About the course

Course content

The aim of the course is that the student develops knowledge and understanding in relation to social policy, social problems and living conditions from a multicultural perspective in relation to social work in a local and global context.

The course is carried out in two parts based on the following components: 1) Social policy and comparative welfare models and 2) Preventive social work and interventions from a comparative and local perspective.

Part 1 deals with social policy and the organisation of social work in different domains from a comparative perspective. The practice of social work in an international environment is discussed. It also focuses on the knowledge of different welfare systems in terms of social policy and social work. Different themes are discussed: children and family, ageing, migration, addiction, mental health, profession and education.

Part 2 covers both preventive social work and social interventions for target groups at national and local level in a Swedish context. Prevention and intervention in social work focus on the community, group and individual level and from a diversity and life course perspective. Field studies and practical social work are given special attention. Part 2 discusses interprofessional collaboration and comparative methodology as well as relationship-based social work.

In addition, students are encouraged to reflect on their professional identity throughout the course. The students are expected to critically reflect, analyse and discuss different aspects of social work both in the international and the Swedish 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

Basic eligibility, in addition special permission 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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