The bachelor's degree program in Social Work will prepare you for a profession in social work and social education. Graduates assist people of all ages living in difficult circumstances to take control of their own lives and gain access to social goods such as housing, food, work and education. Social work initiates processes of change for and with individuals, in groups, in organizations or on a community level. Basic security, youth and family work, residential care of children and counseling for youth from a migration background, assistance for criminal offenders, socio-spatial urban and regional development are examples of the professional fields that will be open to you.
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Application period for academic year 2022/23
1st December 2021 to 13th March 2022
tuition fee / semester:
+ ÖH premium + contribution2
1 Tuition fees for students from third countries € 727,- per semester
2 for additional study expenses (currently up to € 83,- depending on degree program and year)
You are open and enjoy working with people. When you are faced with different ways of life you do not feel the need to change them, but are respectful and tolerant of your fellow person. In your work with people, you are stress-resistant, have a capacity for careful reflection, are well organized and able to recognize your own limits. It is important for you to help others take control of their own lives and in doing so to apply your professional knowledge to help others find the resources they require. You want to create the necessary awareness in society to improve the structural conditions.
We maintain close cooperation with social work organizations with which we exchange knowledge and experience in "Social Work in Practice" networking meetings, as well as at conferences regularly held at FH Campus Wien. At our campus we have our own Competence Center for Social Work which acts as an interface between research, practice and teaching. It brings the knowledge and innovation potential of these three areas together in one place. The study "Social Support for Traumatized Persons", which was conducted on behalf of the ESRA association, is only the latest example of the research conducted here. The course "Research and Development Project" also provides a strong focus on practical relevance and research in the second and third semesters. Internships during your studies are guided, integrated learning phases in different social institutions that generally do not offer compensation. During the degree program you will complete a total of three guided internships. They may be completed in Austria or abroad. We will support you in internships or theory semesters abroad. The courses are generally taught in German. However, we offer two seminar groups with some courses in English (up to 30% of the courses). If you are accepted into the degree program, please let us know if you would like to attend one of these seminar groups.
This general basic education will qualify you to work as a social worker and a social educator. The location in Vienna offers a wealth of interesting internship opportunities in innovative projects and organizations in social work. The double qualification in social work and social education creates excellent job opportunities. The strong international orientation of the degree program allows you to deepen your language and intercultural skills with a theory semester or internship abroad. You will benefit from our strong network of partner universities in Europe, Africa, Asia or (Latin) America. Furthermore, this scientific training is an excellent foundation for a subsequent master's degree in social work or in related disciplines such as sociology or education.
The degree program will provide you with the general basic principles for a professional occupation in the different fields of social work. (social work and social education). You will learn to analyze social problems with the acquired theoretical knowledge and to reflect upon issues related to real life. Elective courses offer the possibility to focus on personal emphases. In the course of your education you will acquire three core skills:
The students engage with the fundamentals of conversation guidance, bearing in mind the different settings (mandated settings, first conversation, challenging forms of communication). They receive an overview of the different forms of communication in Social Work (i.e. counselling, negotiating, informing, mediation). Techniques and activities within counselling, such as listening actively, sending I-messages, perceptions, asking helpful questions und dealing with silence are practiced. The fundamentals of the setting and relationship-building are conveyed, and an engagement with (im)partiality takes place. Ideal scenarios and structural patterns of counselling conversations in settings with individual clients, families or systems are central to this module. These are used as a starting point for a professionally sound reflection about conversations, which are simulated in role play. Different consultative approaches (i.e. systemic, solution-focused, person-centred, psychoanalytical) are presented and practiced using role playing.
Continuous assessment Immanent exam characteristic with different partial performance requirements
Lecture, discussion, group work, role play
This module conveys an understanding about the meaning, idea and historical emergence of Human Rights and the professional code of ethics, and offers an insight into the different national and international Human Rights protective systems. Students receive essential knowledge about professional ethics and, in particular, the fundamentals of Social Work ethics. They work on individual and socially ethical topics regarding Social Work in depth (i.e. human dignity, freedom, justice, responsibility). Thereby, inter-related international conventions and discourses are conveyed. The application of relevant Human Rights documents and the professional code of ethics, are used as resources in the professional context in decision-making processes, as well as in the interaction with recipients of Social Work. Here the (self-)reflection of the students regarding their own role, as well as that with respect to recipients of Social Work, are deepened and encouraged in light of Human Rights and the professional code of ethics.
Lecture, research and planning games, casework, student presentations and text revision, discussions
Students receive insight into the historical development of feminist topics, gender and diversity theories and concepts, whereby the difference and diversity, as well as processes of differentiation, are given concrete form through the core criteria of diversity. Diversity concepts are discussed, taking into consideration societal power relationships and social inequality, and put in the context of mechanisms of discrimination. Furthermore, dealing with discrimination with those concerned, personal positioning and experiences, and the consequences for professional relationships, are discussed. Central concepts like construction and deconstruction or doing gender are illustrated. The students learn to reflect about their own societal role, their knowledge and their experiences in relation to diversity criteria. The integration of gender and diversity aspects in communication and intervention strategies by students is of central importance here. Additionally, the students get to know concrete approaches to work for Social Work, which build on concepts of social inequality.
Lecture, working in small groups, discussion, guided reflection
In this module, students receive a historic overview of the discipline's professional development from ‘caring' through to modern Social Work. It is illustrated how to deal with material and psycho-social circumstances professionally through in-depth examples from particular historical developmental periods, as well as the spatial and temporal possibilities and limitations of Social Work. On this basis, special attention is given to the embeddedness of Social Work, social pedagogy and their methods in the respective societal, political and economic context.
