Social Work

Course titleSWSECTSTYPE

Academic Research, Writing and Presenting

Semester 1
Academic year 1
Course code SOZB1WASUE
Type UB
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 3
Examination character final

Lecture content:

Students will become familiar with the basic rules of scientific work and presentation and obtain practice in academic writing.

Superior module:

Fundamentals of Social Work as a Science and of Scientific Thought and Work

Module description:

This module is the basic introduction to the scientific dimension of social work. Students learn the difference between the profession and the discipline social work and are introduced into the discourse of independent social work as a science. In this context, there is also an introduction to the borders between everyday and scientific knowledge, an overview of the theory of science, the scientific process, as well as of scientific work. The aim of this module is to lay the foundations in research skills for students, also in the professional context, with the understanding of science and its practical application in the foreground.

Basic Terms, Concepts and Theories of Social Work

Semester 1
Academic year 1
Course code SOZB1BKTIL
Type IL
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 3
Examination character final

Lecture content:

Against the backdrop of prevailing concept and theory pluralism, this is an introduction to basic concepts, selected concepts and theories of social work and their origins, which allows students a first substantive orientation and provides a solid basis for further discussion using relevant content.

Superior module:

Foundations, History and Professionalization of Social Work 1

Module description:

In a first step, the students have already learned the most important traditions of social work and its historical development and are thus familiar with the development of social work as a profession as well as their current self-understanding. They have not only acquired the skill to recognise and classify the basic terms, concepts and theories of social work, but also have a basic overview of the general structural characteristics, fields of action, work approaches, methods and institutions of social work. They have a solid foundation in both the in-depth discussion of relevant course content as well as for the development of their own professional self-understanding.

Dimensions of Diversity and Intersectionality

Semester 1
Academic year 1
Course code SOZB1DDIIL
Type IL
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 3
Examination character final

Lecture content:

In this course the usual four diversity/intersectionality dimensions are discussed: (1) gender / sex, sexual orientation; (2) migration, ethnicity, nationality, culture; (3) physical abilities / disability / handicap; (4) generations and ageing. The various forms of discrimination and exclusion in the respective life situations are addressed and discussed in the context of its support systems - whether they be concepts of promoting diversity or social services offers that include (re)integration.

Superior module:

Diversity and Intersectionality

Module description:

Graduates possess interdisciplinary knowledge on diversity and intersectionality. They are able to reflect on the concepts learned and scientific approaches dealing with the interaction of the dimensions of gender, age, religion and belief, ethnicity, sexual orientation, physical abilities, as well as social class and nationality. Furthermore, they have knowledge of the circumstances of of social work (potential) clients, particularly on the topics of disability/handicap, generations/ageing, gender and migration/transculture. Using practical examples the students reflect upon the offers and demands of social services in the areas mentioned above. Graduates are aware of the different fields of activity needed to deal professionally with the varied life situations and multidimensional deprivation of their clients and to develop innovative solutions. The concepts and approaches acquired can be brought into action with current social, political and cultural discourses.

Fundamentals of Diversity and Intersectionality

Semester 1
Academic year 1
Course code SOZB1GDIIL
Type IL
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 3
Examination character final

Lecture content:

In this course, historical developments, various international approaches, social and educational scientific concepts of diversity and intersectionality are presented. Central to this are the cross-links between the different dimensions, features and practices that are a condition of various forms of discrimination, disintegration or discrimination. These theoretical arguments form the basis for the subsequent courses of the module in which social work practice with people in a variety of situations is centre stage.

Superior module:

Diversity and Intersectionality

Module description:

Graduates possess interdisciplinary knowledge on diversity and intersectionality. They are able to reflect on the concepts learned and scientific approaches dealing with the interaction of the dimensions of gender, age, religion and belief, ethnicity, sexual orientation, physical abilities, as well as social class and nationality. Furthermore, they have knowledge of the circumstances of of social work (potential) clients, particularly on the topics of disability/handicap, generations/ageing, gender and migration/transculture. Using practical examples the students reflect upon the offers and demands of social services in the areas mentioned above. Graduates are aware of the different fields of activity needed to deal professionally with the varied life situations and multidimensional deprivation of their clients and to develop innovative solutions. The concepts and approaches acquired can be brought into action with current social, political and cultural discourses.

Identifying and Understanding Group Processes

Semester 1
Academic year 1
Course code SOZB1GRPRC
Type RC
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 2
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

The work with, and also working in groups plays in many ways a special role in social work: both as a methodological approach as well as in various network and staff settings on the professional side. In this course, the aim is to be able to configure group processes meaningfully and in a goal-oriented manner, both as a participant, but also in management functions. There is also a theoretical foundation of the functions, structures and dynamics provided in self-experience groups, which focus on the role and influence of students in their own groups. This course uses the group of students as a self-experience platform: On a study weekend (excursion), a workable and cooperative group is created according to modern pedagogical methodology and questioned and analyzed for resource-oriented group processes. Typical groups and management processes should be visible, understandable and easily influenced. In any case, background makes up the theory of theme-centred interaction (Ruth Cohn) as well as more analytical and explanatory models. At the same time, the social work method is provided, the action-oriented "social group work".

Superior module:

Basics of Professional Methodical Action

Module description:

In this module the students will be taught the following skills: Recognizing the importance of groups for own social work practice; Knowing important control variables in groups such as roles, status, function, etc.; Self-experience part in groups; Detecting and targeted lobbying of group and management processes; Using of analytical instruments for group processes; "Social group-work" as a method of social work; Professional foundation of action theories of social work as opposed to non-professional action; The importance of modern concepts of empowerment, participation, emancipation and world orientation; Social work generic case understanding as opposed to a naive self-understanding.

Introduction to the History of Social Work

Semester 1
Academic year 1
Course code SOZB1EGSVO
Type VO
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 3
Examination character final

Lecture content:

The focus of this course is the historical development of social work, its fields of activity and institutions, which usually, considered structurally, spans selectively understood and sometimes less formalized approaches to the charitable poor, widows and orphans welfare organizations and the nationwide aspect of social work as a differentiated binding regulated services area under state responsibility.

Superior module:

Foundations, History and Professionalization of Social Work 1

Module description:

In a first step, the students have already learned the most important traditions of social work and its historical development and are thus familiar with the development of social work as a profession as well as their current self-understanding. They have not only acquired the skill to recognise and classify the basic terms, concepts and theories of social work, but also have a basic overview of the general structural characteristics, fields of action, work approaches, methods and institutions of social work. They have a solid foundation in both the in-depth discussion of relevant course content as well as for the development of their own professional self-understanding.

Social Philosophy and Value-Related Aspects of Social Work

Semester 1
Academic year 1
Course code SOZB1SWAIL
Type IL
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 3
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

The discussion is taken to a higher level and with recourse to the current relevant discourses as to why normativity – in particular considerations on the question of (social) justice and the legitimacy of inequality – and the question of ethical conduct in social work are essential, and what consequences for the profession as well as individually for the social workers result from it. Among other things, the confrontation with the often requested "triple mandate" in social work is under scrutiny here.

Superior module:

Social Philosophy and Ethical Perspectives of Social Work

Module description:

The students are familiar with the basic positions, discussed in the current ethics discourse of social work (as well as in the framework of the interdisciplinary symposium ethics and sustainability), and can, against this background also bring certain qualities with them. They are therefore in a position to critically reflect and evaluate their own as well as courses of action of other members of the profession, including the underlying attitudes, and, where suitable, identify appropriate alternative action.

Social Work as a Science

Semester 1
Academic year 1
Course code SOZB1SAWVO
Type VO
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 4
Examination character final

Lecture content:

The formation of and discourse on independent social work as a science are clarified, significant protagonists and their work presented and the definition of social pedagogy and social work discussed. Here, the question is posed as to what constitutes science and what theoretical approaches exist on the topic of science.

Superior module:

Fundamentals of Social Work as a Science and of Scientific Thought and Work

Module description:

This module is the basic introduction to the scientific dimension of social work. Students learn the difference between the profession and the discipline social work and are introduced into the discourse of independent social work as a science. In this context, there is also an introduction to the borders between everyday and scientific knowledge, an overview of the theory of science, the scientific process, as well as of scientific work. The aim of this module is to lay the foundations in research skills for students, also in the professional context, with the understanding of science and its practical application in the foreground.

