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Degree Programme in Social Services

Autumn 2012

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Socio-pedagogical orientation
Introduction to Studies 3
Expert and research communication 3
Basics of information technology 3
Orientation to social pedagogy 5
Work and the operating environment of Bachelors of Social Services
Development of the welfare state 5
Work and work orientations within the social service sector 5
Lifestyle and culture 3
Functioning as a team member in the workplace 3
People in society
Individual in society - optional
(Choose one)
Supporting daily life - physical education 3
Supporting daily life - music education 3                                                  
Supporting daily life - art education 3                                                  
Supporting daily life - writing and literature 3                                                  
Supporting daily life in early childhood 3                                                  
Social participation and exclusion 4
Individual growth and development 4
Counselling in social pedagogy
Individual and community counselling 6
On-line encounters and web-based counselling 3    
Professional English 3
Work placement 1 - Orientation to socio-pedagogical work 7
Socio-pedagogical work
Empowerment and social advocacy in socio-pedagogical work 5  
Ethics in socio-pedagogical work 3  
Threatening client situations 3    
Basics of professional research and development 3  
Swedish at Work 3  
Finnish as a Second Language: Finnish at Work 3                                                  
Service system in the social service sector
Producing welfare services 3  
Legislation and the service system 3  
Case management 3  
Basics of research and development methodology 3  
Leading different lives
Mental health 3  
Substances 3  
Disabilities and long-term illnesses 3  
Child protection 3  
Work placement 2 - Socio-pedagogical work with clients 12  
Optional professional studies in social pedagogy
Diverse social counselling
(Select 15 ECTS)
Social security in everyday life 5    
Social counselling of adults 5                                                  
Community work
(Select 0 ECTS)
Socio-cultural inspiring 5    
Community and individual 5                                                  
Creative methods 5                                                  
Early childhood education
(Select 0 ECTS)
Basics of early childhood education 5                                                  
Children's individual growth, development and learning 5                                                  
Content orientations of early childhood education 5                                                  
Professional activity in social pedagogy
(Select 0 ECTS)
Youth as a phase of life 5    
Special education in different phases of life 5                                                  
Work with families 5                                                  
Abusive behaviour and domestic violence 5                                                  
Medication in social services 5                                                  
Strengthening professional growth of Bachelors of Social Services
Work placement 3 - Strengthening professionalism of Bachelors of Social Services 18      
Bachelors of Social Services in the workplace environment
Leadership in the work community 4    
Entrepreneurship in the social service sector 3    
English in social services 3    
Professional growth 5
Work placement 4 - The multifaceted work in the social service sector 8  
Developing of socio-pedagogical work
Final project
Analysing ideas for the final project 3    
Drawing up a plan for the final project 3    
Implementing the final project 6      
Maturity test and publication 3      
Innovation Project 10    
Quantitative research methods 3    
Qualitative research methods 3    
Elective studies
ECTS credits per period / semester / academic year 58.455.458.427.727.730.728.726.730.727.727.713.913.915.415.414.414.413.413.415.415.413.913.913.913.9

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.


Degree Programme in Social Services

Level of qualification
Bachelor of Social Services

Qualification awarded
Bachelor of Social Services

Specific admission requirements
Specific admission requirements are specified in the programme study plan. In addition to the level of English skills mentioned in the general admission requirements applicants are expected to have a sufficient level of Finnish language skills.

Specific arrangements for recognition of prior learning
A student has an opportunity to make earlier learning visible and get a decision on the recognition of these competences. For further information see the General instructions of recognition of prior learning.

Qualification requirements and regulations
The Degree Regulations of Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences >>

Profile of the programme
See the General Description of the Programme:
We train well rounded, responsible experts in social welfare to work boldly for human rights and a sustainable future.

Key learning outcomes
The degree programme is based on the competence areas of Bachelor of Social Services:
1. Ethical competence in social services
2. Communication and interaction competence
3. Counseling and guidance competence
4. Participatory and critical societal competence
5. Research and development competence
6. Work community and leadership competence
For further information see the curriculum

Occupational profiles of graduates
The foundation of professionalism for Bachelors of Social Services is built on the socio-pedagogical approach. Bachelors of Social Services are capable of analysing social phenomena and understand their significance to people’s lives and wellbeing. Combining pedagogical (education and learning) and social (societal) perspectives at work is emphasised in social pedagogy. The work is carried out in the daily lives of people of different ages in their own living environment. Bachelors of Social Services are also capable of taking on tasks requiring development and leadership skills, promoting the social perspective within social services as well as multiprofessionalism and networking within the overlapping areas among welfare providers.

Bachelors of Social Services are qualified to work with various client groups in the field of social pedagogy. The work can consist of supervision, counseling, co-ordination of services and managerial work in communities or in a residential setting. Bachelors of Social Services work in early childhood education, child protection, in family work and youth work as well as with the elderly. They also work in prevention of substance abuse or promotion of mental health. The degree can give a qualification to work as a kindergarten teacher.

Access to further studies
Access to Master’s Degree studies at a university of applied sciences or a university and access to specialisation studies.

Course structure diagram
The course structure diagram is specified in the programme study plan >>

Examination regulations, assessment and grading
Examination regulations, assessment and grading are specified in the course implementation plan. The teacher in charge of the course will be responsible for the assessment. Students will be informed at the beginning of the course on the assessment principles, which must be based on the course objectives.

Graduation requirements
A student is required to successfully complete the designated program of courses (210 ECTS).

Mode of study
Mainly full-time contact teaching

Programme director
Jaana Manssila
Puh. 020 7835867
email: jaana.manssila(at)