Lectures, discussions, moodle course
Social casework is presented as a Social Work method through historical developments, theoretical fundamentals and ethical implications. The students deal with medical history, social diagnostic and support planning. They learn about different methods and concepts within social casework, such as case management, life world and resource-orientation. Through concrete cases, a multi-perspective view on cases and tools from social diagnostic is practiced. In this process, special attention is given to the reflection on intervening, personal values and attitudes.
Lecture, discussion, group work, role plays
In this module, the students engage with the operational range of social work, which operates in the areas of poverty and risk of poverty. They receive an overview of the courses of action relating to the respective institutions in the area of needs-based minimum income, as well as of social service centres, assistance to the homeless and people in debt. They engage with the circumstances of people affected by poverty, and analyse the causes and effects of poverty and social exclusion. The students are introduced to the different institutional and material support services, which help secure the livelihood of people who are at risk of poverty or affected by poverty, as well as provide them with individual assistance. Furthermore, students get to know primary case study tools in this module, and apply them to practical cases from the area of intervention.
Group exercises, casework
In this module the reflection about personal learning and biography are encouraged and specific revision strategies conveyed. Alongside a presentation of students' group work as a specific form of learning, methods of time management are introduced, and the personal implementation of such methods addressed. Furthermore, the students learn about the department's curriculum with its modular structure and receive an introduction to the administrative procedures of the degree. They receive an initial overview of the different areas of work, as well as about professional intervention in the context of Social Work.
Discussion, group work, lecture
In this module, the students acquire an understanding of the conditions and objectives of ‘reflection' and collectively generate group rules for the formation of the module. Self-perception and external perception are addressed, and team and cooperation skills strengthened. Furthermore, students acquire fundamental knowledge about selected social organisations i.e. relating to their history, goals, tasks, legal conditions, financial foundations, professional repertoire of methods, organisational structure and documentation. Current questions by selected institutions, as well as concrete practice experience are reflected, and related to theory and practice where appropriate. This is also done in preparation for a 4-week long work placement, which full time students complete at the beginning of the 2nd semester and relates to the practice orientation days for part time students in the 1st/2nd semester. Questions about reconciling studies, work placement and professional motivation are discussed. The different roles of work placement managers and interns are discussed and explained.
Group work, excursion, social space research
Students gain insight into the fundamentals of the Austrian constitution and learn about the influence of EU-Law on the shaping of laws. Alongside an overview of fundamental rights and the possibilities of law enforcement, this module deals with the central terms of public administration/jurisdiction and its organisations. The Central themes of this module include the particularities of the general administrative procedures/administrative prosecutions and, in particular, the legal forms of support by the authorities, as well as legal protection for people who are affected by official intervention. Furthermore, students gain insight into the essential regulations regarding eligibility for child care allowance and minimum income, protective rights to unemployment insurance, rent and protective rights for consumers, as well as legal matters regarding public execution, wage attachment and private bankruptcy. The areas of law are presented and discussed in depth by means of case studies.
Distance learning exercises and repeated attendance
In this module, students are given an overview of the socio-political and economic basis for material welfare. They are able to distinguish different levels and actors within social policy, and gain insight into common welfare state ideologies and concepts, as well as current reform discourse. The students acquire knowledge about fundamental structures, operating modes and effects of socio-political and economic intervention in the areas of work and unemployment, poverty and social exclusion. They also prepare professionally sound positions on problems, measures and future perspectives in these socio-political fields of intervention. Through concrete case studies they learn to critically and constructively reflect on current welfare state regulation and identify possibilities of intervention.
Text analysis, discussions
In this module, (social) academic work in general and specifically as a discipline within Social Work is introduced. The students learn about the central steps of academic work, such as finding topics and their concretisation, the formulation of questions, literature research and work, comprehending and editing texts, rules and techniques of academic work and writing, and apply this knowledge and these skills to their own texts. This module is the foundation for the first seminar paper, which is due during the second semester.
Lecture, discussion, working in small groups
Students receive an overview of the operational range of the stationary accommodation of children and youth (i.e. in crisis centres, shared accommodation, homes, intensive support), as well as of the itinerant support of this target group (i.e. accompanying minor asylum seekers, socio-pedagogical care centres, socio-pedagogical work with families). Special didactical and methodological requirements for this area of work are presented. Through concrete examples, students analyse the life circumstances of clients and engage with professional possibilities of intervention and missions.
Work in groups with case-oriented exercises
Students receive an introduction to selected socio-medical fundamentals, such as pregnancy, birth and diseases in infants, children and young people. Students receive an introduction into psychiatry, as distinguished from psychology, neurology and psychotherapy. Within both perspectives, the emphasis lies upon the illnesses in youth and their implications for the family system, or rather, its effects on the psychosomatic diseases of young people.
The students receive an introduction to the fundamentals and areas of responsibility of child and youth services. They engage with family related work, systems, structures, functions and roles. As symptom-bearing members, children are at the centre of the professional analysis and support planning (i.e. support in questions of parenting, imparting family supportive offers). Furthermore, an introduction into the specific problem areas of parents who have fallen ill, violence in the family, parental custody and the arrangement of contact, is given. Regarding the problem of endangerment to the welfare of the child, the students learn about its conceptual definitions, steps within the intervention procedures and the breadth of strategic solutions, taking material disadvantages into consideration. The emphasis is placed on the fundamentals of social diagnostics, child protection, working with family law, as well as aspects of return to undivided parenting.
