Social work in Europe

This course will not be arranged in 2017-18. A revision is going on.

Module 1 Social Work in Europe is a 5 ECTS credits course about general social work aspect. All our courses have a competence based curriculum plan, where theory and practice are integrated.

See the Curriculum plan for Social Work in Europe Curriculum Plan Social Work in Europe 2016-17

Why we think it is important to offer international online courses:

Rapid changes in European society, increasing mobility and local differences in social and economic factors influence the living conditions and thereby the social problems in various parts of Europe. This has serious implications for the field of social work and for the framework and the role of social workers, and makes the need for intercultural exchange more and more important if we are to be able to understand and combat social exclusion, racism and xenophobia. With an open learning environment, social workers living and working in very different situations will have the opportunity to learn from each other and to share information and knowledge important for their work with their clients. We believe that the development of new methods for working together and for building our professional networks is important to meet the challenges of the future.
These professional challenges need to be met by different methods and educational programs for social workers. Because of differences in student’s economic situations, family and work situations and their availability for periods of study abroad, this program offers to students from all over Europe opportunities to study together in a Virtual Classroom on the internet.
We believe that a European perspective on Social Work is important for professional social workers directly involved with clients from different parts of Europe and for bachelor and postgraduate students who will need an international perspective on social work for their future career.

About module 1

Module 1 will focus on basic knowledge about social problems occurring in Europe. The module starts with how to do comparative studies in international social work. Students will be asked to describe, analyse and compare living conditions and the social problems in different European countries, and how they are met in social work. Students will have to explore commonalities and differences in welfare systems and social policies, and how these may affect social work and social work education, related to one of  the following themes they chose to work on: child welfare, elderly care or drug abuse to concretize the context of social work in at least two other countries then their own.