Aalborg University is well known for it’s problembased learning approach where student work and assessments are connected directly to challenges in in society and where studies are carried out in a collaboration between students and professors. The university is also characterised by combining an engagement in local, regional, and national issues with an active commitment to international collaboration.
The Department of Sociology and Social Work runs 10 bachelor and master programmes – six of them focusing on social work specifically. Two programmes are international – besides the master in ‘Social Work and Welfare’ the department has run the Erasmus Mundus ‘Master in Advanced Development in Social Work’ for five years.
The department holds a big network of more than 50 social work researchers – among these more than 15 doctoral students. The research network in social work is interdisciplinary and both focusing on general basic research issues and research focusing on challenges in social work practice. The research is often established in collaboration with practitioners and service users in social work and involves different theoretical dimensions such as sociology, political science, history, psychology, organizational theory, communication theory, cultural theory, anthropology, learning theory and theories of social problems and social work.