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The Bachelor's programme in Social Work is modular in design and divided into compulsory and compulsory elective modules, as well as practical and elective modules. In terms of content, modules are self-contained learning units.

The programme contents are divided into the study areas A to D. These look at important matters in the area of Social Work.

Social Work as a discipline and profession (A)

This study area opens up access to the fundamentals of professional practice by looking at the history and theories of Social Work, addressing the field of Social Work as a discipline and profession. Based on milestones from its history as an occupation, we demonstrate how Social Work has developed from the provision of help by laypersons to a professional discipline, and reflect critically on the various rationale for offering assistance. 

Professional understanding and shaping of development processes (B)

This study area opens up an approach for understanding development processes, and aims to facilitate the professional shaping of selected contexts in which Social Work is performed. The relevant contents are examined by linking theoretical approaches with specific (case) situations: case assessment and/or situation analysis – intervention – evaluation. Here, we view personal reflection as a key requirement for acquiring the necessary specialist and methodological skills. 

Professional organisation in social inequality contexts (C)

This study area focuses on various dimensions of social modernisation processes and analyses their consequences for professional Social Work. Students deal with selected theories and manifestations of social inequality and examine their own interpretations and attempts at explanation. 

Social Work in a welfare state (D)

Social justice, recognition, dignity and integrity are the central values of Social Work. In this study area, students look at these basic principles from an interdisciplinary perspective and come to establish an independent position based on sound reasoning as well as a professional basic stance. The aim is to allow these values to also take effect in the social subsystems of law, the economy and politics.

«I wanted to complete my work placement in Switzerland because I was particularly interested in the well-developed welfare system of this country. When I came to a decision last year, I didn’t know any German yet. The FHS St.Gallen provided great advice in this matter. After visiting a German course for 6 months, I was ready for my work placement in Switzerland. Thanks to the support of the International Office I was able to find a suitable internship.»

Marina Petropoulou, Athens University of Applied Sciences