Information on individual educational components (ECTS-Course descriptions) per semester

Research Trip

Degree programme Social Work
Subject area Social Work & Health
Type of degree Master
Summer Semester 2024
Course unit title Research Trip
Course unit code 058425040101
Language of instruction English
Type of course unit (compulsory, optional) Compulsory
Teaching hours per week 2
Year of study 2024
Level of the course / module according to the curriculum
Number of ECTS credits allocated 3
Name of lecturer(s) Viktoria REUSCHEL, Uta SKOWRANEK
Requirements and Prerequisites

Prerequisites and accompanying conditions Courses from the previous semesters of modules 1, 2, 3 or 4

Course content

The final excursion of the Master's degree course in Social Work offers the opportunity to get to know other social professional organizations and social systems at a regionally, nationally or internationally selected location and to engage in a professional exchange. The focus is on clinical social work and social space work, whereby one specialization can be examined more intensively.

  • the basic competence objectives in modules 2, 3 and 4 are brought together in an exemplary manner.
  • the aim is to differentiate and critically reflect on knowledge management and competence development as well as the expansion of understanding in societal and socio-political developments in the transnational field.
  • the aim of the research trip is to recognize that socio-political and societal decisions can be influenced by professionally sound results.
Learning outcomes

After successfully completing the course, students will be able to

  • name, differentiate and categorize the transfer between theoretical knowledge and practical implementation in socio-political terms
  • reflect on the knowledge acquired during their studies in relation to social practice in a living environment to be researched
  • systematically analyse how social profit organizations, social and socio-political developments interact and understand, recognize and name them
  • understand the importance of scientifically based lines of
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
  • Field trip to a regionally, nationally or internationally selected location with a visit to relevant social profit organizations or NGOs
  • Keynote speeches
Assessment methods and criteria
  • Immanent (or final if unable to attend) examination character
  • responsibility for the content of individual key topics
  • keynote speeches on site
  • reports afterwards
  • attendance/participation


  • The costs for the research trip are to be borne individually by the students.
  • a preliminary discussion will take place.
  • compulsory attendance: instead of participating in the field trip, a seminar paper of at least 30,000 - 40,000 characters including spaces (excluding the characters of the cover sheet, table of contents, tables and other lists in the appendix) must be prepared as a substitute.
Recommended or required reading

Gemeinnützige Organisationen in der Praxis die häufigsten Irrtümer von Vereinen und anderen NPOs 2. Auflage). (2019). dbv-Verlag.

Herbe, D., & Palsherm, I. (2023). Das neue Bürgergeld: Die rechtlichen Neuregelungen (1. Auflage). Nomos.

Stranzinger, T., Kuhn, C., Kovacs, K., & Hofer, C. (2017). Non-Profit-Organisationen: Rechtsformen, Rechnungslegung & Steuern, Finanzberichterstattung, Aufsicht & Prüfung, Spendenfinanzierung. MANZ´sche Verlags- und Universitätsbuchhandlung.

Werner, G. W. (2018). Einkommen für alle: Bedingungsloses Grundeinkommen - die Zeit ist reif (1. Auflage der überarbeiteten, aktualisierten und erweiterten Neuausgabe). Kiepenheuer & Witsch.

Socialplatform (2020): Webseite der socialplatform. Online im Internet:

Mode of delivery (face-to-face, distance learning)

Field Trip