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 titleTransnational Project Work and Development Cooperation
Course unit code04854153
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 allocated4
Name of lecturer(s)Gerhard SCHWAB

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Only for Incoming Students: Basic knowledge of Social Work (or related programmes such as Social Pedagogy)

Course content
  • Foundations for cross-country-comparisons
  • Analysis of projects and programs in different countries
  • History and evolution of relations between development cooperation and social work
  • Challenges and critical questioning of international development work - Exchange of experiences of FHV students during EZA-Praktikum with partner organizations in Asia, Africa, and South America
  • Functions of development work in the 21 century: a neo-colonial concept or central concern of social work? 
Learning outcomes
  • deeper and more differentiated understanding of development theories
  • broader historical knowledge related to global and regional patterns of development
  • sharpened capacity to critique definitions, theories, agents, and programs of development
  • deeper understanding of relations between social work and international development work
  • clearer recognition of constructive developmental potentials on all levels of interventions
  • improved ability to critically question own personal and professional roles pertaining to international development structures and processes
  • strengthened participation in international development work
Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lectures - Discussions - Films - Internationale News Analysis - Individual and Group Work

Assessment methods and criteria

Course participation (course preparations, learning diary, reflection papers, presentations)


not applicable

Recommended or required reading

Human Development Report 2010: United Nations - Human Development Report 2013: United Nations

Furoto, Sharlene: Social Work in East Asia and the Pacific; Columbia University Press, New York, 2013

Banks, Sarah; Nohr, Kirsten: Practising Social Work Ethics Around the World: Cases and Commentaries. 1. Aufl. Routledge: Chapman & Hall, 2011.

Borrmann, Stefan: International Social Work, Social Problems, Cultural Issues and Social Work Education. Opladen (u.a.): Budrich, 2007.

Felber, Cristian: Kooperation statt Konkurrenz. Wien: Deuticke, 2009.

Walz, Hans; Teske, Irmgard; Martin, Edi (Hrsg.): Menschenrechtsorientiert wahrnehmen; beurteilen; handeln. Luzern: Inct Verlag für Soziales und Kulturelles, 2011.

Healy, Lynne M.: International Social Work: Professional Action in an Interdependent World. 2. Aufl. Oxford Univ Press, 2008.

Himmer, Michael: EU und Soziales. Horitschon (u.a.): Novum, 2006.

Ife, Jim: Human Rights and Social Work: Towards Rights-Based Practice, Revised. Cambridge Univ Press, 2008.

Freudenschuß-Reich; Bayer (Hrsg.): Entwicklungspolitik und Entwicklungszusammenarbeit. Wien: Manz, 2008.

Verein zur Förderung der solidarischen Ökonomie e.V. (Hrsg): Schritte auf dem Weg zur Solidarischen Ökonomie. Kassel: Kassel university press GmbH, 2011.

Sen, Amartya: Ökonomie für den Menschen: Wege zu Gerechtigkeit und Solidarität in der Marktwirtschaft. München: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag, 2002.

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

direct interaction between instructor and students

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