Lecture, case-oriented exercises
In this module, an overview of working with conflict is given. Causes, phases and escalation stages are discussed. Personal conflict styles are reflected upon. The structure and sequence of a constructive conflict conversation is elaborated through conflict analysis tools and conflict resolution strategies, with the help of methods of intervention (like conflict moderation). Goals, areas of implementation, phases and principles of mediation, as well as basic attitudes within mediation are taught. Mediation techniques and their possibilities and limitations within Social Work are presented and tried out through role playing. Approaches for dealing with conflict through mediation are elaborated upon. An insight into the preparation and implementation of negotiations in private and professional contexts is given (i.e. as a resource to establish support systems in the area of Social Work). Helpful communication models for de-escalation and further communication and negotiation techniques are applied.
Theoretical inputs, possibilities of discussion, role play, individual work, group work
The orientation placement conveys concrete organisational and intervention experiences, and offers students the possibility of gaining a comprehensive insight into the daily working lives of professionals within Social Work. It offers an insight into the life context and problems of clients or target groups, and allows them to recognise the scope and responsibility of their professional intervention, as well as to experience the confrontation with work realities. Furthermore, the content of their studies can be linked to their practical experiences, and the applicability and relevance can be questioned in the context of their daily work.
Observation, work as instructed, reflection, documentation, evaluation
In this module, the reports from concrete placement experiences are continuously referenced to theory and practice. Alongside the engagement with personal values and conflict of values, a reflection about different roles, on the one hand in relation to the relationship of placement managers and interns, and, on the other hand between interns and clients, is carried out. The analysis and reflection for the team and group work is practiced. On that note, the module crucially serves the (further) development of social, personal and professional competences.
Group work, presentation, case work, discussion, coaching
The students write their first seminar paper in the course of this module. In the process, the possibility for an in-depth engagement with a topic from first year modules is given. The main focus, however, does not concern the topic itself, but the academic-methodological realisation of the seminar paper.
Final exam Seminar paper
Professional inputs, group and individual work, peer feedback, feedback on partial performance and seminar paper, seminar paper presentation
This module deals with the fundamentals of human psychological development and the psycho-social conditions of change. In the process, theoretical approaches and research findings regarding the nurture-nature-debate, early childhood development, hospitalism, educational theory, concepts around developmental stages and research on resilience are conveyed. In order to assess child-related problems, instruments of development diagnostics, learning disabilities, learning difficulties and traumatizing situations of stress, are presented. Problems relating to Social Work with children and youth are highlighted from a psychological perspective.
Lecture and exercise
Through exemplary cases, students receive insights into child, family and youth fundamentals, including their procedural particularities, which are relevant for Social Work. Furthermore, the students gain an overview about topics of liability, get to know the particularities of criminal law with regards to youth, and engage with the legal aspects in the context of (family) violence.
The students engage with educational theory, or rather, introductory literature on the subject of social pedagogy, at the intersection of cultural development and societal modernization processes, as well as current practice topics. They are given an overview of the (socio-)pedagogical institutions and educational establishments and their relevance for learning and educational processes. Furthermore, they are given an overview of the socio-pedagogical concepts and their appropriate situational application.
Lecture and literature discussions
In this module, the meaning of social work with groups as a targeted method of social interaction, is conveyed. Important topics include: group and feedback rules, group-dynamic elements and phases, different role models in groups and exemplary approaches to group formation processes. The shaping of social learning processes is experienced and conveyed through personal group experiences. The students learn about the prerequisites for gaining professionalism, as a participant and as a group and team leader. The versatile work with and in groups in Social Work is discussed, as a gateway to life worlds and social backgrounds (i.e. youth work), for (socio-pedagogical) support offers (i.e. organised self-help groups), as well as to establish and accompany interest groups (i.e. in community work). In addition the role of professionals within groups is addressed. Through the discussion of group case studies, a differentiated assessment about preparation, planning and the implementation of methods of social group work is achieved. The students' personal experiences of participating in and leading of group activities, allows for a reflective engagement with theoretical referencing, such as roles, topical references and group rules.
Lecture, text revision, discussion, concept creation and implementation
The students learn about theories, concepts and explanatory models to social inequality and social exclusion on macro, meso and micro sociological levels. In the process, the relationship between society and individual are analysed and reflected through social structure, institutions/networks and social interactions with regard to their interrelation. Furthermore, questions of normativity, normality and normalisation are dealt with from a historic and current perspective, as well as related processes of exclusion in a theoretical and practical sense. Students learn to analyse different aspects of difference from normality and deviance and reflect on them critically. Through current questions, the students learn to use an intersectional perspective on social problems in their practice in Social Work and relate them to present developments in the areas of intervention of Social Work in a reflective manner.
Final exam Written exam
Lecture, discussion, working in small groups, presentation
Students receive an introduction to selected theoretical approaches from recent history and contemporary Social Work, especially from the German-speaking world, taking both the theoretical developments from social pedagogy and Social Work into consideration. Theories are analysed regarding basic premises, questions and terminology and contextualised in terms of particular problems within Social Work. They reflect upon the consequences of placing Social Work in its professional context in light of the essential disciplinary dilemmas, and discuss the meaning of different theoretical approaches for their work.
