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

Degree programme: Bachelor Social Work Fulltime
Type of degree: FH Bachelor´s Degree Programme
Summer Semester 2022

Course unit title Innovative Methods
Course unit code 048502041106
Language of instruction English
Type of course unit (compulsory, optional) Compulsory
Semester when the course unit is delivered Summer Semester 2022
Teaching hours per week 2
Year of study 2022
Number of ECTS credits allocated First Cycle (Bachelor)
Number of ECTS credits allocated 2
Name of lecturer(s) Peter NIEDERMAIR

Prerequisites and co-requisites


Prerequisites for Incomings: Basic knowledge of Social Work (or related programmes such as Social Pedagogy)

Course content

Innovative international social work methods; Relevance of different contextual settings; Developing methods through skills training; Recognized social work methods: empirical social work practice, anti-oppressive practice, radical practice and methods from the global south.

Learning outcomes


  • undertake critical analyse of the development of international methods and reflect on their contextual relevance;
  • understand the development and application of radical social work practice;
  • think critically about the impact that methods of practice have on social work to broaden their understanding and knowledge base;
  • understand the basic principles of internationally recognised social work methods and apply them in case studies;
  • develop techniques and interventions for anti-oppressive social work practice;
  • reflect on their values and professional attitudes

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Theoretical input, exercises, case studies and literature review

Assessment methods and criteria

Presentation with written documentation



Recommended or required reading

Dominelli, Lena (2006): Anti-oppressive social work theory and practice. 31. 4. Aufl. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (= Sozialmagazin: die Zeitschrift für soziale Arbeit.).

Dollinger, Bernd; Raithel, Jürgen (2006): Aktivierende Sozialpädagogik: ein kritisches Glossar. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften.

Dreikosen, Denise (2009): „Radical Social Work: A Call to Link Arms." In: Journal of Progressive Human Services Journal of Progressive Human Services, 20 (2009), H. 2, S. 107-109.

Fook, Jan (2016): Social Work: A Critical Approach to Practice. 3. Aufl. London: SAGE.
Heiner, Maja (1998): Methodisches Handeln in der sozialen Arbeit. 4. Aufl. Freiburg im Breisgau: Lambertus.
Gray, Mel; Webb, Stephen A (2013): Social work theories and methods. 2. Aufl. London: SAGE.

Hick, Steven F (2009): Mindfulness and social work. Chicago, Ill.: Lyceum Books.

Rathgeb, Kerstin (2012): Disability Studies: Kritische Perspektiven für die Arbeit am Sozialen. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften.

Straub, Ute (2013): „Anti-Oppressive Practice in der Sozialen Arbeit." In: Sozialmagazin, (2013), H. Vol 31, S. 24-29.

Staub-Bernasconi, Silvia; Uni-Taschenbücher GmbH (2018): Soziale Arbeit als Handlungswissenschaft: auf dem Weg zu kritischer Professionalität. 2. Aufl. Opladen: Barbara Budrich.

Wagner, Leonie (2009): Internationale Perspektiven sozialer Arbeit: Dimensionen, Themen, Organisationen. 2. Aufl. Wiesbaden: VS, Verl. für Sozialwiss.

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