Programs of Social Welfare department offer knowledge, techniques and theories to support systematic and professional service for individuals, family groups and local communities who are struggling with difficulties on a diversity of living conditions.

Social work practice model that we aim at is ‘Generalist Social Work Practice’ based on Ecosystem. Its presumption is the paradigm that people cannot be existed separated from the environment. We are planning the smooth social function by speeding up the goodness of fit between people and the social environment.

In addition, this program aims to understand problems that generated from institutional operation of various social affairs, learn the theory of social welfare practical techniques and execution of policy, and train students to be social workers who apply this knowledge to the field of social welfare.
The Curriculum

The Course of Studies for the Master’s Degree

1. Students must earn at least 51 credits to acquire a Master’s Degree (including 6 credits for the thesis). These must include 48 credits in courses offered by the Social Welfare Department and 3 credits in courses taken in other departments

2. Students take the Comprehensive Examination after passing the Foreign Language Examination. The examination covers three areas, each in a 90-minute long written examination:

1) Common subjects: Human behavior and the social environment (1, 2), Methodology of social welfare research

2) Micro-range: Theories of the practice of social welfare, theories of the techniques of social welfare, theories of regional social welfare

3) Macro-range: Theories of social welfare policies, theories of social welfare administration, theories of social welfare legislation.

3. The thesis counts for 6 credits. Only students whose proposal has been approved in their 4th or 5th semesters may submit a thesis. Those whose proposal has not been approved must take an additional 2 courses to earn the remaining 6 credits. This regulation will apply to all students from March 1, 2007, irrespective of their year of admission.

4. The major area is Studies in Social Welfare.

5. The curriculum is as follows; elective subjects will be offered on the basis of the students’ needs and wishes.

Spring Semester Fall Semester
Required courses 205 Human Behavior and the Social Environment 1
210 Introduction to Social Welfare
215 Methods in Social Welfare Research
231 Social Welfare Practice Theory 1
324 Social Welfare Legislation
329 Field Practicum in Social Welfare 1
431 Community Welfare
206 Human Behavior and the Social Environment 2
217 Data Analysis for Social Welfare
307 Social Welfare Practice Skills
323 Social Welfare Administration
330 Field Practicum in Social Welfare 2
411 Social Welfare Policy
Elective courses Decided each semester Decided each semester

6. The following table indicates the courses that must be taken in each semester. Only students in their 3rd semester or above are allowed to register for Field Practicum in Social Welfare.

Field Practicum in Social Welfare 1 must be taken before a student registers for Field Practicum in Social Welfare 2.
1st semester 2nd semester
205 Human Behavior and the Social Environment 1
210 Introduction to Social Welfare
231 Social Welfare Practice Theory 1
206 Human Behavior and the Social Environment 2
307 Social Welfare Practice Skills
411 Social Welfare Policy
3rd semester 4th semester
215 Methods in Social Welfare Research
324 Social Welfare Legislation
329 Field Practicum in Social Welfare 1
431 Community Welfare
217 Data Analysis for Social Welfare
323 Social Welfare Administration
330 Field Practicum in Social Welfare 2
5th semester
460 Thesis Writing

