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COURSE TITLE Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Wellbeing Studies






First Cycle

Level 6

6 Semesters



The concept behind this degree is that students are free to “design” their own undergraduate programme by registering for a number of elective study-units (timetable permitting) on offer by the various departments within the Faculty for Social Wellbeing. These would be study-units which they consider most suitable for their academic interest and career plans alongside a number of compulsory core units. A list of the elective study-units on offer during the year is available here.

Students can also choose 6 ECTS from outside of the Faculty for Social Wellbeing if following the full-time course or 2 ECTS if following the part-time course.

During this course, students will be exposed to a wide range of key facts, concepts, principles and explanatory frameworks which bring together opportunities for conceptual achievement as well as active engagement in society. Focusing on wellbeing, students benefit from exposure to issues and trends on social inclusion across the lifecourse. Personal, professional and social skills will also be addressed. To further address empowerment and the implementation of skills learnt, students are challenged to take responsibility for their learning and to pursue areas of particular interest to them. Students will be encouraged to appreciate uncertainty and diversity and to search for meaning and purpose; to take responsibility for their own learning; to be autonomous thinkers; and to develop an integrated understanding of wellbeing.
LEARNING OUTCOMES This course is designed to develop a number of important skills, including:

- Intellectual skills: critical thought, analysis and synthesis, creative thinking, problem-solving. These will be fostered through lectures, assessment, supervision and project work.

- Personal skills: reflexivity, communication, assertiveness, time management, stress management, decision-making, ethics and values. These skills will be taught directly in a number of units, but will also be developed in the context of lectures, workshops, seminars and interaction with tutors and peers.

- Research skills: basic skills of independent library and internet research; critical analysis; quantitative and qualitative research design and methods.

- Organisational skills: the capacity to set goals and to organise oneself to reach them. These will be strengthened through choosing and planning one's degree, participating in independent or group work, and working on one's dissertation.

Other skills relevant to employability and personal development

This programme will provide skills that are traditionally of great relevance to students' future employability, including initiative and self-motivation; professional integrity and the capacity to adhere to standards and procedures; resilience and stress tolerance; verbal and written communication; teamwork and interpersonal sensitivity; analysis and investigation; planning and organisation; creativity; and problem-solving.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCESS TO FURTHER STUDY The B.A. (Hons) Social Wellbeing Studies Programme prepares people to be suitable for employment with government departments, ministries and agencies, as well as non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and private providers of all kinds of welfare, social and human services, or any service with important social and wellbeing aspects. Their training enables them to work successfully in many other capacities in the private and public sector as well.

The B.A. (Hons) Social Wellbeing Studies enables students to access different Masters Courses both locally and overseas. This course will help students to pursue postgraduate courses offered by the Faculty for Social Wellbeing.
COURSE INTENDED FOR This course is of interest to:

Young students who have a social calling but are as yet undecided as to their area of specialisation.

Mature students who may find the holistic and choice-based approach of interest and of relevance to them, and a suitable re-entry point to resuming their studies.
Applicants must satisfy the General Entry Requirements for admission, namely, the Matriculation Certificate and Secondary Education Certificate passes at Grade 5 or better in Maltese, English Language and Mathematics.

Applicants considered as “Adult Learners” (mature applicants) in terms of paragraph (c) of regulation 6 of the Admissions Regulations must be in possession of those qualifications and/or experience that would satisfy the Faculty Admissions Committee that they have reached the academic standard required to follow the course with profit. Such applicants shall be required to submit with their application a letter written in English giving their motivation for applying for the Course together with a copy of their Curriculum Vitae (C.V.).

The eligibility of applicants referred to above shall be decided by the University Admissions Board, on the recommendation of the Faculty Admissions Committee, following an interview conducted by an interviewing board appointed for the purpose.

The interviewing board appointed by the Board shall be composed of at least three persons.

Applicants in terms of the 'maturity (adult learners) clause' are required to sit for an English Proficiency Test to be held on 14 September 2016. Successful applicants will then be required to sit for an interview during the last two weeks of September 2016. These dates cannot be changed. Such applicants shall be exempted from sitting for the proficiency test if they are in possession of SEC level English at grade 5 or better or equivalent. The closing date for receipt of applications from applicants in terms of the 'maturity (adult learners) clause' (those who will be sitting for the proficiency test and/or interview) is 31 August 2016. The closing date for other applicants is 30 September 2016.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2016.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.



Last Updated: 28 July 2017
The University makes every effort to ensure that the published Courses Plans, Programmes of Study and Study-Unit information are complete and up-to-date at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to make changes in case errors are detected after publication.
The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
Unless for exceptional approved reasons, no changes to the programme of study for a particular academic year will be made once the students' registration period for that academic year begins.

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