The Specifics of Teaching Social Work at Universities in Arab Countries

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Arab communities, education, social work


The processes of democratization, observed in recent years in the traditionally conservative Arab world, actualize the need for social workers, so the aim of the study was to study the features of teaching social work in Arab communities. Twelve universities with undergraduate programs in social work were randomly selected to compare these universities' curricula and social work programs and Ajman University. One conclusion is that social work programs in Arab communities should rely on traditional values of Islamic culture and legal literacy to achieve professionally necessary competence. Improvement of curricula and social work programs following international standards of the profession and taking into account the ethnocultural and religious characteristics of the Arab world will provide the Arab communities with highly qualified social workers who can competently provide support to the needy population categories.



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Author Biographies

Walaa Elsayed

Walaa Elsayed has a Ph.D. degree. She is an Assistant Professor of the Department of Sociology, College of Humanities and Sciences at Ajman University in Ajman, United Arab Emirates. She is an expert in humanities and sociology.

Nagwa Babiker Abdalla Yousif

Nagwa Babiker Abdalla Yousif is an Assistant Professor of the Department of Sociology, College of Humanities and Sciences at Ajman University in Ajman, United Arab Emirates. Her main scientific interest concern on the study of social work.

Salah Gad

Salah Gad is a Professor of the Department of community organization Helwan University in Helwan, Egypt. Also, he works at the Department of sociology at Ajman University in Ajman, United Arab Emirates. He studies social work in Arab countries.


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How to Cite

Elsayed, W., Yousif, N. B. A., & Gad, S. (2022). The Specifics of Teaching Social Work at Universities in Arab Countries. Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Studies, 9(4), 70–86.



Original Manuscript
Received 2022-04-28
Accepted 2022-07-06
Published 2022-10-20