Social Work

BA2 - Interdisciplinary Case Studies

Bachelor paper, 7.00 ECTS


Course content

Production of an empirical case study: Search for a topic, developing a reserch design: research questions, to justify the selection of a type of case study, empirical survey, analysis and interpretation, theoretical references, finalize the second bachelor thesis.


The types of case studies include among others:

  •   living world case studies  
  •   clinical case studies
  •   biografical case studies 
  •   organisational case studies 
  •   interface between the practice of social work and the legal system 
  •   comparative case studies 
  •   case studies in social policy   

Learning outcomes

The graduate knows how to work on inter- and trans-disciplinary case studies using theoretical knowledge and empirical methods of social research, to reflect on practical cases of social work and connect sociopolitical contexts with social work practice and theory. The papers written in this course are acceptetd as bachelor theses.

Recommended or required reading and other learning resources / tools

Fatke, Reinhard (2010): Fallstudien in der Erziehungswissenschaft. In: Barbara Friebertshäuser & Antje Langer & Annedore Prengel (Hrsg.), Handbuch Qualitative Forschungsmethoden in der Erziehungswissenschaft (3., vollständig überarbeitete Auflage). Weinheim und München: Juventa. S. 159-172. Giebeler, Cornelius (2008) (Hrsg.): Fallverstehen und Fallstudien. Interdisziplinäre Beiträge zur rekonstruktiven Sozialarbeitsforschung ((2., durchgesehene Auflage). Opladen: Budrich.
Streeck, Wolfgang (2015): Gekaufte Zeit. Die vertagte Krise des Kapitalismus. (2. Auflage). Berlin: Suhrkamp.

Mode of delivery

Seminar (2 SWS)

Prerequisites and co-requisites

social (work) research

Assessment methods and criteria

Seminar: continuous assessment