Bachelor’s level studies in social research
Optional studies related to international issues
After completing the course, students will be able to present and evaluate the backgrounds of the history of international social work and its current development trends, as well as the interrelations between global and local social work. Students will be able to identify and compare social work professionals and contemporary, research-based discourse in different countries. Knowledge attained during the course can be applied, for example, by writing a Master’s thesis based on comparative methodology. Students can also utilise their learning in positions of international social work in organisations and humanitarian work.
The course familiarises students with the development of international social work and contemporary issues from the perspective of research and professionalism. The course examines the global, local, international, national and supranational levels and interconnections of social work. International organisations of social work (IFSW, IASSW, EASSW, NASSW, ICSW) and their mandates in the international system, as regards social development and human rights, will be introduced to students.
Choose three books for the literature examination
Bridget Anderson: Us and Them? The Dangerous Politics of Immigration Control. Oxford University Press 2013.
Maija Jäppinen & Anna Metteri & Satu Ranta-Tyrkkö & Pirkko-Liisa Rauhala (eds.): Kansainvälinen sosiaalityö. Käsitteitä, käytäntöjä ja kehityskulkuja. United Press Global 2016.
Mel Gray & John Coates & Michael Yellow Bird & Tiani Hetherington (eds.): Decolonizing Social Work. Ashgate 2013.
Timo Harrikari & Pirkko-Liisa Rauhala & Elina Virokannas (eds.): Social Change and Social Work. The Changing Societal Conditions of Social Work in Time and Place. Ashgate 2014.
Hanna Kara: The Making of Migrant Subjectivities. Time and intersectionality in the transnational everyday lives of Latin American women in Barcelona. University of Helsinki, Department of Social Research 2016.
Carolyn Noble & Helle Strauss & Brian Littlechild (eds.): Global social work. Crossing borders, blurring boundaries. Sydney University Press 2014. Pages 1–125, 213–380.
The lecture series will be completed by writing a lecture journal and a complementary book review on one of the books included in the course literature. The teacher will give instructions on writing the journal and review. The course in its entirety will be graded on a scale of 0 to 5.
The literature examination (three books) will be graded on a scale of 0 to 5.
Graded on a scale of 0 to 5 (0 = Fail, 1 = Passable, 2 = Satisfactory, 3 = Good, 4 = Very Good, 5 = Excellent)
Instructions for examinations
- Faculty examinations are held in the Porthania lecture halls (Yliopistonkatu 3).
- Faculty examinations begin at 9.00. Students must arrive by 9.30 and may leave no earlier than 9.30.
- Students may take only writing utensils with them to their seats (no bags etc.). No programmable calculators or dictionaries are allowed.
- Mobile phones must be switched off.
- Examination answers must be returned to the invigilator in the examination envelope.
- Students must provide proof of identity when submitting their answers.
1) Lecture series and a complementary book review on one of the books included in the course literature
2) A literature examination where students will be examined on three books chosen from the course literature
Vastuuopettaja Kris Clarke