Basic Studies Common to All
|Introduction to Studies||3|
|Information Technology and Computing Skills||3|
|Verbal, Written and Web-based Communication Skills||3|
|Swedish at Work||3|
|Finnish as a Foreign Language||3|
Basics of Social Pedagogy
|Theoretical Background and Ethical Basis of Social Pedagogy||5|
|Creativity and Basics of Group Activities||4|
|Work Placement 1||9|
Multidisciplinary Basics of Work in the Social Field
|Introduction to Social Policy and Sociology||3|
|Introduction to Economics and Health Care Sciences||3|
|Introduction to Pedagogy and Psychology||3|
|Introduction to Visual Arts and Physical Education||3|
Environment of Social Pedagogical Work
|Welfare State and Life policy||6|
|Social Participation and Marginalisation||3|
|Empowerment and Social Influence||5|
|Communication and Media Education||5|
|Multiculturalism and Equality||6|
|Work Placement 2||12|
Applied Studies of Social Pedagogy
|Mental Health and Substance Abuse||5|
|Working with Older People||5|
|Child Protection and Youth Work||5|
|Working with People with Special Needs and Disabilities||5|
|Early Childhood Education||5|
Working in the Social Field
|Working in the Social Field and Professional Ethics||3|
|Service-Providing Entrepreneurship in a Welfare State||3|
|Management and Development of Work in the Social Field||4|
|Work Placement 3||24|
Methods of Social Pedagogical Work
|Use of Groups and Methods of Activation||5|
|Early Childhood and Special Education Methods||5|
|Counselling and Guidance||5|
Working-Life Oriented Research and Development
|Professional Research and Development Work||3|
|Introduction to Statistical Description||3|
|Qualitative Research Methods 1||3|
|Qualitative Research Methods 2||3|
Final Project and Maturity Test
|Planning and Working Seminar||4|
|Implementation of the Final Project||8|
|Final Seminar and Maturity Test||3|
|ECTS credits per period / semester / academic year||40||44.1||51.4||12.3||20||20||22||21.9||25.7||25.6||12.3||10||10||10||10||11.1||11.1||11.1||11||12.9||12.9||12.9||12.8||6.2||6.3|
The curriculum has been planned so that the student completes 60 ECTS credits per academic year and 30 ECTS credits per semester
Due to the timing of optional and elective courses, credit accumulation per semester / academic year may vary.
Objective and Content of the Degree Programme
The purpose of the Degree Programme in Social Services at Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences is to train professionals in the field of social services and, together with other actors in the metropolitan area, to develop the services, competence and methods of the social field to meet the needs of the residents.
The curriculum of the Degree Programme is based on the frame of reference of social pedagogy. The essence of social work lies in supporting and developing the quality of life of individuals, groups and communities. The methodological basis consists of the everyday enhancement of the identity of individuals and communities, and of creating a culture that encourages participation in the functions of society.
A Bachelor of Social Services is expected to master the ethical norms, client work, and service systems of the field. He/she must be able to solve problem situations, to apply a reflective approach to development and leadership, and to be active in society (the polytechnic network for social work). In Metropolia's Degree Programme in Social Services, the areas of competence are organised according to the model of social pedagogical activity created by the Danish social pedagogue Bent Madsen (1993, 2005).
Figure 1. Social pedagogical activity according to Madsen's model (Madsen, 1993).
The professionalism of a Bachelor of Social Services evolves during a growth process in which different competence areas are integrated. In this process, the student acquires productive, expressive, communicative, and scientific skills on a theoretical as well as practical level. Learning processes pervasive in the Degree Programme include growing into social pedagogical thinking, ethical professional practices, work placement, cooperation with professional life, and the investigative development of social services.
The Bachelors of Social Services graduating from the Degree Programme are employed in a wide range of social services in municipal facilities, private enterprises, and the inpatient and outpatient services of organisations. The fields of geriatric care, multicultural work, and various projects are expanding. Bachelors of Social Services may also hold managerial and expert positions in planning and development functions.
A Bachelor of Social Services can also acquire the qualification of kindergarten teacher (The Act on Qualification Requirements for Social Welfare Professionals 272/2005) by including at least 60 ECTS credits of studies in early childhood education and social pedagogy in his/her degree.
Students can participate in international activities in various ways at different stages of their studies. Within these exchange programmes students can study in a foreign university/polytechnic and/or do their practical training abroad. Lecturers from partner universities abroad visit the degree programme annually.