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 Elective Work Field: People with Disabilities
Course unit code 048502065205
Language of instruction German
Type of course unit (compulsory, optional) Compulsory optional
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 AMMANN, Klaudia NIEDERMAIR, Reinhard ZISCHG

Prerequisites and co-requisites


Course content

Stigmatization, discrimination, determination by others make up the daily reality of the lives of people with disabilities.Integration, inclusion, self determination and empowerment are opposing concepts, which are productive in the paradigm change that working with people with disabilities is undergoing. This course focuses on the area of conflict: clients, institutional structures, legal parameters.

Learning outcomes

Guided by a theoretical frame, students develop an understanding for people with disabilities and the variety of problems they face in context. Using an empowerment approach, they gain an understanding of social-work, pedagogical and legal intervention as support and assistance and practice this approach in case studies.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lecture, group work, encounter and dialogue, wheel-chair self-awareness, discussion in small groups and in the class as a whole

Assessment methods and criteria

Seminar paper, participation



Recommended or required reading

Loeken, Hiltrud; Windisch, Matthias (2013): Behinderung und Soziale Arbeit Beruflicher Wandel ; Arbeitsfelder ; Kompetenzen. Erscheinungsort nicht ermittelbar: Kohlhammer Verlag.

Theunissen, Georg (2013): Empowerment und Inklusion behinderter Menschen: eine Einführung in Heilpädagogik und Soziale Arbeit. 3. Aufl. Freiburg im Breisgau: Lambertus.

Zischg, R. und Daly, K.: SLiV, Selbstimmt-Leben in Vorarlberg. Konzeptentwurf, Bregenz 2001 Homepage BIZEPS - Behindertenberatungszentrum: Online unter URL:

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