Master's Programme in Social Work and Human Rights

University of Gothenburg, Faculty of Social Sciences

Program Description

Master's Programme in Social Work and Human Rights

University of Gothenburg, Faculty of Social Sciences

Master's Programme in Social Work and Human Rights, 120 hp

The basic idea of the programme is to promote a less ethnocentric understanding of social problems, social work and human rights.

The programme is organized on a two-year basis but with the possibility to terminate after one year obtaining a one-year master degree. The programme, which is on a full time schedule, is accessible for both foreign and Swedish students.

The programme is divided into separate modules with at least 15 higher education credits in each module.

First year: The master programme starts with a module called Social Work and Welfare Systems. The second module is Human Rights: An Interdiciplinary Approach. The first two modules also contain lectures, group assignments and seminars in Academic Writing. The third module, which starts the second term, is Research Theories and Methods. This is followed by a Degree Report for the students who decide to terminate their master studies after one year. The students who will continue their studies in the second year will instead take the module Social Work Practice (or choose an optional course at the Faculty of Social Science). The Swedish students will take an equivalent module abroad.

Second year: This academic year starts with the module Social Work, Service User s Participation and Professionalization followed by Globalisation, Poverty and International Social Work. The whole fourth term is devoted to scientific work in the form of a Degree Report. It will be possible for students who have attended the one-year International Master programme to build a future two-year master degree on the basis of this.

Admission Requirements

-- Bachelor Degree in Social Work or a closely related topic within Social Sciences.

-- Proficiency in English proved by a valid test of English as a second language with at least the levels TOEFL 575 (paper-based), 232 (computer-based) or IELTS with minimum score of 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all sections). The English test requirement does not apply to applicants who can document that they have English, level B from Swedish Upper Secondary School with a minimum of Passed mark, alternatively a Bachelor Degree (min. 3 years) from an English speaking education.

-- Students with a degree in Social Work are favoured in competition with students with degrees in related subjects. (This only applies to students from countries where it is possible to obtain a degree in Social Work.)

Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2017
2 years
Full time
Start date Sept. 2017
Sweden Gothenburg
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