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TOSMK24HKI Topical Issues in Social Work (5 op)

Toteutuksen tunnus: TOS0005B20S-3004

Toteutuksen perustiedot


11.10.2023 - 29.10.2023


29.01.2024 - 10.03.2024


5 op


1 op


80 % Lähiopetus, 20 % Etäopetus






  • Englanti


0 - 333


  • Degree Programme in Social Services


  • Katja Päällysaho


  • HKI-S23dss
  • 30.01.2024 09:00 - 16:00, TOS: Orientation and lecture
  • 08.02.2024 09:00 - 14:00, TOS: Independent Lesson 1 in Diakle
  • 13.02.2024 09:00 - 12:00, TOS: Lecture
  • 14.02.2024 09:00 - 12:00, TOS: Independent Lesson 2 in Diakle
  • 19.02.2024 09:00 - 16:00, TOS: Lecture
  • 20.02.2024 09:00 - 16:00, TOS: Independent Lesson 3 in Diakle
  • 21.02.2024 09:00 - 12:00, TOS: Independent Lesson 4 in Diakle
  • 29.02.2024 09:00 - 16:00, TOS: Independent work on the assignment
  • 01.03.2024 13:00 - 15:15, TOS: Lecture
  • 06.03.2024 12:15 - 16:00, TOS: Final seminar


The students will be able to:
• understand different theories and theoretical approaches used in social work
• understand and recognise the operation of power in social work practice
• understand the need for critical reflection in social work practice
• understand the role of social work in different local and global contexts


• Different theories used in social work
• Power in social work practice
• Critical reflection and reflective practice in social work
• Social work in different local and global contexts.


Contact teaching
Online teaching
Online supervision
Independent learning (videos and articles + small assignments that support student's learning) in Diakle using a lesson tool
Oral group exam at the end of the module

Aika ja paikka

- The module will consist of few lectures and supervision sessions either on campus or online + individual learning using a lesson tool in Diakle.


Exam material (materials are subject to change and teachers may decide about different materials due to e.g. availability of the books):
* Lecture notes & videos provided by the teachers (videos support the reading of the books)
* Gray, M., Coates, J. & Yellow Bird, M. (2016). Indigenous Social Work around the World: Towards Culturally Relevant Education and Practice. Ashgate. (Chapters to be read: Introduction, 1, 2, 3, 20, 21)
* Healy, L.M. (2020). International Social Work: Professional Action in an Interdependent World. Oxford University Press. (Chapters to be read: 1-5, 10)
* Langer, C. L., & Lietz, C. (2014). Applying theory to generalist social work practice. John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated. (Chapters to be read: 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 12, 14)
* Närhi, K., & Matthies, A.-L. (2018). The ecosocial approach in social work as a framework for structural social work. International Social Work, 61(4), 490–502.

Toteutuksen valinnaiset suoritustavat

Alternative way of completing the study module consists of a large exam to be taken on a general exam day. This option is available only if the student has a valid reason for not participating in teaching. It must be agreed with the teacher at least two weeks before the beginning of the module.

Possibility to get RPL/AHOT if equivalent studies and study credits are carried out in a University or University of Applied Sciences. Possibility to get AHOT/RPLby work experience from direct client work complemented with a reflective essay where aforementioned literature is used as a source.

Tenttien ajankohdat ja uusintamahdollisuudet

Oral group exam will take place on campus.
If the student is not able to participate in the exam they must take it on campus on any general exam day.

Lisätietoja opiskelijoille

Introduction to Social Work (ISW) or similar studies required.
Available for students in the open university of applied sciences.

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