This is the study programme for 2020/2021. It is subject to change.

Learning outcome

  • Have knowledge on important theories in the field of intercultural social work and welfare policies in diverse contexts
  • Have an understanding of interactions between social work theory and practices in diverse cultures and institutional contexts.

  • Ability to critically reflect on culture, including one's own, and its relevance in diverse situations
  • Ability to apply relevant theories in the field of cultural diversity and social welfare
  • Develop cognitive and practical skills in intercultural communication through the international classroom experience

  • To critically reflect on theories and perspectives and their relevance for use in contemporary practice
  • Professional development through reflective processes on how personal beliefs, values and knowledge influences social work practice
  • Academic reading and writing


This course seeks to improve the students' understanding of interactions between social work theory, practices and policies in diverse cultures and institutional contexts. The aim of the course is to enable participants to critically reflect upon contemporary theories in the field of intercultural competence and enhance their ability to apply relevant theories in social work practice in a global context.

Required prerequisite knowledge



Weight Duration Marks Aid
Portfolio evaluation1/1 A - F
Students will be assessed by the submission of one task from the e-portfolio.
Total word count: 2 500 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

Attendance, Submission of portfolio
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
Elisabeth Enoksen

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. The students will also go on field visits to different social service institutions.
During the course, students will be working with a written e-portfolio consisting of tasks from three different topics.

Course assessment

The courses will be assessed according to faculty guidelines


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

This is the study programme for 2020/2021. It is subject to change.

Sist oppdatert: 05.06.2020