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Degree Programme in Social Services

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BASIC STUDIES 70                                              
Higher Education Studies and Working Life Skills
                                             
Higher Education Studies and Working Life Skills 1 1
   
       
                   
Higher Education Studies and Working Life Skills 2 1
   
       
                   
Higher Education Studies and Working Life Skills 3 1  
     
           
         
Higher Education Studies and Working Life Skills 4 1  
     
           
         
Higher Education Studies and Working Life Skills 5 1    
       
                 
Research and development
                                             
Information technology and basics of research activities 5
   
       
                   
Research and development activities 5  
     
             
               
Basic studies I
                                             
Finnish Language and Communication 3
   
       
                   
Swedish Language and Communication
                                             
Swedish Language, oral communication 1
   
       
                   
Swedish Language, written communication 2
   
       
                   
English Professional Skills, B2 3  
     
             
               
First Aid 1
   
       
                   
Basics of professional work in social services
                                             
Introduction to social services 5
   
       
                   
Finnish life and society 5
   
       
                   
Introduction to social and health care system 5
   
       
                   
Basics of client work in social services
                                             
Professional interaction and ethics 5
   
       
                   
A process of client work 5
   
       
                   
Communities, groups and lifestyle 5
   
       
                   
Client groups and client work in social services
                                             
Social work and counseling 5
   
       
                   
Upbringing and child protection 5
   
       
                   
Multicultural and community work 5
   
       
                   
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PROFESSIONAL STUDIES 45                                              
Management and entrepreneurship
                                             
Immediate leadership and work community skills 5  
     
             
               
Organizing welfare services 5  
     
             
               
Entrepreneurship in wellbeing services 5  
     
             
               
Optional professional studies
(Select 30 ECTS)
                                             
Activating methods
                                             
Activating Methods in Social Services
                                             
Activatining and Creative Methods 5  
       
               
         
Activating Methods in Client Work 5  
       
               
         
Applications of Activating Methods 5  
       
               
         
Youth Work
                                             
Youth and Creativity 5    
       
                   
     
School as Growth Environment 5    
       
                   
     
Instructing Juvenile Teamwork 5    
       
                   
     
Child protection
(Select 30 ECTS)
                                             
Preventative child protection.
                                             
Basics of preventative child protection 5  
       
               
         
Working with Families and Networks 5  
       
               
         
Methods of preventative child protection 5  
       
               
         
Child protection work with children and families
                                             
Basis for child protection work with children and families 5    
       
                   
     
Child as a client of child protection 5    
       
                   
     
Working with families and networks 5    
       
                   
     
Early Education
(Select 30 ECTS)
                                             
Basics of Early Education
                                             
Basis for Early Education 5  
       
               
         
Pedagogy of Early Education 5  
       
               
         
Children`s Play and Observation 5  
       
               
         
Advanced Studies of Early Education
                                             
Family Work and Early Education 5    
       
                   
     
Special Education 5    
       
                   
     
Methods of Pedagogy 5    
       
                   
     
Social work for adults
(Select 30 ECTS)
                                             
Basics of social work for adults
                                             
Premises of Social Work with Adults 5  
       
               
         
Client Groups and Service System in Social Work with Adults 5  
       
               
         
Ethical Issues in Social Work 5  
       
               
         
Methods of social work for adults
                                             
Working Methods in Social Work Practice with Adults 5    
       
                   
     
Counselling Process 5    
       
                   
     
Active Participation 5    
       
                   
     
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OPTIONAL STUDIES 30                                              
PRACTICAL TRAINING 45                                              
Basic practical training
                                             
Practical Training in Client Work Project 5
   
       
                   
Practical Training in Client Work 10  
     
           
         
Professional studies training
                                             
Practical Training in RDI Projects and Services 5  
     
             
               
Managerial Work / Specialized Client Work 10  
       
               
         
Advanced professional studies training
                                             
Advanced Professional Studies Training 15    
         
                     
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BACHELOR'S THESIS 20                                              
Thesis planning 5  
       
               
         
Thesis knowledge base 5  
       
               
         
Thesis results and outcomes 5    
       
                   
     
Thesis reporting 5    
         
                     
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ECTS credits per period / semester / academic year 64 120 86 32 32 32.8 87.2 65.4 20.6 16.1 16.1 16.1 16.1 16.4 16.4 28.7 28.7 28.7 33.2 33.2 7.2 7.2 7.2

Due to the timing of optional and elective courses, credit accumulation per semester / academic year may vary.

Programme description

PROGRAMME
A Bachelor's Degree in Social Services is a part of social and health care studies at University of Applied Sciences.

DEGREE
A Bachelor's Degree in Social Services, Socionom.

EXTENT OF THE STUDY PROGRAMME
210 ECTS, 3 years

STUDY OBJECTIVES
Objectives and aims of studies are described by national network of socionom educators (socionom core competences) and TUAS (innovation competences). Main objectives are:

ethical competences
client work competences
competences in service systems and case management
competences in empowerment and social problems
competences in research, development and innovation
competences in management, leadership and entrepreneurship
multicultural competences.
Annual themes are:

Orientation to social services and growth promotion
Client work in social services and communality
Administrative work and deepening of professional competence
Development of social work
STRUCTURE OF STUDIES AND STUDY CONTENTS
The studies are organized as modules and course units. Studying starts with basic studies, where the emphasis is put to learning skills and orientation to social services and client work. In the beginning of the studies the topics are such as the operational environment of social services and health care, basic abilities needed in social work and social services, language and communication skills and basis for information management and research. Vocational studies include further basis of knowledge and skills needed in the field of social services. The studies include theoretical and practical learning. Studies also include practical training in work placement and a Bachelor’s thesis (20 ECTS).

