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  4. Social Policy and Social Work
  5. EvHS Freiburg
  6. Fachbereich Soziale Arbeit
2019 / 20
CHE University Ranking
Social Policy and Social Work, Department

Fachbereich Soziale Arbeit

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Basic information

Total number of students 550
Percentage of teaching by practitioners 39.0 %

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 8/14 points
Score for offers in the first year of studies 4/11 points
Total score for support in the study entry phase

Results of study

Graduations in appropriate time, undergraduate degrees 100.0 %
Graduations in appropriate time, master's not ranked because in the period of observation there were not consistently 10 graduates per year

Job market- and career-orientation

Contact with work environment, bachelor's 5/10 points
Contact with work environment, master's 4/10 points
Bachelor theses in cooperation with work environment 9.8 %
Master theses in cooperation with work environment 67.8 %
Share of professors with work experience 50.0 %


Third party funds per professor 148.0

Students' assessments on undergraduate, presence-learning-courses

Teacher support 1.9
Support in studies 2.3
Courses offered 2.5
Study organisation 1.9
Exams 2.1
Job market preparation 2.3
Support during practical semester 1.9
Support for stays abroad 2.1
Rooms 2.2
Library 3.5
IT-infrastructure 3.0
Overall study situation 1.8

Degree courses without details

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

  • Special features regarding teaching
    Close relationship between theory and practice with an academic basis; Extensive services for student orientation, such as student advisory services; Teaching in relatively small groups; Involvement of the students in the further development of contents through evaluation and participation of semester spokespeople in module conferences; Emphasis on research activities even in the Bachelor's degree; Continuous diversity orientation in the curricula; Transdisciplinary understanding of social work on which the module contents are based; Development of self-reflection skills, also with respect to one’s own values.
  • Special features regarding the international orientation
    “Social Work International” profile: Social Work students are to be enabled to become stakeholders in the process of internationalism, transnational developments and globalisation. The certificate within the BA Social Work demonstrates a specific profile with international and transnational perspectives. This includes the acquisition of additional (subject-specific) knowledge about social work, social security, welfare state systems and structural conditions in other countries. Social Work’s orientation towards international academic discourse
  • Common partner universities for exchange
    Hogeschool Utrecht, Netherlands; Universidade de Amazônia, Brazil; PH Metropol, Denmark; Diakonia Ammattikorkeakoulu in Helsinki, Finland; Uniwersytet Warszawski, Poland; Chrześcijańska Akademia Teologiczna w Warszawie, Poland; Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem, Hungary; École Supérieure en Travail Éducatif et Social de Strasbourg, France; Charles-University in Prague, Czech Republic; Hacettepe Universitesi Ankara, Turkey
  • Special features regarding research and development
    A large number of third-party funded projects reflects the research strength of the subject. Research into Gender Studies, Education in Childhood, the Elderly, Society, Participation and Civil Society is particularly prevalent. All degree courses are characterised by a focus on research, albeit to varying degrees. In the Bachelor's course in Social Work, research methods are taught and applied at an introductory level, while the Master's in Social Work is explicitly research-oriented. Collaboration between teaching and the research association (FIVE) at the higher education institution is a permanent aim. 11 cooperative doctorates in the period 2013-2015.
  • Integration of theory and practice
    Teachers from the affiliated institute FIVE with generous third-party funding – focusing on relevant key areas of social work; Various opportunities for participation in contract research: For example, as assistants, by way of thesis assignments (BA, MA) and research shadowing (MA); Central importance of social work science as a framework for transdisciplinary frames of reference; Foundations of empirical methods (BA); Development of research methods, analysis of complex problems and derivation of practical concepts (MA); Research practice in 2-semester study projects (BA) and actual evaluation projects (MA)
  • Website with further information on research activities
  • Characteristics of assistance to differently abled persons
    Cross-departmental advisory services of the representative for students with disabilities and/or chronic illness are available to students concerned. For example, this includes individual advice and support for students during their studies, as well as participation in the development and granting of equalisation of disadvantages in cooperation with the exam office. Where students require individual adjustments to their studies due to an impairment, the course director of BA Social Work will make arrangements with the students.
  • Other special features
    Since summer semester 2016: Service Learning: Students who volunteer in refugee and/or migrant work are integrated into a course that links reflection, theoretical understanding and scientific analysis to the respective work. Through this curricular integration, the practical involvement serves to develop subject-specific skills. Teaching objectives are in particular: Development of a professional self-understanding, methods for planning and reflecting on professional actions, knowledge and skills in the field of migration work.
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Last update 2017: Data collected by the CHE Center for Higher Education, Germany.
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