Symposium on Ethics and Sustainability

Semester 1
Academic year 1
Course code SOZB1SENVO
Type VO
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 3
Examination character final

Lecture content:

Working knowledge of the professional discourse on ethics and sustainability in the context of health and social affairs, information technology, wood and biogenic technology, media and design, business and tourism with the expertise to analyze, evaluate, argue and reflect any pertinent relationships as well as to integrate them for one’s own, sustainable and responsible action-based options.

Superior module:

Social Philosophy and Ethical Perspectives of Social Work

Module description:

The students are familiar with the basic positions, discussed in the current ethics discourse of social work (as well as in the framework of the interdisciplinary symposium ethics and sustainability), and can, against this background also bring certain qualities with them. They are therefore in a position to critically reflect and evaluate their own as well as courses of action of other members of the profession, including the underlying attitudes, and, where suitable, identify appropriate alternative action.

The Scientific Process and its Methods

Semester 1
Academic year 1
Course code SOZB1WPMIL
Type IL
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 3
Examination character final

Lecture content:

Teaching content of this course is the rules and methods in the scientific / research process, as well as the research and reception of research knowledge both in study and practice.

Superior module:

Fundamentals of Social Work as a Science and of Scientific Thought and Work

Module description:

This module is the basic introduction to the scientific dimension of social work. Students learn the difference between the profession and the discipline social work and are introduced into the discourse of independent social work as a science. In this context, there is also an introduction to the borders between everyday and scientific knowledge, an overview of the theory of science, the scientific process, as well as of scientific work. The aim of this module is to lay the foundations in research skills for students, also in the professional context, with the understanding of science and its practical application in the foreground.

Course titleSWSECTSTYPE

Action Theories of Social Work

Semester 2
Academic year 1
Course code SOZB2HTSVO
Type VO
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 4
Examination character final

Lecture content:

When dealing with theories of action in social work the aim is often to establish a comprehensive repertoire of possible methods, without, however, sufficiently explaining the theoretical context, how they are conceptually linked and connected to the respective field of activity. These questions are focussed upon in the course. Also dealt with is ensuring the aspects of empowerment (participation) of the client, task clarification (double or triple mandate), resource conservation, reliability (repeatability) and validity. With this in the background, the course attempts to clarify the ubiquitous dilemma of social work action and make a distinction to non-professional action. It incorporates modern concepts of empowerment, participation, emancipation and the life-orientation. This lays the groundwork for reflected method selection and situational adaptation methods in subsequent courses.

Superior module:

Basics of Professional Methodical Action

Module description:

In this module the students will be taught the following skills: Recognizing the importance of groups for own social work practice; Knowing important control variables in groups such as roles, status, function, etc.; Self-experience part in groups; Detecting and targeted lobbying of group and management processes; Using of analytical instruments for group processes; "Social group-work" as a method of social work; Professional foundation of action theories of social work as opposed to non-professional action; The importance of modern concepts of empowerment, participation, emancipation and world orientation; Social work generic case understanding as opposed to a naive self-understanding.

Developing and Understanding the Case

Semester 2
Academic year 1
Course code SOZB2FUFIL
Type IL
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 4
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

In the first half-day week block at the end of the first academic year, the first attempt are made at social work case understanding. Based on selected and current practical examples, students are guided from their unprofessional self-image to their first professional conceptually broader understanding. For this purpose, there is an introduction to the various concepts of case work first.

Superior module:

Basics of Professional Methodical Action

Module description:

In this module the students will be taught the following skills: Recognizing the importance of groups for own social work practice; Knowing important control variables in groups such as roles, status, function, etc.; Self-experience part in groups; Detecting and targeted lobbying of group and management processes; Using of analytical instruments for group processes; "Social group-work" as a method of social work; Professional foundation of action theories of social work as opposed to non-professional action; The importance of modern concepts of empowerment, participation, emancipation and world orientation; Social work generic case understanding as opposed to a naive self-understanding.

Disability and Handicap, Generations and Ageing

Semester 2
Academic year 1
Course code SOZB2DGAIL
Type IL
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 3
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

The course is designed to consolidate the previous courses. It is dedicated to the dimensions (3) physical abilities / disability / handicap and (4) generations and aging. The focus is on reflection and scientific analysis of current socio-political examples and their potential impact on social work. In the first part, students deal with the complexities of attribution and exclusion processes that affect people with disabilities. Disability aims to alter structures and social conditions by the inclusion of people with special needs is at its core and should be extended. Disability Studies play a major role here. In the second part, the mechanisms of exclusion that result from the relationships between ageing and social expectations, as well as the coexistence of different generations are addressed. The following areas will be discussed: participation, inclusion, independent living, "solidarity between the generations", dependency and alternative concepts.

Superior module:

Diversity and Intersectionality

Module description:

Graduates possess interdisciplinary knowledge on diversity and intersectionality. They are able to reflect on the concepts learned and scientific approaches dealing with the interaction of the dimensions of gender, age, religion and belief, ethnicity, sexual orientation, physical abilities, as well as social class and nationality. Furthermore, they have knowledge of the circumstances of of social work (potential) clients, particularly on the topics of disability/handicap, generations/ageing, gender and migration/transculture. Using practical examples the students reflect upon the offers and demands of social services in the areas mentioned above. Graduates are aware of the different fields of activity needed to deal professionally with the varied life situations and multidimensional deprivation of their clients and to develop innovative solutions. The concepts and approaches acquired can be brought into action with current social, political and cultural discourses.

Fundamentals of Communication

Semester 2
Academic year 1
Course code SOZB2GDKVO
Type VO
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 3
Examination character final

Lecture content:

In this course, students acquire the basics for communication, which play a central role especially in the interpersonal context of social work. Students deal with the rules and processes as well as with the disorders in communication both theoretically and practically. In addition, the topics rhetoric and presentation form a key part of the course. The students learn in different groups, the rhetorical principles (rules, breathing, gestures, eye contact, etc.) and specific course and presentation techniques. The targeted use of certain technical tools is discussed and tested.

Superior module:

Fundamentals of Communication and Conversation Skills

Module description:

In the context of this module, the students learn and broaden their theoretical knowledge as well as their methodological and social (professional) competence with regard to the basics of communication, public speaking and presentation, as well as a professional conversation using appropriate tools and equipment.

Gender, Migration and Transculture

Semester 2
Academic year 1
Course code SOZB2GMTIL
Type IL
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 3
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

The course is designed to consolidate the previous courses. It is dedicated to the dimensions of (1) gender / sex, sexual orientation; (2) migration, ethnicity, nationality and culture. The focus is on the reflection and scientific analysis of current socio-political examples and their implications for social work. In the first part, different approaches and points of view on the socially constructed gender in conjunction with practical examples from social work are discussed. Here, the fundamental positions of gender studies, and women's and gender studies, feminist approaches, gay / lesbian studies, queer theory and masculinities studies play an essential role. In the second part, specific life situations of people with migration experience are discussed. Key words in this context are foreignness, disintegration or discrimination that may cause the exclusion of existing social systems and need support through social services. The confrontation with innovative concepts, such as transculturation, serves to promote self-reflection among students and broaden the perspective on this topic.

Superior module:

Diversity and Intersectionality

Module description:

Graduates possess interdisciplinary knowledge on diversity and intersectionality. They are able to reflect on the concepts learned and scientific approaches dealing with the interaction of the dimensions of gender, age, religion and belief, ethnicity, sexual orientation, physical abilities, as well as social class and nationality. Furthermore, they have knowledge of the circumstances of of social work (potential) clients, particularly on the topics of disability/handicap, generations/ageing, gender and migration/transculture. Using practical examples the students reflect upon the offers and demands of social services in the areas mentioned above. Graduates are aware of the different fields of activity needed to deal professionally with the varied life situations and multidimensional deprivation of their clients and to develop innovative solutions. The concepts and approaches acquired can be brought into action with current social, political and cultural discourses.

Introduction and Practical Work in Counselling

Semester 2
Academic year 1
Course code SOZB2EFBUE
Type UB
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 2
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

As part of this course, the students discuss in small groups the basics of professional counselling theory and method (especially the systemic approach) in the context of social work practice. Here, the focus is self-testing and (self-) reflection (the own role and (professional) identity, proximity and distance) based on practical exercises. Apart from the professional examination of the counselling process and setting, the professional social work attitude (e.g. towards clients), learning and consolidating of specific consultancy or questioning techniques play a central role within this course.

