AMK-tutkinnot nuorille ja aikuisille, ylemmät AMK-tutkinnot sekä erikoistumisopinnot.
Nowadays ‘Sustainability’ or ‘Sustainable Development’ is a much topical notion. As we all already know, we are going through global ecological changes. They affect mainly the most vulnerable groups of our society. In their role as ‘change agents’ within society, social workers cannot be insensitive to the social dimension of the sustainability issue
The IP aims at developing a European vision on the role of Social Work and Sustainable Development. Special attention will be paid to the applicability of the vision into practice. Students and coaches from seven different European countries (Spain, Slovenia, Finland, Lithuania, Slovakia, Germany and Belgium) work together intensively during the 10 day programme. The course consists of a mixture of intense group work, discussions, expert input and dozens of relevant work field visits. The studies include conventional and e-learning in early spring, and contact work in Gent, Belgium during late spring.
The course is offered to mostly second and third year students (bachelor degree) in social work and related fields. Students will be selected from each partner institution.
EU Erasmus will finance 75% of the travel costs of 7 students of Metropolia´s social work & related fields (Hyto), and only a very small amount of accommodation & subsistence costs will be left to participants. Student´s will be recruited based on their free applications, special attention will be given to motivation and possible future use of sustainability studies. Success in previous studies is also taken into account, although it is not a decisive factor.
Since the colloquial language is English, participating students should have reached a sufficient mastery of this language.
The interdisciplinary programme on Poverty and Social Exclusion is a programme aimed at developing skills and competences in understanding, recognizing and preventing poverty and social exclusion.
The IP applies multicultural, multidisciplinary, multiprofessional and multiactor approaches in the implementation of the programme. This includes interdisciplinary interaction among students and staff members of the HEIs involved (Higher Education Institutions) as a working method, development of knowledge and awareness of the complex issues of social exclusion and poverty as well as further understanding of the multidimensional nature of these issues, and capacity building, which implies different ways of preventing and working with the challenges of poverty and social exclusion in practice.
The IP covers students and teachers from a variety of degree programmes in the field of health care and social services/work and rehabilitation in seven HEIs in the EU. The educational programmes involved are social services, social work, public health, nursing, rehabilitation, midwifery, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, elderly care, public health nursing, and emergency nursing. The IP enhances further development of multidisciplinary and multiprofessional practices within the educational programmes and curricula in the European HEIs.
The main activities are the following: The programme consists of a pre-assignment in the home country and a ten-day-intensive programme with multiprofessional student and teacher groups. The IP consists of field work, keynote lectures, group work, tutorial discussions, student presentations and assignments. The IP includes the dissemination of intercultural experiences and learning results in each organisation/degree programme. The intensive programme is realized in Helsinki, Finland.
The learning outcomes are the following: the awareness and knowlegde of the present issues of poverty and social exclusion. The students will present a multiprofessional view and integrate the theory and practice on poverty and social exclusion. They have developed skills in critical thinking and observation of the phenomena of the themes at the national and international levels.
The intensive study module on Inclusive Education in Belgium is offered to second and third year students in the Degree Programme in Social Services. The aim is to develop awareness of this issue and increased competences for working with children/people with disabilities in educational settings. The seminar explores questions such as:
Development of competences will be accomplished through seminar learning, testimonies from affected individuals, reading and video material, study visits as well as individual and group work exercises targeting application of theory to practice with specific case studies. The students, through reflection and discussion will begin to develop a critical awareness of this area of practice. A written a written report on their individual learning outcomes and personal reflection on the seminar is due at the end.
The intensive exchange cooperation between Hildesheim and Helsinki is offered for first year social services students in the Degree Programme in Social Services. The aims are to encourage international encounters, support the use of various language skills and acquaint the participants with the similarities and differences within the society of another European country and its social services. Another important aim is to promote long-term international student exchanges in the future. The exchange is linked to coursework from the first year such as: Development of the Welfare State, Lifestyle and Culture or Social Pedagogy.
The students practice team-work and independent project work through activities during the program which includes working seminars and visits to a balanced mix of social services field related and cultural/societal related programs. The exchange consists of two, one week visits annually, one in Hildesheim followed by one in Helsinki. All students from the first year student group participate in both parts of the exchange. Those who choose not to travel are involved in project or support in work in Helsinki. Learning is assessed through reflective reporting on the overall experience which supports the development of critical thinking skills and observation of national and international trends in social services provision.
Funding is provided by Erasmus through Metropolia.
Leigh Anne Rauhala
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