This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Social work develops within local, national and global contexts. Reflectivity is to see and understand oneself within a context. Through this course, students will reflect and theorize social worker's understanding of themselves and their practices. Students will reveal their subjectivity related to background, professional position and current PhD project.
Reflectivity in Social Work will be emphasized through discursive, ethical, narrative and critical processes. The aim of the course is to enable participants to strengthen their critical reflections and to increase understanding of situational and contextual practices. To enhance reflective processes the course will provide knowledge about ethical dimensions in Social Work, professional discretion, different discourses, and narrative approaches.

Learning outcome

Knowledge at the most advanced frontier of the discursive, ethical, narrative and critical processes in Social Work.
Through reflective processes contribute to the identification and to analyze challenges in Social Work.
To demonstrate substantial scholarly and professional integrity and sustained commitment to the development of new ideas or processes at the forefront of Social Work Research.

Required prerequisite knowledge


Recommended previous knowledge

The students must satisfy the admissions requirements of the PhD programme.


Weight Duration Marks Aid
Course paper 1/1 Pass - Fail
Course paper approximately 5000 words. The paper will be assessed as a pass/fail. A pass is equivalent to grade B or better.

Course teacher(s)

Course teacher
Solveig Botnen Eide
Course coordinator
Siv Oltedal

Method of work

Lectures, seminars, group work, and individual work - adapted to different modes of study. Throughout the course, there will be sessions where students will be given tasks related to the final individual exam. Students will receive feedback on their work from other students and from the course leaders.
Coursework requirements
Students need to attend a one-week on-campus study programme. Presence is mandatory (MP). 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.

Open to

The course is open to interested PhD candidates at the University of Stavanger and other universities. Single Course Admission to PhD-Courses.

Course assessment

Standard evaluation in accordance with University guidelines.


Reading List

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Sist oppdatert: 21.10.2020