The degree program has a generalist orientation, which means that students are trained for the entire breadth of this specific professional field. Through workshops, project days and electives, students can pursue their individual inclinations and explore their personal fields of interest. The program concludes with the award of the academic degree Bachelor of Arts (B. A.). State recognition is granted after having applied for this.
Advantages, perspectives, focal points
The close link between theory and practice is a characteristic feature of the program. It is well connected with an excellent network regarding the relevant professional fields: public authorities, independent organisations and (inter)national colleges as well as universities. A certified qualification in theatre education, which is recognised by the Bundesverband Theaterpädagogik (Federal Association of Theatre Education) as a basic qualification, can be acquired in conjunction with the degree in Social Work.
General information on the study program
Currently, there is the possibility of specialising in theatre education with the support of a scholarship in order to work for the city of Berlin administration.
Contents and processes
The degree program provides students with theoretical knowledge, practical-methodical skills and professional competences that enable them to work professionally within the entire spectrum of social work, also independently.
The standard period of study is seven full-time semesters (210 credit points). The program has a modular structure. The first semester starts with workshops in which students get to know a field of social work right at the beginning of their studies. The professional internship is completed in the 4th semester. Special in-depth opportunities are available in the 5th and 6th semesters. The students attend two-semester project days during which they can also work on the interdisciplinary as well as socio-political dimension of social work. This is done through concrete projects that enable the students to gain additional practical and research experience.
Acquisition of competences
The aim of the Bachelor's degree program is the acquisition of subject-specific basic knowledge based on the latest scientific findings as well as the development of the competences necessary for the professional activities of social workers (subject-specific, methodological, social and personal competences). Accordingly, the university provides practice- and action-oriented teaching, all of this on a scientific basis. The students are given the ability to critically reflect and further develop the professional tasks of social work in order to promote participation, self-determination and human dignity.
A 20-week internship is compulsory in the 4th semester. It enables students to test, apply and expand their acquired knowledge and competences through practical experience. The internship is prepared and followed up in seminars. In addition, it is accompanied by study days, advice from and supervision by university staff is provided as well.
Possibilities for further qualification
The vocationally qualifying degree enables students to take up a Master's program. EHB offers two transdisciplinary consecutive Master's programs: "Counselling in Social Work" and "Management – Education – Diversity".