This is guaranteed not least by the transdisciplinary approach of the Faculty of Applied Social Sciences: Whether human sciences, social sciences, pedagogy or law and economics - social work has many related disciplines. All relevant basics of these subjects are dealt with in the course. Lecture series illuminate central questions of social work and highlight the connections between the different perspectives. An economist looks at a topic like “poverty” from a different perspective than a psychologist or a lawyer. The transdisciplinary course is flanked by practice-related parts of the course and a sound training in professional methods.
With regard to topics and disciplinary specializations, the course offers many options that you can and must make again and again during the course of the course. The Social Work degree program offers plenty of space for self-organization and individual study design. So that you do not lose sight of your study goal, the Faculty of Applied Social Sciences has a comprehensive range of services and advice ready for you.
The social work study lasts 6 semesters (9 semesters part-time) and is divided into three consecutive parts: The first 3 semesters form the basic modules, followed by the practical study in the 4th semester. The advanced modules are added in the 5th and 6th semesters.
In the basic modulesThe focus is on transdisciplinary studies, the science of social work and the acquisition of basic knowledge of practical professional methods. Students acquire fundamental knowledge from the social, human, educational, legal and economic sciences, the reference points of which become clear in joint series of lectures. In dealing with the history and theories of social work, knowledge about one's “own” discipline and profession is developed. In addition, students learn important action methods, such as individual aid, social group work and social space-oriented methods
The 4th semester is completed in a practical field of social work: old people's homes, youth centers, psychiatric clinics, counseling centers and many other areas of work can be considered for practical studies . The students apply the skills and abilities acquired in the basic modules and at the same time get to know the practical requirements. The close connection to the university continues: On the one hand, the students reflect on their experience in supervision, on the other hand, they deepen the theoretical background of their respective field of activity in accompanying seminars and exercises.
In the advanced modules of the 5th and 6th semester, the study of the science of social work and professional action methods is continued. In addition, individual priorities can be set. In the project module, knowledge is deepened in application-related teaching research or practice development projects. The focus module offers the opportunity to develop an individual profile. The topics of the module are offered by the institutes and main research areas of the faculty, among others, and reflect their main work areas. The fundamentally generalist orientation of the course is retained. The individual priorities are not professional specializations, but exemplary deepening
The types of examinations it takes are as varied as the content of the Social Work degree: there are students who make films, conduct expert interviews or develop games. In addition, classic exams such as oral exams, written exams or term papers are taken. The course concludes at the end of the 6th semester with the bachelor thesis, in which a topic from the practical phase or the advanced modules is taken up.
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