Master's Degree Programme in Comparative Social Work (CSW)
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Comparative Social Work Programme (120 ECTS) degree structure
- International Joint Studies 80 ECTS (courses 43 ECTS + thesis 37 ECTS)
- University of Lapland courses 40 ECTS
Comparative Social Work students acquire a better understanding of national and global social work through a comparative approach of study. The studies include compulsory and elective studies in different spheres of social work as well as coursework on international legislation connecting social work and social policy. This provides students with tools for a broader implementation of the discipline. For example, student practice training in neighbouring countries gives students the chance to familiarise themselves with social work in different contexts and societies.
Master's Degree Programme in Comparative Social Work (CSW) is a two-year programme developed within the frameworks of the Barents
Cross Border University (BCBU). BCBU creates cross-border learning
environments between universities in Northern Finland and North-West
Russia. The programme is based on cross-border education where teaching is
carried out in co-operation with all partner universities in the BCBU
network in Finland (Rovaniemi, Oulu) and in Russia (Arkhangelsk,
The degree offered
: Master of Social Sciences
The increased mobility of people in
today's world has set new demands for social work and its professionals.
The need for experts with skills to understand cultural diversity,
international contexts of social issues, as well as a comparative
approach to different societies has increased the world over. There is also a need for social work
professionals who understand the special characteristics of social work in remote regions and in border areas. The programme uses its environment in the Arctic as well as in the border area
between EU and Russia as an example providing students with skills to work in a changing field of social work all over the world.
Graduates from the programme will receive a qualification of a social
worker according to Finnish legislation. Graduates from the programme
can work, for example, as social workers in multicultural environments
as well as experts in international projects and tasks in the social
sphere. In addition, the graduates will have
a possibility to continue toward obtaining a doctoral degree.
The University of Lapland, located on the Arctic Circle in
the city of Rovaniemi, is the perfect choice for studying in the North.
Our contemporary premises and relatively small sized campus
provide students with a cosy atmosphere in which to learn, study, and
relax in. As the northernmost university in Finland and in the European
Union, issues pertaining to the Arctic and circumpolar North constitute
essential topics in our research and teaching. Additionally, we are the
only university in Finland which specializes in Arctic themes, and our
Faculty of Law is one of only three universities in its own field in
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