Superior module:

Fundamentals of Counselling

Module description:

The students learn and consolidate their theoretical, technical-methodological and social competence with regard to specific counselling approaches and questioning techniques, which constitute the basic tools for social work practice. Due to the high (self-) reflexive learning content, the students are strengthened in their professional role and identity (self-image / external image), which is, among other things, critical to the proximity-distance ratio between social worker and client.

Introduction to and Training in Communication Skills

Semester 2
Academic year 1
Course code SOZB2EGFUE
Type UB
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 2
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

Within this course, the students deal with theory of conversation, especially with client-centred, directive interviewing (motivational interviewing). This advisory concept is aimed primarily at people with problematic drug use (alcohol, nicotine, drugs, medicines, etc.) and aims at the readiness for change in clients. The students learn and test in small groups the main content, processes and techniques of this intervention-based approach. Furthermore, reflection plays an important role in the course, for example, about one's own thoughts and actions and the issue of borders (proximity and distance).

Superior module:

Fundamentals of Communication and Conversation Skills

Module description:

In the context of this module, the students learn and broaden their theoretical knowledge as well as their methodological and social (professional) competence with regard to the basics of communication, public speaking and presentation, as well as a professional conversation using appropriate tools and equipment.

New Concepts and Theories in Social Work

Semester 2
Academic year 1
Course code SOZB2NKTVO
Type VO
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 3
Examination character final

Lecture content:

Starting from the knowledge of the classical approach, the basic discussion of selected new concepts and theories is taken up, having recently gained significance in the relevant discourses of social work (e.g. postmodern theories). These innovative approaches, their impact in social work practice and its socio-political analysis are focused upon.

Superior module:

Foundations, History and Professionalization of Social Work 2

Module description:

Students consolidate their knowledge of the most important traditions of social work and its historical development. Based on their differentiated knowledge on the development of social work as a profession as well as their current self-understanding, they are able to competently engage in the discourse on the future development of social work. They also consolidate their understanding of basic terms, concepts and theories of social work and acquire a sufficiently comprehensive knowledge of the general structural characteristics, fields of action, work approaches, methods and institutions of social work so that they can opt for specific selection of internships and make a qualified decision in the 4th semester for a consolidation of focus in the 5/6th semester.

Recent Developments in Social Work

Semester 2
Academic year 1
Course code SOZB2NESIL
Type IL
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 4
Examination character final

Lecture content:

Building on the historical development of social work in general, the centre of focus now shifts to the process of differentiation of their fields of activity and the relevant institutions, especially during the 19th and 20th centuries, and the associated personal, conceptual and theoretical continuities and discontinuities.

Superior module:

Foundations, History and Professionalization of Social Work 2

Module description:

Students consolidate their knowledge of the most important traditions of social work and its historical development. Based on their differentiated knowledge on the development of social work as a profession as well as their current self-understanding, they are able to competently engage in the discourse on the future development of social work. They also consolidate their understanding of basic terms, concepts and theories of social work and acquire a sufficiently comprehensive knowledge of the general structural characteristics, fields of action, work approaches, methods and institutions of social work so that they can opt for specific selection of internships and make a qualified decision in the 4th semester for a consolidation of focus in the 5/6th semester.

Special Problems in a Counselling Context

Semester 2
Academic year 1
Course code SOZB2SPBUE
Type UB
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 2
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

In this course, students deal with small group workshops on the topic counselling, in depth with specific questions and problems as well as exemplary cases from the field. Students test theory-driven and methodologically difficult situations from daily relationship work with clients, for example, with resistance, aggression or lack of motivation. The issues defining the own person and professional attitude as well as the individual role and self-awareness are important cornerstones within the scope of this course.

Superior module:

Fundamentals of Counselling

Module description:

The students learn and consolidate their theoretical, technical-methodological and social competence with regard to specific counselling approaches and questioning techniques, which constitute the basic tools for social work practice. Due to the high (self-) reflexive learning content, the students are strengthened in their professional role and identity (self-image / external image), which is, among other things, critical to the proximity-distance ratio between social worker and client.

Course titleSWSECTSTYPE

Goal Orientation and Evaluation

Semester 3
Academic year 2
Course code SOZB3ZOEIL
Type IL
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 3
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

Under the impression of economizing environments, the benefits of social work need to be increasingly legitimized towards the public and public institutions. Students will deal with the question of whether and how social work can become goal-oriented, as well as learning about concrete ways of assessing.

Superior module:

Management and Organizational Foundations of Social Work

Module description:

Students acquire basic knowledge on the relationship between professional social work in its organizational constitution. Social work is clarified in the contexts of organization, financing and management, which have a significant impact on the professional life and yet are intrinsically bound by this. The vital function of social work within the social economy plays a role here just as do the question of legal forms of social institutions, support institutions and enterprises and their financing in the public-private funding mix. Students learn that institutions of social work are steered by management-related control instruments and how this control is connected with the educational and client-orientated tasks in terms of targets and results.

Group-Focused and Community-Oriented Methods

Semester 3
Academic year 2
Course code SOZB3GGWUE
Type UB
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 5
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

In this course, students have the choice of two in-depth services. In both a theoretical overview is given first in each case, which is then connected to an exemplary implementation: a) Group-focused methods (e.g. social group work, social training programs, peer coaching, peer-to-peer-culture, anti-aggression training, arbiters programs, theme-centred interaction) b) Community-based methods (e.g. socio-spatial analysis, SWOT analysis, activating survey, project and idea workshop, town hall meeting, initiative groups, facilitation and mediation, conflict management, public relations) Both choices are distinguished less by the applicable methodology than by the different structural embedding: group related methods (e.g. "social group work") tend to form closed and individualized offers, community-based methods tend towards open offers within social work. Thus in both variants, network cards, supervision, intervision, intercultural methods, mediation, future workshop, world cafe, etc. can be a methodological focus and when each conceptually and differently integrated, presented and practical analyzed.

Superior module:

Consolidation of Professional Methodical Action 1

Module description:

The students acquire knowledge and practice opportunities in the following areas: Exemplary overcoming of the theory-practice hurdle in either a group-specific setting or community-related methods from the field; Assessments for selection of appropriate methodology according to content, diagnostic, conceptual and goal-oriented assessment; Assessment of different method constructs, problematization of accuracy of assistance; Case understanding.

Introduction to Selected Legal Foundations of Social Work

Semester 3
Academic year 2
Course code SOZB3EAGVO
Type VO
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 4
Examination character final

Lecture content:

Consolidation of the first course, prioritising the areas of child custody, child support, name law, marriage law, foreigners law, asylum law.

Superior module:

Introduction to General and Selected Legal Foundations of Social Work

Module description:

Using concrete case studies, students learn about those areas relevant for social work pertaining to law and legislation in an international context and on a regional basis. They will develop skills for the application of legal provisions and legal texts in the various fields of action. In particular: Insurance-, supply- and welfare system; Competence-legal provisions; Introduction to the private and public law; Labour law; Family law; Health insurance; Accident insurance; Pension insurance; Unemployment insurance; Care allowance; Child care allowance.

Introduction to Social-Legal Fundamentals of Social Work

Semester 3
Academic year 2
Course code SOZB3SRGIL
Type IL
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 3
Examination character final

Lecture content:

Introduction to the insurance, care and welfare system, prioritising the areas of health insurance, pension insurance, care allowance, child care allowance, accident and unemployment insurance.

Superior module:

Introduction to General and Selected Legal Foundations of Social Work

Module description:

Using concrete case studies, students learn about those areas relevant for social work pertaining to law and legislation in an international context and on a regional basis. They will develop skills for the application of legal provisions and legal texts in the various fields of action. In particular: Insurance-, supply- and welfare system; Competence-legal provisions; Introduction to the private and public law; Labour law; Family law; Health insurance; Accident insurance; Pension insurance; Unemployment insurance; Care allowance; Child care allowance.

Introduction to the General Legal Foundations of Social Work

Semester 3
Academic year 2
Course code SOZB3ARGVO
Type VO
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 4
Examination character final

Lecture content:

Introduction to Austrian law, in particular in terms of family law, constitutional and administrative law and labour law, which are set in relation to the individual areas of social work and international contexts.

Superior module:

Introduction to General and Selected Legal Foundations of Social Work

Module description:

Using concrete case studies, students learn about those areas relevant for social work pertaining to law and legislation in an international context and on a regional basis. They will develop skills for the application of legal provisions and legal texts in the various fields of action. In particular: Insurance-, supply- and welfare system; Competence-legal provisions; Introduction to the private and public law; Labour law; Family law; Health insurance; Accident insurance; Pension insurance; Unemployment insurance; Care allowance; Child care allowance.

