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Civil Society and Social Work

15 credits

What motivates people to volunteer in social work? How is voluntary social work organised, and where should the lines be drawn between the public sector, the market and civil society? This course highlights civil society’s roles and functions in contemporary social work.

This course focuses on the roles and functions idea-driven and non-profit organisations have in society. Today various welfare services and several communities are being organised and developed by civil society. They often have a socially critical voice that strives for change and innovation in our societies.

The aim of the course is to provide you with social science theories, scientific data, concepts and analytical tools that can enhance your ability to explore and problematise civil society’s role in contemporary voluntary social work.

Furthermore, the course also gives you an opportunity to discuss the motives of volunteering and boundaries between public actors, market participants and civil society organisations.