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. It can be extended by up to 2 semesters upon application.
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.
Some examples of the areas of activity of a social worker are
- 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
Social work combines welfare work with social pedagogy.
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).
Application packs for admission to a programme of study can be requested from the Admissions Office/International Office. The application for admission should be sent to the Admissions Office or International Office. In addition to the application for admission, the following documents must be submitted in full by the deadline:
- certified photocopies of the original certificates showing school-leaving qualifications and any periods of study
- information on how the programme of study will be financed
- curriculum vitae
- a photo
(Periods of study should be documented as precisely as possible with relevant evidence, e.g. transcript etc. Please do not send original certificates! The documents remain in the possession of the university. Official translations of all foreign-language documents must be in German, except in the case of English or French documents.)
An application for admission can only be processed by the university when the necessary documents have been received in full. Hence the admissions procedure can only consider those applications for which the necessary documents have been submitted by the application deadline. Incomplete applications will not be processed.
Notice of admission
The applications for admission to study are processed by the Admissions Office/International Office. The decision regarding admission is taken under consideration of the university places available, the level of qualification, and the evidence of funding for the programme. If all necessary prerequisites are fulfilled, the applicant will receive written notification of admission. The confirmation of admission for foreign applicants will only be sent once the deposit has been paid.