Implementation

Part-time education is planned and implemented in a way that the students are able to complete their studies while working at the same time. Stydying in the degree programme is based on the premises of innovation pedagogics defined in the strategy of Turku University of Applied Sciences. Innovation pedagogics combines learning, producing new information and applying the knowledge acquired. In multiform education innovation pedagogics means, for example, innovative teaching methods, different social learning environments, alternative methods for completing studies, flexible curricula, internationalism and entrepreneurial activities. In practice, innovation pedagogics refers to an approach to learning and tuition that emphasises orientation on working life and focus on research and development.

On specified grounds while completing the degree, the student may be accredited for studies completed in other Finnish or foreign academic institutions that meet the competence requirements of the degree. Based on prior education, work experience and other evidence, studies of the first term may be accredited. In addition, the student can apply for accreditation of other competence of similar standard acquired by some other means (such as work experience). The student's competence will be assessed based on certificates or other evidence. The onus for demonstrating evidence for studies and competence is on the student.

The principles of adult pedagogy are applied in the planning and implementation of the part-time studies. The students are seen as active learners who are motivated to self-development, ongoing continuous education and maintaining and developing their professional skills. The needs of the students completing their studies while working at the same time are taken into consideration by implementing the studies with the help of multiform methods. The studymethods vary from lecturing, internet-based network, independent studies and practical training.

Contact teaching is approximately four days per month. Independent student work, interactive online studies and study guidance during the studies is significant. The Optima learning environment is an important channel of information and interaction, and it is taken into use at the start of the studies.

As part of the studies, students shall participate in various joint research and development projects of the University of Applied Sciences. In the different study modules, the research and development activities of the degree programme are realised as, for example, working-life-oriented final projects and project studies. Students become familiar with entrepreneurship in theoretical studies and training.The student's earlier entrepreneurial competence may also be accreditated. The student's competence will be assessed based on certificates or other evidence.

CHOOSING A MAIN SUBJECT OR FIELD OF SPECIALIZATION, QUALIFICATIONS
Students choose a part of vocational studies, between Early childhood education, Child protection, Social work for adults and Activating methods.

Early childhood education studies aim at competences to work in the field of early childhood pedagogy and family work. Students also learn to work with children, young people and families, which need special care. They learn how to develop work with children, youth and family from the perspective of working life.

After graduation their can work in the fields of early childhood pedagogy, family work and in pedagogic and counseling tasks e.g. in day care centers and schools, as well as in development and management tasks in public, private or non-profit services.

Child protection studies give competences to work in the field of child protection and family work. Students also gain knowledge and skills to work with children, young people and families, which need special care. They learn how to develop work with children, youth and family from the perspective of working life. After graduation their can work e.g. in children´s homes as well as in development and management tasks in public, private or non-profit services.

Social work for adults aims at competences to produce, develop and manage social services and social counseling. Students deepen their knowledge of service systems in order to empower clients and support them in utilizing social services. They are able to apply different theoretical perspectives and working methods in client work. After graduation they can work e.g. in the field of social security, unemployment services and rehabilitation as well as in development and management tasks in public, private or non-profit services.

Activating methods give students new and innovative working methods, which enable them to improve well being of individuals, groups, teams, communities and organizations. After graduation they can work e.g. as an employee, manager and entrepreneur in education, counseling, planning and development tasks in different fields of social work and social services.

THESIS
A Bachelor’s thesis (20 ECTS) shall demonstrate the student's aptitude to work independently and use research-based data in a critical manner.

EVALUATION AND FEEDBACK
The competences described in the competence map are used as a starting point for the assessment. The course units and their objectives are applied from the objectives of different competence fields. In modules and course units the target of assessment is therefore competence. Assessment includes self-assessment of a student, peer assessment, working life assessment and assessment made by the teachers. Self-assessment and peer assessment are made in connection with guidance of student’s professional growth and when the course units are assessed. The competences are also assessed with individual and group exams and learning tasks.

INTERNATIONALIZATION
The objective of internationalism is that the student will widen his or her global perspective, learn to understand different cultures and be able to work in a multicultural working environment. Different forms of internationalism in studies includeexchange studies or practical training abroad, participation in International Semester course units, studies and literature in English or other foreign languages, practical training with immigrants, day care centers specialized in foreign languages, tutor activities with foreign students at TUAS, studies abroad and various seminars and projects. Studies abroad are part of the degree completed in Finland in a manner to be agreed on separately and will not extend the study time. The degree programme contains 30 cr of English studies which are integrated in implementation plans.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
After graduation a bachelor of social servicescan work in different fields of social and well-being services (public, private and non-profit sectors). A bachelor of social services isemployed in counseling as well as development and management tasks. He/she also has basic competences to work as an entrepreneur.

POSSIBLE JOBTITLES AFTER GRADUATION
A bachelor of social services is often employed as a counselor, a social counselor or as a kindergarden teacher.

POSTGRADUATE STUDY OPPORTUNITIES
A bachelor's degree in social services is an excellent basis for life long learning and further studies at master`s level at universities of applied sciences or at science universities.

CONTACT INFORMATION
www.tuas.fi

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