Organization, Financing and Management of Social Institutions

Semester 3
Academic year 2
Course code SOZB3OFMIL
Type IL
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 3
Examination character final

Lecture content:

In the management and direction of social institutions, support institutions and enterprises, technical and operational control instruments are used, with the clear aim of reaching the purpose of the respective organization. Students acquaint themselves with the discussion on social management, gain insight into organizational issues person-based social service organizations and the instruments and procedures used to control these organizations.

Superior module:

Management and Organizational Foundations of Social Work

Module description:

Students acquire basic knowledge on the relationship between professional social work in its organizational constitution. Social work is clarified in the contexts of organization, financing and management, which have a significant impact on the professional life and yet are intrinsically bound by this. The vital function of social work within the social economy plays a role here just as do the question of legal forms of social institutions, support institutions and enterprises and their financing in the public-private funding mix. Students learn that institutions of social work are steered by management-related control instruments and how this control is connected with the educational and client-orientated tasks in terms of targets and results.

Practical work on how to deal with stressful work situations

Semester 3
Academic year 2
Course code SOZB3BASUE
Type UB
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 3
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

Situation perception in social work contexts is shaped by its own biographical and professional experiences that are effective as a "background film". To a certain degree this influence (and sometimes falsifying) factors can be made aware so as to arrive at a more objective form of social work understanding of social situations and structures. For this example, practical exercises are suitable for external and self-perception, sharpening the perspective in professional dealings with complex problematic situations. Contents of the course are therefore personal, practical-methodological and include theoretical approaches to the subject of empathy, involvement, preservation of distance, distinction, mental hygiene, inner attitude, social skills, self-image and external image and values. The main objective is the rapid analysis of situations, problems and contexts, and conflict resolution strategies as well as a professional approach to stressful work situations. Concrete examples and experiences of students from social work practice serve as a basis for this course's professionally guided supervision. The students should learn supervision within a specific work context for themselves and gain methodological findings.

Superior module:

Personality and Self-Reflection

Module description:

The capacity for self-reflection is a key competence for the profession of social work. The focus of the module is therefore guided self-reflection using examples from social work practice, taking into account the knowledge and theoretical skills gained in the first semesters, with the goal of strengthening the personality. Graduates have social-reflexive personal skills, are aware their importance in professional actions and can consciously shape the issue. The goal is to experience and position themselves as persons acting professionally. In both courses, students are asked to analyze and reflect situations in small groups of social workers in a working context. The self-reflection serves as a basis for a dynamic progression process throughout this course and in the further course of study.

Presentation of Selected Fields of Action 1

Semester 3
Academic year 2
Course code SOZB3PAHVO
Type VO
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 2
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

Representatives of the Salzburg social work scene impart to students their impression of their respective fields of action in this lecture setting. The lectures are designed as an introductory overview and with the opportunity for discussion.

Superior module:

Action fields of Social Work

Module description:

Students receive a broad overview of areas of action in social work. They experience the large heterogeneity of the working field and can make informed and confident decisions, in which fields they want to complete their internships or which career prospects emerge after studying in these fields of action. In connection with the presentation of fields of action in other courses as well as in the two consolidation subjects, the students have at the end of their studies a good overview of the traditional and current areas of activity in social work.

Social Work in the Context of the Social Profit Sector and Social Economy

Semester 3
Academic year 2
Course code SOZB3KSPVO
Type VO
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 3
Examination character final

Lecture content:

Institutions, support institutions and enterprises of social work are part of a larger organization network which as social work or social economy is itself part of the total social profit sector. Students will learn the fundamental principles and conditions of this sector and be able to identify and orientate the specific contribution of social work in this sector.

Superior module:

Management and Organizational Foundations of Social Work

Module description:

Students acquire basic knowledge on the relationship between professional social work in its organizational constitution. Social work is clarified in the contexts of organization, financing and management, which have a significant impact on the professional life and yet are intrinsically bound by this. The vital function of social work within the social economy plays a role here just as do the question of legal forms of social institutions, support institutions and enterprises and their financing in the public-private funding mix. Students learn that institutions of social work are steered by management-related control instruments and how this control is connected with the educational and client-orientated tasks in terms of targets and results.

Course titleSWSECTSTYPE

Bachelor Thesis 1

Semester 4
Academic year 2
Course code SOZB4BAAIT
Type IT
Kind Bachelor thesis
INTL-Code 2
SWS 0
ECTS Credits 5
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

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Superior module:

Consolidation of Professional Methodical Action 1

Module description:

The students acquire knowledge and practice opportunities in the following areas: Exemplary overcoming of the theory-practice hurdle in either a group-specific setting or community-related methods from the field; Assessments for selection of appropriate methodology according to content, diagnostic, conceptual and goal-oriented assessment; Assessment of different method constructs, problematization of accuracy of assistance; Case understanding.

Consolidation of the Social-Security Foundations of Social Work

Semester 4
Academic year 2
Course code SOZB4VSRIL
Type IL
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 3
Examination character final

Lecture content:

Consolidation of the introduction course with priorities in the areas of minimum protection, disability assistance and child and youth services on the basis of case work. Introduction to the Home Residence Act, trustee rights and housing law.

Superior module:

Social-Security Foundations of Social Work

Module description:

Building on the basics set out in Module "Introduction to General and Selected Legal Foundations of Social Work", Module "Social-Security Foundations of Social Work" deals with skills training in the competent handling of social legal knowledge, with references to the respective client systems in an international context. In particular: Insurance-, care- and welfare system; Legal-competent provisions; Social assistance: service overview, financing of care; Guaranteed minimum: performance overview and performance calculations; Child and youth services: performance overview and introduction to the Salzburg youth welfare living regulations; Youth promotion and protection; Disabled support: performance overview; Home Residence Act; Administrator law and Placement Act. The area of regulation of provision basics for child and youth services will be expanded and consolidated in a following focus module.

Developmental Psychology of Age

Semester 4
Academic year 2
Course code SOZB4ELAIL
Type IL
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 4
Examination character final

Lecture content:

Within this course, an approach is made to the issue of age, which refers to specific life stages in which individuals on the one hand meet societal needs, and on the other hand need/should/can fulfil with personal demands and challenges. Depending on the age (childhood, adolescence, adulthood and old age) there are different requirements and problems that are of relevance for social work. Among others, life research and biography research are important cornerstones of the theory-based discussion of this topic. In addition, developmental aspects and age-specific developmental tasks play an important role.

Superior module:

Socialization, Development and Education

Module description:

The students have the necessary knowledge to accomplish a theoretical change of perspective from the micro to the macro level, and thus to put the relationship aspect of social worker and client into a larger (total) social (impact) connection. The content of the courses in this module are based on key aspects of the reference disciplines psychology, education and sociology and their significance for the problems of social work clarified from a transdisciplinary perspective. In this way, students learn to recognise and apply both scientific as well as integrative, multidisciplinary, transdisciplinary thinking.

Education and Training

Semester 4
Academic year 2
Course code SOZB4EUBIL
Type IL
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 4
Examination character final

Lecture content:

This course provides students with a general introduction to educational science approaches on the issues of education and training in the context of social work. Under discussion is to what extent social work – in particular in view of traditional social pedagogics - is to be understood as social education and how does this interact with other forms of action such as advice, support or legal representation. In addition, the discourse on "Social Work and Education" is taken up and examined in its relevance for various fields of activity.

Superior module:

Socialization, Development and Education

Module description:

The students have the necessary knowledge to accomplish a theoretical change of perspective from the micro to the macro level, and thus to put the relationship aspect of social worker and client into a larger (total) social (impact) connection. The content of the courses in this module are based on key aspects of the reference disciplines psychology, education and sociology and their significance for the problems of social work clarified from a transdisciplinary perspective. In this way, students learn to recognise and apply both scientific as well as integrative, multidisciplinary, transdisciplinary thinking.

Intruduction to the Social-Security Foundations of Social Work

Semester 4
Academic year 2
Course code SOZB4ESRIL
Type IL
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 3
Examination character final

Lecture content:

Introduction to the social-security system prioritizing the areas of social assistance, minimum protection, child and youth services and disability assistance.

