Hes-so Valais

International Social Work

The University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland Valais, School of Social Work in Sierre, the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Business Management and Social Sciences  (Germany), and the Department of Social Work at the Malmö University (Sweden) offer three two-week modules in “International Social Work” between June 2021 and September 2022. The aim of this specialisation is to reflect upon and compare international theories and practices on selected topics in social work in Germany, Sweden and Switzerland. It includes modules with students from other universities, innovative lectures in English, also by visiting professors of the participating universities, and institutional and/or agency visits.

International Social Work focusses on three aspects. Each of these themes is covered in a two-week module at one of the participating universities.

  • Module 1: Child Protection, 28 June (arrival) to 9 July (departure) 2021, Sierre (Switzerland)
  • Module 2: Social Policies in Europe, 31 January (arrival) to 11 February (departure) 2022, Malmö (Sweden)
  • Module 3: Religious and Cultural Diversities, 5 September (arrival) to 16 September (departure) 2022, Osnabrück (Germany)

Active participation in all three modules is required. Additionally, students are asked to present a specific topic during each of the two-week modules and submit a written paper of 10-15 pages. The papers are evaluated by the professors of the home university. The oral presentations are evaluated by the participating professors of all three universities.