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Social Work

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Loneliness, homelessness, substance abuse and vandalism. These types of problems are found everywhere, but are more apparent in urban areas.

Social work is the right subject for people with a commitment to social issues and who want to find solutions by changing the social environment.

About the subject

It is predicted that there will be increasing demand for people with higher education in the field of social work. A degree in Urban Social Work provides a complete theoretical and empirical framework in social work with a breadth that is valuable on the labour market, not only improving employability with local social services or as a welfare officer, but also in new types of jobs such as those at housing associations, job centres and other local organisations.

The most important factor when choosing to study social work should be a desire to help people who are experiencing difficulties. The degree programme provides a thorough introduction to social work as a profession and as an academic field and has a unique focus on how people are affected by their social environment.  There are also strong links between theory and practice, and fieldwork is an integral part of the programme from the beginning. The fourth term ends with a field-based project and the third year of the programme includes an applied perspective on social work through a supervised placement.

The programme provides an understanding of theory in the social sciences and perspectives on the rise of the Swedish welfare state. Courses in scientific theory and field methodology lead to a solid academic foundation for professional development. Relationships between individuals, the family, culture and society are analysed from different perspectives; these include urban life and class, gender, ethnicity and age. It also provides knowledge of Swedish social legislation and in-depth knowledge of investigatory and evaluative methodology, as well as the models and methods used in practical social work and the basics of statistical calculations and analysis. The fourth semester includes specialised courses on social problems such as substance addiction or the use of temporary custody. The fifth semester is dedicated to specialised research methodology combined with autonomous work on a degree essay.