Course Num. Course Name Credits
201 Social Teachings of Christianity 3 Credits.
Considers the philosophy, principles, objectives and methods of social education presented by the Catholic Church through papal encyclicals and the 2nd Vatican Council’s documents, while also examining various kinds of social education operated by the Korean Catholic Church.
202 Social Welfare and its Spirituality 3 Credits.
Christian spirituality means the process of conforming to God’s nature. Human beings can achieve their social function and integral cultivation of character through spiritual training and experience. This course is designed to help students acquire methods and skills that might help them grow through spiritual experience.
205 Human Behavior and the Social Environment 1 3 Credits.
Explores the socio-psychological theories required to understand individual character formation and the factors influential in social life from a biological and psychological point of view. This course will focus on the person-in-environment, emphasizing the human life cycle.
206 Human Behavior and the Social Environment 2 3 Credits.
Applying the ecosystem theory, explores the social theories required to understand the dynamic relation between human beings and their environment in terms of socio-culture, organization and community.
210 Introduction to Social Welfare 3 Credits.
Studies the various kinds of social welfare policies (full employment, price stabilization, anti-poverty measures, the care of the old and the weak, etc.) that have been applied in response to socio-structural problems and social conflicts in capitalist nations since the Industrial Revolution. This course will also consider how to establish a democratic welfare state in Korean society.
213 Philosophy and Theory of Social Welfare 3 Credits.
Examines the development of social welfare on the basis of its history and moral background both in the East and the West, as well as the history of welfare thought and ideas in Korean society. It is intended to help students to establish an appropriate welfare philosophy in Korean society.
215 Methods in Social Welfare Research 3 Credits.
Examines problems on the basis of demonstrative data based on scientific knowledge and the theories used to solve various social problems. Students will also study how to cope with a variety of situations.
216 Statistics of Social Welfare 3 Credits.
Introduces various statistical techniques used in deriving meaningful analysis and drawing conclusions on the basis of quantitative information collected in the sphere of social welfare.
217 Data Analysis for Social Welfare 3 Credits.
Introduces analytical procedures and the basic characteristics of the quantitative research data used in social welfare, in order to cultivate an ability to interpret and analyze experience. This will enable students to develop a scientific approach to social welfare by providing an ability to use statistical analysis according to specific questions and assumptions.
221 History of Social Welfare 3 Credits.
Examines the historical background in which the concepts of welfare and the idea of a welfare state have developed from ancient times to contemporary industrial society. This course will also deal with economic development, changes of social structure, political systems, and cultural background as factors that determine types of social welfare system, in comparison with social developments in Western countries.
222 Social Welfare Ethics and Philosophy 3 Credits.
Studies basic values and philosophies helpful in understanding social welfare and ethics as well as the values and morality that practitioners should have in the practical field, introducing the moral conflicts that they might encounter, and discussing the moral issues that social workers have when they work with clients directly or indirectly.
231 Social Welfare Practice Theory 1 3 Credits.
Examines the expertise, theories and skills required for the most appropriate models of problem solving after comprehensively reviewing and judging the social?psychological?financial problems that people are confronted with in society.
232 Social Welfare Practice Theory 2 3 Credits.
Designed to help students who have developed theories and skills in social work and welfare practice in the field to learn the theories and strategies of intervention required when applying those theories and skills to particular techniques for solving specific clients’ problems.
250 Foundations of Social Education 3 Credits.
Offers a consideration of the definition, importance, kinds, methods, estimations, systems and actual conditions of social education.
303 Social Problems 3 Credits.
Focuses on social problems and studies by what kinds of standpoint contemporary society and its problems can best be considered, and how social work can contribute to the prevention and solution of social problems.
307 Social Welfare Practice Skills 3 Credits.
Focuses on learning the significance of practice, theory and counseling skills in social work and on promoting the roles and functions of social workers. Students will acquire counseling skills, such as problem assessment, data planning and intervention, evaluation of clients, as well as learning how to integrate theory and practice.
308 Social Group Work 3 Credits.
Deals with the concepts and development of group leadership or group dynamics, focusing on small groups, and examines basic principles of group leadership work, methods and skills of group work and the roles of group workers.
