This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

This course seeks to improve the student's understanding of the interaction between theory and practice and focuses on placing social work in a historical, ideological and spatial context.

Learning outcome

  • Knowledge on how social work develops in a historical, political and spatial context.
  • Knowledge about welfare systems, social work theories, social work methods and the institutional construction of social work
  • Fieldwork knowledge to use one specific area to develop knowledge as the body of facts, principles, theories, and practices related to social work and welfare practices.

  • The ability to apply knowledge and use know-how to describe how to complete tasks and solve problems in social work and welfare practices.
  • To collect and compare knowledge about welfare systems and social work theories through systematic literature review.
  • Through the international classroom (study group) develop cognitive or practical skills in intercultural communication.

  • To be able to understand and demonstrate how to use theories and methods when reflecting upon social work practices.
  • Professional development which means the student is able to manage, justify and control his/her own educational development.
  • To conduct a field visit which means that the student is able to prepare for and implement a field visit, and present this experience related to social work theories and methods.


This course will offer field visits to Nordic Welfare institutions (for example child protection and work and welfare services). Further, the course will focus on different theories in social work. The course aims to enable participants through a comparative perspective to increase understanding of and strengthen the ability to act and reflect upon how social work develops within local, national and global contexts.
Content of the course is related to the following themes:
  • Different providers of welfare and the institutional construction of social work.
  • Social work theories in context.

This course is divided into different subjects:
  • Nordic welfare systems
  • Social work theories
  • Social Work Methods and Skills
  • Field visits

Required prerequisite knowledge



Weight Duration Marks Aid
Portfolio1/1 A - F
Students will be assessed by submission of a written e-portfolio, consisting of four exam tasks. Students will get one final mark. Each of the four exam tasks counts 25 % of the grade. Each task should consist of approximately 1000 Words.
Total word count: 4 000 words (+/- 10 %) including table of contents, notes, references, and bibliography. Reference style: APA 6th.
Resit and deferred examinations:
A resit/deferred exam is an opportunity for students who have failed or been absent from an exam to retake the exam without having to wait for a whole year. Resits/deferred exams are linked to the ordinary exams. You must have registered for an exam during the ordinary examination period in order to be eligible for resits.

The following candidates can register for resits/deferred exams:
•Candidates with a valid reason for absence during the ordinary exams. Valid reasons are illness or other circumstances beyond the candidate's control. This has to be documented by a doctor's certificate or similar documentation.
•Candidates who failed their ordinary exam
•Candidates who withdrew from the exam during their last ordinary exam

The following candidates do not have the right to present themselves for resits/deferred exams:
•Candidates who have passed their exams
•Candidates who have failed to present themselves for the ordinary exams without a valid, documented reason
•Candidates who have not registered for the ordinary exams
•Candidates who have registered, but who have cancelled their exam registration within the deadline

These candidates have to register for the next ordinary exam.

Coursework requirements

Mandatory registered presence
Presence is mandatory (MP) in parts of the course programme (i.e. field visits, seminars and other marked with MP in the lecture plan). Mandatory requirements: 75% presence. If students do not fulfill the MP requirement, students will have to pass an assignment given by the course coordinators in order to take the course exam.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Siv Oltedal

Method of work

Lectures, seminars, group work and individual work adapted to different modes of study. All students are expected to read the syllabus and participate in group discussions and thereby develop analytical reflections in a productive environment with fellow students. This will be done on and off-campus and the course coordinator will facilitate a learning platform (Canvas) by use of the internet. Therefore access to the internet is necessary.
During the course, students will obtain tasks for different subjects. As part of the learning process, students will receive feedback on their tasks during the course. As a result, students will have an opportunity to improve their initial presentations and deliver these tasks for a final assignment.

Open to

Nordic Master in Social Work and Welfare

Course assessment

The courses will be assessed every semester by the Consortium


Literatur will be published as soon as it has been prepared by the course coordinator/teacher

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Sist oppdatert: 14.08.2020