Computer Science in the Social Work Environment (BSc) — Part-time programme
At a glance
- Study programme
- Computer Science in the Social Work Environment (BSc) — Part-time programme
Electrical Engineerung & Information Technology
Cooperating departments: Social Work
Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
- Type of programme
- Part-time programme (blended learning with e-learning modules)
- Standard Duration
- 8 semesters
- Start of study programme
- Winter semester
- Admission Restriction
- The programme has unrestricted admission.
- Admission Requirements
- University entrance qualification, three years of relevant professional experience (at least 50 percent of weekly working hours). Work in IT or social professions and public administration are recognised as relevant professional experience.
- Language of instructions
- Language Requirements
- For international students: DSH 2 level German language skills by the day of enrolment. At the time of application, a lower level is sufficient. Applications up to 30 April: B 1 or equivalent; applications from 1 May: DSH 1 or B 2 or equivalent
- Specific Features
- Part-time study programme according to the blended learning concept (combination of campus-based phases and distance learning with online supervision)
What Is This Programme About?
An increasing number of processes, tasks and functions in social work today are supported by information technology. Financial management, controlling, human resources management, knowledge management and documentation management are all examples of key functions in social organisations that would be almost impossible without information technology. But the target groups of social work can also benefit massively from the possibilities offered by IT, including online advisory services and assistance systems. The use of computers, data processing and the internet have become an integral and indispensable part of work in the social sector. Problems encountered in this area often relate to the specialist software, systems and data protection requirements in digital processing of files and similar matter not being specifically adapted to the challenges and requirements of social work.
There is therefore an urgent demand for experts with specialist knowledge in both fields to find constructive and solution-oriented ways of meeting these challenges. This is where the Computer Science in the Social Work Environment programme comes in, by combining key skills in Applied Computer Science and the approaches and methods of the social sciences. With the skills and knowledge students acquire during the programme in both areas of their work, they are equipped to analyse the issues organisations face and to develop the right solutions.
Why Choose This Programme?
The study programme is intended to appeal to people who
- work in a social profession, have an affinity for computers and IT and wish to qualify in this area,
- work in an IT field and are interested for personal or economic reasons in social work and wish to qualify in this area, and
- work in public administration, the health system or similar areas, are interested for personal, professional or economic reasons in the field of social work and applied computer science, and are looking to specialise and train in these areas.
- The programme also offers students the opportunity of:
- a higher level of qualification with the knowledge and additional skills they acquire,
- an academic qualification as a Bachelor of Science, and
- part-time study – alongside family and work commitments.
Students will need to have the capacity for mathematical thinking so that they can meet the applied mathematics requirements (computer logic, abstract thinking) of the programme. A further requirement is an in-depth interest in the theory and practice of social work and a scientific and action-oriented approach to these disciplines.
How is the programme structured?
he study programme has a modular structure and is based on the blended learning concept, which is a varied combination of self-study, project phases, virtual learning components and campus-based phases. The study programme comprises a total of 35 modules, with four to five modules on offer per semester. Each module consists of two campus-based phases at the beginning (Saturday) and the end of a module (Friday), between which there is a roughly four-week period of self-study with online supervision.
The programme also includes a practical project taken over four semesters, which can come from the student’s immediate professional practice. Students generally work on the project in the lecture-free period.
The blend of campus-based courses and seminars, project phases and self-study make it possible for students throughout Germany to combine studying on the programme with the demands of their personal and professional life.
Where does it lead?
There is still great potential for computer science to find diverse and innovative possibilities for computer-assisted solutions in the social work field. At the same time, demand continues to grow for applications, such as online advisory services or assistance systems, that are designed for specific target groups. This creates opportunities in working with people with disabilities, in health promotion, and in working with older people. The professional qualification in Computer Science in the Social Work Environment is a good way of specialising within the profession or changing career direction. After completing the Bachelor’s programme, graduates can go on to more advanced study in a Master’s degree.