In the development of high-quality social work practices the principles of social justice, human rights, collective responsibility and respect for diversity take centre stage. These practices take shape in a variety of organisations and contexts like general welfare work (working with homeless people, inmates, crime victims, ...), youth care, youth work, community work, social-artistic practices, refugee work, childcare, care for the elderly, and education.
Our programme focuses on how professional practice, policy and research are shaped, as well as on the various social issues and new challenges with which today’s society has to contend, and which have an important impact on people’s social environment. Think for instance of commercialisation tendencies, socialisation, criminalisation, individualisation, multiculturalisation and digitalisation. The academic Master’s programme in Social Work and Social Welfare Studies aims at instilling in students a critical-reflective attitude and a personal viewpoint on topical social issues. Throughout the curriculum, we provide our students with the theoretical frameworks and skills they need to understand and help shape social work practice, policy and research. As it is shaped by a diversity of professional settings, a social worker’s professional profile cannot be reduced to one single dimension.
The Social Work and Social Welfare programme offers an academic training, aimed at competent pedagogical support of individuals and groups in the broad professional field of social work and social welfare. Our graduates’ pedagogical conduct in these various settings is inspired by five guidelines, which together constitute the DNA of social work: proximity, political work, process-based work, generalist work and collaborative work. The programme is about learning to support people as much as it is about learning to analyse and question social issues such as social inequity. The link between working on an individual as well as a structural level is an important focal point in our programme.