Academic programme in Social Work is on a regular high demand in view of the ever increasing demand for social welfare as a result of the social distortions caused by in-humanization, unequal distribution of wealth leading to poverty and its attendant anti-social behaviours. Designed by Prof. O.I. Aina, Dr. O.O. Ilesanmi and Dr. C.Y. Afolabi, the academic programmes in Social Work began at the Centre for Gender and Development Studies (CGDS) in 2014 as a postgraduate programme in three (3) levels: Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work Education and Research (Full Time & Part-Time); M.Sc. in Social Work Education and Research (Full Time & Part-Time) and Ph.D in Social Work Education and Research (Full Time & Part-Time).
The Centre which got the mandate of the Ekiti State University Council, on 13th June 2013 to run academic programmes on gender issues, inclusive and sustainable development, child survival, poverty and wealth creation, social policy, social work and other development issues established academic programme in Social Work and as well as Gender and Development Studies.
Akin with the University’s vision, philosophy and mission to be a 21st Century World-class University producing graduates adequately equipped to handle contemporary socio-economic and environmental challenges through cutting-edge research in science, technology and humanities, driven by Information and Communication Technology (ICT), the Centre is envisioned to be a Centre of Excellence for the interdisciplinary study of gender, social problems, social work issues and sustainable development. Thus, the Social Work Programme was designed to provide a high quality educational experience shaped by outstanding teaching and research that benefit cultures, societies, national and international economies.
The CGDS Social Work Programmes at Doctoral Level appears to be the first of its kind in Nigeria, The Social Work Programmes at University of Ibadan and Ladoke Akintola University, Ogbomosho are purely professional and terminates at Masters’ level, while that of Obafemi Awolowo University being house by Department of Sociology is majorly a Postgraduate Diploma programme.
The main objective of the CGDS Social Work Programme is building, sustaining and advancing a generation of students grounded in the theories of human behaviour and social systems, principles of human rights and social justice, biopsychosocial model derived from systems theory and methods; and researchers whose efforts will contribute to resolving the developmental challenges facing individuals, groups and communities in Nigeria.
The Centre currently has students enrolled for this programme at PG-D, MSc & Ph.D levels for the year 2013/2014 and 2015/2016 Academic Sessions. Admission for its 2016/2017 Academic Session is on-going. Through taught courses, students are learning advanced approaches and interventions in social work practice. The Centre currently has a collaboration agreement in Social Work Education with the University of East Finland.
Source: Oluwatoyin Olatundun ILESANMI Ph.D.