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Global Perspectives in Social Work

Bachelor's level | 7.5 credits | Course code: SW1118
Autumn 2020
100% Day
Period: 4 December 2020 - 17 January 2021
2) Only EU/EEA citizens and students with approved residence permit in Sweden can apply

About the Course

The course aims to provide the students with  knowledge and understanding of current global challenges, major strategies and human rights issues in relation to social work locally as well as globally. 
The target groups of the course are international students and Swedish students planning to do internship abroad.

Through lectures and assignments, the students will explore how globally defined social problems affect human beings on a local level and how different models of welfare states meet people's needs. The students also have the opportunity to discuss and analyze ethical issues in relation to class, gender, ethnicity and place in a global perspective.

A major aim of the course is to give the students analytical as well as practical tools in order to understand, assess and problematize social problems and  unequal power relations ships globally as well as locally.

The ethnically diverse group of students will also serve as a platform for discussions about power imbalance, human rights and social justice in a global social work context.

The core themes and theoretical concepts will be explained and discussed in lectures. Seminars will provide student with an arena to apply, critically discuss and reflect upon theoretical concepts from literature and lectures.

 As part of the course assessment, students are required to write an essay. The course ends with final seminars where the individual examination will be presented and discussed.



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Requirements and Selection

Requirements: To be eligible for the course as, Global Perspectives in Social Work, 7.5 credits, the equivalent of 60 credits in social science subject is required. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/ Englich B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.

Selection: Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 225 credits.

Tuition Fee

Application fee: 900 SEK
Full course cost: 10 625 SEK
First payment: 10 625 SEK

EU/EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students do not pay fees. More information on:

Study Guidance

Tina Bergendahl Olsson
Contact form
031 - 786 5778
Sprängkullsgatan 25


Department of Social Work
Box 720
40530 Göteborg
Visiting address: Sprängkullsgatan 25

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