Lecture, discussion, working in small groups, text analysis
Students engage with learning and educational concepts for adults and learn about methodological approaches to biography-oriented Social Work. They learn about fundamental results from life-situation analysis and age-specific transitions, as well as related coping challenges while taking into consideration age/class/social background and gender specific and ethnic characteristics and conditions. Transitions, life phases or stages of life, critical life events with their respective challenges, possibilities and problems are central here. At the same time, coping support, the use of resources and the release of emancipatory potentials are important within biography-oriented Social Work.
Lecture, text revision, discussion, concept elaboration and implementation
Starting from social phenomena, specific circumstances of target groups within Social Work or existing social offers, the students develop practice-oriented research or evaluation questions, partly in cooperation with social institutions. Building on literature research and study, the concrete research and evaluation design is elaborated, the methodological implementation is explained, and the data collection is carried out. With special attention given to the international aspect of Social Work, the subject-appropriate modules or fieldwork are partly or predominantly carried out in English.
Knowledge about courses of action and specific problem-solving approaches relevant for Social Work in the area of life-long health, with an emphasis on adults and older people, are imparted to the students. They receive an overview of the respective private and public support facilities, their financing and the accessibility for clients. This is done on the basis of selected areas of work such as Social Work in hospitals, care and palliative care, rehabilitation in stationary and itinerant settings, health promotion and health prevention, self-help, as well as regarding specific problems in relation to health and illness. Additionally, an overview is given about possible problems within the practice of Social Work from nutrition to sexuality, from chronic illness to cultural particularities when dealing with disease. The engagement with societal and political questions regarding all the above mentioned problems and areas of work, is of central importance.
The students engage with medical and health-related aspects of adulthood. Violence, addiction and sexuality in psychiatry, as well as counselling situations are highlighted, and strategies for prevention and de-escalation are worked on. An additional thematic focus are the possibilities to strengthen and self-empower psychiatric clients.
Lecture, discussions and distance learning
The students receive an overview of the schools of thought and theories relating to global inequality and development policy (development theory, development institutions, civil society movements, social economy, alternative approaches to neoliberal economy, 5-sector model, care work and feminist economy). These are placed in relation to each other and a connection to Social Work is established. These interrelationships are reflected both on a global and on a local level. In this context, historical developments relating to Social Work are taken into consideration. Through lectures, the students are encouraged to develop an interest in global economic processes, to strengthen their outlook on societal processes, to recognise the relationship between political, economic and societal developments on an international and national level, to reflect on their own position and behaviour within society and finally to connect this knowledge to Social Work intervention.
Presentation and distance learning
In this module, the students develop fundamental knowledge about the characteristics of psychosocial crisis situations and their typical course (traumatic crisis, transitional crisis, suicidal crisis, chronic crisis, chronic susceptibility for crisis), making a distinction between trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder. Students learn about crisis and trauma-specific possibilities for intervention, in particular conversation techniques and conversational guidance to deescalate psychosocial crisis (crisis intervention). Furthermore, the students reflect upon crisis experiences and thus generate experiential knowledge, which can be related to theory during the module. Methods and techniques of psychological hygiene and self-care are included.
Active participation during the module, working with literature, presentation
Through a continuous exchange in a fixed reflection group, the individual and group-specific topics which are relevant for Social Work, as well as interest-based questions are elaborated. The seminary content is oriented toward the topics, which are actively introduced by the group members. As is necessary and according to interests, topical emphasis can be picked up and deepened. Strengthening and allowing the individual responsibility and initiative of the group members is of central importance here.
Discussion, group work, role play, lecture, excursion, individual coaching
Students are acquainted with the basic legal knowledge in the area of social security law, the hospitalisation act and housing act. Fundamentals regarding the legal guardianship of adults, criminal law and violence protection law are conveyed, and aspects of inheritance law are addressed. Students receive an overview of the legal social security services which are available when social risks factors such as illness, injuries, old age or death take place. Financial support when care becomes necessary, as well as specific legal provisions in the case of psychological illness or a comparable impairment (housing and patient rights or adult protection), are also covered. Another main emphasis is placed on an overview of criminal and judicial process regulations with a focus on mandated and addiction contexts, as well as the familiarity of the particularities of criminal law regarding adults.
Distance learning exercises and question-based attendance
After an introduction to the basic terminology of academic theory, students are presented with selected qualitative and quantitative social research, data collection and methods of analysis from empirical social research. Furthermore, possibilities for their application to Social Work research are discussed.
Historical and current approaches to working in the educational sector are conveyed to the students, as well as accompanying adults with training measures. Based on this, the students learn about selected methods of Social Work, main features of work and educational counselling, special coaching and counselling requirements for professionally oriented work with recipients, relatives and groups. Through case study examples, methodological intervention relating to target group specific and target group overlapping Social Work is reflected, in order to understand the relationship between professional principles and the application of interview techniques. Emphasis work and qualification: Structures and challenges of Social Work at the interface work – education – conducting life are presented and professionally dealing with client (systems) within the context of labour market policy is practiced, in order to deduce the consequences of case management and intervention systematics. The students practice self-reflective work-orientation and develop an overview of the programmatic and organisational prerequisites of the training sector, further education offers and labour market policy measures. Target group specific offers are acquired and reflected on in a case-oriented manner.
