Social Work

A profession that helps to effectuate social rights.

University provides participation in research and study groups

Social Work is a profession with a theoretical, methodological and ethical basis, which lays the foundation for the intervention of social workers in the different expressions of social issues, from the perspective of defense and increase of social rights and effectuation of social policies. The socio-occupational spaces of social work encompasses the State at federal, state and municipal levels in diverse social policies, such as: social care, health, housing, education, social security, justice, public security, agricultural policy and environment, along with work in NGOs and private companies.  

In these socio-occupational spaces, social workers interfere in several aspects of human life in all population segments: children and teenagers, the young, adults (men and women) and the elderly, especially in vulnerable groups where  social rights are threatened or violated, such as:   the disabled, blacks, immigrants, the landless, the homeless, women victims of violence, among others.

The profession of Social Work is regulated by the Federal Law nº 8,662/1993 (reformulation of the Federal Law nº 3,252/1957), which establishes the private assignments and competences of social workers, and requires a higher education degree with a major recognized in the country by MEC, in accordance with the Curricular Guidelines for the Social Work, which settled the essential knowledge and skills for this professional career.

Social workers’ actions are guided by values and principles from the Code of Professional Ethics, established by the Resolution nº 273/93 – the Federal Council of Social Work (CFESS), which bases the strategies of representative institutions of this professional category (group CFESS – CRESS – Regional Council of Social Work). 

There is a difference between Social Work and Social Care. Social Care is a public policy regulated by the Organic Law of Social Care, LOAS, provided in the Federal Constitution of 1988, and forms the tripod of Social Security (Care, Welfare and Health), which was established as State’s duty and citizens’ right. The elaboration, approval and implementation of this law was achieved by social workers. Social Care is also a work field for social workers at federal, state and municipal spheres. On the other hand, Social Work is a higher-education profession regulated by the Law, as previously exposed.

In what concerns education, in the Pedagogical Project of the Social Work major from UNESP, in the Franca campus, courses are organized in three common core areas:  Theoretical-methodological principles of social life, Principles of the social-historical formation of Brazilian society, and Principles of professional work. In addition, the program includes courses such as philosophy, sociology, psychology, anthropology and economics.  

Talking specifically about Social Work, students take courses such as Theoretical-methodological principles of the Social Work, which provides the basis for the work and the challenges related to a professional performance. Students also learn some notions of law and social legislation, professional ethics, social policy, social management and administration. 

One of the building blocks of social workers’ education is a mandatory supervised internship, which enables students to have a direct contact with professionals from different socio-occupational spaces.  

The university also provides participation in research, side projects and study groups about several topics, strengthening the tripod:  teaching, research and extension, vital for a good professional formation.

The Franca campus has private units: the Auxiliary Unit of Social Juridical Center; the Medical, Odontologic and Social Care Unit, the Open Unit for the Elderly and the Children’s Center, which offer high-quality services for the community with the help of students from different majors. 

Where to study - Cities

Campus Period No. of Seats Duration
Araraquara Day 50 (T) 4 years
Night 50 (T) 4 years
Bauru Night 40 (T) 4 years
Marília Morning 40 (T) 4 years
Night 80 (T) 4 years
Presidente Prudente Afternoon 35 (T) 4 years
Night 45 (T) 5 years
Rio Claro Night 45 (T) 4 years
São José do Rio Preto Night 40 (T) 4 years


Faculdade de Ciências e Letras - FCL
Address: Rodovia Araraquara-Jaú, km 1 – CP 174
Araraquara – SP – CEP 14800-901
Phone: (55) 16 3301-6200
Fax number: (55) 16 3332-0698


Faculdade de Ciências - FC

Address: Av. Eng. Luiz Edmundo Carrijo Coube, 1401
Bauru – SP – CEP 17033-360
Phone: (55) 14 3103-6000
Fax number: (55) 14 3103-6071


Faculdade de Filosofia e Ciências - FFC

Address: Av. Hygino Muzzi Filho, 737
District: Mirante
17.525-000 - Marília, SP
Phone: (14) 3402-1300


Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia - FCT

Address: Rua Roberto Simonsen, 305
19060-900 - P. Prudente, SP
Phone: (18) 3229-5388
Fax number: (18) 3221-4391


Instituto de Biociências - IB

Address: Avenida 24 A,1515
District: Bela Vista
13506-900 - Rio Claro, SP
Phone: (19) 3526-9000/ (19) 3526-9000


Instituto de Biociências, Letras e Ciências Exatas - IBILCE

Address: Rua Cristóvão Colombo, 2265
District: Jardim Nazareth
15054-000 - São José do Rio Preto, SP
Phone: (17) 32212200

Translation: Andressa Ribeiro do Amaral