Senior LecturerLocation: 240/207 Social Sciences Block
PhD in Social Work & Social Policy (University of Queensland, Australia)
Master of Social Work (Dalhousie University, Canada)
Bachelor of Social Work (University of Botswana)
Dr. Morena Rankopo is a Senior lecturer and Coordinator of the Graduate Social Work programmes. He is one of the founding members of the Fieldwork Education Unit in which he researched on the learning outcomes for fieldwork placement, duration and related policies. He has taught several courses at the diploma, bachelor's and master's degree programmes. He teaches in the areas of indigenisation of social work, community practice, group work practice, supervision and management of social services organisations, social work ethics and community economic development. He has been involved in staff development and training in several organisations including the Botswana Police, Ntlo ya Dikgosi, NACA, and the Ministry of Local Government Development on such topical issues as gender mainstreaming, HIV and AIDS mainstreaming, gender and public sector budgeting, community development and community resilience. Lately, he has been working on decolonising social work and disaster risk reduction.
Social work with groups and communities
Introduction to community work
Advanced community practice
Community economic development
Administration and change in the social services
Social work ethics
Supervision and management in social service organisations
Indigenisation of social work education and practice
Gender based violence and customary law
Community home-based care and HIV and AIDS
Community care for OVC
Community development policy and practice
1. Rankopo, M.J. & Diraditsile, K. (2020). The Interface Between Botho and Social Work Practice in Botswana: Towards Afrocentric Models. African Journal of Social Work, 10(1) Special Issue on Ubuntu Social Work.
2. Rodreck Mupedziswa, Morena Rankopo & Lengwe-Katembula Mwansa (2019). Ubuntu as a Pan-African Philosophical Framework for Social Work in Africa. In Twikirize, J.M & Spitzer, H. (Eds.)(2019), Social Work Practice in Africa: Indigenous and Innovative Approaches. Nairobi: APPEAR.
3. Rankopo, M.J. & Diraditsile, K. (2018). Perspectives on pro-poor policies in Botswana: Issues, challenges and prospects for Social Work. In Odireleng M. Jankey/ Friso Ross (eds.), Human Needs in the 21st Century: Perspectives from Botswana and Geramany., Publisher: Paulo Freire Verlag; Auflage, pp.273-287
4. Osei-Hwedie K., & Rankopo, M. (2012). Social work in ‘developing’ countries. In M. Gray, J.Midgley, & S. Webb (Eds.), The SAGE handbook of SW