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Interaction and Organization

Module name (EN): Interaction and Organization
Degree programme: Social work and early childhood, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2017
Module code: BSP-18
SAP-Submodule-No.: P322-0048
Hours per semester week / Teaching method: 2V+2S (4 hours per week)
ECTS credits: 6
Semester: 4
Mandatory course: yes
Language of instruction:
BSP-18.1/.2: Module work (MA) (bn)

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Applicability / Curricular relevance:
BSP-18 (P322-0048) Social work and early childhood, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2017, semester 4, mandatory course
BSP-18 (P322-0048) Social work and early childhood, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2019, semester 4, mandatory course
60 class hours (= 45 clock hours) over a 15-week period.
The total student study time is 180 hours (equivalent to 6 ECTS credits).
There are therefore 135 hours available for class preparation and follow-up work and exam preparation.
Recommended prerequisites (modules):
Recommended as prerequisite for:
Module coordinator:
Prof. Dr. Kerstin Rock

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Learning outcomes:
BSP-18.1 und BSP-18.2
After successfully completing this course, students will:
- be familiar with key organization theoretical basics and, based on their knowledge, be able to describe and analyze social work and childhood educational institutions with regard to their organization.
- be able to identify the specific characteristics of social work organizations.
- be able to integrate the organizations into an overall structure, as well as allocate and evaluate the functions of the individual service providers with regard to the provision and financing of social work and childhood education.
- be able to recognize current developments in the economization of social work in their effects on voluntary welfare work and individual organizations.
- be able to identify basic structural and organizational principles of public social administration and reflect on problems for social work in this context.
- be able to derive structural contradictions in social work/childhood education organizations from this and evaluate the consequences, in particular, for interaction with their addressees.
Students will be able to apply this knowledge to a specific social work/childhood educational institution by analyzing and understanding the institution´s organizational goals and culture, programs and structures, and then analyze, understand and examine the meaningfulness of these organizational elements with regard to different standards and development perspectives.

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Module content:
BSP 18.1 Lecture
I. Principles of Organizational Theory
- The concept of "organization", basic elements/characteristics of organizations (goals, organizational structure and culture, members, equipment, organizational environment, legal forms)
- Basic organizational concepts and selected organizational theories
II. Specifics of organized social work
- Welfare and financing triangle, principle of subsidiarity and corporatism, forms of financing, the governance and economization of social work
- Social work/childhood education organizations as moral enterprises (umbrella organizations for voluntary welfare work)
- Social work in the context of public administration
- Reasons for and meaningfulness of carrying out non-technological tasks
- Relationship between voluntary work and social work
III.        Interaction and Organization
- Interaction between conflict and cooperation, customer as co-producer
- Organizational pre-structuring and framing of professional case comprehension.
- Structural problems and paradoxes in social work
BSP 18.2 Seminar
The content of the lecture will be deepened in the seminar. Questions relevant to an organizational analysis will be derived and the analysis itself will be implemented based on the example of a specific organization.

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Teaching methods/Media:
- Lecture
- Independent study: Reading and processing scientific literature (individual work)
- Working on tasks in small groups
- Tutorial within the framework of the seminar
- Presentations by the students
- Group work
- Creation of an organizational analysis (in part)

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Recommended or required reading:
Boeßenecker, Karl-Heinz / Vilain, Michael (2013). Spitzenverbände der Freien Wohlfahrtspflege. Eine Einführung in Organisationsstrukturen und Handlungsfelder sozialwirtschaftlicher Akteure in Deutschland. 2. Auflage. Weinheim, Basel: Beltz Juventa.
Evers, Adalbert / Heinze, Rolf. G. / Olk, Thomas (Hrsg.) (2011). Handbuch Soziale Dienste. Wiesbaden: VS-Verlag
Klatetzki, Thomas (Hrsg.) (2010). Soziale personenbezogene Dienstleistungsorganisationen. Sozialogische Perspektiven. Wiesbaden: VS-Verlag.
Kühl, Stefan (2011). Organisationen. Eine sehr kurze Einführung. Wiesbaden: VS-Verlag
Merchel, Joachim (2003). Trägerstrukturen in der Sozialen Arbeit. Eine Einführung. Weinheim: Beltz Juventa.
Nikles, Bruno (2008). Institutionen und Organisationen der Sozialen Arbeit. Eine Einführung. München: Reinhardt UTB.
Olk, Thomas / Otto, Hans-Uwe (Hrsg.) (2003). Soziale Arbeit als Dienstleistung. Grundlegungen, Entwürfe und Modelle. München: Luchterhand.
Preisendörfer, Peter (2011). Organisationssoziologie. Grundlagen, Theorien und Problemstellungen. 3. Auflage. Wiesbaden

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