Courses Catalogue

Family Services And Law

ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Social Work And Social Administration, Bachelor
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: College of Humanities and Social Sciences
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Content and Outline

Overview of Family Services and Law (3CH)

  • Definition of the family
  • The nature of family
  • Kinship unit
  • Nuclear family
  • Extended family
  • Modified extended family
  • History of child and family services

Structures and function of the family (3CH)

  • Structures of the family
  • Review of family organization theory
  • Basic models of family organization theory and practice
  • Theoretical concepts and practice techniques utilized to assess family functioning
  • Adequate family functioning

Family services (9CH)

  • Historical development of family services
    - Indigenous social and community family services
    -Contemporary approaches to family services
  • Elements of family services
  • Rationale for family services
  • Major issues of family services

Forms of family services (9CH)

Traditional or basic family welfare services

  • Food
  • Health services
  • Housing and shelter
  • Protection
  • Education
  • Attachment
  • Welfare services

Actors in Delivery of Family services (12CH)

  • Partnerships and collaboration
  • Parents
  • Government
  • NGOs Etc.

Child Welfare Systems and the Law (3CH)

  • Child protection
  • Child well being
  • Problems with conventional social work and child welfare methods

Delivery of Family services (3CH)

  • Challenges in providing family services

Family Assessment and Intervention (4CH)

  • Family diagnosis and treatment.
  • Theoretical concepts and practice techniques utilized to assess family functioning,
  • Therapeutic systems and processes of family development and positive change.
  • Suggested resolutions

Family Preservation versus Child Protection (4CH)


  • The legal mechanisms of the family.
  • Organize therapeutic systems and facilitate processes of family development and positive change

Child Abuse and Neglect Intervention Projects (3CH)

  • Problems with conventional social work and child welfare projects

Family Welfare and Social Work (3CH)

  • Family welfare problems,
  • The system of family welfare,
  • Its interrelationships with direct practice and the delivery of services.

 Legal mechanisms of the family (3CH)

  • An overview of the family and the  legal system
  • Different legal, political and economic conceptions vs. Shaping family and programs, and social work practice.
  • Major policy issues that relate to families.
  • Policies and Strategies for family Intervention practice at both the macro and micro levels.

Generalist social work roles in child and family services (3CH)

  • Working with Families: A Cross Cultural Perspective  
  • Dynamics of Family Violence  
  • Human Services & Family Court System  
  • Social Welfare Policy Teaching, learning and assessing communication skills with children and young people in social work education
  • Linking Processes to Outcomes in Integrated Children's Services
  • Evaluation of Family Support for Disabled Children and Their Families


  • Traditional lecture method.
  • Problem solving using case studies
  • Group work and discussions


  • LCD Projectors
  • Whiteboard and Markers
  • Overhead projectors
  • Flip charts
  • CD’s, DVDs and Tapes