Final exam Module exam
Reading-based group work and discussion, case-oriented
Historical and current approaches to working at the local community level, as well as developments of socio-cultural and social-space-oriented approaches are imparted to the students. On this basis, the students practice and learn about selected methods of social-space analysis, the investigation of outreach work, including information, activation and project work, the support of citizens, moderating and supporting large and small groups, as well as negotiating different conflictual situations. On the basis of case study examples, taking methodological action with regards to target group specific and target group overlapping Social Work is reflected, in order to understand the connections between professional principles and the application of intervention techniques. Emphasis on open youth work: Students receive an overview of organisational forms, conditions and goals of selected offers within open children and youth work (i.e. youth centres, park support, outreach and mobile youth work). In the process, the goals of open youth work are addressed, such as organising recreational activities, supporting personal development, development of sexual identities and supporting relationship-building abilities and creating ‘try out spaces' in the spirit of professionally supervised intermediate worlds. Furthermore, the students get to know life-world and appropriation-oriented approaches and methods, as well as practice Social Work interventions in different consultancy and support situations. Through concrete case study examples, the students are taught to analyse complex social problems and topics for children and youth, to determine the role, function and professional orientation of Social Work, to develop possibilities of intervention and to justify methodological interventions in detail.
Field- and case-oriented exercises
The students engage with the fundamentals and the possibilities of intervention of Social Work and are sensitised to the adaptive and resistant behaviour of clients. They reflect on the mandate, situations and settings of the respective contexts of coercion, as well as de-institutionalised offers of Social Work. Methods of motivational conversation guidance, outreach Social Work and dealing with involuntary clients, are discussed. Emphasis psychiatry: The consideration of the history of psychiatry, forms of psychiatry and social psychiatry serves to illustrate the position of Social Work and its support in voluntary and involuntary contexts. Information about diagnostics and assessments are conveyed and reflected critically, in order to increase the interdisciplinary ability to act. Through case studies, the approaches of Social Work stationary settings, in psycho-social institutions and in the context of adult protection are outlined, in cooperation with other areas of intervention of Social Work (i.e. integration assistance at work and in housing, basic provisions, youth work).
Historical and current approaches to working in the educational sector are conveyed to the students, as well as accompanying adults with training measures. Based on this, the students learn about selected methods of Social Work, main features of work and educational counselling, special coaching and counselling requirements for professionally oriented work with recipients, relatives and groups. Through case study examples, methodological intervention relating to target group specific and target group overlapping Social Work is reflected, in order to understand the relationship between professional principles and the application of interview techniques. Emphasis school Social Work: In this module, the students receive an overview of the models, operational ranges and offers of school Social Work. Building on the module ‘Social Work and education', this course offers the students in-depth engagement with the structure, organisation and dynamic of the school and educational system, with relevant concerned persons and effective, possible or necessary offers of support. With a special focus on children and youth, the school is analysed as a socialisation factor and life-world, and an intercultural understanding for it is fostered. Methodological offers and mandates such as individual cases, group work, in-school and out-of-school networking, substantiate the possibilities for intervention. Through case study examples, situational analysis, intervention mandates and approaches are put in concrete terms.
Historical and current approaches to working at the local community level, as well as developments of socio-cultural and social-space-oriented approaches are imparted to the students. On this basis, the students practice and learn about selected methods of social-space analysis, the investigation of outreach work, including information, activation and project work, the support of citizens, moderating and supporting large and small groups, as well as negotiating different conflictual situations. On the basis of case study examples, taking methodological action with regards to target group specific and target group overlapping Social Work is reflected, in order to understand the connections between professional principles and the application of intervention techniques. Emphasis on Public Space and Community Work/District Work: The students receive an overview of the programme, project and organisation which Social Work offers in public spaces and/or operates in district work (i.e. neighbourhood projects, offers of urban regeneration, outreach measures of Social Work). Thereby, notions of order and measures in public spaces and districts (i.e. residential buildings, open spaces, railway stations, shopping streets) are critically elaborated on, while projects of participatory development and social participation within the district are discussed, in order to make Social Work intervention perspectives usable and develop them further. Through concrete case study examples, the students are taught to analyse complex social problems within urban spaces, in order to determine the role, function and professional orientation, to develop possibilities of Social Work intervention and to justify methodological interventions in detail.
The students engage with the fundamentals and the possibilities of intervention of Social Work and are sensitised to the adaptive and resistant behaviour of clients. They reflect on the mandate, situations and settings of the respective contexts of coercion, as well as de-institutionalised offers of Social Work. Methods of motivational conversation guidance, outreach Social Work and dealing with involuntary clients, are discussed. Emphasis criminal justice: Students receive insights into criminological fundamentals, dealing with delinquency, comparing national and international contexts, historical developments and alternative models and tendencies when dealing with delinquency. Information about diagnostics and assessment are imparted and reflected critically, in order to increase interdisciplinary modes of intervention. Through case studies, the students gain information about professional Social Work intervention in the areas of criminal justice, as well as about offers from financing institutions (i.e. Neustart association working in the area of probationary services and divisionary measures, such as out-of-court settlements and the mediation of charitable services).
Students are introduced to space-sociological, politico-economic and political scientific fundamentals of urban and regional development. Social phenomena of unequal spatial development are discussed, and changes in the relation of public and private spaces are reflected. Different theories and models of social spaces are presented, and the students learn about relating them to the functions and interventions of Social Work. With a view on special areas of policy such as economic revaluation policy, housing policy, democratisation policy, security and planning policy, the students get to know the governmental procedures and actors, and are able to connect these to altered functions and forms of intervention of Social Work. Through concrete case studies the students are instructed to develop an understanding of the complex network of actors and forms of cooperation against the backdrop of governmental competence distribution and decision-making processes.
