Bachelor of Arts Social Work
Human beings depend on and support one another in many areas of life. However, the support of one’s family, friends, club, or neighbors may not always be enough. One may require special assistance or more extensive resources to solve a problem– this is where social workers come into the equation. A degree in Social Work will allow someone to give professional support to others, and representatives of this area of study are problem solvers. They not only work to solve individual or group problems, but also work to positively affect regional and societal change. Social workers help those in need so that they may be able to better manage their lives, to become connected and integrated in their communities, and to have equal opportunities within society.
Social workers are not limited to assisting one group of people. Rather, they help anyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, religion, or social standing. However, social workers not only deal with people, they also interact with the underlying legal framework and the socio-political administration of a society. The field of Social Work requires one to have important abilities and skills in various areas. These areas include: education, instruction, counseling, leadership, administration, organization, mediation, and many more.
Because Social Work is such a broad field, the work of a social scientist will put him or her into contact with many different organisations. Public institutions (e.g. youth welfare offices, social welfare offices, schools) as well as different welfare programs (e.g. Caritas, Diakonisches Werk, Arbeitswohlfahrt) are as much a part of this field as local clubs, initiatives, and projects.
Contents and Structure
- Theories and methods of social work
- Fundamental concerns of social sciences
- Specific fields of application of social work
- Legal basis of social work
- Health promotion and prevention
- Psychological and psychotherapeutic foundations
- Methods of empirical research and scientific work
- Two internships with a duration of four weeks each
At Friedensau Adventist University special interest is paid to the integration of health science and the legal basis of social work.
The standard period of study is 6 semesters.
The programme has a modular structure. A module consists of several courses which are grouped in a thematic block. The modules generally take up one semester or one year of study. The certificates of achievement from the individual units are the basis for the module grade, which is awarded as an overall grade. Credits are assigned to the successfully completed modules according to the ECTS (European Credit Transfer System). The modules and their performance grades are thus recognized throughout Europe, making it easier to change one’s place of study. Transfer to an overseas institution is also possible.
With a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, you can work in many different professional fields. The following list is just a selection of possible work fields:
- Child and youth services
- Support for alternatively enabled people
- General social services
- Social work in families
- Social work within the health care system
- Addiction and drug-counseling service
- Work with migrants
- Work with social citizens
- Work with societal hot spots
- Work within institutions of administration of social services
The fields of social work requires, in addition to specialist knowledge, the ability to act appropriately in conflict situations, to cooperate successfully in a team, to critically reflect on contexts, and to commit oneself to work for people in special situations. The study of social work at Friedensau Adventist University supports the development of these social and personal skills.
For German applicants, the prerequisite for the programme is the general qualification for university entrance (Abitur). Particularly able working applicants who do not have a university entrance qualification, but whose talents, personality and educational background make them possible candidates, can demonstrate that they have the knowledge and abilities required for the study of a particular subject by successfully passing a test to assess their suitability for study (assessment test). The university’s Admissions Office will provide more detailed information.
Foreign applicants whose secondary school qualification is equivalent to the German one can in principle expect to be admitted to study at our university. Applicants from countries whose secondary school qualification is below the level of the German Abitur must either have studied successfully in their home country for one or two years (depending on the country), or must complete a preparatory course at a Studienkolleg in Germany. Foreign applicants who have little or no knowledge of German can take a one-year course in German as a foreign language (“Deutsch als Fremdsprache”) at Friedensau Adventist University. Applicants must otherwise be able to demonstrate a good knowledge of German, e.g. by successfully passing a test of German as a foreign language (TestDaF-Prüfung) with level-4 results in all 4 areas of performance (4 x TDN 4).
- Submit the fully completed application package on the application website within the application period.
- The application will be discussed at the academic admission and financial committees respectively (within 1 week to 1 month). The decision of acceptance will be made under consideration of the enrolment capacity and a completed financial plan.
- The admission committees’ decision will be communicated to the applicant by the admissions office within one week by e-mail.
- Admitted applicants will be asked to transfer the down payment and deposit to the University within 2-3 weeks after the admission decision is communicated.
- Upon the receipt of the down payment and deposit, the admissions office prepares and sends to the prospective student the study documents, in case a visa is required also the relevant for the embassy which may take up to 1 month.
- only with visa requirement: The applicant applies for a student visa. Please check in advance how much time you need in order to receive an appointment at the respective embassy. The visa application normally takes 6-8 weeks.
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