The professional title is social worker
Most social workers work in the public sector and act on behalf of the community. Social work is rooted in human rights and social justice.
The objective of the programme
Social work is both a theoretical and a practical discipline. Our goal is to educate individuals who know and understand the social work discipline and who can integrate their knowledge, skills and values in their professional social work.
This is what you learn
If you choose to study social work, you will learn how to assist children, youths, adults, groups and local communities to enhance their living conditions and quality of life. Client participation, communication- and relational theory, marginalization/discrimination and interdisciplinary cooperation are key subjects. The programme includes courses in sociology, psychology, ethics, law, social policy, scientific theory and research methods.
This is how you learn
We believe that learning is an active process that unfolds in interaction with others. Hence, the programme includes various teaching- and learning methods with focus on individual activity and participation to strengthen the learning process. Clinical practice and fieldwork comprise approximately one quarter of the programme. During fieldwork, you get the opportunity to translate your theoretical knowledge into action.
Where do social workers work?
Social workers may work in primary health-, social- and welfare services, NAV (The Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration), child welfare services, hospitals, children and adult mental health services, addiction treatment, schools, family counselling, care and supervision of convicted criminals by correctional services, with refugees, immigrants and in non-profit organizations. In addition to working directly with people, social workers also engage in political influence, research, teaching, administration and management.
Further academic opportunities
Many social workers pursue continuing education after they have obtained their Bachelor’s degree. An increasing number attend a social work- or an interdisciplinary Master’s degree programme. There are also numerous advanced study programmes relevant to social workers and social work.
This is why you should choose VID for your Bachelor’s degree in Social Work
- We have a long and broad experience with the Social Work programme
- We pay close attention to our students
- We provide relevant fieldwork placement locations
- You may complete parts of the programme abroad
- We offer a congenial student environment and focus on student democracy
- VID is centrally located
An 18-week period of practical fieldwork will be implemented in the fourth semester for full-time students and in the sixth semester for part-time students. You may carry out fieldwork abroad.
Educational resources for bachelor in social work
Educational resources are resources such as are used in connection with practice, practice exercises and for supervisors.