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

Fachbereich Sozialwesen (Aachen)

  • Robert-Schuman-Straße 25
  • 52066 Aachen
  • Phone: +49 241 60003-0
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Basic information

Total number of students 1,050
Percentage of teaching by practitioners 25.0 %

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 77.0 %
Graduations in appropriate time, master's 62.0 %

Job market- and career-orientation

Contact with work environment, bachelor's 5/10 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 48.0 %


Third party funds per professor 10.7

Students' assessments on undergraduate, presence-learning-courses

Teacher support 2.3
Support in studies 2.5
Courses offered 2.9
Study organisation 2.4
Exams 2.6
Job market preparation 2.5
Support during practical semester 2.1
Support for stays abroad rank group not assignable
Rooms 2.2
Library 2.6
IT-infrastructure 2.0
Overall study situation 2.3

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, support in all phases of study (mentor groups); Course guidance; Guidance and support from the International Office/international representatives; manageable seminar sizes; Regular visits to institutions within Germany and in other European countries; Close integration of theory and practice; supervision during the practical phase; courses on self-reflection and professional identity.
  • Special features regarding the international orientation
    Erasmus University Charter; German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)/PROMOS programmes; Option to acquire an Euregio (additional) certificate in association with 6 universities (NL/B/D); 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 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
    Hogeschool Limbourg Hasselt, Belgium; Katholieke Hogeschool Limbourg Hasselt, Belgium; Haute École HEMES/ESAS Liège, Belgium; Haute École Charlemagne Liège, Belgium; Hogeschool Zuyd Sittard/Heerlen, Netherlands; University College Cork, Ireland; Gothenburg University, Sweden; Istanbul University, Turkey; Monmouth University in West Long Branch, USA; Prefectural University of Hiroshima, Japan
  • Special features regarding the equipment
    Equipment of a high standard in lecture theatres and seminar rooms with projectors, Internet access, seating, etc., computer pools; networked library (online research and ordering system), Intranet platform with groupware system (access from home possible), WiFi in all rooms, very well-equipped computer room, research software and research infrastructure. Newly built library, newly designed auditorium, renovated seminar and discussion rooms.
  • Special features regarding research and development
    Research-based Master's degree course with a focus on "Education and Integration" and "Clinical and Therapeutic Social Work" with study-integrated research and development projects. Independent development and implementation of research projects in smaller research teams. Intensive supervision from professors managing the projects. Collaborations possible with affiliated institutes and research focus areas (igsp (Institute for Health Research), DISuP (Institute for Addiction Research), Social Participation and Gender Research). Public presentation of the findings and preparation of publications in specialist journals. 3 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 (at the end of the summer semester, respectively)
  • Website with further information on research activities
  • Characteristics of assistance to differently abled persons
    Representative for people with disabilities in each department, heads up the “Inclusivity” working group of the Aachen department as inclusivity officer, plus deputy. Regular advisory services for those affected; The working group 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, flanked by the participation of the central university working group, which recently coordinated the distribution 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), "Katho Zwerge" childcare, Student Services Office, Work Placement Office, International Office, psychological counselling, busy university life (first-semester and graduate parties, summer parties, conferences and congresses, etc.), Katho-Preis (Catholic University Award) awarded to outstanding theses, EU (NL/B/D) projects and practical placements.
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Last update 2017: Data collected by the CHE Center for Higher Education, Germany.
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