Bachelor's Degree in Social Work
General Objectives of the CourseThe bachelor's degree in Social Work by including a complex articulation of (multidisciplinary) theoretical, methodological and practical knowledge is intended to make the future social workers capable of critically analysing, evaluating and transforming social policies and contexts, under the approach of life quality, social development, human rights and Social Justice. Thus, by means of a substantiated use of knowledge about human behaviour and social, economic and political systems, Social Work is a chief and widely recognised mechanism in responding to complex and transversal social needs and problems, in planning, evaluating and implementing social policies, as well as in building integrated strategies for social cohesion reconstruction and for execution of human and territorial development.
This course is organized in seven semesters and includes a curricular pre-professional internship in the last academic semester.
The conditions for access and entry are defined in article 28 of Regulation No. 315 of 19 August, and applicants may enter the Study Cycle (SC) through the National Access Competition (CNA), Special Regimes, Special Competitions, Change of Degree, Re-entry or Transfer. With regards to the CNA, applicants must have finished their secondary education or a legally equivalent qualification and sit for one of the following specific tests: 02 Biology and Geology (B);04 Economy;18 Portuguese, obtaining a minimum grade of 100 (Application and Admission Tests). The application grade is calculated according to the following formula: secondary school average: 50%; admission tests: 50%. Schools can also receive foreign students within the scope of mobility programmes.
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Professional GoalsSocial Security (planning and community intervention; child and youth protection; adoption; implementation, planning and evaluation of social policies; social emergency; evaluations of social responses and equipment); Health (hospital context, primary, specialized and continuous care; prevention of addictive behaviors and reduction of addictions); Education (early intervention; school integration; school social action); Justice and Social Reintegration (adult and juvenile justice; Prison services; educational centres, victim support offices); Labour and Employment (employment centres; vocational and educational training centres; public and private companies and services; integration companies and cooperatives); Municipalities (intervention and community social mediation; housing; diagnostic studies and planning of local social intervention); IPSS, Foundations, NGOs and Local and Regional Development Associations; Teaching and Research.
Mode of StudyFull-time; Face-to-face
Teaching / Evaluation language(s)Portuguese
Examination Regulations, Assessment and GradingAs assessment is a pedagogical activity inseparable from the teaching process, its aim is to establish the students' competencies and knowledge, their critical sense, ability to recognize and resolve problems, as well as their written and oral presentation skills. Students may only register for exams for classes they are currently enrolled. The following are examples of assessment items: Oral or written exams, written or practical work, individual and group projects that may require an oral defense, as well as class participation. Assessment for each class may include one or more of the above mentioned items. Grading is based on a scale of 0 to 20 and a grade of 10 is required to pass. Whenever the grade comprises more than one item, the final grade is calculated by taking into account the relative weight of each item according a formula published in the course outline.
Learning Objectives and Intended SkillsThe evolution of contemporary societies and the new set of problems and inequalities are confronting the actual social work with renewable, social, political and economic demands, and with the need for a training capable to enable for a global understanding, an appropriate intervention and a profound reflection/ arguments concerning new settings, heterogeneous populations and changing environments. Thus, the social and political mandate which is currently consigned to Social Work requires the use of a set of processes, strategies and techniques to not only respond to social problems and enforce policies, but also, and above all, to promote "social change", establishing itself as an agent of social, institutional and interpersonal mediation, contributing to the evaluation of social policies and macro, micro and mezzo dynamic and plural contexts analysis, to replenish the societal links and to the strengthening of citizenship and participation.
Joana Carla Marques Vale Mendes Guerra
ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)
Clara Maria Rodrigues Cruz Silva Santos
Lisete Santos Mendes Mónico
Recognition of Prior LearningThe recognition of prior learning is carried out according according to the Academic Policy of the University of Coimbra.
Qualification Requirements and RegulationsThe legal framework for the qualification is established by the decrees: Decree-Law nr 74/2006, 24th March, in its current wording
To obtain the degree of Bachelor in Social Service, students must successfully complete the compulsory and optional UCs that they have selected in order to fulfil the 210 ECTS according to the study programme.
Access to Further StudiesAccess to a Master’s Degree.
1st Cycle Studies
DGES Code: 9238
Qualification Awarded: Licenciado
Duration: 7 Semester(s)
ECTS Credits: 210.0
Call for Applications
- Course/institution transfer
- Holders of Other Higher Education Degrees
- Over 23-year-olds
- Special Contest for International Students (Bachelor's Degree and Integrated Master's Degree Courses)
- 1st Semester
Start date: 12-09-2022
End date: 17-12-2022
- 2nd Semester
Start date: 06-02-2023
End date: 20-05-2023
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