The degree in Social Work of the FFCS offers students proximity teaching (with personalized support) with a strong articulation between theoretical and practical teaching. innovative teaching practices and methodologies appropriate to the syllabus taught (e.g. Service-Learning and Project-Based Learning) stand out.
Students have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of academic and social solidarity activities in addition to conventional teaching activities. The course's primacy is to train professionals of excellence and to contribute, equally, to the integral development of the person.
The most diverse experiences of contact with the contexts of practice are also highlighted. Direct contact with the field takes place throughout the course, but begins to have more expression from the 2nd year when students begin their curricular internship.
Why Social Work?
It is a course with a broad scope in its training, since in addition to the structuring core of the Social Service area, it has a wide range of contributions from the most varied areas of social sciences and humanities, among others.
The degree in Social Work at the FFCS has a total of 7 semesters (three and a half years) with a total of 210 ECTS.
What are the objectives?
- To train scientifically, enabling one to understand the major contemporary social changes and their impact on the lives of populations (individuals, families, groups, and communities);
- To know, develop, and deepen the theoretical-methodological, technical-operational, and ethical dimensions of Social Work;
- To contribute to the development and implementation of renewed and humanistic social policies;
- To develop attitudes that contribute to the solution of human and social problems and favour the promotion and empowerment of people in respecting their options defending human rights and social justice.
Competencies of graduates in Social Work:
In line with the Global Standards for Social Work Education and Training it is intended that graduates will acquire the following professional competencies:
- Development of social and community mediation, social advocacy and empowerment practices;
- Understanding social determinants that impact people's health and well-being (mental, physical, emotional and spiritual);
- Building and promoting healthy social relationships at the micro, meso and macro levels (individuals, families, groups, programs, organizations, communities);
- Promoting creative strategies and exploring social alternatives that foster the participation of socially vulnerable groups in social inclusion programs;
- Aptitude for multidisciplinary, intersectoral and networking work;
- Design, implementation and evaluation of social intervention projects;
- Critical analysis, formulation, implementation and evaluation of social policies and programs;
- Social monitoring of individuals and families, work with groups and community intervention;
- Directing and managing social services and institutions;
- Application of values, principles and obligations of ethical conduct;
- Ability to investigate and explain social problems.
The fields of work of Social Workers are multiple and include diversified levels of intervention:
- Direct provision of services to populations, in the social monitoring of individuals and families, groups and community intervention;
- Direction and management of social services and institutions;
- Consulting, evaluation, design and coordination of programs and projects in the areas of social intervention and policies;
- Social Research.
Social Service professionals work in different organizational contexts, such as Public Administration Organizations and State services (in most ministries, especially in employment and social security, health, justice and education), Municipalities (city councils and parish councils, particularly in municipal services, in areas such as education and housing); Private Companies; in non-profit Social Organizations, associations, foundations, cooperatives and trade unions, social solidarity institutions, and mercies, namely in the areas of:
- Social Security;
- Social Action;
- Early intervention;
- Justice and Social Reintegration;
- Housing and environment;
- Vocational training and employment;
- Regional, local and community development.
Customize your degree
In order to allow students to reinforce their area of specialization, the degree program includes a diversified set of optional courses. As of the 2023/2024 academic year, a set of new optional course units in the Social Work scientific area will come into operation, namely: i) Digital Social Work; ii) Innovation, Creativity and Social Responsibility and iii) Management of social equipment and responses.