Information on individual educational components (ECTS-Course descriptions) per semester

Degree programme:Bachelor Social Work Fulltime
Type of degree:FH BachelorĀ“s Degree Programme
 Summer Semester 2020

Course unit titleInnovative Methods
Course unit code04854043
Language of instructionEnglish
Type of course unit (compulsory, optional)Compulsory
Semester when the course unit is deliveredSummer Semester 2020
Teaching hours per week2
Year of study2020
Level of course unit (e.g. first, second or third cycle)First Cycle (Bachelor)
Number of ECTS credits allocated2
Name of lecturer(s)Peter NIEDERMAIR

Prerequisites and co-requisites

None. Prerequisites for Incomings: Basic knowledge of Social Work (or related programmes such as Social Pedagogy)

Course content
  • Innovative international social work methods.
  • Relevance of different contextual settings.
  • Developing methods through skills training.
  • Recognized social work methods: empirical social work practice, anti-oppressive practice, radical practice and methods from the global south.
Learning outcomes


  • undertake critical analyse of the development of international methods and reflect on their contextual relevance;
  • understand the development and application of radical social work practice;
  • think critically about the impact that methods of practice have on social work to broaden their understanding and knowledge base;
  • understand the basic principles of internationally recognised social work methods and apply them in case studies;
  • develop techniques and interventions for anti-oppressive social work practice;
  • reflect on their values and professional attitudes.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Theoretical input, exercises, case studies and literature review.

Assessment methods and criteria

Presentation with written documentation.


Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Dominelli, Lena. (2002). Anti-Oppressive Social Work Theory and Practice. Houndmills & New York: Palgrave MacMillan.

Dollinger, Bernd, Raithel, Jürgen (Hrsg.) (2006): Aktivierende Sozialpädagogik. Ein kritisches Glossar. Wiesbaden.

Dreikosen, Denise (2009). Radical Social Work: A Call to Link Arms. Journal of Progressive Human Services 20: 107-09. Fook, Jan (2012). Social Work A Critical Approach to Practice Second Edition, SAGE Publications Ltd.

Heiner, M. (1998). Reflexion und Evaluation methodischen Handelns in der Sozialen Arbeit. In Maja Heiner (Hrsg.): Methodisches Handeln in der Sozialen Arbeit (S. 138-218). Freiburg:

Lambertus. Grey, Mel and Wegg, Stephen (2012). Social Work Theories and Methods, Second Edition, SAGE Publications Ltd.

Hick, Steven (2009). Mindfulness and Social Work. Chicago: Lyceum. Rathgeb, Kerstin (Hrsg.) (2012): Disability Studies Kritische Perspektiven für die Arbeit am Sozialen Reihe: Perspektiven kritischer Sozialer Arbeit, Band 14

Straub, Ute (2006). Anti-Oppressive Practice in der Sozialen Arbeit : Erfahrungsbericht aus Großbritannien In: Sozialmagazin : die Zeitschrift für soziale Arbeit Vol. 31, No. 1 (24-29).

Staub-Bernasconi, Silvia (2010). Soziale Arbeit als Handlungswissenschaft, Bern, Stuttgart, Vienna, UTB/Haupt, 2nd ed.

Wagner, Leonie und Lutz Ronald (Hrsg.) (2007). Internationale Perspektiven Sozialer Arbeit, IKO-Verlag für Interkulturelle Kommunikation.


Mode of delivery (face-to-face, distance learning)

Classroom lectures and self-organised learning.

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