309 Youth Welfare 3 Credits.
Examines the general characteristics of adolescents and the historical changes of their traits as a social group, as well as positive and negative influences on social development in adolescents.
310 Child Welfare 3 Credits.
Covers the theories, methods and skills for the problem-analysis, guidance and support of children and families with problems, on the basis of an analytical understanding of children and the family.
311 Social Work with Women 3 Credits.
From a feminist point of view, examines the problems that women confront in the structural and functional aspects of contemporary society, studying how to improve the social roles of women.
314 Welfare of the Disabled 3 Credits.
Studies the history and present situation of welfare for the disabled, with systematic consideration of causes of and preventive measures for the disabled, and future welfare provisions for the disabled.
317 Social Work with the Elderly 3 Credits.
Devoted to a consideration of the ways factors related to modernization cause problems for the elderly, the nature of those problems, and how those problems can be solved in the sphere of social welfare.
318 Social Work in Correctional Services 3 Credits.
Focuses on educating social workers in the roles and responsibilities needed to help individuals who have departed from social rules and the law.
319 Family Welfare 3 Credits.
Examines the structures, relationships, functions and problems of the family, in order to understand the changing family in modern society, covering family welfare policies, the present conditions of service, and approaches to solving family problems.
320 Industrial Social Welfare 3 Credits.
Examines various problems arising in contemporary industrial society, while studying industrial welfare models suitable for our society as well as theories and skills for problem solving.
321 Social Security 3 Credits.
A study of the concrete social security programs of the Korean government designed to protect people when they have adversities in normal life because of poverty, disease, unemployment, or the death of a wage earner, as well as the elderly and the disabled.
323 Social Welfare Administration 3 Credits.
Focuses on the special characteristics of the administration of social welfare institutions and organizations, as distinct from other organizations, while also dealing with matters that workers should grasp and take responsibility for, and the skills and principles of administration, in order to enable students to compare theory with actual conditions in our country.
324 Social Welfare Legislation 3 Credits.
Focuses on understanding the laws governing the practice of social work, to provide students with basic legal knowledge for work as a social worker.
325 Social Welfare Resource Development 3 Credits.
Examines the material and human resources that maintain and develop social welfare systems in three areas: 1) the public and private sectors, 2) the central government and municipalities, and 3) the nation, enterprises and individuals, as well as the diversification of welfare resources and their particular plans.
329 Field Practicum in Social Welfare 1 3 Credits.
Students take charge of services in social work institutions or organizations, to provide them with the needed groundwork to work as an expert on the basis of the general theories and knowledge of social work methods that they have acquired through their classes. This will help them examine and evaluate the possibility of the application of theory by themselves.
330 Field Practicum in Social Welfare 2 3 Credits.
Provides opportunities for the assessment of clients’ problems on the basis of the knowledge and skills acquired in Field Practicum in Social Welfare 1, and the development of intervention strategies and processes in solving problems. This will help students to improve their skills and capabilities, while learning how effective the programs that they have used are through single subject or test statistics.
331 Integrated Methods in Social Work 3 Credits.
Provides a comprehensive consideration of the concepts, theories and skills that social work methods are based on, as well as individual social work, group social work, and community social work, examining them in connection with the present conditions of social work practice.
335 Medical Social Work 3 Credits.
A study of the role and position of professional social work in the medical sector.
341 Social Welfare Supervision 3 Credits.
An investigation of basic theories and methods related to social work supervision. This course also deals with the functions of supervisors, the relationship between supervisors and workers or between supervision and organizational administration, and supervisors’ responsibilities, etc.
371 Social Work in Mental Health 3 Credits.
The field of mental health, considered in the past as part of the medical sector, is now seen as a mental health system in the community because of the development of effective cure, retrenchment, protection of clients’ rights and interests, etc. This course will study the roles of social workers and various therapeutic approaches resulting from that situation.
372 Psychology of Counseling 3 Credits.
Explores the theories and skills of individual or group counseling required to train a person’s ability to solve various kinds of problems in daily life.
