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 Transcultural Dialogue
Course unit code 048502046205
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) Doris BÖHLER, Sharon DU PLESSIS-SCHNEIDER, Theresa HUTTER

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Theories of Social Work, Migration, Empowerment;

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

Course content

Option A with Doris Böhler: This course holds especially high content of practice field analysis because of the cooperation with Aqua Mühle. Students participate in a project work of one week with clients where they actively work together. The results will be presented in the yearly conference aqua forum; in Frastanz. Students will be able to conceptualize, take part and evaluate their project involving issues of: intercultural theory - awareness, sensitivity, concepts, etc.  intercultural awareness - identity issues and personal history intercultural communication. A critical analysis and reflection is a further way to deepen their understanding.

Option B with Sharon du Plessis-Schneider:This course focuses on the practical implications of cultural theory to help understand peoples lived and shared life experiences. Students work in pairs, establish contact with international students studying at the FH Vorarlberg, and engage with them to portray their narratives in a culturally senstive way. In addition, students focus on factors in social work pertaining to intercultural awareness intercultural communication reflective, reflexive and critical thinking

Learning outcomes

Option A with Doris Böhler: only available for residence Social Work students (max. 10 participants) The students will understand the principles, ethics and value-base of inter-cultural theory and practice, and consider alternative concepts. They will compare critically the commonalities and differences of human experience, in order to construct an appropriate and comprehensive social work position. By the means of project work based learning students will enable a direct transfer of knowledge to broaden their intervention competences. Self-reflection and practical experience in inter-cultural communication form central aspects of this course.

Option B with Sharon du Plessis-Schneider: available for all students of the degree programme SABAfter completing this course, you will: Demonstrate comprehension of culture and identity based on social work theories and practices. Recognize and describe the social, economic, and political implications that shape culture. Analyse and critique the opportunities and constraints involved in people defining their own identities and community belonging. Identify factors to consider for appropriate culturally sensitive approaches in social work. Demonstrate communication skills in interacts with others in a range of social situations within a rights-based framework. Examine the validity of one’s own values and norms by identifying and contrasting them with those of the social work profession and discipline based on IFSW code of ethics.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

small group activity, project groups, reflection

Assessment methods and criteria

Option A with Doris Böhler learning diary

Option B with Sharon du Plessis-Schneider: presentation and handout


Option A with Doris Böhler: Cooperation with aqua mühle, Frastanz - seminar will take plae in German.

Option B with Sharon du Plessis-Schneider. Paricipation in the EUREGIO-RING Conference at FH Vorarlberg

Recommended or required reading

Campanini, Annamaria; Frost, Elizabeth (2004): European social work: commonalities and differences. Roma: Carocci.

EASSW (1995): Human Rights and Social Work Education, Lisbon.

Eppenstein, Thomas; Kiesel, Doron (2008): Soziale Arbeit interkulturell: Theorien, Spannungsfelder, reflexive Praxis. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer.

Freise, Josef (2005): Interkulturelle soziale Arbeit: theoretische Grundlagen, Handlungsansätze, Übungen zum Erwerb interkultureller Kompetenz. Schwalbach/Ts.: Wochenschau-Verl.

Nicklas, Hans; Müller, Burkhard; Kordes, Hagen (2006): Interkulturell denken und handeln: theoretische Grundlagen und gesellschaftliche Praxis. Frankfurt/Main; New York: Campus Verlag.

Lyons, Karen (2012): The Sage handbook of international social work. Los Angeles [u.a.: Sage Publ.

Kumbier, Dagmar; Schulz von Thun, Friedemann (2017): Interkulturelle Kommunikation: Methoden, Modelle, Beispiele. 9. Aufl. Reinbek bei Hamburg: Rowohlt Taschenbuch Verlag.

Jandt, Fred E (2018): An introduction to intercultural communication: identities in a global community. 9. Aufl. London; Thousand Oaks, New Delhi: SAGE Publications.

Kim, Young Yun (2001): Becoming intercultural an integrative theory of communication and cross-cultural adaptation. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications.

Zaviršek, Darja; Rommelspacher, Birgit; Staub-Bernasconi, Silvia (2010): Ethical dilemmas in social work: international perspectives. Ljubljana: Faculty of Social Work, University of Ljubljana.

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