Lectures and group work
The students receive information about the generation of and enforcement of social norms within mandated contexts, and reflect upon standardising order within institutional spaces of Social Work. They are introduced to the topic of social control, are able to differentiate divergent behaviour and critically engage with structural violence and standardisation tendencies in private and public environments, as well as institutional settings. Basic knowledge about interactions, adaptive behaviour and resistance is put into context with findings from conflict research relating to aggression and de-escalation, and motivation and cooperation are critically reflected.
The students deal with the main features of human behaviour, action and experience from a pedagogical standpoint. They know the fundamental requirements of growing up, as well as cultural socialisation, and reflect upon the consequences of different conceptions of humankind relating to the areas of intervention of Social Work. In the process, they learn to interpret the structural requirements and consequences of socialisation processes and understand their meaning for Social Work. The fundamental forms of pedagogical action are discussed from a pedagogical standpoint with a review of the specific approaches to parenting, learning and theories of education. Furthermore, a critical reflection is given of the pedagogical institutions and measures such as schools, apprenticeships, courses provided by the employment service Austria, life-long learning offers and EB.
Presentation and group work
Students receive an introduction to the different forms and dynamics of violence. Key areas are gender-related dynamics of violence in social and immediate social proximity, repercussions of direct as well as indirect experiences of violence, and possible offers of support. The students receive an overview of the possible forms of intervention, as well as deepened knowledge about crisis intervention and dealing with trauma.
Reading, analysing, casework
Knowledge about courses of action and specific problem-solving approaches relevant for Social Work, connecting health-related questions and sexuality, is conveyed to the students. The focus is placed on health-relevant topics such as sex work, HIV/Aids and other sexually transmitted diseases, sexual violence, as well as offers for sexual counselling. Furthermore, it is of central importance that students are sensitized to the sexual problems in different operational settings and in their work with different target groups, and are able to determine the best case-related methods, approaches in counselling, intervention, health promotion and health prevention.
The students receive an introduction to the different forms, emergence and courses of addiction, with special attention given to gender-related topics. Key topics are legal, illegalised and substance-based addiction, at-risk groups and resilience factors. The students receive an overview of the different concepts and offers of addiction assistance, as well as legal claims for people suffering from addiction. They learn about different techniques for guided conversations and possibilities of intervention.
In this module, the students learn about the fundamentals and terminology of political processes, political communication and the aggregation of interests. Through different concepts of democracy and participation, and through taking societal power relationships into consideration, central perspectives of the political action of Social Work are conveyed and discussed. The students are encouraged to develop and defend their own political position regarding social topics, while taking their professional role into consideration. Through selected political fields, the connection between politics and Social Work is analysed. Within the area of tension between representative systems and non-formal political areas, perspectives on intervention are developed, particularly taking into consideration different participatory models.
Literature, discussion, lecture, working in small groups
Students design the presentation for their academic research, which is finalized during this term, and present it at a plenary session for students, teaching staff and guests from the field. Furthermore, the students receive an initial overview of the preparation of their BA-thesis, which is due at the end of the 5th or 6th term.
Discussion, feedback in small groups, presentation
The data collected in the 3rd semester/research workshop 1 are analysed using selected empirical social research methods and the results are put down in writing. In small groups, students write up the findings in a research report. With special attention given to the international aspect of Social Work, the subject-appropriate modules or fieldwork are partly or predominantly carried out in English, and final reports for an international audience are prepared.
The legal regulations of the Austrian alien law are outlined for the students. Furthermore, it is illustrated through exemplary cases, showing how this knowledge needs to be applied in practice. The goal is to convey an overview of the alien law, as well as an orientation within these regulations. The topical emphasis is put on immigration, asylum and conditions of stay.
The students develop knowledge about theoretical fundamentals relevant for Social Work including economic terminology, organisational forms and their functional structure and procedure. Furthermore, they engage with goals, mission statements and documentation systems. Alongside the differentiated presentation of financing institutions in the social economy sector, topics like quality control and development, financial models, organisational structure and client-oriented documentation and evaluation, are covered and illustrated through the presentation of case studies from the field.
Lecture, discussion, presentation (inverted classroom/flipped classroom)
Through continuous work and exchange in a fixed reflection group, individual, group-specific topics and questions, which are relevant for Social Work, can be discussed. As needed for the group a specific emphasis is taken up or deepened. Special emphasis is given to the individual responsibility of group members for the content creation of the seminar and its process. Prior to the work placement, the preparation and detailed planning of this part of the degree takes place. Specific topical emphases, which are relevant for the field are addressed. Furthermore, the students engage with their individual learning objectives and define their goals, based on theory and empirical findings.
Racism-critical work focuses on the theoretical and practical engagement with prejudice and patterns of exclusion as elements of a culturalized and racialized construction of groups in the form of antisemitism, antimuslim racism etc. The module creates space for a self-reflective view on intervention, institutions and structures in which racisms are (re)produced. On the basis of a fundamental understanding of the necessary creation of visibility of racisms for the generation of unequal conditions, as well as their intersectional interrelation, the structural mechanisms for exclusion are presented and questions of social equality, participation and empowerment explored.
Seminar with exercises
This module relates to the module ‘Democracy and Participation' and presents the findings from analysing democratic structures and participatory processes with self-organised structures and actions within Social Work and self-reliant (potential) clients of Social Work. Locating Social Work in relation to self-organised groups is explained, and the possibilities of working together is increased. For this purpose, the aspects of representation through Social Work, self-representation of affected (groups) people, emancipation and empowerment, as well as user participation and codetermination in accommodation facilities, are discussed. Considering Social Work as a part of political structures in Austria, it is negotiated how Social Work takes, shapes and enforces its political role. For this purpose, the engagement with interests and intervention strategies of different political actors, as well as the understanding of political structures and processes is promoted. Furthermore, concrete methodological options to promote self-organisation are discussed.
