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

Current Discourses in Social Work

Degree programme Social Work
Subject area Social Work & Health
Type of degree Master
Summer Semester 2024
Course unit title Current Discourses in Social Work
Course unit code 058425040203
Language of instruction German, English
Type of course unit (compulsory, optional) Elective
Teaching hours per week 2
Year of study 2024
Level of the course / module according to the curriculum
Number of ECTS credits allocated 4
Name of lecturer(s) Anja KERLE
Requirements and Prerequisites

Courses from the previous semester of module 2 (social work).

Course content

The course Current Discourses in Social Work provides an insight into the gender discourse. Current discourses or a current topic in social work are dealt with as examples. In retrospect, the participants bring in the social science theories they have worked out and develop potential options for action for social work on the basis of the selected topics.

  • overview of the history of gender discourse
  • gender discourse on the basis of selected texts
  • theory - practice transfer on the basis of current, selected discourse examples in social work (e.g. digitalisation in open youth work), taking into account the acquired social science theory perspectives of the participants.
  • professional relationship building with addressees of social work from the perspective of selected discourses
  • professional ethics and current discourses on this
  • description, analysis, evaluation, prognosis and solution of social problems in the light of current discourse examples in social work



Learning outcomes

After successfully completing the course, students can:

  • comprehend, analyse and differentiate different discourses in social work (especially critical social work, gender discourse in social work, professionalisation theoretical approaches, lifeworld orientation, etc.).
  • reflect on a social problem or a current, topic-specific discourse in social work in a theory-based way.
  • classify exemplary discourses in social work situationally and contextually and use them to describe, analyse and, if necessary, solve social problems
  • develop concrete options for action that take into account the perspectives of the addressees
  • Interpret conclusions from various current discourses in social work and derive and initiate appropriate interventions.


Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Integrated course:

  • input
  • exercises
  • group work
  • self study
  • discussions
  • case studies
Assessment methods and criteria
  • handout and presentation
  • immanent examination character
  • Dial-in takes place in the third semester. 1st and 2nd choice must be specified. The two electives at the FH Vorarlberg are only possible with an even distribution of students and a sufficient number of participants. Possibly only one course will take place at the FH Vorarlberg. Here, too, an even distribution should be aimed for.
  • Obligation to attend: In the event of absenteeism, the rules of the study and examination regulations apply
Recommended or required reading

Becker-Schmidt, Regina; Knapp, Gudrun-Axeli (2020): Feministische Theorien zur Einführung. 7. Aufl. Hamburg: Junius.

Butler, Judith (2017): Körper von Gewicht. Die diskursiven Grenzen des Geschlechts. 9. Aufl. Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp.

Hirschbrunn, Katharina; Kubon-Gilke, Gisela; Sturn, Richard (Hrsg.) (2017): Kapitalismus, Globalisierung, Demokratie "Jahrbuch Normative und institutionelle Grundfragen der Ökonomik". Band 16. Weimar bei Marburg: Metropolis.

Knapp, Gudrun-Axeli (2011): „Gleichheit, Differenz, Dekonstruktion und Intersektionalität. Von Nutzen für die gleichstellungspolitische Praxis.“ In: Chancengleichheit durch Personalpolitik. Herausgegeben von Gertrude Krell, Renate Ortlieb und Barbara Sieben. 6. Aufl. Wiesbaden: Springer Gabler, S. 71-82.

May, Michael; Schäfer, Anne (2018): Theorien für die Soziale Arbeit. Baden-Baden: Nomos.

Nussbaum, Martha C. (2018): Gerechtigkeit oder das gute Leben. Herausgegeben von Herlinde Pauer-Studer. 10. Aufl. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp.

Pieck, Nadine (2018): „Gender und Macht in der Sozialen Arbeit. Wie lässt sich Geschlecht als soziale Kategorie in der Sozialen Arbeit reflektieren?“ In: Sozial Extra, 42 (2018), S. 31-35.

Rose, Lotte; Schimpf, Elke (Hrsg.) (2020): Sozialarbeitswissenschaftliche Geschlechterforschung. Methodologien, Konzepte, Forschungsfelder. Opladen: Budrich.

Sagebiel, Juliane; Pankofer, Sabine (2015): Soziale Arbeit und Machttheorien. Reflexionen und Handlungsansätze. Freiburg im Breisgau: Lambertus.

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

Blended Learning