Phone: +975-05-365397
  1. Ganeshman Gurung PhD, Programme Coordinator

17528006 or ggurung.sce@rub.edu.bt