Superior module:

Social-Security Foundations of Social Work

Module description:

Building on the basics set out in Module "Introduction to General and Selected Legal Foundations of Social Work", Module "Social-Security Foundations of Social Work" deals with skills training in the competent handling of social legal knowledge, with references to the respective client systems in an international context. In particular: Insurance-, care- and welfare system; Legal-competent provisions; Social assistance: service overview, financing of care; Guaranteed minimum: performance overview and performance calculations; Child and youth services: performance overview and introduction to the Salzburg youth welfare living regulations; Youth promotion and protection; Disabled support: performance overview; Home Residence Act; Administrator law and Placement Act. The area of regulation of provision basics for child and youth services will be expanded and consolidated in a following focus module.

Presentation of Selected Fields of Action 2

Semester 4
Academic year 2
Course code SOZB4PAHVO
Type VO
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 2
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

Representatives of the Salzburg social work scene impart to students their impression of their respective fields of action in this lecture setting. The lectures are designed as an introductory overview and with the opportunity for discussion.

Superior module:

Action fields of Social Work

Module description:

Students receive a broad overview of areas of action in social work. They experience the large heterogeneity of the working field and can make informed and confident decisions, in which fields they want to complete their internships or which career prospects emerge after studying in these fields of action. In connection with the presentation of fields of action in other courses as well as in the two consolidation subjects, the students have at the end of their studies a good overview of the traditional and current areas of activity in social work.

Reflection on Internships

Semester 4
Academic year 2
Course code SOZB4PRXRC
Type RC
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 2
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

The focus of social work activities is on people who are affected by multifactorial problems and need guidance or support services. Sensitivity, empathy, social skills, (limited) identity of the social worker are therefore important aspects that will be discussed and reflected during the courses with concrete examples in small groups. Course composed of two main components: (1) Enhancing the insights gained from course 1 and content by reflection of professional actions, based on (own) practical examples and experiences, and possible social work interventions (good practice examples) (2) Exchange in experiences of completed internships, including feedback on the written internship reports. The aim is professional development through reflection and exchange on methods and concepts, and conclusions on appropriate theoretical references.

Superior module:

Personality and Self-Reflection

Module description:

The capacity for self-reflection is a key competence for the profession of social work. The focus of the module is therefore guided self-reflection using examples from social work practice, taking into account the knowledge and theoretical skills gained in the first semesters, with the goal of strengthening the personality. Graduates have social-reflexive personal skills, are aware their importance in professional actions and can consciously shape the issue. The goal is to experience and position themselves as persons acting professionally. In both courses, students are asked to analyze and reflect situations in small groups of social workers in a working context. The self-reflection serves as a basis for a dynamic progression process throughout this course and in the further course of study.

Socialization

Semester 4
Academic year 2
Course code SOZB4SOZIL
Type IL
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 4
Examination character final

Lecture content:

Theory and practice in social work is concerned with social problems or situations of the clients. In addition to the specific relationship between social worker and client, a basic and abstract understanding regarding social relationships and modes is also of central importance. In the context of this course, the following issues, among others, are addressed: What is the relationship between the protagonist and society? How is the individual part of the community or society? How is social order possible and what conditions and requirements are needed for this? The extent to which the individual is "free" in terms of its development of identity and individuality or "bound" to family and milieu-specific origin factors?

Superior module:

Socialization, Development and Education

Module description:

The students have the necessary knowledge to accomplish a theoretical change of perspective from the micro to the macro level, and thus to put the relationship aspect of social worker and client into a larger (total) social (impact) connection. The content of the courses in this module are based on key aspects of the reference disciplines psychology, education and sociology and their significance for the problems of social work clarified from a transdisciplinary perspective. In this way, students learn to recognise and apply both scientific as well as integrative, multidisciplinary, transdisciplinary thinking.

Study Project 1

Semester 4
Academic year 2
Course code SOZB4SPRPT
Type PT
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 3
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

In continuation of the first exercises on the case understanding, a new half-day block week in small groups takes place at the end of the 2nd year. In the course, case-related problems in social work in research and development projects are addressed. The subjects for the study projects are stimulated by actual working situations from the broad spectrum of the profession of social work. Real practical problems are scientifically studied and theory-based approaches implemented.

Superior module:

Consolidation of Professional Methodical Action 1

Module description:

The students acquire knowledge and practice opportunities in the following areas: Exemplary overcoming of the theory-practice hurdle in either a group-specific setting or community-related methods from the field; Assessments for selection of appropriate methodology according to content, diagnostic, conceptual and goal-oriented assessment; Assessment of different method constructs, problematization of accuracy of assistance; Case understanding.

Course titleSWSECTSTYPE

Accompanying Seminar for the Bachelor Thesis 2

Semester 5
Academic year 3
Course code SOZB5BAAIT
Type IT
Kind Bachelor thesis
INTL-Code 2
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 9
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

While the Bachelor Thesis 1 has a theoretical character, is in the Bachelor Thesis 2 that the practical discourse on a subject of social work takes the fore. To improve the content and its coordination, the Bachelor Thesis 2 is accompanied via an online seminar on the university's learning platform, the contents of which are accessible around the clock and thus can support the writing and discussion process of the students in a well-timed and asynchronous manner.

Superior module:

Consolidation of Professional Methodical Action 2

Module description:

Students expand their repertoire of methods either towards methods of play and experiential learning or media-oriented methods, offered in different groups. Here, once again, as with the teaching of the modules 12 and 13, students connect exemplary methodical learning to trying out a method with appropriate conceptual and theoretical considerations. The Accompanying Seminar for the Bachelor Thesis 2 aims to reactivate the skills for scientific work already acquired in the first semester and, if necessary, to expand on them with a view to the "big" bachelor thesis.

Democracy and Freedom with a special focus on Human Rights

Semester 5
Academic year 3
Course code SOZB5DFMVO
Type VO
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 2
Examination character final

Lecture content:

Current debates on the concepts of democracy, freedom and human rights will be discussed here, addressing the question, what role these discourses play in present and future social work. The focus is on the human rights / dignity and social justice aspects. Theoretical aspects of social work, for instance social work as a human rights profession, are presented and discussed. Contemporary discourse on new forms of democratic participation, e-democracy, on the restriction or strengthning personal freedom and strengthening are also included.

Superior module:

Social Work in the Context of Democracy, Globalization and Justice

Module description:

The acquisition of skills focuses here on social science approaches and action plans dealing with the issues of democracy, globalization and justice. Graduates will have a basic knowledge of the interdisciplinary areas of democracy, freedom, human rights, globalization, social policies, justice and international social work. They will have fundamental expertise and knowledge of best-practice examples from international and comparative social work. They are able to use this broad knowledge in their practical experience as social workers and social pedagogues on a micro, meso and macro level. The focus of this module is the acquisition of basic knowledge on the consequences of globalization and its impact on regional and international social work (such as poverty, migration, participation, demographics, conflicts, new social inequalities, work, etc.). The discussion on social policy and its consequences for social work as well as current discussions of the working poor, e-democracy and new forms of migration will be familiar to graduates.

Introduction to the Fundamentals of Health-Related Social Work

Semester 5
Academic year 3
Course code SOZB5EGGVO
Type VO
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 2
Examination character final

Lecture content:

Historically, modern social work rests on three pillars: caring for the poor, care of children and health care. Health was and remains for social work, a core subject. In this course, the three main approaches for health-related social work are presented: Social work in health care, health-related social work in the social sector and health-related social work in the health sector. As part of a positioning in health-related social work, scientific concepts, theories and models of health and disease are presented and discussed. In addition, contexts of social and health inequalities are shown here in the health-related structures and services of the Austrian health and social system. The action areas of health-related social work are presented as an overview within the course, with specific aspects handled in-depth by way of example using actual practical cases.

Superior module:

Health-Related Social Work

Module description:

Students are able to recognize the essential relationships between social work and health and to reflect on this critically. They acquire a sound knowledge of health-related social work, its foundations, areas of activity and achievements. Students are aware of major theories and models of health and disease. With regard to the professional approach to mental disorders and suicide, they also have the necessary knowledge. They have knowledge of psychosocial crises, stress reactions, such as trauma, coping strategies and necessary forms of intervention. They know the methods and fields of public health, prevention and health promotion, and are aware of the importance of basic arguments and strategies in the public health discourse. Students acquire in-depth knowledge with regard to the psychosocial aspects of health behaviour and risk factors of an individual as well as in global health. They can develop health-related strategies and represent their own arguments conclusively.

