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 Ethics and Social Philosophy for Social Work
Course unit code 048512043206
Language of instruction German
Type of course unit (compulsory, optional) Compulsory
Semester when the course unit is delivered Summer Semester 2022
Teaching hours per week 1
Year of study 2022
Number of ECTS credits allocated First Cycle (Bachelor)
Number of ECTS credits allocated 2
Name of lecturer(s) Elmar FLEISCH

Prerequisites and co-requisites


Course content

Professional actions are never neutral and are always influenced by philosophical or religious views affecting our values and our view of humanity. In order to act in a reflective and reasoned manner, it is necessary to first examine our views and values (this is the goal of the seminar) in order to then later to be able to focus on the main ethnic topics/principles which are relevant in social work.

Learning outcomes

The students are able to distinguish between ethic and moral; and can use these terms in the context of social work. They understand their system of values and imprinting as something unique and proper and are able to use their own personal point of view to provide adequate help. They will be able to take a stand on the code of ethics of social work and incorporate its importance within their professional field. The students are familiar with the specific issues social workers are facing in their daily professional lifes such as, authority, impotence, proximity, distance, protection and shame amongst others and are able to differentiate and discuss them.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Small groups, work in the class a a whole, short presentations, research

Assessment methods and criteria

Written exam



Recommended or required reading

Spiegel, Hiltrud von; Sturzenhecker, Benedikt; Uni-Taschenbücher GmbH (2018): Methodisches Handeln in der Sozialen Arbeit: Grundlagen und Arbeitshilfen für die Praxis. 3. Aufl.

Büchner, Stefanie (2012): Soziale Arbeit als transdisziplinäre Wissenschaft zwischen Verknüpfung und Integration. 1. Aufl. Wiesbaden: VS-Verl.

Bango, Jenö (2001): Sozialarbeitswissenschaft heute: Wissen, Bezugswissenschaften und Grundbegriffe. Stuttgart: Lucius & Lucius.

Baum, Hermann (1996): Ethik sozialer Berufe. Paderborn; München: Schöningh.

Pantuček, Peter (1999): Die moralische Profession: Menschenrechte & Ethik in der Sozialarbeit. St. Pölten: Sozaktiv e.V.

Klüsche, Wilhelm (1994): Grundpositionen sozialer Arbeit: gesellschaftliche Horizonte, Emotion und Kognition, ethische Implikationen. Mönchengladbach: Fachhochschule Niederrhein.

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