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Title:Sociology and social work in Nigeria: characteristics, collaborations and differences
Authors:Ogundipe, AyodeleISNI
Edewor, Patrick A.ISNI
Periodical:African Sociological Review (ISSN 1027-4332)
Geographic term:Nigeria
social work
social work education
higher education
Abstract:This paper discusses the evolution of sociology and social work in Nigeria and examines the current characteristics and areas of convergence and divergence in both fields. It was only in the 1960s that universities in Nigeria began to offer degree programmes in sociology with the first sub-department and full department of sociology established at the University of Ibadan and the University of Nigeria (Nsukka), respectively, in 1960. These were followed by other first generation universities and subsequently, the newer universities. There are now many Nigerian universities that offer degree programmes in sociology both at the undergraduate and post-graduate levels. The paper examines the teaching of sociology and generic social work at two universities as well as the national social work policy and its limited implementation by the Ministry of Social Development. The findings show that the teaching of social work employs considerable sociological theories and sociology students are influenced by their exposure to social work. Furthermore, some universities accept/approve the situating of social work in sociology departments. Social welfarism remains an area to be implemented in the future. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]