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Department of Building, Energy & Society

Social Work

 

This course offers application-oriented modules on the topics of international and intercultural social work, social work with people in precarious circumstances and social policy, social economy and social management. You can also compile your own module according to your interests. Your research project forms the core of your course.

What you will learn:

Introductory phase

During the first semester, you will further develop and expand your knowledge and expertise within the context of critical and reflective theories in social work – depending on your prior knowledge as either a social worker, a bachelor graduate entering social work or an experienced professional who graduated in a related discipline.

Intercultural social work

You’ll be made familiar with the theories and methods in ethnologically-oriented social work with a focus on concepts of transference and counter-transference. Another focus is on social work involving people who have experienced trauma.

Social (work) research

You’ll learn how to combine social science survey methods with empirical knowledge in the relevant fields of action, to use evaluation methods and to determine their scope of validity. You will also develop a research question which you would like to analyse in your master thesis.

Social policy, economy and management

You’ll explore the importance of economic processes in social work and socio-economic change, especially in socio-philosophical issues. You will also acquire relevant management skills.

Methods

You’ll develop your methodological repertoire of social work, including psychosocial diagnosis, intervention planning, relationship and resource work, intervention techniques, therapeutic rhetoric (self-observation), conflict management, networking or self and case reflection.

Social work with people in precarious circumstances

You’ll learn about social theories and systems from the perspective of exclusion and inclusion, precarity, social inequality and disadvantage and address the social problems experienced by people in difficult situations in life and their coping mechanisms (resilience).

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Did you know, …

… that during the introductory phase, we pay particular attention to your special educational and professional profile?

Individualisation is a priority in both the professional field of social work and in our course. We recognise the fact that our students have acquired different specialisations during their previous education and professions but at the end of their study, they all have a widely accepted level of knowledge which will considerably improve their chances on the employment market.

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Did you know, …

… that you can always draw on the critical and reflective concept of social work, despite the diversity of the individual subjects?

Social workers are required to find solutions together with their clients in a diverse range of conflict areas. The course takes account of the diversity of the various fields of work involved as well as the need to access recognised theory in practical settings.

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Did you know, …

… that you can work on ‘your’ research project?

We will support you in formulating a research question, developing a suitable study design, conducting your own research and compiling a master thesis which you can still be proud of many years later.

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Did you know, …

… that you can advance your knowledge in one of three modules with different focal points?

We offer three modules: ‘International and Intercultural Social Work’, ‘Social Policy, Social Economy and Social Management’ and ‘Social Work with People in Precarious Circumstances’. You can also compile your own personal module as part of an independent course of studies (‘Studium Irregulare’).

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Did you know, …

… that you can spend a semester studying abroad?

Studying at a foreign university means getting to know another way of living and changing your everyday habits. We can advise you on which course abroad would suit you best and help you successfully complete your course.

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Did you know, …

… that your course includes two excursions?

During the course of the excursions, you can explore new lifeworlds and then reflect on your experiences and discoveries with your course colleagues.

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Did you know, …

… that the August Aichhorn Institute for Social Work is one of the leading teaching and research institutions?

August Aichhorn (1879 - 1949) was one of the main founders of scientific social work. He was a great organiser and even in the most difficult of times, was always on hand to support his clients. His influence, political attitudes and personality shaped practice, teaching and research.