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.
Lavinia Kefeder, BAMelanie KöchleIrene KrennDeniz Vuran (maternity leave)Favoritenstraße 226, B.2.02 1100 ViennaT: +43 1 606 68 77-3100 F: +43 1 606 68 77-3109 email@example.com
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Application period for academic year 2020/21
1st December 2019 to 15th March 2020
tuition fee / semester:
+ ÖH premium + contribution**
* Tuition fees for students from third countries € 727 per semester
**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:
Lector: FH-Prof.in Gabriele Kronberger, MA, Bernhard Lehr, DSA Antje Haussen Lewis, BA, MBA
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 assessmentimmanent exam characteristic with different partial performance requirements
lecture, discussion, group work, role play
Lector: Mag.a Nina Eckstein, MA, Dunja Gharwal, MA, FH-Prof. Mag. Dr. Johannes Vorlaufer
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.
Continuous assessmentimmanent exam characteristic: presentation, casework, essays
lecture, research and planning games, casework, student presentations and text revision, discussions
Lector: Mag. Samira Baig, Mag. Dr. Persson Perry Baumgartinger
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.
Final examfinal exam
lecture, working in small groups, discussion, guided reflection
Lector: Mag.a Dr.in Gudrun Wolfgruber
In this module, the 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, group work, role plays
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.
Continuous assessmentimmanent exam characteristic with different partial performance requirements (individual and group)
lecture, discussion, group work, role plays
Lector: DSA Mag. Ulrike Knecht, DSA Bettina Steffel, MBA, Mag. (FH) Thomas Valina, MA
Lector: Mag. Dr. Alexander Brunner, FH-Prof.in Dipl.-Soz.Päd.in (FH) Johanna Coulin-Kuglitsch, FH-Prof.in Gabriele Kronberger, MA, Bernhard Lehr, Mag.a Dr.in Irene Messinger, Mag.a (FH) Doris Stephan, FH-Prof.in Mag.a Christine Würfl
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.
Continuous assessmentexam on fields of work, individual contribution
discussion, group work, lecture
Lector: FH-Prof.in Dipl.-Soz.Päd.in (FH) Johanna Coulin-Kuglitsch, Maria Fraißler, BA MA, Mag.a(FH) Silvia Frauscher, Mag.a Iris Frühmann-Pribil, Siaka Jinadou, FH-Prof.in Gabriele Kronberger, MA, Bernhard Lehr, DSAin Verena Scharf, MA, Mag.a (FH) Doris Stephan,
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.
Final examimmanent exam characteristic, excursions/reflection report
group work, excursion, social space research
Lector: FH-Prof.in Mag.a Verena Musil, MSc MBA
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
Lector: Clara Maria Moder, MSc (WU), Mag. (FH) Thomas Valina, MA, MMag Norman Wagner
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
Lector: Mag.a Dr.in Irene Messinger
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
Lector: Mag. Dorothea Hartl, MA, Siaka Jinadou, MBA Werner Mayer
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
Lector: Dr. med. Zala Rozemari Gruber, Dr. med. univ. Wolfgang Hrubos, MBA
Lector: Dagmar Fenninger-Bucher, MA, Mag.a(FH) Silvia Frauscher, Mag. Regula Mickel-Schnizer, Mag.a (FH) Judith Ranftler, MA
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.
Teaching and learning methods: lecture, case-oriented exercises
Lector: Birgit Elsner, Tina Füchslbauer, DSA MA, FH-Prof.in Mag.a Verena Musil, MSc MBA, Mag. Susanne Payr-Praschak, MA
Lector: DSA Mag.a Maja Batsheva, Florian Bodenseher, Maria Fraißler, BA MA, Mag. Dr. Bettina Prokop, DSAin Verena Scharf, MA, Theresa Schütze, MA
Lector: Mag. Susanne Geisler, Mag. Alexandra Gur, Mag. Stefanie Rappersberger
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.
Continuous assessmentfinal exam
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.
Lector: Mag. (FH) Dr.in phil. Elizabeth Baum-Breuer, FH-Prof.in Mag.a Christine Würfl
Lector: Mag.a Sabine Etl, Bernhard Lehr, DSA Ulrike Plaschka, MBA, Mag. (FH) Johannes Polt, Mag. (FH) Thomas Valina, MA
Lector: Dr. Sandra Kytir, PhD, Dr. Barbara Rothmüller, DSAin Verena Scharf, MA
Lector: Thomas Berger, MA, Mag. Dr. Alexander Brunner
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
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.
Continuous assessmentimmanent assessment
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 FU
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
Semester datesWinter semester 2020/21: 7th September 2020Summer semester 2020: 10th February 2020
Number of teaching weeks16 to 18 per semester
TimesMon. to Fri. 8:00 a.m.-5:15 p.m. (general time frame), also some evenings or on Saturdays
Language of instructionGerman
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:
After being accepted to the degree program, please send a copy of your birth certificate and academic documents together with the original current extract of your police record to the secretary's office by no later than the start of the degree program.
It is not possible to save incomplete online applications. You must complete your application in one session.
Perhaps your qualifications exceed our admission requirements, you are interested in the possibility of joining the program at a higher semester or you hold a degree from a university abroad?
For more information, please refer to the sections on validation and shortening programs
The selection process consists of a written test and, for all who reach the second stage, an interview with a member of the selection committee and a group process.
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Qualified Social Worker, Academic Staff
We work closely with numerous organizations in the social and public sectors, universities, research institutes and schools. Our close cooperation with work placements in social work guarantees you strong contacts for your internship, job search or participation in research and development activities. You can find information about our cooperation activities and much more at Campusnetzwerk. It's well worth visiting the site as it may direct you to a new job or interesting event held by our cooperation partners!
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