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 European Social Policy
Course unit code 048502046201
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 6
Name of lecturer(s) Doris BÖHLER, Colin GREGORY-MOORES, Johanna HEFEL, Michael HIMMER

Prerequisites and co-requisites


Course content

Beside the national concept of social security and social services we see on the European level the European Social Model. Strategy-papers, financial programs and actionplans of the EU use an European understanding of terms and definitions based on the comparison of social systems of the memberstates. Information about models of good practice and European benchmarks and how to influence them through active social lobbying becomes more and more important.

Learning outcomes

Students know the coordinating position of the EU in systems of social security, know the basics and concepts of the European social policy, are able to compare social services in the European context and consequences on the national system, know how to transfer and apply to European datas and specific social services (e.g. pension, basic needs or work)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lectures, individual and groupwork, selforganised learning, presentations

Assessment methods and criteria

Michael Himmer: presentations and final oral exam

(Option Doris Böhler - written seminar paper)


Information about the other 2 options (Stuttgart and Summerschool) through the responsible lecturers. Students can choose ONE option

Recommended or required reading

Communication department of the European Commission (2016): Webseite der Europäischen Kommission, Generaldirektion Beschäftigung und Soziales. Official website of the European Union - EUROPA. Online im Internet: URL: (Zugriff am: 12.10.2018).

Erath, Peter (2010): Social Work Across Europe: Accounts from 16 Countries. Ostrava: University of Ostrava, European Research Inst. for Social Work.

Cox, David; Pawar, Manohar (2012): International Social Work: Issues, Strategies, and Programs. Los Angeles; London; New Delhi; Singapore; Washington DC: SAGE Publications.

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