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Centre for Social Work Studies

The Centre for Social Work Studies is responsible for the conception, implementation, evaluation and further development of the social work degree programme at both bachelor’s and master’s levels.

Portrait of Esther Forrer Kasteel
«Our degree programme provides a broad-based general education that allows individual profile building. We place emphasis on a substantial practical component, as well as on a scientific basis, thus paving the way into practice and science.»

Prof. Esther Forrer Kasteel, Head of the Centre for Social Work Studies

Portrait of Selina Naeff
«The bachelor’s degree course in social work is based on intensive practical training and provides skills for all areas of social work.»

Selina Naeff, Co-Head of the Bachelor's Degree Course

Portrait of Jeannine Hess
«The master’s degree course opens up the prospect of working not only in an addressee-specific manner, but also on a conceptual level and developing social work further.»

Jeannine Hess, Head of the Master’s Degree Course

The focus is on innovative topics and projects for curriculum development and skill development, on the development and assurance of the degree programmes’ quality, and on shaping the teaching and learning offered. Practical training, knowledge transfer, students’ opportunities for consulting and support, education statistics, education research, and the tackling of current issues associated with professionalisation and development of the discipline, are also of central importance. The Centre for Social Work Studies sees itself as an open organisation and works in close cooperation with the school’s four institutes, professional practice and other tertiary institutions.

Bachelor’s and master’s study levels

The social work degree programme is based on the Bologna Reform, as well as on the School of Social Work’s education strategy, and is in line with the skills profiles pertaining to both the bachelor’s and master’s study levels. These two study levels have an overall general concept, which guarantees that the bachelor’s and master’s degree courses are optimally coordinated, and that synergies can be utilised. The diverse and innovative teaching programme and methods convey application-oriented, evidence-based learning content to the students, helping them to develop their generalist, subject-specific and interdisciplinary skills, and to enhance their individual profiles. Thus, the students become well equipped for professional work in the following three practical fields: social work, social pedagogy and socio-cultural animation.

Consulting and support

The Centre for Social Work Studies is responsible for informing and advising interested parties, as well as for providing substantiated explanations regarding admission. The centre also places particular emphasis on individually consulting and supporting students during their studies. In the bachelor’s degree course, education supervision and the portfolio modules constitute important vehicles for reflection on one’s own learning process. In the master’s degree course, personal consulting is possible.

Practice development and knowledge development

Considerable value is placed on relevance to practice and on knowledge transfer in the degree programme, as well as on regional, national and international networking for the purpose of collective practice development and knowledge development. For this reason, the Centre for Social Work Studies maintains a regular exchange with regional and national practice-based organisations, and cultivates international partnerships. Via this anchoring within society, the Centre for Social Work Studies makes a significant contribution to the professionalisation of social work.