Play and Experiential Learning and Media-Oriented Methods

Semester 5
Academic year 3
Course code SOZB5SEPUE
Type UB
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 2
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

The students in this course have the choice between two action-oriented methods seminars. In both, the practical examination of effective factors, quality of experience and deployment scenarios is provided, combining action and reflection: a) methods of play and experiential learning; b) media-oriented methods. Both choices deal with the basic clarification of the procedure for the adaptation to fields of action and situation-oriented appropriate use of the method sets. These competences are action-oriented and tried on the basis of voluntary action, self-control group, serious and challenging in character, so as to question the motivational aspect of both settings reflexively.

Superior module:

Consolidation of Professional Methodical Action 2

Module description:

Students expand their repertoire of methods either towards methods of play and experiential learning or media-oriented methods, offered in different groups. Here, once again, as with the teaching of the modules 12 and 13, students connect exemplary methodical learning to trying out a method with appropriate conceptual and theoretical considerations. The Accompanying Seminar for the Bachelor Thesis 2 aims to reactivate the skills for scientific work already acquired in the first semester and, if necessary, to expand on them with a view to the "big" bachelor thesis.

Psychiatry Fundamentals - Mental Disorders and Suicidality

Semester 5
Academic year 3
Course code SOZB5PBSIL
Type IL
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 3
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

Mental disorders are very common and yet, dealing with people with mental health problems is very often characterized by uncertainty and prejudice. Mental illnesses are among those diseases that lead among all (physical and mental) diseases most commonly to chronic pain. Due to the high risk of morbidity, these disorders are highly relevant also in socio-political terms. This course provides a survey-like introduction to selected regions of psychiatry. The main topics are: General principles for psychopathology, etiology, epidemiology, prognosis and treatability of mental disorders (such as schizophrenia, affective disorders, personality disorders, ADHD, addiction or dependence disorders) as well as the central explanatory models and essential treatment techniques of suicidality.

Superior module:

Health-Related Social Work

Module description:

Students are able to recognize the essential relationships between social work and health and to reflect on this critically. They acquire a sound knowledge of health-related social work, its foundations, areas of activity and achievements. Students are aware of major theories and models of health and disease. With regard to the professional approach to mental disorders and suicide, they also have the necessary knowledge. They have knowledge of psychosocial crises, stress reactions, such as trauma, coping strategies and necessary forms of intervention. They know the methods and fields of public health, prevention and health promotion, and are aware of the importance of basic arguments and strategies in the public health discourse. Students acquire in-depth knowledge with regard to the psychosocial aspects of health behaviour and risk factors of an individual as well as in global health. They can develop health-related strategies and represent their own arguments conclusively.

Social Work and Globalization

Semester 5
Academic year 3
Course code SOZB5SAGIL
Type IL
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 3
Examination character final

Lecture content:

The aim of the course is on the one hand, to give the students a broad perspective on the impact of globalization on social work in the regional and international context, while on the other to give an example of how different social workers and social pedagogues act internationally in the face of global challenges. Dealing with issues such as globalization, neo-liberalism, human rights, global warming, resource distribution, poverty, migration, participation, demographics, conflicts, old and new social inequalities are all core issues.

Superior module:

Social Work in the Context of Democracy, Globalization and Justice

Module description:

The acquisition of skills focuses here on social science approaches and action plans dealing with the issues of democracy, globalization and justice. Graduates will have a basic knowledge of the interdisciplinary areas of democracy, freedom, human rights, globalization, social policies, justice and international social work. They will have fundamental expertise and knowledge of best-practice examples from international and comparative social work. They are able to use this broad knowledge in their practical experience as social workers and social pedagogues on a micro, meso and macro level. The focus of this module is the acquisition of basic knowledge on the consequences of globalization and its impact on regional and international social work (such as poverty, migration, participation, demographics, conflicts, new social inequalities, work, etc.). The discussion on social policy and its consequences for social work as well as current discussions of the working poor, e-democracy and new forms of migration will be familiar to graduates.

Social Work and the Basic Concepts of Social Policy

Semester 5
Academic year 3
Course code SOZB5GKSVO
Type VO
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 3
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

The aim of this course is to present the different forms of social policy, and discuss it using practical examples. The focus is on state, church, union and corporate social policy and, more generally on approaches that aim to improve the social situation of disadvantaged individuals and/or groups and to equalize life chances.

Superior module:

Social Work in the Context of Democracy, Globalization and Justice

Module description:

The acquisition of skills focuses here on social science approaches and action plans dealing with the issues of democracy, globalization and justice. Graduates will have a basic knowledge of the interdisciplinary areas of democracy, freedom, human rights, globalization, social policies, justice and international social work. They will have fundamental expertise and knowledge of best-practice examples from international and comparative social work. They are able to use this broad knowledge in their practical experience as social workers and social pedagogues on a micro, meso and macro level. The focus of this module is the acquisition of basic knowledge on the consequences of globalization and its impact on regional and international social work (such as poverty, migration, participation, demographics, conflicts, new social inequalities, work, etc.). The discussion on social policy and its consequences for social work as well as current discussions of the working poor, e-democracy and new forms of migration will be familiar to graduates.

Childhood, Youth and Family

Child and Youth Protection

Semester 5
Academic year 3
Course code SOZB5KJSIL
Type IL
Kind Elective
INTL-Code 2
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 3
Examination character final

Lecture content:

The concerns of child and youth protection are a central topic in the context of "Childhood, Youth and Family". States of neglect, violence and abuse lead to such questions as: When does overtaxing turn into violence, is there early help, can and should the state protect children from their own parents effectively? But above all, there is the normative and socio-legal question of public responsibility – which possibilities and various obligations on local youth services and facilities for child and youth services, when it comes to health and well-being of children? Specialized child protection institutions are introduced and weaknesses revealed in the institutional child protection. This course aims to generate methodological approaches of prevention, intervention and work up after an in-depth analysis of typical conditions that lead to child endangerment. These include primarily legal aspects in the thematic area child welfare. An additional issue constitutes cases of abuse by staff in institutions for children and youth services. Here, above all, the theme of power and abuse of power is analyzed and useful prevention concepts presented.

Superior module:

Childhood, Youth and Family

Module description:

With the consolidation course 1, competences in the field of scientific and theoretical analysis, the practical capacity to act and the self-reflexive development within the field of child and youth welfare are taught using the following topics: The field of action, its history, its organization and the triggering of social Problems; Trends, limitations and contradictions between expectations and reality; The circumstances of children, young people and their families; Scope for action and development opportunities; Socio-economic, socio-cultural and socio-biological bases of life from multidimensional perspective; Key insights from psychology, education, sociology, politics and social sciences as well as medicine; Child and youth protection, health and child welfare; Power and abuse of power; Family-related and socio-educational assistance for education; Classical and modern methods in educational assistance; The roles and methods of youth services as interfaces between child and youth services; Case understanding and assistance plan.

Circumstances of Children, Youth and Families

Semester 5
Academic year 3
Course code SOZB5LKJVO
Type VO
Kind Elective
INTL-Code 2
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 3
Examination character final

Lecture content:

In the child and youth services, a deeper understanding of the circumstances of children, young people and their families is of central importance: in the current analysis of all external conditions influencing the lives of clients and their reference systems (family, peer group), the framework of possibilities is outlined within which freedom of action and development become possible. On the other hand, people can always, to some extent, even interact with and change their life situations. Thus, the current and concrete shaping of the social inclusion of children, youth and their families in the socio-economic, socio-cultural and socio-biological foundations of life is examined in this course multidimensionally. The situations this approach are targeted towards mono-causal explanation patterns on learning multivariate analyses. The course provides multi-dimensional knowledge with reference to knowledge from the reference subjects psychology, education, sociology, politics and social sciences as well as medicine and thus at the same time forms the technical basis for the module.

Superior module:

Childhood, Youth and Family

Module description:

With the consolidation course 1, competences in the field of scientific and theoretical analysis, the practical capacity to act and the self-reflexive development within the field of child and youth welfare are taught using the following topics: The field of action, its history, its organization and the triggering of social Problems; Trends, limitations and contradictions between expectations and reality; The circumstances of children, young people and their families; Scope for action and development opportunities; Socio-economic, socio-cultural and socio-biological bases of life from multidimensional perspective; Key insights from psychology, education, sociology, politics and social sciences as well as medicine; Child and youth protection, health and child welfare; Power and abuse of power; Family-related and socio-educational assistance for education; Classical and modern methods in educational assistance; The roles and methods of youth services as interfaces between child and youth services; Case understanding and assistance plan.

