Social Work Field Placement (USVP75)

The Department of Social Studies offers two bachelor's programmes in the area of social work: child welfare and social work. The department accepts trainee students from other countries that offer a similar education to those provided in these two areas. Work experience in the relevant area is an important part of social work education. Gaining experience and reflecting on practical professional work should be included in initiatives in which thinking and work methods in social studies are central.

Course description for study year 2024-2025. Please note that changes may occur.


Course code




Credits (ECTS)


Semester tution start

Spring, Autumn

Number of semesters


Exam semester

Spring, Autumn

Language of instruction

English, Norwegian


Through training, the students will develop their professional identity and understanding of the relationship between theory and practice. Supervised professional training will provide increased expertise that is relevant to the social worker’s field of work. Ethically assessed actions play a key role in the professional training course.Professional training will be supervised, varied and assessed.

Supervised professional training is initially offered in Rogaland, and is organised by UiS. The university allocates a place of supervised professional training to each individual student. The students will follow ordinary working hours at the trainee location four days a week, in addition to having one weekly study day.

Spring semester: The training starts in January and finishes in the start of June. The students get time off during easter and other Norwegian public holidays.

Autumn semester: The training starts in August and finishes before Christmas.

Inbound exchange students apply via standard international admission procedures after the department has received a request to take trainee students.

The course consists of 6 topics:

  1. Independent practice of social science-related work under supervised professional training
  2. Relationships and communication
  3. Professional role and ethics
  4. Participation
  5. Interprofessional collaboration
  6. Applying research-based knowledge

Learning outcome

After successfully completing and passing the course, candidates will have achieved the following learning outcomes:

Independent practice of social science-related work under supervised professional training

  • Can plan and carry out work tasks in complex and conflictive situations.
  • Can apply social discretion in encounters with individuals, families and groups.
  • Can apply academic knowledge in order to identify resources and provide hope in collaboration with people in vulnerable life situations.
  • Can master relevant mapping, analysis and decision-making methods.
  • Can find, assess and refer to relevant information and subject matter, and present this both orally and in writing.

Relationships and communication

  • Can apply academic knowledge about relationships and communication in supervision/guidance, motivation and systematic change work, and can guide users, patients, relatives and relevant personnel who are in learning, coping and change processes.
  • Has insight into the importance of digital communication in professional practice and interaction.
  • Can master digital tools, including knowledge about digital security, and can assist in the development of and use suitable technology, and has knowledge about its possibilities and limitations in social work.

Professional role and ethics

  • Has insight into ethical issues and can manage ethical dilemmas in the professional role and in encounters with people.
  • Has insight into and can reflect critically on their professional role in relation to institutional and political requirements in the provision of services.
  • Has insight into how to exercise judgment in situations where there is inadequate and/or conflicting information, and identify opportunities within different professional and institutional contexts.
  • Can reflect on risk and how to manage conflicts and reduce the risk of adverse events, and has knowledge about methods for following this up systematically.


  • Can apply academic knowledge and methods in order to interact and collaborate with children and young people regarding everyday life and difficult topics in a way that safeguards their interests, participation and rights.
  • Can reflect on and apply knowledge that contributes to an equal provision of services.

Interprofessional collaboration

  • Can communicate the subject and exchange views and experiences with partners, thereby contributing to the development of good practice.
  • Can plan and participate in interprofessional collaboration between different services and service levels.

Applying research-based knowledge

  • Can assess scientific knowledge and political framework conditions in a practical context.
  • Can apply research-based, experience-based and user-based knowledge in professional practice.

Required prerequisite knowledge

Students must be enrolled to study social work or an equivalent degree at their home institution.

Recommended prerequisites

Students who have completed two semesters at their home institution will be prioritized.


Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Practical placement 1/1 Passed / Not Passed All

The fieldwork supervisor (on-site) will do a continuous evaluation of the students’ efforts and will write up the final evaluation by the end of the placement. The students can have a maximum 10 sick leave days during training.

Coursework requirements

Clarification of learning outcomes, Supervised professional training assignment 1, Supervised professional training assignment 2

Clarification of plan for learning, both supervised professional training assignments and the practical training must be approved before final assessment of the supervised professional training course. Approval/non-approval of compulsory activities is announced on Studentweb.

Clarification of learning outcomes: At the start of supervised professional training, students must clarify their individual learning outcomes in collaboration with the supervisor and submit them in Inspera.

Supervised professional training assignment 1: Scope of 2000 words (+/- 10%) including table of contents and notes; excluding source referencing and bibliography. Referencing style: APA 7th.

Supervised professional training assignment 2: Scope of 3000 words (+/- 10%) including table of contents and notes; excluding source referencing and bibliography. Referencing style: APA 7th.

The supervised professional training assignments are to be submitted in Inspera at UiS in accordance with the deadline set by the department. Late submission is considered failure to submit an assignment and will therefore be assessed as not approved. If it is necessary to postpone submission, this must be agreed with the contact teacher.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Heidi Lie Eriksen

Placement coordinator:

Ingunn Øyre

Method of work

Supervised professional training work methods include:

  • Guidance groups with contact teathers at UiS.
  • Supervised professional training - 30 hours per week.
  • Independent supervised professional training assignments.
  • Study day - 1 day per week to work on practical assignements an the syllabus.

Open for

Inbound exchange students proficient in a Scandinavian language.

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course supervisor, the student union representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital subject evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


The syllabus can be found in Leganto