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

Fachbereich Sozialwesen

  • Leipziger Straße 123
  • 36037 Fulda
  • Phone: +49 661 9640-200
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Basic information

Total number of students 1,370
Percentage of teaching by practitioners 30.0 %

Cooperative Education

Students in cooperative education 160

Support during the study entry phase

Score for offers before studies - Score 2/8 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 100.0 %
Graduations in appropriate time, master's 76.7 %

Job market- and career-orientation

Contact with work environment, bachelor's 10/10 points
Contact with work environment, master's 6/10 points
Bachelor theses in cooperation with work environment 33.5 %
Master theses in cooperation with work environment 91.0 %
Share of professors with work experience 46.7 %


Third party funds per professor

Students' assessments on undergraduate, presence-learning-courses

Teacher support 1.8
Support in studies 1.8
Courses offered 2.3
Study organisation 1.7
Exams 2.0
Job market preparation 2.0
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Support for stays abroad 2.0
Rooms 1.3
Library 1.6
IT-infrastructure 1.5
Overall study situation 1.7

Degree courses without details

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

  • Special features regarding teaching
    Strong interdisciplinary orientation, practical relevance, small groups, strong research orientation, international context, gender and diversity, intersectionality, interdisciplinary networking, blended learning, family-work balance, intensive teaching coaching in online teaching area, intensive individual support for students, teaching research projects, methodological diversity, media education, regional context, variety of topics in social work (e.g., delinquency, violence, social inequality, family, mental illness), licensed teachers, doctorate centre of social work.
  • Special features regarding the international orientation
    On the one hand, the International Course in Social Work at the department is open to international students who have already completed two semesters in Social Work; the course is offered entirely in English. On the other hand, there are specific modules in the programmes that focus on social work within an international context and on cross-cultural skills. There are also partnerships with 18 international universities. In addition, regular, English-taught continuing education provided by international colleagues and research projects are available.
  • Common partner universities for exchange
    University of Brno, Czech Republic; Technological educational institution of Athens, Greece; Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Science, Norway; West University of Timisoara, Romania; Umea University, Sweden; University of Huelva, Spain; University of la Laguna, Spain; University of Padova, Italy; Diakonia University of Applied Sciences Pieksämäki, Finland; University of Applied Sciences Burgenland, Austria; University of Wisconsin, USA; University of Massachusetts, USA; Interregional Insitute of Economics and Law Sankt Petersburg, Russia; Saint Petersburg State University, Russia; State University of New York and Cortland, USA; San Francisco State University, USA; University of Sunshine Coast, Australia; Université Bordeaux Montaigne, France
  • Special features regarding the equipment
    Mobile recording equipment for advisory sessions, Internet access in all rooms, two technical staff/administrators for teachers and students, video/audio recording devices/laptops and software for research projects, large computer room for students, all rooms with projectors and mobile computer equipment, whiteboards in all rooms, equipment for printing posters and binding of scientific papers, subject-specific databases via the university library, teaching material for teaching method diversity.
  • Special features regarding research and development
    Regional and international references in research projects, bundling of research projects in the school's own Cesst research centre, trans- and interdisciplinary research, media attention of research projects, social sustainability as a key topic area, research on didactics in teaching, research involving simulation clients in consulting, scientific conferences, participation in research promotion of the state and federal governments.
  • Integration of theory and practice
    All full-time teachers proactively introduce their research experience/work into the their teaching. There are also special modules containing action research projects in the Bachelor's and Master's programmes; This involves students planning and realising their own, small research projects with the support of teachers. What is more, greater weight was assigned to research-based modules as part of the re-accreditation of all programmes. Doctoral students, and their respective research projects, at the department are actively integrated into the teaching.
  • Website with further information on research activities
  • Support for founders
    Simulation games on start-ups; Social management with modular content on start-ups in the social sector; Dual degree courses; Cooperation with the university's Founders' Office; Cooperation with Department of Economics on specific topics.
  • Characteristics of assistance to differently abled persons
    Advice, information and support at Fulda University for prospective students and students with disabilities, chronic illness (including mental illness) or specific learning disorders regarding course organisation, individual disadvantage compensation and barrier-free campus.
  • Characteristics of diversity advancement
    Promotion of diversity at the Fulda University overall, e.g. Family-Friendly University audit (certified since 2006), diversity audit "Promoting Diversity", Total E-Quality award (2009, 2012, 2015). Counselling centres and child care available.
  • Other special features
    Modern campus and premises; Regional and international orientation; Participation in the doctorate centre of Social Work (being established); Strong focus on aspects of career-integrated, dual and blended learning; International course in Social Work; Interdisciplinary cooperation between the related sciences Psychology, Sociology, Education and Law; Four Psychology professorships with professional licence.
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Last update 2017: Data collected by the CHE Center for Higher Education, Germany.
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