The students learn methods such as individual help, street work or supervision. The management of social facilities and services is also taught during the studies. The theoretical foundations come from the fields of education, psychology, social sciences, business, law and administrative sciences.
The social work is concerned with how people can be helped in difficult life situations and how to prevent social emergencies.
The study field at a glance
The degree courses in social work are mainly offered at universities of applied sciences. These include "social work" or "social management".
Contents of the course
In the bachelor's program, students take modules from the educational, psychological, sociological and legal foundations and framework conditions of social work as well as the use of information technology. In the specialization study, specializations are possible, for example in the areas of elementary education, educational assistance, family help, youth work, rehabilitation and health, old-age work, intercultural social work, adult education, company social work, recreational education, addiction help, rehabilitation, neighborhood work or social management.
Often a compulsory internship is part of the study program.
Possible careers after graduation
Employment opportunities for social workers exist in organizations, associations, self-help groups and public agencies, e.g. the communities and a variety of free sponsors such as churches, charities and foundations.
Social workers work in the field of youth, family, health, old-age and social assistance, criminal justice, in homes and self-help groups, in counseling centers, in clinics and rehabilitation centers, in social-psychiatric services in youth and adult education centers and in refugee aid.