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8.1.2020 at 12:00 - 29.2.2020 at 23:59


The course is part of the management study module; no more than 10 students completing this module will be admitted to the course. They must have completed the basic course in management before taking this course.

After completing the course, students will be able to perceive management as a whole in relation to expertise in and practices of social work, as well as the development needs in social and health care services in particular. Students will learn to analyse the sub-fields of management and their interrelations. Completing the course will give students graduating as social workers proficiencies for working as both managers and under management in the organisations of the field.

The course will give students an understanding of management duties in the professional career of social workers and encourage them to complete more comprehensive management training with, for example, virtual courses in the Sosnet network or courses offered by the Faculty.

Second or third period

Students will familiarise themselves with topical research in social services management and attain the ability needed for participating in discourse specific to the field. The course examines the management of people and expertise, as well as the related decision-making and finances through research on social services management.

Initial assignment:

Seeck H: Johtamisopit Suomessa. Gaudeamus: Tampere 2008.


Önnevik T: Ledarskapets grunder Organisationers hjärna. Studentlitteratur Ab: Lund 2010.

Contact teaching/essay literature:

Syväjärvi, A & Pietiläinen, V: Inhimillinen ja tehokas sosiaali- ja terveysjohtaminen. Tampere University Press 2016. http://urn.fi/URN:ISBN:978-952-03-0344-0

Rissanen S & Lammintakanen J (eds.): Sosiaali- ja terveysjohtaminen. WSOYpro Oy: Helsinki 2017 (3rd edition).

Stenvall J & Virtanen P: Sosiaali- ja terveyspalvelujen uudistaminen. Kehittämisen mallit, toimintatavat ja periaatteet. Tietosanoma: Tallinn 2012.

Virtanen, P., Laitinen, I., Stenvall, J. 2016. Street-level Bureaucrats as Strategy Shapers in Social and Health Service Delivery: Empirical Evidence from Six Countries. International Social Work, Vol 16 No. 3, pp. 1-14. DOI: 10.1177/0020872816660602.

Graded on a scale of 0 to 5 (0 = Fail, 1 = Passable, 2 = Satisfactory, 3 = Good, 4 = Very Good, 5 = Excellent)

Method 1

Contact teaching consisting of an initial assignment, lectures and a group examination. An initial assignment that introduces management literature to students will be completed at the beginning of the lectures and reviewed during teaching. In accordance with blended learning, the contact teaching consists of lectures and inquiring learning, realised as collaborative groupwork. Contact teaching ends with a group examination. The course will be given in two languages.

Method 2

Online course from the management study module of the Sosnet university network

Method 3

An essay based on the course literature on a topic chosen by the student: 1) prerequisities for the functioning of work communities in social work from the viewpoint of management theories; 2) the integration of social and healh care services – what is expected of management? OR 3) another topic chosen by the student