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

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

Course unit titleEuropean and International Social Policies
Course unit code04854152
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 allocated6
Name of lecturer(s)Doris BÖHLER
Johanna HEFEL
Michael HIMMER

Prerequisites and co-requisites

not applicable

Course content

Beside the national concept of social security and social services we see on the European level the European Social Model. Strategy-papers, financial programs and actionplans of the EU use an European understanding of terms and definitions based on the comparison of social systems of the memberstates. Information about models of good practice and European benchmarks and how to influence them through active social lobbying becomes more and more important.

Learning outcomes

Students know the coordinating position of the EU in systems of social security know the basics and concepts of the European social policy are able to compare social services in the European context and consequences on the national system. know how to transfer and apply to European datas and specific social services (e.g. pension, basic needs or work)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lectures, individual and groupwork, selforganised learning, presentations

Assessment methods and criteria

Michael Himmer: presentations and final oral exam

Option Doris Böhler - written seminar paper


Information about the other 2 options (Stuttgart and Summerschool) through the responsible lecturers. Students can choose ONE option

Recommended or required reading

Webseite der Europäischen Kommission, Generaldirektion Beschäftigung und Soziales(

Erath, Peter; Littlechild, Brian (eds.): Social Work across Europe. Accounts from 16 Countries. ERIS with Albert Publisher, 2010.

Cox, David Ray; Pawar, Manohar S.: International Social Work Issues, Strategies, and Programs.Thousand Oaks, Calif. (u.a.): Sage Publ., 2006.

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

The course offers 3 options:

  • participation Stuttgart conference in December (Doris Böhler)
  • participation Summerschool in Finnland in may / june (Johanna Hefel)
  • participation of the course (Michael Himmer): Compulsory attendance: in case of absence read study regulations
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