Social Work - Post-Employment


The Curriculum of the Undergraduate Programme in Social Work, with the length of 3 years (180 ECTS), is characterized by wide range training.

It is composed of mandatory credits in the nuclear area (Social Work), optional credits in "soft skills" (6 ECTS), in "Social Problems" (18 ECTS) and free credits (12 ECTS). Students that completed with success all curricular units of the first two years, totalling 120 credits (ECTS) are awarded with the Diploma of Higher 1st Cycle Studies in Social Work (First Cycle Graduate Diploma in Social Work).

The undergraduate programme in Social Work is based on: the need to meet societal transformations (work and employment system, sociability and culture, relations State/Society, demographic dynamics) occurred in the last decade with great impact on the professional practice of Social Workers; and the emergence of new social themes including: new forms of poverty and exclusion, unemployment and mechanisms of economic integration, migration and multiculturalism, related social problems, increased importance of the territorial dimension and of partnership mechanisms and contracting of social policies, rationalisation demands and efficiency of social projects.

The training objectives are focused on three nuclear guidelines:

• To provide the acquisition of knowledge on social work, its origin, evolution, theory, field and areas of intervention, within the framework of protection systems and social policy;
• To train social workers for qualified work, in multiple units and levels of activity, directed towards improving the living conditions of population groups in situations of vulnerability;
• To provide a learning process that encourages an intervening, critical and thoughtful professional practice , combined with continuous and regular study and research.

The undergraduate programme in Social Work is intended for students who have completed their studies in secondary school or equivalent, and who wish to pursue studies that will enable them to acquire skills in the field of social welfare, poverty and social exclusion, by working in public or private organisations doing design, programming, management, evaluation and implementation of public social policies, for example, social security services, local authorities, schools, prisons, community centers, social residences and residences for rehabilitation, adoption of children or children at risk, hosting migrants or refugees, support services at home, among others.
International Partnerships

• Escola de Trabajo Social from the Universidade Complutense de Madrid/Espanha
• University of Jyväskylä Kokkola University Consortium Chydenius Finland
Prof. Doutor Jorge Ferreira
School of Sociology and Public Policy
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