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  4. Social Policy and Social Work
  5. HS Osnabrück
  6. Fakultät Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften
2019 / 20
CHE University Ranking
Social Policy and Social Work, Department

Fakultät Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften

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General remarks
This department is also featured in the U-Multirank world university rankings.

Basic information

Total number of students 400
Percentage of teaching by practitioners 15.0 %

Cooperative Education

Students in cooperative education

Support during the study entry phase

Score for offers before studies - Score 4/8 points
Score for offers at start of studies 10/14 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 92.5 %
Graduations in appropriate time, master's not ranked because in the period of observation there were no graduates yet

Job market- and career-orientation

Contact with work environment, bachelor's 4/10 points
Contact with work environment, master's 2/10 points
Bachelor theses in cooperation with work environment 87.4 %
Master theses in cooperation with work environment
Share of professors with work experience 33.0 %


Third party funds per professor 11.4

Students' assessments on undergraduate, presence-learning-courses

Teacher support 2.0
Support in studies 1.9
Courses offered 2.1
Study organisation 1.5
Exams 2.2
Job market preparation 1.7
Support during practical semester 1.8
Support for stays abroad 2.2
Rooms 1.9
Library 1.8
IT-infrastructure 1.7
Overall study situation 1.9

Degree courses without details

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

  • Special features regarding teaching
    65% of the courses are conducted in small groups; Content-related and didactic integration of practical work and university study at learning locations; General course of study with possibility of creating your own profile; systematic modules that build on one another in the study schedule teach basic methodological skills in the field of social work; internationalisation (incl. optional specialisation area "International Social Work"); linking of research and teaching; exciting excursions abroad; Highly-qualified teaching staff; Good supervision.
  • Special features regarding the international orientation
    Option to choose the specialisation “International Social Work” with periods abroad in the UK and Sweden.
  • Common partner universities for exchange
    Katholieke Hogeschool Limbourg; University College Zealand/ Roskilde Paedagogseminarium; Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences; Humanities Polytechnic Tornio Unit; University of Lincoln; University of Akureyri; Mykolas Romeris University; Vytautas Magnus University; Hogeschool van Amsterdam; Malmö University; HES-SO Valais/Wallis; Universidad de Granada; Hacettepe University
  • Special features regarding the equipment
    Extensive pool of computer workstations, which can also be used for courses; Use of video cameras in classes and at exams; Rental of digital recording devices for qualitative research; Licences for SPSS and MaxQDA; GPS devices available for use in teaching (e.g. social space analysis via geocaching).
  • Special features regarding research and development
    Conception and implementation of a student-run study as a basis for the Bachelor's thesis; teaching on the basis of continuous research projects by teaching staff of the course of study; opportunities for the involvement of research projects in the key university research focus area "Inclusive Education – Participation as Actionary and Organisational Principle" at Hochschule Osnabrück, realised for the most part by members of the degree course; A member of the teaching staff also has a research professorship. 6 cooperative doctorates in the period 2013-2015.
  • Integration of theory and practice
    Teaching content is linked to research findings through third-party-funded research and the internal specialisation “Inclusive Education”. Four professors from Social Work work there.
  • Website with further information on research activities
  • Support for founders
    The founders' service is the central contact point for all members of the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences. This includes: Business coaching, assistance with licenses and permits, drawing up a business plan, funding advice, support with financing, development of a business model, support for the organisation of events.
  • Characteristics of assistance to differently abled persons
    The following is available to students and prospective students with health problems: Specific counselling (such as on equalisation of disadvantages measures, starting and planning one's studies, on course issues, etc.) A manual ("Students and prospective students with disabilities and/or chronic health problems at the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences"); Building plans (barrier-free access to the university building); Links to foundations, scholarships, etc., for the visually impaired, people with chronic diseases.
  • Characteristics of diversity advancement
    Diversity at the university is encouraged by measures such as: Workshops on diversity-oriented teaching ("LehreDivers"); Certified as family-friendly university; Flexible working hours; University's own childcare facilities; Faculty's equality plan; Free language courses for university staff (Spanish, English, Chinese, etc.).
  • Other special features
    in the specialisation area of "International Social Work" in cooperation with Malmö University (S) and the University of Lincoln (GB); Faculty language courses (Chinese, English, French, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish); Annual work placement exchange to create contact opportunities for students to local institutions; practical advisory board as guiding body; numerous (foreign) field trips; writing workshop.
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Last update 2017: Data collected by the CHE Center for Higher Education, Germany.
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