Semester 3

Semester 3 at the Institute of Social and Political Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal, concentrates on global dimensions of social work.  Students will deepen their understanding of professional ethics and social work research methods as preparation for their research project in Semester 4.  

Module 10: Globalization, Migrations and Cultural Diversity (10 ECTS)

Description

The module focuses on cultural diversity in a globalized contemporary world, especially in the European context. It aims to develop a culturally competent practice where ethics, problem-solving and capacity-building have a place amongst the complexities of migration and cultural change.  The intersections of race, nationality and language will be explored to provide a framework for anti-discriminatory social work

Teaching Methods

Core lectures; invited speakers (including service users or advocacy groups); structured debates; problem-based small group work

Assessment

Literature review (50%)Essay on diversity as context of practice (50%)

Module 11: Globalised Social Work and Sustainable Development (5 ECTS)

Description

The module focuses on understanding local needs and community based action for a sustainable development. Students will share their own practice experiences and learn to identify and transfer core skills, methods and concepts between communities and cultures.

Teaching Methods

Structured debates; invited speakers; case study; problem-based group work; field workshops.

Assessment Event

Reflexive and critical essay based on a project of social development or professional experience in the field (50%)Critical analysis of field workshop (50%)

Module 12:  Professional Ethics and Human Rights (5 ECTS)

Description

This module critically examines issues of professional ethics for social work, focusing on an ever-evolving human rights perspective.  Students will consider personal and professional value conflicts as well as the role of social workers in situations where human rights are often abused or ignored.  Skills for reflecting critically on professional roles and identities will be developed.

Teaching Methods

Core lectures; case study; small group work; structured debate; structured student presentations; role plays

Assessment Event

Critical reflection based on a case of ethics dilemma (50%)Role-play on ethics dilemma (50%)

Module 13:  Social Administration and Social Entrepreneurship (5 ECTS)

Description

The module develops theoretical and applied perspectives on social administration and social entrepreneurship in the contemporary context of welfare reform.  It aims to shed further analytical understanding on the problems of social intervention and the innovative management of social organizations. It also provides social workers with skills to manage risks, recognize opportunities, mobilize resources and assess social impact within a framework of socially oriented management tools.

Teaching Methods

Core lectures; invited speakers, structured student presentations

Assessment Event

Intervention proposal on social administration or social entrepreneurship (50%)Student presentation of intervention project (50%)

Module 14: Social Work Research Methods (5 ECTS)

Description

The module aims to develop the capacity of “theorizing” practice, that is, from field work to theory. It promotes social workers as researchers and active agents of social work knowledge production in a context of action and participatory research.  Students will be introduced to various qualitative research methods and taught about the crucial yet contested nature of research ethics, especially when working with vulnerable people.

Teaching Methods

Core lectures; structured debates; structured student presentations

Assessment Event

Research proposal (50%)Student presentation of research project (50%)