About the course

The course aims to develop the students knowledge and understanding in relation to social policies within a European context, with a particular focus on the relevance for social work and social work practice.

The social work practice is examined in different national and organisational contexts.

The course consists of two sub courses: Social Policies and welfare systems and Thesis within Social work and policy.

The course is scheduled on Campus 9.00–16.00 on 30 January – 9 February, 2024. Course Introduction online jan 15th 13.15-15.00.

Course content

The course aims to develop the students´ knowledge and understanding in relation to social policy, welfare systems and social problems and living conditions from a multicultural perspective.

The course deals with social policy and social work organization in different situations on the basis of a comparative perspective. The practice of social work in an international environment is discussed. Moreover, it focuses knowledge of various welfare systems in terms of social policy and social work. The course is discussed through different themes; children and family, ageing, migration and drug addiction, profession and education. Furthermore, the course helps to develop the student reflections based on their professional identity. Students are expected to reflect critically, analyze and discuss different aspects of the welfare system, such as social policy, organization, challenges and social work in a Swedish and/or other welfare context.

Syllabus and course literature

You can find a list of literature in the syllabus, along with other details about the course.

Entry requirements and selection

Entry requirements

The equivalent of English 6 in Swedish secondary school and 30 credits in Social Sciences.


University credits completed 100%

Course evaluation

Malmö University provides students who participate in, or who have completed a course, with the opportunity to express their opinions and describe their experiences of the course by completing a course evaluation administered by the University. The University will compile and summarise the results of course evaluations. The University will also inform participants of the results and any decisions relating to measures taken in response to the course evaluations. The results will be made available to the students (HF 1:14).


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