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Social Work Ba (B), Social work in a Swedish and global context, 15 Credits

General data

Code: SA001G
Subject/Main field: Socialt arbete
Cycle: First cycle
Progression: (B)
Credits: 15
Progressive specialization: G2F - First cycle, has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
Answerable department: Social Works
Answerable faculty: Faculty of Human Sciences
Established: 12/13/2006
Date of change: 5/30/2013
Version valid from: 8/29/2013


The aim of the course is to provide a broad overview of different areas of social work and social welfare in Sweden. The course is designed for international exchange students, and presents a variety of aspects of social work in Sweden.

Course objectives

Students who successfully complete the course will
• have knowledge of social welfare and several specific fields of social work in Sweden (organisation, funding, different models of welfare, care and treatment, education and other aspects)
• have knowledge of differences and similarities in social work and social welfare between countries
• be able to find facts, figures, literature and research on social work in Sweden through resources available on the Internet
• be able to give an individual written and oral presentation of a specific aspect of social work or social welfare in Sweden.


Through a set of one or two week modules the students will learn about different aspects of social work and social welfare in Sweden. Content may differ from one semester to another. Example of modules that could appear on the course: Human rights and Public Law in Sweden, Addictions, International social work, Intercultural social work, Community work, Gender and social work, Social services in Sweden, How to find facts, figures, literature and research on social work in Sweden (module integrated in essay work).
There will be lectures, seminars and study visits to social services and local NGO’s.

Entry requirements

At least one year of successfully completed full-time studies at university level, of which one semester social work or other studies that can be considered equivalent.

Selection rules and procedures

The selectionprocess is in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance and the local order of admission.

Examination form

The students are expected to produce module related working papers and will for the whole course be examined through an essay presented at a seminar.

Grading system:

Grading system

The grades A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F are given on the course. On this scale the grades A through E represent pass levels, whereas Fx and F represent fail levels.

Course reading

Required literature

Alcock, P. & Craig, G. (ed.), International social policy : welfare regimes in the developed world, Basingstoke, Palgrave, 2001

Cochrane, Clarke & Gewirtz (ed.), Comparing welfare states, London, Sage in association with the Open University, 2001

Hessle, Sven & Vinnerljung, Bo, Child Welfare in Sweden - an overview, 2000

Comment: (Unpublished paper – University of Southampton - )

Kleinman, Mark., A European welfare state?: European Union social policy in context, Basingstoke, Palgrave, 2002

Relevant complementary literature (mainly articles available through Mid Sweden University library) decided on course start, totally approximately 1500 to 2000 pages.

Litteraturen är avhängig vilka moduler som ingår och kompletteras med relevanta artiklar i samband med kursstart. Omkring 1500-2000 sidor totalt.