Social Work in Sweden, an introduction
The course is offered as a single subject course at the first cycle level. The language of instruction is English.
This course consists of two major parts: one theoretical and one oriented at practical social work in the current Swedish welfare state.
In the first part of the course the students map their conception of social work in Sweden. This is followed by a theoretical introduction to welfare and social work in Swedish society, from a historical perspective to the present situation including current changes. Legal aspects of the society in general and social work in particular are then highlighted.
In the second part of the course, the focus turns to practical social work. By inviting the students to field studies and discussions with professional social workers and service users who represent different organizations and authorities, the students are introduced to different perspectives of social work.
The course concludes with an individual written paper aiming at analysing social work in Sweden from different perspectives, interweaving the theoretical and practical knowledge achieved during the course.