2020 Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Social Services

2022

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BASIC STUDIES
                                   
Orientation to higher education studies
                                   
Orientation to higher education studies 2
     
           
           
English
                                   
Professional English
                                   
Swedish
                                   
Introduction to Swedish
                                   
Professional Swedish
                                   
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PROFESSIONAL STUDIES
                                   
The ethical basis of professional encounters
                                   
Ethics and expertise in the social, health and church sectors 4
     
           
           
Human growth and development 3
     
           
           
Encounters and professional interaction 5
     
           
           
A changing social operating environment and the social legislation
                                   
Finnish society, social security and service system 5
     
           
           
Social security guidance and the prospects of social security 5
       
           
         
Creativity and functionality as a resource and expertise
                                   
Creativity and functionality as a resource and expertise 5
     
           
           
First aid in social and church sector work
                                   
First aid in social and church sector work 1
       
           
         
Adult and youth social work
                                   
Basis of adult and youth social work 5
       
           
         
Social change work 5
       
           
         
Family work and child welfare
                                   
Family work and child welfare 5
     
           
           
Methodological competence in social customer work
                                   
Methods of customer work 5
       
           
         
Social rehabilitation and its methods 5
       
           
         
Variety of life paths
                                   
Mental health and intoxicating substances 4
       
           
         
Digital competence
                                   
Basics of diversity and multiculturalism in professional work
                                   
Civil society and organisation work
                                   
Partner-oriented development of customer work and service systems
                                   
Project and entrepreneurial competence
                                   
Community-based participatory research (CBPR)
                                   
Tools for developing the professional field I 3
       
           
         
Specialisation studies in social work
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Gerontological social work
                                   
                                   
Mental health and substance abuse work
                                   
Diversity and multiculturality in social work
                                   
Disability work
                                   
Early childhood education, child and family work
                                   
Basics of early childhood education 5
     
           
           
Supporting children’s development and learning in early childhood education 5
     
           
           
Pedagogical methods of early childhood education and methods of child and family work 5
     
           
           
Work placement
                                   
Work placement 1
                                   
Work placement 2
                                   
Work placement 3
                                   
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ELECTIVE STUDIES
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Supplementary professional competences
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THESIS
                                   
Community-based participatory research (CBPR)
                                   
Thesis
                                   
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ECTS credits per period / semester / academic year 606060606060606060606060606060606060

Due to the timing of optional and elective courses, credit accumulation per semester / academic year may vary.

Completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Services gives the student the competence to work in social care. A person who has completed the degree can apply for the right to work as a licensed social service professional (sosionomi) from the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health (Valvira) (Section 8 of the Act on Social Welfare Professionals 817/2015). The Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Social Services can include early childhood education or social pedagogical studies of at least 60 ECTS. In this case, the degree gives the competence to work in the position of a licensed social service professional (sosionomi) within early childhood education as referred to in section 27 of the Act on Early Childhood Education and Care (540/2018).

BACHELOR’S DEGREE PROGRAMME IN SOCIAL SERVICES 210 ECTS

BASIC STUDIES:
Language and communication studies 11 ECTS, Orientation studies 2 ECTS

VOCATIONAL STUDIES:
Vocational studies 91 ECTS, professional specialisation studies 15 ECTS,
first aid in social and church sector work 1 ECTS, work placement 55 ECTS

ELECTIVES:
Additional professional competence 20 ECTS

THESIS 15 ECTS

The social services studies comprise seven thematic sections divided into study modules.
The thematic sections are:
• The basis of professional encounters and the service system 32 ECTS
• Inclusion and guidance 31 ECTS
• Variety of life paths and customer work 29 ECTS
• Applied and developing professionalism 30 ECTS
• Applied and developing expertise 31 ECTS
• Inclusive development 38 ECTS
• Critical social competence and advocacy 19 ECTS
The studies follow the Community-Based Participatory Research model (CBPR) where learning and assignments can be used to benefit the development needs in the working life.