The discipline of Social Work is part of the Department of Social and Psychological Studies. The institution also includes the disciplines Sociology, Psychology and Gender Studies.
The discipline of Social Work studies the conditions and experiences of socially vulnerable people. We look at causes and effects of social problems at individual, group and societal level. Studies also include how different efforts can be organised to prevent or remedy social problems. Our most comprehensive study programme is the Bachelor of Science in Social Work (210 credits). We also offer a Master’s programme, freestanding courses and a doctoral programme in social work.
Study with us in the field of Social Work
IFSW (International Federation of Social Workers) and IASSW (International Association of Schools of Social Work) define social work as follows:
“Social work is a practice-based profession and an academic discipline that promotes social change and development, social cohesion, and the empowerment and liberation of people. Principles of social justice, human rights, collective responsibility and respect for diversities are central to social work. Underpinned by theories of social work, social sciences, humanities and indigenous knowledges, social work engages people and structures to address life challenges and enhance wellbeing.”
In the main field of social work you will acquire the knowledge and skills you need to be able to support people in socially vulnerable situations. You will help them develop, change, maintain and apply life strategies to manage their everyday life. The main field of study also includes knowledge and skills to critically examine, re-examine and develop social work in various forms.