The Faculty of Social Work education programme trains experts with special theoretic and methodological knowledge to enable people to solve their complex life problems and address their needs which acquire the nature of social problems due to the nature and meaning of the vulnerability of the people experiencing them. A graduate social worker intervenes with the life of people in their social context.
The task of a social worker is to determine the possibilities for the renewal of those functions of relational social systems that do not function to their full capacity. Social work uses methods that enable interventions on all levels of system operation (the individual, family, work group, neighbourhood, broader relational systems, local community). The purpose of such help is to enable the individual to lead an ordinary life and gain greater independence in a creative way and through innovative changes. The social work process substitutes the missing functions of the system with social services, i.e., social support. Its aim is to enhance the possibilities for living together and mutual help. Social work takes care of people who could easily find themselves outside human relations, the cultural and spiritual activities and outside the streams of paid work and access to consumption goods. Therefore it contributes to the quality of life in society.
Social workers are not only employed in the field of social care (centres of social work, social institutions) which represent the main working field, but anywhere where people work and live - in companies and other organisations, in local communities, in education, child care, medical care, court penal systems, in employment agencies, voluntary and charity organisations and elsewhere.
It is especially important that social work respects the integrity and personal rights of individuals, their relationships in families, at work, in the neighbourhood and in other groups and communities, and that it enhances good and democratic relationships in families. As a rule, social workers are not exposed to hard physical strains in their work, however they do have to endeavour personal pressures. In their work they should foster human qualities and ensure the professional ethical code.
Social work provides human support and professional help at overcoming life stresses which could endanger the welfare of the individual or family. It provides various forms of help for individuals or groups which, due to economic or personal reasons, elementary or other disasters, find themselves in such a distress that their capability of playing a part in the social life and work as well as their own human and social reproduction are endangered.
Name of study programme - Social Work
- Degree and type of study programme: undergraduate - university
- Duration of the programme: 4 years
- Credits: 240 ECTS
- Modules of the study programme: Social Work with Young People, Social work with the Elderly, Psycho-social Support and Help, Social Justice and Inclusion: Handicap, Ethnicity and Gender, Mental Health in the Community
- Professional Title of the Graduate: Graduate Social Worker (UN), B.A. in soc. work.
Basic Aims of the Programme
- Providing quality education for the social worker profession.
- Promoting student, academic personnel and administrative
- Ensuring the active participation of this higher education
institution, its teachers and students in the Bologna process,
and students' active participation in the education process.
- Promoting the European dimension in higher education.
Conditions for the Enrolment and Selection Standards in
the Case of Over-Enrolment
The following applicants may be accepted for the first-degree university study programme Social Work at the Faculty for Social Work; namely, those:
a) who have completed the classical matura exam;
b) who have completed the professional matura exam in any four-year secondary school study programme and have passed the exam in the matura subjects of English or German; if the applicant has passed the exam in one of these subjects within the professional matura then they should also pass the exam for the matura subject History; and
c) who concluded any four-year secondary school study programme prior to 1.6.1995.
In the case of over-enrolment being established, applicants from a) and c) will be selected considering:
- their general study success in either the matura or final exams 60%
- their general study success in their 3rd and 4th study years 40%
applicants from b) will be selected considering:
- their general success in the professional matura exam 30 %
- their general success in their 3rd and 4th study years 30 %
- their success in their chosen matura subject 40%
Mobility Conditions within the Programme:
Students can enrol in the next year if all their study programme requirements for enrolment in the next year are satisfied by the end of the current academic year. To move into the next study year of social work programme all exams of the previous year must be passed.
Conditions for the Conclusion of Study
- having concluded all exams required by the study programme (180 CPs)
- having concluded practical training (50 CPs)
- having concluded a graduate thesis and having successfully defended it (10 CP)