Chairperson & Lecturer
Mrs P.D. Motsi
MSc in Social Work; BSc in Social Work Dipl in Social Work D Phil Candidate
Key Research Areas: women, HIV/AIDS and gender mainstreaming, child welfare and protection work
Cell: +263 772 422 217
The Department of Social Work is a teaching and research Department in the Faculty of Social Studies at the University of Zimbabwe. The Department’s vision is to become a pre-eminent centre of excellence in social work education, research and outreach work locally, regionally and internationally. Its mission is to provide relevant, high quality and appropriate social work education that prepares human power for practice in a variety of social welfare and social service settings across the globe.
The Department began as a School of Social Work in 1964 in collaboration with the Jesuit Priest of Roman Catholic Church. Its foundation was partly inspired by the need to train enough social workers to meet the needs of vulnerable populations in Zimbabwe. In August 2016, the Department relocated from the town campus to the University of Zimbabwe Main Campus in Mt Pleasant, Harare. The transition facilitated change of names from School of Social Work to Department of Social Work which is being used to date line with the University of Zimbabwe Ordinances. The Department of Social Work offers the following programmes: Bachelor of Social Work Honours Degree (four years), Masters in Social Work (One and a half years) and Certificate of Social Work (one year).
As a Department we remain committed to offering high quality certificate and degree teaching and producing high quality research outputs. We are a member of the Association of Schools of Social Work in Africa and the International Association of Schools of Social Work. Our programmes are benchmarked against global standards to ensure the production of quality social workers. This has, over the years, enabled us to produce quality graduates capable of competing with others at a local, regional and global level. Our strategic thrust is to enhance our engagement with civil society, government and its development partners in undertaking applied social work research and social development programmes.
At a macro level, the Department has concentrated its research efforts on addressing policy and practice in the protection of orphans and other vulnerable children; persons with disability; disaster risk reduction; HIV and AIDS; poverty reduction; human rights and social justice; food security and drought mitigation strategies; psycho social support strategies; social policy including social protection; rural and urban development issues and other humanitarian issues in Zimbabwe. The department has developed active and functional linkages with implementing agencies such as UNICEF, Department of Social Welfare and Protection Services and Council of Social Workers. It has also broadened its scope of work and strategically positioned itself to work with the private sector, civil society and NGOs intending to end poverty, human misery, violation of human rights, as well as ensuring the psychological and social wellbeing of all in society.
To become the pre-eminent centre of excellence in social work education, research and outreach work both in Zimbabwe and internationally
To provide relevant, quality and appropriate social work education that prepares human power for practice in a variety of settings, locally and internationally.
Excellence, Research and service to the community, Honest and Respect.