Mag.a Manuela Hofer, BA Academic Staffmanuela.email@example.com T: +43 1 606 68 77-3112 F: +43 1 606 68 77-3109 Room: A.2.14 Favoritenstraße 226 1100 WienLectures 2020/21Social Work> Gender and Diversity SE Social Work moreGender and Diversity SELector: Mag.a Manuela Hofer, BA1SWS2ECTSLecture contentsStudents 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.Assessment methodsFinal examTeaching methodsLecture, working in small groups, discussion, guided reflectionLanguageGerman-English> Democracy and Participation ILV Social Work moreDemocracy and Participation ILVLector: Mag.a Stephanie Deimel, MA, Mag.a Manuela Hofer, BA, Mag. Dr. Gerd Valchars1.5SWS3ECTSLecture contentsIn 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.Assessment methodsContinuous assessment Immanent exam characteristic with different partial performance requirementsTeaching methodsLiterature, discussion, lecture, working in small groupsLanguageGerman-English> Self-Organisation and Political Action SE Social Work moreSelf-Organisation and Political Action SELector: Maria Fraißler, BA MA, Mag.a Manuela Hofer, BA, Mag.a DSAin Sandra Stern1.5SWS2ECTSLecture contentsThis 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.Assessment methodsFinal examTeaching methodsLiterature discussion, casework, exercises, discussionLanguageGerman-English> Social Work Theories ILV Social Work moreSocial Work Theories ILVLector: Mag.a Manuela Hofer, BA2SWS4ECTSLecture contentsStudents receive an introduction in select theoretical approaches from both the recent history and the present developments of social work. Students learn to differentiate between theories according to their central assumptions, theses and terminology and to contextualize them in relation to special problem situations in social work.Assessment methodsFinal ExaminationLanguageGerman> Perspectives of Political Science ILV Social Work morePerspectives of Political Science ILVLector: Mag.a Manuela Hofer, BA, Mag.a Dr.in Irene Messinger2SWS4ECTSLecture contentsIn this course students are introduced to the foundations and terminology of political processes, political communication and the aggregation of interests. Given concepts such as nation, democracy, public realm, political culture or power, central perspectives of political action in social work will be communicated. Subsequently, given select political fields, students are given the opportunity to analyse the connections between politics and social work and learn to develop political action in the tension between representative systems and non-formalised areas of politics.Assessment methodsImmanent ExaminationLanguageGerman-EnglishPublications The publications of Manuela Hofer written at FH Campus Wien can be found in our publication database, others in the personal web space.