375 Social Psychology 3 Credits.
Aiming at understanding human beings within society, this course studies socio-cultural factors and the relation between social circumstances and human beings or between groups and individuals, on the basis of human social behavior. It also deals with the processes of understanding others, of making friends, social influences, attitudes and changes, the contents of positive experimentations in social psychology about problems of group behavior.
381 Theory and Practice of Family Therapy 3 Credits.
Focuses on systematic methods applicable to practical fields in social work, after understanding general theories and models of family therapy. It also includes a comparative analysis of theories of family therapy, the acquisition of strategies and skills for family therapy, and studies the social work methods applicable to various family problems in contemporary society.
391 Voluntarism 3 Credits.
Studies forms of volunteer work as an importance element in bringing about a democratic society and promoting a welfare society. It also analyzes the roles and functions of volunteers for building a sound civil society.
411 Social Welfare Policy 3 Credits.
Studies how Western social welfare policies arose in the process of industrialization, and how social welfare systems in Western societies have coped with social changes, while also considering the characteristics and development of Korean social welfare policies since 1945.
431 Community Welfare 3 Credits.
Proposes general theories and skills in judging, estimating, and planning for problem solving in the community and for developing and applying intervention skills for social change, to help understand community welfare.
435 Comparative Social Work Practice Models 3 Credits.
Proposes a comparative analysis of recent models in practicing social work with individuals, families, and small groups, focusing on the characteristics and functions of practice theory, on the evaluation of practice models and on the development of theoretical forms to improve and adapt each model in response to rapidly changing needs.
440 Mental Health 3 Credits.
Explores the concept of mental health and studies theories and skills needed to cope with problems, proposing models for mental health work.
450 Program Development and Evaluation 3 Credits.
A study of theories and skills in the evaluation of program development and application to meet clients’ needs and solve their problems.
457 Theory of Deviance 3 Credits.
Examines the problems of human deviance and social deviations, with the factors that provoke such problems, from a theoretical point of view, as well as methods for prevention and reform of deviances and deviations.
460 Thesis Writing 3 Credits.
491 Case Management 3 Credits.
Studies social work services and forms of individual or group treatment that demand continual social work services for the improvement of harmonious social functions and self-realization, to help students acquire social work skills.
495 Manpower Development 3 Credits.
Studies the concept of manpower development, the improvement and use of manpower, and the relation between national and social development. This course also considers concrete ways of planning to provide the specialized manpower that contemporary industrial society demands, and its management methods.
498 Alcohol and Drugs 3 Credits.
Examines the problems that bring about difficulties in basic socio-functional roles because of alcohol and drug abuse, as well as a knowledge of the theories and skills required for considering proper socio-psychological countermeasures.
499 Social Welfare Seminar 3 Credits.
This seminar examines if the proposed theme of a thesis is suitable or useful for social welfare. It provides students with individual guidance when research and analysis of data require intense socio-statistic models.
590 Thesis 6 Credits.
The graduation thesis brings together the theories, knowledge, values and skills acquired over 6 semesters of study in social services and welfare, focuses on an area of interest to the candidate, selects a problem related to social welfare, and employs a quantitative or qualitative method of social surveying to formulate with academic logic a solution and a corresponding social-welfare course of action.

1. These courses are designed for all students enrolled in the GST, and, in principle, are not admitted as major credits necessary for acquiring a Master’s Degree. However, courses other than language courses can be counted as major credits that may be taken in place of other department courses.

2. New courses may be established in the light of students’ needs and demands.

221. Social Analysis
230. Church Music
251. Understanding World Religions
252. Zen Buddhist Thought
253. Readings in the Saying of the Buddhist Patriarchs
272. Readings in the Historical Documents of the Korean Catholic Church
290. The Bible and Literature
300. Spirituality and the Arts
312. Pastoral Business Administration
321. The Information Society and the Contemporary Church
322. The Contemporary Church and Mass Communication
330. The Movement for Environmental Conservation
341. Biblical Greek 1
342. Biblical Greek 2
343. Biblical Greek 3
344. Biblical Hebrew 1
345. Biblical Hebrew 2
346. Biblical Hebrew 3
347. Latin 1
348. Latin 2
371. The History of the Catholic Church in East Asia