After completing the course, students will identify the various concepts of knowledge used in social work and their relation to those concepts of knowledge used by the most important partners. They will be familiar with the current national and international knowledge foundation of their discipline and its special theoretical characteristics as part of the social sciences. They will also be proficient in the history of Finnish social work, its relation to the international development of the field, as well as the most important controversies in the history of the field, the consequences of choosing various metatheories in research and their significance to professional knowhow. Students will have the ability to base their arguments on research as representatives of their field in multidisciplinary professional and scientific discourse.
Third period of the first year of studies
The concept of knowledge and the different ways of understanding knowledge in the central scientific fields of social and health care work as well as in expert positions
The historical development of the knowledge foundation in social work to its present state
The applicability of various metatheoretical alternatives from the perspective of different research duties
International, annually chosen research articles on which the learning assignments are based. At the end of the course, students will write an essay of eight to ten pages based on contact teaching and the following books:
Forte, J.A: Skills for Using Theory in Social Work. 32 lessons for evidence-informed practice. Routledge 2014.
Gray, M & Webb S.A (eds.): Social Work Theories and Methods. (2nd ed.) Sage 2013.
Harrikari T & Rauhala P-L & Virokannas, E (eds.): Social Change and Social Work. The Changing Societal Conditions of Social Work in Time and Place, Ashgate 2014.
Satka; M: Making Social Citizenship – Conceptual Practices from the Finnish Poor Law to Professional Social Work - online book JY 2017 (University of Jyväskylä 1995 ja 1996).
Graded on a scale of 0 to 5 (0 = Fail, 1 = Passable, 2 = Satisfactory, 3 = Good, 4 = Very Good, 5 = Excellent)
Lectures, learning assignments, literature (international research articles, on which the learning assignments are based)