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 2022

Course unit titleHuman Rights
Course unit code048502046202
Language of instructionEnglish
Type of course unit (compulsory, optional)Compulsory
Semester when the course unit is deliveredSummer Semester 2022
Teaching hours per week2
Year of study2022
Level of course unit (e.g. first, second or third cycle)First Cycle (Bachelor)
Number of ECTS credits allocated5
Name of lecturer(s)Sharon DU PLESSIS-SCHNEIDER

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Prerequisites for Incomings: Basic knowledge of Social Work (or related programmes such as Social Pedagogy).

Course content

The history and development of the human rights declaration and conventions; Social work as a human rights profession; Human rights documents and instruments; Case studies in the context of human rights; Discussing controversial issues and dilemmas regarding ethnic challenges; Developing social work courses of action.

Learning outcomes

Students: deepen their understanding of international human rights documents and instruments and critically reflect on human rights protection, identify the basic legal and strategic frameworks of the United Nations and its agencies, apply human rights conventions in case studies and understand the implications for social work practice, understand the meaning of social work as a human rights profession as defined by the International Federation of Social Workers.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Small group discussions, experiential exercises, debates, presentations and self-organized learning.

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral presentation of a self-chosen social work topic including a handout with 1800-2000 words.



Recommended or required reading

Galtung, Johan (1994): Human rights in another key. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Healy, Lynne M. (2008): „Exploring the history of social work as a human rights profession." In: International

Social Work, 51 (2008), H. 6, S. 735-748. Online im Internet: DOI: 10.1177/0020872808095247

International Federation of Social Workers (2002): Social work and the rights of the child: a professional training manual on the UN Convention. Berne, Switzerland: International Federation of Social Workers.

Korczak, Janusz u.a. (2017): A child's right to respect. Warszawa: Rzecznik Praw Dziecka.

Pulkingham, Jane (2010): Human Welfare, Rights, and Social Activism: Rethinking the Legacy of J.S. Woodsworth. Toronto; Buffalo; London: University of Toronto Press.

Reichert, Elisabeth (2007): Challenges in Human Rights: A Social Work Perspective. Columbia: Columbia University Press.

Walz, Hans; Akkaya, Gülcan; Staub-Bernasconi, Silvia (2014): Menschenrechtsorientiert wahrnehmen - beurteilen - handeln: ein Lese- und Arbeitsbuch für Studierende, Lehrende und Professionelle der Sozialen Arbeit. 3. Aufl. Luzern: Interact.

Wronka, Joseph (2017): Human rights and social justice: social action and service for the helping and health professions. 2. Aufl. California: Thousand Oaks.

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


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