The Faculty for Social Wellbeing was established by the University of Malta Council in July 2012. The setting up of our Faculty has brought together a number of UM entities which address different aspects of ‘social wellbeing’.
Each of our departments contributes towards the welfare of society, in its particular way, according to its expertise. The different fields of knowledge are multidisciplinary. They are animated by the same utilitarian spirit and led by the same values of solidarity, empathy, social justice, empowerment, inclusion, rehabilitation, prevention and positive intervention. Our departments feed from and nourish the same body of knowledge – that pertaining to living in modern society: the issues, the challenges, the aspirations and needs faced by people today. Their multidisciplinary nature, the spirit and values they share, makes it possible for all these departments, for their members (academics and otherwise) to work together, as a team, in harmony.
We offer a wide range of diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate courses, a number of which lead to a profession.
We organise regular seminars and conferences which serve as excellent opportunities for continuous professional development for practitioners in the social sector.
Our members of staff are deeply committed to research and a number contribute to research projects at both a national and international level. Several are respected, widely published scholars in their field of specialisation. In addition, many of the members of staff engage with the community through their contribution to government boards and committees, to non-governmental organisations and professional associations.
We aim to promote social wellbeing, by:
- researching issues that characterise society, identifying challenges and opportunities, presenting practical, efficient and effective interventions
- providing researchers, academics and practitioners in welfare, youth work and/or the criminal justice system
- training welfare, youth or criminal justice professionals on-the-job
- acting as a resource centre for the authorities, in welfare, youth or the criminal justice system
- being an informed, assertive, logical, academic voice that identifies and reflects social aspirations, promoting awareness, prevention and positive intervention.