Social studies: Field placement for foreign students (USVP75)
The Department of Social Studies at the University of Stavanger (UiS) offers two bachelor's programmes in the area of social work: child welfare officer and social worker education. 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 worker 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 2023-2024. Please note that changes may occur.
There will be a total of 600 hours of professional practice over a minimum of 18 weeks. Professional practice should ideally be completed in Rogaland. In special cases, professional practice placements in neighboring counties may be considered. Incoming students apply via standard international admission procedures after the department has received a request to take trainee students.
Spring semester: Participation in group guidance with the university’s own students. Individual guidance, tasks, and literature adapted for the individual area of practice.
Autumn semester: Participation at the orientation week for international students. Individual guidance, tasks, and literature adapted for the individual area of practice.
During and after completion of the practical semester, the student shall, with regard to
Be able to document basic knowledge and have an understanding of the connection between theoretical knowledge and practical social work/ socio-pedagogical work.
Be able to demonstrate knowledge of current social and welfare policies and legal provisions relating to organizations in the practical setting
Be able to give an account of knowledge and professional insight gained through co-operation with experienced practitioners
Be able to document knowledge about professional judgment on decisions concerning interventions
Be able to demonstrate knowledge on supervision theory
Be able to apply professional knowledge and relevant experience from the practical setting as the basis for making deliberate and informed decisions concerning professional practice
Be able to analyze the service user's situation
Demonstrate the ability to evaluate own and others' professional practice
Be able to incorporate feedback from supervision and adjust one`s conduct and professional practice accordingly
Demonstrate good communication and relational skills when interacting with service users and with other professionals
Be able to work independently and in groups on challenging complex and extensive problems
Demonstrate a basic understanding of professional ethics that underpin social work practice
Demonstrate an understanding of and an ability to utilize the expertise of other professional groups
Demonstrate an analytical, critical and reflective approach to own and others' professional practice
Required prerequisite knowledge
Applicants must be approved by their own educational institution, and students who have completed three semesters at their home institution will be prioritized.
Form of assessment
Passed / Not Passed
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, marked as pass/fail.
There will be 600 hours of professional practice over a minimum of 18 weeks. All students will receive up to two hours of supervision every week from their on-site supervisor at their placement organization.
Exchange students who speak a scandinavian language
There must be an early dialogue between the course coordinator, the student 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 course evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.