Literature discussion, casework, exercises, discussion
Students learn about the reasons and dynamics of (global) migration, as well as the consequences of migration on countries of origin and destination, and engage with flight as a particular form of migration. They gain an overview of the effects of the legal conditions on the lives of migrants and refugees. They engage with the life world and life conditions of migrants and their descendants. The relevant organisations for the professional field are presented and trans-cultural action in organisations is discussed. Through casework, intercultural competences are strengthened, and concrete approaches are elaborated on.
See 3rd semester
The students reflect on the demands placed on writing a thesis regarding research strategy, topical focus and question. They deepen their knowledge about different ways of working, in terms of analysing the literature and familiarising themselves with the formal rules. They practice the scientific argumentation and analysis of subject-specific areas of discourse, learn to assess resources and understand the criteria for assessing academic writing. The students are supported during the preparation of the exposé and narrowing of their topical scope. Concrete sources are discussed with them and they receive feedback on their writing and research process, while working on their exposé. The exposé is presented and discussed with the students during the module, and a general structure and time plan for the thesis is elaborated. Furthermore, they determine preliminary presuppositions in relation to the expected findings of their BA thesis.
Literature-based group work and discussion, partly distance learning supported
The work placement conveys concrete organisational and intervention experience, and allows students a comprehensive and in-depth insight into the daily working lives of Social Work professionals. Through intensive engagement with a field of practice, they try out and experience their future professional. In-depth insights into the life contexts and problems of clients or target groups, allow the students to recognise the scope and responsibility of their professional intervention, as well as to experience the different phases of a supporting process or an intervention. The students reflect upon their personal involvement and values, and develop a professional distance to clients and their problems. Furthermore, the content of this degree is related to practical experiences, and questioned regarding their applicability and relevance for everyday professional life.
During their work placement the continuous reflection and analysis of this in-depth and personal experience in individual and group settings, are central. The integration of personal experiences and exchange in the seminar group deepen the professional understanding and offer a contribution toward their professional identity. The students learn to apply themselves to a team, organisational structure, case analysis, theoretical and conceptual basics of social institutions, as well as their respective methodological intervention. Prior to the work placement, the preparation and detailed planning of this part of the degree takes place. Specific topical emphases, which are relevant for the field, are addressed. Furthermore, the students engage with their individual learning objectives and define their professional goals.
Group work, presentation, casework, discussion, individual coaching
Selecting from the possibilities offered by the department, the students develop a project in the form of seminar, participation at a conference, cooperating in a professional event, participation at an international or national activity, an open module or accreditation of prior professional knowledge.
literature-based group work and discussion/project-oriented
Teaching and learning methods: literature-based group work and discussion/project-oriented
Through selected case catalogues, current questions from professional Social Work practice are discussed in an interdisciplinary context and approaches and scenarios for resolution are developed in preparation for entering the profession and the final exam.
case-oriented with discussion groups
A presentation of the individual Bachelor thesis is held in conjunction with an expert discussion on the findings of the academic thesis, as well a case discussion and the cross referencing of qualifying goals of the department. Furthermore, the embeddedness of the independent immersion, in the context of general and acquired competences, are presented.
Final exam in front of the examination board
The students prepare a literature-based written bachelor thesis. They receive feedback on the writing and research process during writing the individual thesis, and implement it in their work. Students implement the scientific concepts acquired during the degree through recognising, defining and elaborating on the questions, based on the basic scientific methods, which are important for the field. They are able to illustrate the relevance of the selected topic for their theory-based and scientifically sound engagement with the case-related area of research. They compose their academic work in a fashion that complies with the general and scientific language requirements, lead a discussion at the current discourse level of the selected field and know the assessment criteria, which need to be applied to the bachelor thesis. Furthermore, they are able to summarize and discuss the results of their work, as well as the derived consequences.
Lecture-based group work and discussion, partly distance learning supported
Reflection and in-depth engagement with their professional identity development as professionals in the field of Social Work, is at the centre of this seminar, specifically considering their approaching graduation. The subjective, respective group seminar experiences of the participants are connected to the field-related work placement. Information about the Social Work labour market situation and working conditions, about placement and application procedures within the scope of the practice fields, allow for a realistic assessment on current developments in the professional context of Social Work and aid the decision making process on entering the profession. Through individual research, exchange with professionals and visiting events, the relevant aspects of Social Work practice are put in focus and development perspectives – on an individual and professional level –, are designed or deepened. Likewise, professionally relevant advocacy groups are presented and their contribution to professionalization processes conveyed.
Group input about current relevant topics from the professional field
The essential aspects of labour law are discussed. These include, for example, the fundamental contracts within labour law, the rights and obligations of employees and employers, the termination of employment and the protection of employees. The formal aspect, namely the proceedings at the Labour and Social Court (ASG), are presented and the main features of the Law of Association 2002, right of assembly and event law elaborated on. Additionally, the students have the possibility to analyse the current legal questions from their case practice together with the teaching staff, and to discuss the support and preparation for their graduation and entry into the professional field.
