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Course contents and objectives

The course is organised into six study fields, which each encompass multiple modules. Each module is completed with a corresponding assessment (exam, presentation, course work, etc.).

A. Studies, research and vocation   

• Research and vocation
• Theory and practical projects
• Target group-specific consolidation
• Dissertation
B. Science of social work    • Theories of social work
• Social work in interdisciplinary and casuistic
• Theory of science for social work

C. Action competences   

• Social work action concepts
• Social work interventions
• Communication, aesthetics and media
• Supplementary qualifications
D. Practical fields    • Internship
• Theory-practice transfer
E. Reference disciplines    • Development, upbringing and education
• Society and social actions
• Biopsychosocial health
• Image of man and ethical actions - from a
   Christian perspective
• Social work from various perspectives
F. Framework conditions    

• Legal foundations
• Social and family law
• Political and economic foundations

At the heart of the course lie the theory (B), methodology (C) and practice (D) of social work. Within the scope of the reference disciplines (E) in the social work foundation course, students examine physiological and sociological aspects within a philosophical-anthropological, ethical and Christian-theological framework, supplemented by educational, medical and public health aspects. The legal, political and economic framework conditions (F) of social work make up the third largest subject area, also delivered during the foundation course. The remaining modules lead into the science (scientific work, empirical social research) and the vocation (professional self-image) and consolidate the studies in the main course through project work, specific target group reference and in particular through a scientific dissertation.

During the main course, social work approaches the topic (B) in a new way, on the basis of cases (casuistic perspectives) and by examining an example problem from a range of different scientific disciplines (interdisciplinary perspectives). At the same time, the science of social work is also examined as a theory of the theory (scientific theoretical level). Furthermore, students also have the option of acquiring a supplementary media education, socio-medical or practical theological qualification (C).

The course has a general orientation. The aim of the course is to establish graduate employability, in principle in all fields of social work.