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Master’s Degree in Social Work

Course Outline

A platform for life-long training, the Master’s Degree in Social Work has a syllabus which is based on a common core of knowledge, updated and multidisciplinary, organised around specifics of social work.

Worth 90 ECTS, the MDSW is built on imparting and complementing knowledge over three semesters:

I – The 1st semester contributes to promoting a debate about the complexity of current theoretical settings and readings on social work as a discipline, and about socio-political intervention in contemporary societies. The thematic seminar is the basis for the development of analytical and argumentative skills that improve the required reasoning in the realm of public policy and social intervention.

II - The 2nd Semester focuses on reflection and the development of analytical and operational skills that permit a social work adequate to current societies. It provides knowledge about social justice theories, about innovation and creativity processes in dealing with vulnerable or at risk populations and the theoretical, practical and ethical premises of social and community mediation. The master's degree student can choose an optional unit course, from those taught at Masters Courses in the FPCE (4th year of IM Psychology and 1st year of the other Master’s Courses) or at the University of Coimbra, adjusting the training path to his/her research interests and / or social intervention interests, with expertise in related fields. The Seminar in Social Work Research - designed to go deeper into epistemological questions linked to the research in this area of studies and to the preparation and defence of the Research Project - mobilises skills and pedagogical strategies focused on autonomous work and on the interactive analysis capacity of theoretical and methodological premises of research.

III - In the 3rd semester, the final part of the master's degree, subject to a public defence, can be undertaken in one the following ways:

a) Scientific Dissertation; or

b) Social Intervention Project, theoretically and empirically grounded, original and topical, designed for this purpose; or

c) Professional probation period , subject to a Final Report, the the Probation Monograph, held during the semester, with a research and theoretical and practical reasoning component.

Obtaining the Master's Degree is dependent on passing the course units of the specialisation course and successful defence of the Dissertation / Social Intervention Project or Probation Monograph, according to the course regulation.

CURRICULAR STRUCTURE E SYLLABUS

Curricular Structure
Scientific Area Acronym

Compulsory

ECTS

Optional ECTS*
SOCIAL WORK SS 63 0

SOCIOLOGY/

SOCIAL POLICY

SOC./POL SOC. 7,5 0

SCIENTIFIC

METHODOLOGY

MET 13,5 0
ASSOCIATED AREAS AA  6*
TOTAL 84 6*

Syllabus
Course units Scientific Area

Type

(2)

Work

hours

Contact

hours

ECTS

Observa-

tions

(4)

1st year, 1st semester

Theoretical Basis

And Critical Thought in Social Work

SSsemester 202.5

T:22h30m;

OT:20 h; S –

10h

7,5 
Public Policies and Social Transformation

SOC /

POL.SOC

semester 202.5

T:22h30m;

OT:20 h; S –

10h

7,5 

Thematic Seminary – Social work:

Debates, Challenges and

Opportunities

SSsemester 202.5

S:32h30m;

OT:20h

7,5 
Advanced Topics in Social Research METsemester 202.5

TP: 22h30m;

OT:20 h ; S :

10h

7,5 
1st year, 2nd semester
Theories of Social Justice and InterventionSSsemester 162

TP: 22h30m;

OT: 20 h; S:10h

6
Social Work, Criativity and InnovationSSsemester 162

TP: 22h30m;

OT: 20 h; S:10h

6
Theories, Models and Contexts of MediationSSsemester 162

TP: 22h30m;

OT: 20 h; S:10h

6
Seminary in Social Work ResearchMETsemester 162

S:17h30;OT:

20h;PL: 15h

6
OptionAAsemester 162-6
2nd year, 1st semester
Dissertation / Project / PracticeSSsemester810S:12h.30m; OT:20h; E:480h30