Exercise, active participation
The students combine knowledge and skills from their studies thus far with current topics in discipline and professional theories, as well as professionally relevant work, by taking part in a seminar offered by the department, which expands on, deepens or elaborates on previous topics from the degree. The possibilities of internationalisation at home are significant in this regard through formats, where international guests give professional insights and open up discussions. These particular experiences facilitate topical and regionally specific study trips, which stimulate international scientific discourse and strengthen the intercultural competences of the participants, in particular in terms of their profession. Alternatively, they have the possibility to work out task-dimensions of Social Work in current professional challenges through actively participating in relevant events or further education. They are able to deepen their analysing capacity and ability to work academically through intensive engagement in the shape of project planning and implementation, publishing academic papers or the elaboration of professional inputs for Social Work. For example, at the OGSA (Austrian Agency for Social Work), at the poverty conference, conferences of the OBDS (Austrian Professional Association of Social Workers) or CIF (Council of International Fellowship) or events at FH Campus Wien.
Final exam Predominantly immanent, variation by module type possible
Seminar, potential study trip, project groups, conference visit
The students combine knowledge and skills from their studies thus far, with current topics in discipline and professional theories, as well as professionally relevant work, by taking part in a seminar offered by the department, which expands on, deepens or elaborates on previous topics from the degree. The possibilities of internationalisation at home are significant in this regard through formats, where international guests give professional insights and open up discussions. These particular experiences facilitate topical and regionally specific study trips, which stimulate international scientific discourse and strengthen the intercultural competences of the participants, in particular in terms of their profession. Alternatively, they have the possibility to work out task-dimensions of Social Work in current professional challenges through actively participating in relevant events or further education. They are able to deepen their analysing capacity and ability to work academically through intensive engagement in the shape of project planning and implementation, publishing academic papers or the elaboration of professional inputs for Social Work. For example, at the OGSA (Austrian Agency for Social Work), at the poverty conference, conferences of the OBDS (Austrian Professional Association of Social Workers) or CIF (Council of International Fellowship) or events at FH Campus Wien.
Seminar, potential study trip, project groups, conference visit, composition
Topical freedom of choice in terms of theory, method or project.
Semester dates Winter semester 2021/22: 6th of September 2021 Summer semester 2022: 14th of February 2022
Number of teaching weeks 16 to 18 per semester
ElectivesSelection and participation according to available places. There may be separate admission procedures.
TimesMon. to Fri. 8:00 a.m.-5:15 p.m. (general time frame), also some evenings or on Saturdays
Language of instructionGerman
With the Erasmus+ program, Inna Shparber completed an exchange semester at the FH Campus Wien. She studies transnational social work in Germany, is deaf and in this video gives a small insight into her exchange semester in Vienna. She was particularly fascinated by the “team teaching” – find out what is meant by this term in this video.
You will be able to choose from a wide professional spectrum: In social education you will help people in the longer term and help them in their everyday lives, for example in nursing homes, assisted living communities, or disabled facilities. In social work you will accompany people through critical points in their lives. For example when they are unemployed and on the verge of losing their apartment. In this case you as a social worker will help them to apply for unemployment benefits, to prevent their eviction and to settle their debts. You will work together with institutions and authorities. In addition to working with individual clients, your potential responsibilities will also include modifying structures and developing new systems.
European Master, part-time
Equivalence is determined by international agreements, validation or in individual cases a decision by the head of the academic section. We are glad to receive applications from person who have most of their education completed abroad. In this case contact Lavinia Kefeder (by phone under 01 606 68 77 3107 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org) prior to the application procedure in order to clarify the formal entry requirements.
The following university entrance qualification examinations are recommended: > Social Science and Economics (Essay, Mathematics 1, English 2, History 2 and one elective subject); > Psychology (Essay, Mathematics 2, Biology, English 2 and one elective subject); > Philosophy (Essay, History 2, English 2, Latin 2 and one elective subject; > Pedagogy (Essay, History 2, Latin 2, English 2 and one elective subject). However, we do acknowledge all university entrance qualification examinations for fulfillment of the entry requirement. Thus you will also have the opportunity to choose an alternate program at a university.
You have a professional qualification certificate from a middle vocational training school for social services or with an emphasis on social work of at least three years, a comparable middle vocational training school for psychosocial education, an education in the health sector, a health or nursing diploma, an education as a geriatric care provider or nursing care provider, completion of courses for youth work in combination with at least 600 hours of professional experience, or through the German "Fachhochschulreife" in the field of Social Work. The required additional examinations include Mathematics, History 2 and Foreign language 2.
There are 120 places available in the bachelor's degree program in Social Work each year.
After being accepted to the program you will have to provide us with the following documents:
Please fill in the application form for the full-time program OR the part-time program. An application for both programs is not possible.It is not possible to save incomplete online applications. You must complete your application in one session.
The first stage of the admission process will take place online between 22nd to 25th of March 2022 and will include the following:
The personal interviews - second stage - will also be held online this year. You will receive the exact procedure for the admission process from us by e-mail after successful application (please also check your spam folder).
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Head of Section T: +43 1 606 68 email@example.com
New study location as of 12th July 2021: As of 12th July 2021, all study programs of the Department of Social Work (Secretary's office, offices, teaching rooms) will be located at Kelsenstraße 2, 1030 Vienna. All teaching activities will take place at this location from winter semester 2021/22.
Mag.a Sonja Beran, BSc AssistanceS.3.14 T: +43 1 606 68 77-3102 F: +43 1 606 68 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mag.a Isabell Darabi Assistance, International coordinatorS.3.14 T: +43 1 606 68 77-3103 F: +43 1 606 68 email@example.com
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