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Learning Opportunity: Social Work in Health Care

Social Work in Health Care

Course Information

Objective(s) of a study programme:
To provide fundamental university education in compliance with European standards in the study field of social sciences (code L500), the branch of social work (code L510), and to train specialists whose professional competence would enable them to effectively solve social and medical problems at all levels of the health care system when providing and organizing specific social services to clients and their families and ensuring their continuity; to form the strategy of social support in the health care system.
In the development of the study programme of Social Sciences, specific aims were pursued which, in harmony with the function of the study programme, would comply to the Regulations in the Study Field of Social Sciences and a job description of a social worker in the health care system:
1. To train clinical social workers possessing general and professional competences, based on the values of social work and ethical principles, that would provide a sound foundation for work in the health care system.
2. To train specialists able to work with different groups of people in a risk situation; for the purpose, it is necessary to provide knowledge and to form respective social abilities and skills; to actualize the ethical and moral aspects.
3.To provide prospective clinical social workers with an opportunity to acquire the basics of research, by consolidating the skills of assessment of social support in the health care system.
4. In the study process, to maintain a reflective relationship between theory and practice.
Learning outcomes:
I.The acquired knowledge and its application:
The knowledge of the nature of social work, the values of social worker, ethical responsibility to clients, society as a totality in the context of social problems, and the processes of an individual‘s socialization and social adaptation; of human rights in the context of social justice and research methodology and techniques.
II. Research abilities:
The ability to independently conduct research, to interpret the outcomes, and to apply them to the modeling of the solution of social problems, to the improvement of professional activity, and to the implementation of innovative social services.
The knowledge of the theory of social, biomedical, humanities, and other sciences and the ability to apply it to the practice of social work, to research, and to the development of a broader worldview, erudition, and analytical and critical thinking.
III. Special abilities:
Reflective assessment of a specific social problem in the health care system, search for ways of problem solution and planning, feedback assesssment, methodologies of enabling different client groups, and constructive cooperation and collaboration both in health care institutions and in the community. The ability to generate new ideas in one‘s professional activity and to adapt to new situations.
IV. Social abilities:
The ability of critical and analytical thinking, of problem solution individually and in a team, and of drawing conclusions and summarizing; the ability to demonstrate the skills of management of tools and techniques in a specialized field and to model tools and techniques in an innovative way; learning skills necessary for regular professional updating and professional development from the viewpoint of the lifelong learning conception.
V. Personal abilities:
The ability to critically assess one‘s own and peer professional practice, to systemically reflect on one‘s own, as a professional, development, by assessing the significance of lifelong learning; to independently take decisions in a complex situation, to use national and international information sources and information technologies, to appropriately deal with confidential information, to care about the status of the profession, and to know foreign languages.
Activities of teaching and learning:
The subjects of the study field providing the fundamental knowledge of socia

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Access requirements: 

Minimum education - Secondary



Provider Information

Provider Name: 
Klaipeda University
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Provider phone number: +370-46-398900 Provider email: klaipedos.universitetas@ku.lt Provider URL: http://www.ku.lt

Qualifications Awarded

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Qualification Awarded:
Bachelor of Social Work
Awarding body:

Klaipeda University

Awarding body contact info:

Provider phone number: +370-46-398900 Provider email: klaipedos.universitetas@ku.lt Provider URL: http://www.ku.lt

Course Locations

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Course address:

Klaipėdos m. sav. Klaipėdos m. H. Manto g. 84