Social Inequality and Social Space

Social Space Orientation as a Concept and Method

Semester 5
Academic year 3
Course code SOZB5SKMIL
Type IL
Kind Elective
INTL-Code 2
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 3
Examination character final

Lecture content:

In this course, major plans of action for the socio-cultural animation of the analysis of social space and community orientation, including its historical development and the underlying logics of action are presented. In terms of a compensatory contract of social work, disadvantaged groups deserve particular attention. In this context, aspects of intercultural work are also discussed.

Superior module:

Social Inequality and Social Space

Module description:

Students are familiar with social inequality as a multi-layered phenomenon, its causes and current approaches to addressing it. They also have knowledge and skill with respect to the group or social space and intercultural methods of social work, with which they can deal with the consequences of social inequality at an operational level. They are able to contribute to improving debilitating, anti-integration, spatial-physical and socio-communicative living conditions, in particular through the activation and participation of clients. They are aware of the compensatory contract of social work and devote their commitment to socially disadvantaged groups especially. At the same time students recognize the structural and functional relationships of the relevant social work service systems in the field of socio-spatial and cross-cultural social work.

Social Stratification, Income and Educational Inequality

Semester 5
Academic year 3
Course code SOZB5SEBVO
Type VO
Kind Elective
INTL-Code 2
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 3
Examination character final

Lecture content:

The focus of the course is on the social structure within Austria and Europe as well as the currently reflecting problematic aspects of income and education distribution. The latter are clarified by recourse to social-philosophical and theoretical-justice considerations. The related explanatory models and solutions are also critically reflected and reviewed with regard to their starting points and their potential action-guiding yield for social work.

Superior module:

Social Inequality and Social Space

Module description:

Students are familiar with social inequality as a multi-layered phenomenon, its causes and current approaches to addressing it. They also have knowledge and skill with respect to the group or social space and intercultural methods of social work, with which they can deal with the consequences of social inequality at an operational level. They are able to contribute to improving debilitating, anti-integration, spatial-physical and socio-communicative living conditions, in particular through the activation and participation of clients. They are aware of the compensatory contract of social work and devote their commitment to socially disadvantaged groups especially. At the same time students recognize the structural and functional relationships of the relevant social work service systems in the field of socio-spatial and cross-cultural social work.

Course titleSWSECTSTYPE

Crisis Intervention and Psychological Trauma

Semester 6
Academic year 3
Course code SOZB6KPTIL
Type IL
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 2
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

Extreme stress and threatening situations as they arise through accidents, diseases, experiences of violence, suicide experiences, etc., cause psychosocial crises and traumas. Crises after traumatic events are on the rise in institutions and in areas of activity of social work and need professional crisis management. The course consolidates the knowledge on acute crises after traumatic events and provides insight into how to deal with people in mental-health crises. Particular attention is paid in the course to the representation of stress reactions, coping strategies and necessary forms of intervention such as "mental first aid". Significant practical actions are exemplified among others by the activity of the crisis intervention team of the Red Cross Salzburg.

Superior module:

Health-Related Social Work

Module description:

Students are able to recognize the essential relationships between social work and health and to reflect on this critically. They acquire a sound knowledge of health-related social work, its foundations, areas of activity and achievements. Students are aware of major theories and models of health and disease. With regard to the professional approach to mental disorders and suicide, they also have the necessary knowledge. They have knowledge of psychosocial crises, stress reactions, such as trauma, coping strategies and necessary forms of intervention. They know the methods and fields of public health, prevention and health promotion, and are aware of the importance of basic arguments and strategies in the public health discourse. Students acquire in-depth knowledge with regard to the psychosocial aspects of health behaviour and risk factors of an individual as well as in global health. They can develop health-related strategies and represent their own arguments conclusively.

Final Exam

Semester 6
Academic year 3
Course code SOZB6BAPBP
Type BP
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 0
ECTS Credits 0
Examination character final

Lecture content:

The Bachelor's final examination before a committee is an oral examination on the subject areas of the BA theses as well as on their connections to relevant subjects of the curriculum.

Superior module:

Final Exam

Module description:

Successful accomplishment of all courses and internship requirements as well as positive evaluations of both bachelor theses not later than one week in advance are preconditions for the admission to the final exam.

International Social Work

Semester 6
Academic year 3
Course code SOZB6ISWIL
Type IL
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 5
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 3
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

As part of the course, approaches, theories, methods in international social work using concrete practical examples are compared. The focus here is current civil society activities and good practice examples that contribute to international justice. Different dimensions of international actions play an important role here, such as (1) practice and advocacy; (2) professional exchange; (3) international practice, and (4) international policy. Students gain basic development-policy expertise and deal with local and international practice of social work. International organizations in social work such as IFSW (International Federation of Social Workers) and leading standards are presented.

Superior module:

Social Work in the Context of Democracy, Globalization and Justice

Module description:

The acquisition of skills focuses here on social science approaches and action plans dealing with the issues of democracy, globalization and justice. Graduates will have a basic knowledge of the interdisciplinary areas of democracy, freedom, human rights, globalization, social policies, justice and international social work. They will have fundamental expertise and knowledge of best-practice examples from international and comparative social work. They are able to use this broad knowledge in their practical experience as social workers and social pedagogues on a micro, meso and macro level. The focus of this module is the acquisition of basic knowledge on the consequences of globalization and its impact on regional and international social work (such as poverty, migration, participation, demographics, conflicts, new social inequalities, work, etc.). The discussion on social policy and its consequences for social work as well as current discussions of the working poor, e-democracy and new forms of migration will be familiar to graduates.

Internship

Semester 6
Academic year 3
Course code SOZB6PRAPT
Type PT
Kind Internship (S)
INTL-Code 2
SWS 0
ECTS Credits 15
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

The combination of theory and practice is of crucial importance when studying Social Work. Work placements/internships and their professional preparation and supervision are therefore considered to be of great importance. The central focus is on first exposure to the practical field, self-reflection, goal and result-oriented action, developing analysis skills, organisation representation, protagonist analysis, etc.), as well as individual case histories and problem-solving approaches needed – all serving as preparation for the complex challenges of professional practice.

Superior module:

Internship

Module description:

Generally internships should provide students a professionally-guided and safe environment to undertake either their first personal professional experiences or to build on existing skills, to deal with complex problems and to develop coping skills in the field of social work practice.

New Public Health - Health Care, Promotion and Prevention

Semester 6
Academic year 3
Course code SOZB6NPHIL
Type IL
Kind Compulsory
INTL-Code 2
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 2
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

Here at the beginning of the 21st century health is no longer only a private value, but - as at the end of the 19th century - a public task. How can further improvements in physical and mental health care be achieved or retain the current status? How can more efficient health resources and reduced rising health care costs be implemented? At the core of the course is the term health. Taking into account the public health debate, the course provides an overview of key concepts and models of healthcare, theoretical background, methods, and fields of public health, prevention and health promotion. Psychosocial aspects of health behaviour and risk factors of individual as well as global health are presented and discussed.

Superior module:

Health-Related Social Work

Module description:

Students are able to recognize the essential relationships between social work and health and to reflect on this critically. They acquire a sound knowledge of health-related social work, its foundations, areas of activity and achievements. Students are aware of major theories and models of health and disease. With regard to the professional approach to mental disorders and suicide, they also have the necessary knowledge. They have knowledge of psychosocial crises, stress reactions, such as trauma, coping strategies and necessary forms of intervention. They know the methods and fields of public health, prevention and health promotion, and are aware of the importance of basic arguments and strategies in the public health discourse. Students acquire in-depth knowledge with regard to the psychosocial aspects of health behaviour and risk factors of an individual as well as in global health. They can develop health-related strategies and represent their own arguments conclusively.

Childhood, Youth and Family

Socio-Educational Aids

Semester 6
Academic year 3
Course code SOZB6SPHIL
Type IL
Kind Elective
INTL-Code 2
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 3
Examination character final

Lecture content:

Family-related and socio-educational assistance form an extensive and diverse employment field for social work. After a (also problematizing) clarification of key terms in the research area pedagogy and education, typical problems such as delinquency or self-injurious behaviour, behavioural problems and learning difficulties are discussed as examples. Here, a connection is made to the specific developmental tasks in childhood and adolescence (puberty and peer group). On the basis of concrete fields of action such as residential care, outpatient and outreach aids and street work, classical methods such as early intervention, relationship work, educational support, support in everyday structure, action methods and support in school matters are shown, as well as modern methods of strengthening the parenting skills of parents, confrontational processes and the promotion of resilience practiced as an example.

