Direct Social Work Practice

Structure Type: Course
Code: KF21VVO07
Type: Free choise
Level: Master
Credits: 5.0 points
Responsible Teacher: Toikko, Timo
Language of Instruction: Finnish

Learning Outcomes

Students will be aware of the problematics in the direct social work practice

Student's Workload

130 hr

Prerequisites / Recommended Optional Courses

No previous studies are required.


There is an effort to describe social work as a coherent profession, which according to the classical definition is seen to consist of individual, group and community work. Besides this conception of an organized profession, there is also the reality of a number of different areas of practice or sectors. Students are expetected to study literature and to write a six-page essay on the following topic: What similarities do the existing social work sectors share, and what are their differences?

Recommended or Required Reading

Jokinen, Arja & Juhila, Kirsi (2008) Sosiaalityö aikuisten parissa. Tampere: Vastapaino.

Juhila, Kirsi; Forsberg, Hannele & Roivainen, Irene (2002) Marginaalit ja sosiaalityö. Jyväskylä: SoPhi.

Forsberg, Hannele; Ritala-Koskinen, Aino & Törrönen, Maritta (2006) Lapset ja sosiaalityö. Kohtaamisia, menetelmiä ja tiedon uudelleenarviointia. Jyväskylä: PS-kustannus.

Seppänen Marjaana; Karisto, Antti & Kröger, Teppo (2007) Vanhuus ja sosiaalityö. Sosiaalityö avuttomuuden ja toimijuuden välissä. Jyväskylä: PS-kustannus.

Mode of Delivery / Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods

Distance learning

Assessment Criteria

Grading: pass/fail (grade 3):
Students are able to explain the problematics in the direct social work practice

Assessment Methods

Grading is based on a student's assignments.