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

Degree programme: Bachelor Social Work Fulltime
Type of degree: FH Bachelor´s Degree Programme
Winter Semester 2021

Course unit title Social Work Theories III
Course unit code 048512033105
Language of instruction German
Type of course unit (compulsory, optional) Compulsory
Semester when the course unit is delivered Winter Semester 2021
Teaching hours per week 1
Year of study 2021
Number of ECTS credits allocated First Cycle (Bachelor)
Number of ECTS credits allocated 2
Name of lecturer(s) Andrea TRENKWALDER-EGGER

Prerequisites and co-requisites

History and Key Concepts, Social Work theories I, II

Course content

The course consists in an overview of comprehensive theoretical approaches to Social Work. Social-Work-theories are perspectives with which social reality can be described and interpreted. The approaches will be discussed by means of differentiating criteria as scientific basis, theory-practice link, values or societal function of Social Work.

Learning outcomes


  • understand the relevance of theories as perspectives
  • are able to differentiate the most important Social-Work-theories by criteria
  • are able to classify and give an account of the assumptions and main features of these theories

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Reading, group work and presentations, selforganized learning

Assessment methods and criteria




Recommended or required reading

Becker, Ruth; Kortendiek, Beate (2010): Handbuch Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung: Theorie, Methoden, Empirie. 35. 3. Aufl. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften (= Geschlecht & Gesellschaft).

Birgmeier, Bernd Rainer (2009): Die Sozialarbeitswissenschaft und ihre Theorie(n): Positionen, Kontroversen, Perspektiven. 1. Wiesbaden: VS, Verl. für Sozialwiss.

Engelke, Ernst; Borrmann, Stefan; Spatscheck, Christian (2018): Theorien der Sozialen Arbeit eine Einführung. 7. Aufl. Freiburg im Breisgau: Lambertus.

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

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