Semester 2

AAU auditorium teachingSemester 2 will take place at Aalborg University in Denmark.  This university is famous for its problem-based learning strategies and students will benefit from a dedicated module on problem-solving in social work.  In addition, the topic of multiple actors from Module 5 in Lincoln (Working within Social and Public Spaces) will be extended through a dedicated module on power inequalities in social work.  The learning in the two main modules will be enhanced and synthesised by field observations in social services.  

Module 6:  Power relations and actor perspectives (10 ECTS)

Description

Social work is a field dominated by different interests and actors with various viewpoints and conflicting interests, discourses, concepts, theories and models for social work. The module will focus on understanding theoretical approaches to the concept of power as well as the field of actors influencing social work practice. Actors in the field of social work are understood as individuals, professions, organizations, management, politicians, service users, organizations as well as discourses and social movements.

Teaching Methods

Core lectures, group work and structured debate

Assessment Event

Critically reflective essay on power and actor perspectives 

Module 7: Problem Based Approaches in Social Work (15 ECTS)

Description

The module provides students with the knowledge and competences to study, analyse and critically reflect upon social work and welfare system problems on the basis of Problem and Project Based Learning (PBL). Students will be introduced to the theory, methods and practical application of PBL drawing on the expertise ofAalborgUniversityas a pioneer of this approach.

Teaching Methods

Lecture activities, supervision and workshops aimed at practicing PBL

Assessment Event

Team-based problem analysis; written project report and critical self-reflection

Module 8: Problem-based field study – power relations and actor perspectives in everyday social work (5 ECTS)

Description

The aim of the module is to provide students with an ability to identify power relations and the complex dynamics of social work practice during fourteen days of field work in an institutional setting.  The fieldwork will make students capable of analyzing how power and different actors influence the dynamics of a real social services setting.

Teaching Methods

14-day fieldwork placement supported by seminars

Assessment Event

Student presentation and discussion