Superior module:

Childhood, Youth and Family

Module description:

With the consolidation course 1, competences in the field of scientific and theoretical analysis, the practical capacity to act and the self-reflexive development within the field of child and youth welfare are taught using the following topics: The field of action, its history, its organization and the triggering of social Problems; Trends, limitations and contradictions between expectations and reality; The circumstances of children, young people and their families; Scope for action and development opportunities; Socio-economic, socio-cultural and socio-biological bases of life from multidimensional perspective; Key insights from psychology, education, sociology, politics and social sciences as well as medicine; Child and youth protection, health and child welfare; Power and abuse of power; Family-related and socio-educational assistance for education; Classical and modern methods in educational assistance; The roles and methods of youth services as interfaces between child and youth services; Case understanding and assistance plan.

Study Project 2: Case Understanding and Assistance Plan

Semester 6
Academic year 3
Course code SOZB6FVHPT
Type PT
Kind Elective
INTL-Code 2
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 3
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

Case understanding and assistance plans are complex but central control variables for the success of measures in the field of child and youth welfare: it opens up a dynamic interdependent holistic system made up of client systems and assistance systems that end in goal-oriented hypothesis generation when taken together with an understanding diagnosis and assessment of the capabilities of behaviour. Here, selected exercises based on practical examples for individual case understanding (especially assistance plan and collegial case comprehension) are conducted and evaluated in small groups. The aim is the exemplary takeover of a professional social work perspective by the students in the triad of instruments, procedures and professional conversations whereby the selection and evaluation should be carried out systematically, be guided by theory and be dialogical and reflexive.

Superior module:

Childhood, Youth and Family

Module description:

With the consolidation course 1, competences in the field of scientific and theoretical analysis, the practical capacity to act and the self-reflexive development within the field of child and youth welfare are taught using the following topics: The field of action, its history, its organization and the triggering of social Problems; Trends, limitations and contradictions between expectations and reality; The circumstances of children, young people and their families; Scope for action and development opportunities; Socio-economic, socio-cultural and socio-biological bases of life from multidimensional perspective; Key insights from psychology, education, sociology, politics and social sciences as well as medicine; Child and youth protection, health and child welfare; Power and abuse of power; Family-related and socio-educational assistance for education; Classical and modern methods in educational assistance; The roles and methods of youth services as interfaces between child and youth services; Case understanding and assistance plan.

The Youth Welfare Office

Semester 6
Academic year 3
Course code SOZB6KJHIL
Type IL
Kind Elective
INTL-Code 2
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 2
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

Youth services form the central, state-organized interfaces in the structure of child and youth services between support and control. Here they grow into an important mandate from a historical perspective. In this course, in addition to the analysis of the organizational and structure, the extensive tasks and working methods of the youth welfare offices (early welfare, youth work, youth protection, counselling and support, etc.) are set out and critically questioned. Important too is the purposeful fleshing out of concrete approaches and ways of working such as first contact, review of suspected cases, decision making, involvement and participation of clients, selection of forms of assistance, financing, networking, documentation and evaluation by staff in the field of social work. In addition, the theme "proximity and distance" is treated in relation to burn-out and alienation.

Superior module:

Childhood, Youth and Family

Module description:

With the consolidation course 1, competences in the field of scientific and theoretical analysis, the practical capacity to act and the self-reflexive development within the field of child and youth welfare are taught using the following topics: The field of action, its history, its organization and the triggering of social Problems; Trends, limitations and contradictions between expectations and reality; The circumstances of children, young people and their families; Scope for action and development opportunities; Socio-economic, socio-cultural and socio-biological bases of life from multidimensional perspective; Key insights from psychology, education, sociology, politics and social sciences as well as medicine; Child and youth protection, health and child welfare; Power and abuse of power; Family-related and socio-educational assistance for education; Classical and modern methods in educational assistance; The roles and methods of youth services as interfaces between child and youth services; Case understanding and assistance plan.

Social Inequality and Social Space

Methods for the Processing of Socio-Spatial Issues and Intercultural Phenomena

Semester 6
Academic year 3
Course code SOZB6MBSIL
Type IL
Kind Elective
INTL-Code 2
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 3
Examination character final

Lecture content:

In this course, service systems are presented that, in the foreground, provide activation and participatory involvement of clients to improve their socio-spatial and socio-communicative conditions – taking into account the practical experience of the students. The socio-spatial view of the fields of action state child, youth and senior work as well as the socio-cultural neighbourhood work is extended by learning about new methods. The course will also focus on intercultural aspects of social work (migration processes, clients of social work with immigrant background, relevant social infrastructure).

Superior module:

Social Inequality and Social Space

Module description:

Students are familiar with social inequality as a multi-layered phenomenon, its causes and current approaches to addressing it. They also have knowledge and skill with respect to the group or social space and intercultural methods of social work, with which they can deal with the consequences of social inequality at an operational level. They are able to contribute to improving debilitating, anti-integration, spatial-physical and socio-communicative living conditions, in particular through the activation and participation of clients. They are aware of the compensatory contract of social work and devote their commitment to socially disadvantaged groups especially. At the same time students recognize the structural and functional relationships of the relevant social work service systems in the field of socio-spatial and cross-cultural social work.

Policy Options and Implications of Social Work

Semester 6
Academic year 3
Course code SOZB6PMIIL
Type IL
Kind Elective
INTL-Code 2
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 2
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

In this course, the complex relationships between social space and social inequality will be investigated. At the same time, students will reflect what levels of society, social work occupies and in what positions and functions. Students will thus deal, not least with the options available to them as responsible and dedicated professional representatives, meeting aptly the diverse expectations that are addressed to them.

Superior module:

Social Inequality and Social Space

Module description:

Students are familiar with social inequality as a multi-layered phenomenon, its causes and current approaches to addressing it. They also have knowledge and skill with respect to the group or social space and intercultural methods of social work, with which they can deal with the consequences of social inequality at an operational level. They are able to contribute to improving debilitating, anti-integration, spatial-physical and socio-communicative living conditions, in particular through the activation and participation of clients. They are aware of the compensatory contract of social work and devote their commitment to socially disadvantaged groups especially. At the same time students recognize the structural and functional relationships of the relevant social work service systems in the field of socio-spatial and cross-cultural social work.

Study Project 2 - Exercises for Social-Spatial Case Understanding

Semester 6
Academic year 3
Course code SOZB6SFVPT
Type PT
Kind Elective
INTL-Code 2
SWS 2
ECTS Credits 3
Examination character immanent

Lecture content:

Selected exercises and case studies on socio-cultural, intercultural and social-spatial-oriented questions make up this course. Students learn the logics that underlie professional socio-cultural, inter-cultural and socio-spatially oriented work. The necessary tasks require inter and trans-disciplinary cooperation in professional networks, for which the relevant competencies are trained.

Superior module:

Social Inequality and Social Space

Module description:

Students are familiar with social inequality as a multi-layered phenomenon, its causes and current approaches to addressing it. They also have knowledge and skill with respect to the group or social space and intercultural methods of social work, with which they can deal with the consequences of social inequality at an operational level. They are able to contribute to improving debilitating, anti-integration, spatial-physical and socio-communicative living conditions, in particular through the activation and participation of clients. They are aware of the compensatory contract of social work and devote their commitment to socially disadvantaged groups especially. At the same time students recognize the structural and functional relationships of the relevant social work service systems in the field of socio-spatial and cross-cultural social work.

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SemesterSemesters 1, 3, 5: courses held only in winter semester (mid-September to end of January), Semesters 2, 4, 6: courses held only in summer semester (mid-February to end of June)
SWSweekly contact hours over 14 weeks in semester (example SWS 2 equals 28 contact hours for the whole course
ECTS CreditsWork load in ECTS credits, 1 ECTS credit equals an estimated 25 hours of work for the student
INTL-CodeIndicates categories for incoming students
5: offered in English on a routine basis
4: offered in English if a specified number of incoming students attend (usually 3)
3: taught in German but support material in English, exams can also be taken in English, active support from a student buddy
2: taught in German, incoming students require sufficient German proficiency to follow class
1: not available for incomings
TypeBP = Bachelor final exam
DP/MP = Master final exam
IL = Lecture with integrated project work
IT = Individual training/phases
LB = Lab (session)
PS = Pro-seminar
PT = Project
RC = Course with integrated reflective practice
RE = Revision course
SE = Seminar
TU = Tutorial
UB = Practice session/Subject practical sessions
VO = Lecture