Social Work in Urban Areas

20.12.2016

In a world in which a growing majority of the population is living in an urban setting (the 60% mark is expected to be reached in 2030, according to the UN), there is a growing need for professionals trained to support citizens and inform policy makers to deal with the challenges this process of urbanization brings forth.

To make sure our social work students are trained for working in an urban context, a partnership was formed between five European universities of applied sciences/university colleges. Along with Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, the partnership consists of Copenhagen Metropolitan University College, Artevelde University College Ghent and Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences Berlin.

Together, these partners developed a 30 ECTS program ‘Social Work in Urban Areas’, which will premiere in Copenhagen in September 2017. After Copenhagen, the ‘flying circus’ of the joint program will visit Amsterdam (2018-2019), Ghent (2019-2020) and Helsinki (2020-2021).
The course explores the concept of urbanization and the challenges this poses to the social work profession. The diversity of the host city will be explored by observations, environmental screenings, field visits and lectures from practice based guest teachers.

Theory will focus on key concepts e.g. urbanization, migration, globalization, diversity and the ways in which these concepts affect everyday lives of citizens and professionals in urban areas. The key concepts will be linked to social work practice and to methods within community work, empowerment approached as well as human rights and ethical challenges. Critical reflection will be a generic aspect of the course.

Contact information

Leigh Rauhala
Lecturer and International Mobility Coord.

Social Wellbeing Department
firstname.lastname@metropolia.fi


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