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  6. Fachbereich Sozialwesen (Köln)
2019 / 20
CHE University Ranking
Social Policy and Social Work, Department

Fachbereich Sozialwesen (Köln)

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Basic information

Total number of students 1,010
Percentage of teaching by practitioners 21.0 %

Cooperative Education

Students in cooperative education

Support during the study entry phase

Score for offers before studies - Score 1/8 points
Score for offers at start of studies 10/14 points
Score for offers in the first year of studies 5/11 points
Total score for support in the study entry phase

Results of study

Graduations in appropriate time, undergraduate degrees 86.4 %
Graduations in appropriate time, master's 24.5 %

Job market- and career-orientation

Contact with work environment, bachelor's 4/10 points
Contact with work environment, master's 3/10 points
Bachelor theses in cooperation with work environment
Master theses in cooperation with work environment
Share of professors with work experience 35.0 %


Third party funds per professor 15.0

Students' assessments on undergraduate, presence-learning-courses

Teacher support 2.1
Support in studies 2.3
Courses offered 2.7
Study organisation 2.1
Exams 2.7
Job market preparation 2.3
Support during practical semester 2.3
Support for stays abroad 2.6
Rooms 2.3
Library 2.3
IT-infrastructure 2.3
Overall study situation 1.9

Degree courses with details

Degree courses without details

Further degree courses of the department
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Further information provided by the department

  • Special features regarding teaching
    Self-referential, exploratory, research-oriented and practical and project-related learning; Close, personal contact between students and teaching staff; personal atmosphere conducive to learning; lecturers readily available; no oversubscribed events; extensive supervision and guidance in all phases of study; Course guidance; Guidance and supervision through Work Placement Office/representatives and International Office/representatives; extra-curricular courses such as "Spring Academy".
  • Special features regarding the international orientation
    Erasmus University Charter; German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)/PROMOS programmes; Bachelor's: 10-15 outgoing students each winter semester who complete practical components of their studies abroad (usually in the second practical phase in module 21 “Fields of Action”, 30 credit points in 4th/5th semester); In the Master’s, the research project (15 credit points in 3rd/4th semesters.) semester) can be completed abroad. Structural simplifications for international mobility are put in place for the time periods mentioned. Stays abroad are also encouraged outside these windows.
  • Common partner universities for exchange
    Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium; Université Catholique de Lille, France; Alpen-Adria Universität Klagenfurt, Austria; Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, Portugal; Stockholm University, Sweden; Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz, Switzerland; Universidad de Deusto, Spain; University of Hradec Kràlove, Czech Republic; University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom; University of Bethlehem, Palestine
  • Special features regarding the equipment
    Design of all seminar rooms: Equipment of a high standard with projectors, Internet access, seating etc.; new main lecture theatre with a maximum of approx. 200 seats; improvement of disabled access; computer pools; networked library (online research and order systems); Intranet platform with groupware system (access from home possible); WiFi in all rooms, research software in the computer room as well as portable licences and research infrastructure.
  • Special features regarding research and development
    Research-oriented Master’s with a focus on “Research and Innovation” with course-integrated research and development projects. Linking with affiliated institutes and key research areas: German Institute for Addiction and Prevention Research, Institute for Participation Research, key research areas “Education and Diversity” as well as “Network Research in Social Work”. centre for research promotion, transfer and continuing education. 5 cooperative doctorates in the period 2013-2015.
  • Integration of theory and practice
    Bachelor's: Development of practical projects (study project 2) and action concepts on the basis of current research results; Master's: Close link between research and teaching (MA = research-oriented), particularly in research and development projects; Knowledge transfer through regular subject-specific conferences and fora (incl. presentation of current research results); Knowledge transfer through public presentation of findings from research and development projects of Master’s students at the end of their studies
  • Website with further information on research activities
  • Characteristics of assistance to differently abled persons
    Representative for people with disabilities in each department; Regular advisory services for those affected; Integration with the university’s central working group on participation and integration that develops recommendations for the further development of the “Inclusive University” in terms of teaching and barrier-free accessibility in the building; Measures are implemented gradually, most recently supported by the provision of funds in five-digit amounts for construction measures, for example.
  • Characteristics of diversity advancement
    Equality as an interdisciplinary tasks in terms of diversity; Objective and long-term task: Family-friendly organisation of studying and work, equality between men and women, equal opportunities. Stakeholders: Central and decentralised – and advisory – equality representative at the university/department level, decentralised working groups for “Equality” and family offices, central senate committee on equality (K 4), key research areas “Gender and transculturality”, “Participation research”, “Education and diversity” and the people in administration tasked with equality responsibilities.
  • Other special features
    Member of the Best Practices Club “Family and University” (students with children/who are caring for relatives), family room, Student Services Office; Christian profile; concept for promotion of university involvement and self-administration; Placement Office and International Office.
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Last update 2017: Data collected by the CHE Center for Higher Education, Germany.
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