Course Description IC

Course Description

Module code and titleA
Social Work in an International Context and Fundamentals of Intercultural Competence
Duration 3 months
Credit points15 (Workload: 450 hours)
Type of examinationOral and written examination

Subject area 

Internationally recognised qualification: application and specialisation in theory and practice
Brief description of course content
  • Europe as a supranational structure guaranteed by treaty
  • Development of the welfare state in Europe
  • Practice and organisation of social work in different European countries
  • Language, communication, culture and interculturality
  • The gender dimension
  • Human rights
Subject-specific areas of competenceUnit 1: The policy, politics and structure of Europe (5 credit points)
European structures (organisations, procedures, treaties, etc.) as well as the most important discussion themes on Europe (orientational knowledge)
  • The reasons for uniting Europe, analysis of the results (explanatory knowledge)
  •  Migration and ethnisation: theory and social processes
  • Social work with refugees and migrants, in struggling and disrupted societies in an international context
  • Sources of additional information

Unit 2: Subject-specific aspects of social inequality and social work (5 credit points)
Social work on a European and worldwide level (orientational knowledge)
  • Conceptions of social order such as gender theory, theory of intersectionality, ethnicity
  • The processes of social inequality and societal cleavages such as gender, race/ethnicity, work and class
  • Sources of additional information

Unit 3: Fundamental intercultural competences (5 credit points)
Models of culture and diversity, links between language, communication and culture, commonalities and differences (orientational knowledge)
  • Explaining one’s own and other cultures; the causes of intercultural conflicts; dealing with intercultural conflict situations (explanatory and practical/operational knowledge)
  • Communicating in English in an intercultural context and as relevant to the subject (practical/operational knowledge)
  • Intercultural gender competence (explanatory and practical/operational knowledge)
  • Sources of additional information
Generic areas of competenceGeneral intercultural competences
The development of Europe from the perspective of human rights in Europe
  • Basics of European communication and cooperation

Subject-specific intercultural competences
Basics of subject-specific communication and cooperation
  • Ethical standards from the European perspective

Fundamental intercultural competences
Understanding and empathising with other cultures
  • Reflecting on human images in different cultures
Type of studies and volume of course workA total of 10 academic hours (45 minutes), broken down as follows:
  • 8 hours per week of tuition (4 hours general intercultural competences in an intercultural context + 2 hours subject-specific intercultural competences + 2 hours fundamental intercultural competences) + private study (preparation and review) = a total of 300 hours
  • An additional 150 hours of project work on community work and practice in social work (2 hours)
Start of course Each winter semester
CoordinatorProf. Dr. Martina Ritter
Module code and titleB
1) Internship and project work in an intercultural context
2) Social Work Institutions: visits for the purpose of familiarisation with “good practice”
Duration4 months
Credit points10 (Workload: 300 hours workload)
Type of examinationWritten report
Subject area1) European / intercultural qualification: internship
2) European / intercultural qualification: “good practice” in the host country
Brief description of course content1) Practice and organisation of social work in a foreign European country focusing on
  • Communication, culture and interculturality
  • Ethnicity, gender, class and human rights

Internship area: cultural / intercultural youth work
  • Organisation of special internships for English speaking students
  • Supervision of internship
  • Assessing/grading the written internship report
  • Project planning, implementation and assessment

Students plan semi-independent projects in cooperation with instructors from the Department of Social Work and instructors from social work institutions, e.g. street interviews regarding attitudes towards ethnic minorities, social inequality, unemployment, gender, etc., i.e. the most relevant categories of social work clients. Projects support sustainable development in the social work institutions concerned.
2) Determining criteria for good practice, assessing different social work agencies
After a period of preparatory work, several social work institutions will be visited and questioned on aspects of their “good practice”. Students will write reports on both their visits and the subject-specific assessment of the institutions visited.
Subject-specific areas of competence1) Subject-specific intercultural competences
Social work practice (youth work) in a foreign European country (practical/operational knowledge)
Fundamental intercultural competences
Culture and diversity, communication and culture, commonalities and differences
  • Explaining youth cultures and intercultural conflicts using the dimensions of ethnicity, gender and class and with reference to human rights
  • Small scale research projects on social work in an intercultural context
  • Conceptualising sustainable social work in a foreign country on the basis of small scale research
  • Becoming a client of social work against the host country’s cultural background

2) Subject-specific intercultural competences
Good social work practice in a foreign European country (practical/operational knowledge)

Fundamental intercultural competences

Culture and diversity, communication and culture, commonalities and differences
  • Becoming a social work client against the host country’s cultural background
  • Managing clients by providing good, culturally embedded social work practice
Generic competences1) Subject-specific intercultural competences
Application of subject-specific communication and cooperation
  • Ethical standards of social work, in particular anti-discriminatory practice based on human rights
Fundamental intercultural competences
A sympathetic understanding of other cultures
  • Dealing with the borders between accepting and refusing behaviour based on culture
  • Using human rights as ethical guidelines with regard to different cultures
  • Soft skills: management of small scale research projects

2) Subject-specific intercultural competences:

  • Professionalism in a European cultural context

Fundamental intercultural competences

  • A sympathetic understanding of other cultures
  • Dealing with the borders between accepting and refusing behaviour based on culture
  • Using human rights as a means of  ethical orientation with regard to different cultures
Type of studies and volume of course workA total of 8 academic hours (45 minutes), broken down as follows:
1) 4 academic hours (45 minutes) per week (internship) = a total of 150 hours
    2 academic hours (45 minutes) per week (project work) = a total of 75 hours
2) 2 academic hours (45 minutes) per week(field trips, visits) = a total of 75 hours
Start of course Each winter semester
CoordinatorProf. Dr. Martina Ritter
Module code and
title
C
German as a Foreign Language
Duration4 months
Credit points5 (Workload: 150 hours)
Type of examinationOral and written examination
Subject areaSoft skills
Brief description of course contentGerman for beginners: vocabulary and grammar for everyday communication
Generic competences
  • Understanding and using basic German in everyday communication (explanatory and practical/operational knowledge)
  • A knowledge of sources of learning material
Type of studies and
volume of course work
4 academic hours (45 minutes) per week of tuition + 2 hours practical tutorials + private study (preparation and review)
Start of course Each winter semester
Additional commentsStudents admitted to the study programme without any German skills are required to pass an examination at the end of the programme which covers the generic competences described above.
CoordinatorSabine Kirschenhofer, MA
Study visits to Berlin and Weimar (optional)
To deepen knowledge of the cultural background of the host country
Cost: approx €270