Course „Social Work: Social Policies and Welfare Studies“ 2019/20
Introductory seminar course (Proseminar) with on-campus phase at Malmö University / Sweden.
Bachelor „Pädagogik“. Offenes Wahlmodul B / D. 2×4 ECTS; Course No. 645.835.
Short description in German here.
The course is offered in winter term 2019/20 for the 4th time. It is based on a short term student exchange with our ERASMUS partner, the Department of Social Work at Malmö University.
The course deals with social policy and social work organization in different situations on the basis of a comparative perspective. The practice of social work in an international environment is discussed. Moreover, it focuses knowledge of various welfare systems in terms of social policy and social work. The course is discussed through different themes; children and family, ageing, migration and drug addiction, profession and education. Furthermore, the course helps to develop the student reflections based on their professional identity. Students are expected to reflect critically, analyze and discuss different aspects of the welfare system, such as social policy, organization, challenges and social work in a Swedish and/or other welfare context.
During the on-campus phase (28.1.-7.2.2020) in Malmö, students from all contributing partner universities (UK, USA, Germany, Sweden, Austria) will meet. The course will be taught by professors from several partner universities, amongst them Jonas Christensen (Malmö) and Eberhard Raithelhuber (Salzburg).
More information on the course, provided by Malmö University, here.
Link to the PLUS online description for Salzburg students here.
- Participation in the compulsory information meeting on Wednesday October 2, 2019, 12 (room 2.205 Unipark Nonntal). Everybody who wants to join the course has to show up. After having received general information on the course, including the 10 days in Malmö, those who are interested have to submit a binding letter of intent via email to the Salzburg teacher (Raithelhuber) till Oct. 8, 23:59h. He will nominate 10-15 students who will be invited to join the course until October 10, 2019.
- For those who are accepted: Participation in the 3 preparatory meetings in Salzburg, always on a Wednesday: October 23, November 20 and December 4, 9am to 1pm, room 2.217.
- Recommended study progress for Salzburg students: 30 ECTS
- Language skills: The equivalent of English B in Swedish secondary school (language skills will not be examined formally for students from Salzburg)
The course aims to develop the students‘ knowledge and understanding in relation to social policy, welfare systems and social problems and living conditions from a multicultural perspective.
Assessments (Exam Method and Evaluation)
The grading for students from Salzburg will be based on an individual term paper („Seminararbeit“, weight: 50%, to be handed in before the on campus days in Malmö in Jan/Feb 2020) and on an oral presentation of the group work during the seminar days in Malmö (weight: 50%).
The focus of the term paper is on comparative aspects on social policy and social work. The research question needs to be connected to one of the four themes running through the course (children and family, ageing, migration, and drug addiction). It will be determined at an early stage (approx. October) in a meeting with the teacher from Salzburg (Raithelhuber).
The focus in the oral assessment (at the end of the days in Malmö) is based on the ability to argue and justify choices made and to reflect on these choices and the social policy implementation and its consequences in social work. In order to achieve a passing grade on the course in its entirety, the grade of pass is required for each examination.
Costs for travelling and accomodation – grants
Course participation is free of charge. Students have to calculate approx. 200 Euros for accommodation (shared rooms) and about 150-200 Euros for the return flight from Munich to Copenhagen.
Students from Salzburg can apply individually for a “Stipendium für kurzfristige fachspezifische Kurse im Ausland” (scholarship for short-time specialist trainings abroad), deadline: November 15, 2018) at the International Office of our University. Every applicant can be awarded with a grant of approx. 400 Euros.
The positive approval of the applications, which will be supported by the local ERASMUS Coordinator, Eberhard Raithelhuber, is most likely.
Recognition of ECTS at the University of Salzburg
For administrative and technical reasons, the course within the BA study program “Pädagogik” in Salzburgis is split into two numbers: 645.835 (4 ECTS) and 645.836 (another 4 ECTS). To avoid confusion, the inscription is only possible through course number 645.835. Students who will be accepted will automatically be added to the other course through our office of student affairs at the department.
The overall course encompasses a large workload (8 ECTS = 200 hours workload), with approx. 1/3 contact time with the teacher(s). Contact time will include the preparatoy meetings of the Salzburg group in October and November, as well as the on campus days in Malmö. However, it is recommended that students organize in small groups to continuously read and discuss the compulsory literature from October 2019 to January 2020 as a form of getting prepared for the international meeting, as well as to have a good basis for the individual term paper and the oral presentation in Malmö.
Course literature and other teaching materials
- Alcock P, Craig G, (2009) International Social Policy: Welfare Regimes in the Developing World. London: Palgrave Macmillan. 320 p.
- van Ewijk, H. (Ed.). (2009). European social policy and social work. Citizenship-based social work. London: Routledge. 192 p.
- Scientific papers, case studies and input to be added est. around 300 p.