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Social and Educational Policy and Social Space

Module name (EN): Social and Educational Policy and Social Space
Degree programme: Social work and early childhood, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2019
Module code: BSP-7
Hours per semester week / Teaching method: 2V+2PS (4 hours per week)
ECTS credits: 6
Semester: 2
Mandatory course: yes
Language of instruction:
BSP-7.1: Written exam (K) (bn)
BSP-7.2: /

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Applicability / Curricular relevance:
BSP-7 Social work and early childhood, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2017, semester 2, mandatory course
BSP-7 Social work and early childhood, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2019, semester 2, 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. Felix Hörisch
Lecturer: Prof.Dr. Felix Hörisch

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Learning outcomes:
After successfully completing this course, students will:
_        be able to describe the basic concepts and issues of social and educational system analysis, as well as social and educational policy analysis,
_        be able to compare the history of the emergence and development of the German welfare state, its normative foundations, determining principles, institutions and types of intervention, as well as the German social and educational system on an international/European level,
In addition, students will:
_        be able to understand social work and childhood education as a profession (or professions) established by the welfare state,
_        be able to identify the social policy implications of life courses and participative opportunities as well as the relationship between social and educational policy and policymaking at different levels,
_        be able to analyze and evaluate the structure of the central policy areas in the multi-level system, problems and policy approaches and their significance for the addressees, respective institutions and professional action,
_        be able to analyze and independently evaluate empirically available social and educational policies, as well as alternatives under normative, in particular equitable aspects.

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Module content:
BSP-7.1        Lecture
In the lecture we will focus on the essence of the welfare state, which is closely linked to ideas of equality. We will discuss the following topics: the social security system, the connection between work, social security and social integration, the connection between social and educational policy and relevant social policy fields of action (e.g. health policy, family policy, poverty policy). We will analyze the crisis or transformation of the welfare state based on the new social reforms. All analyses will be conducted on a European or international comparative basis. Particular importance will be given to the local level: municipalities as political-administrative units, socio-spatial constructs and their context in civil society; municipal players, fields of action and scope for action, local politics and social work and childhood education
BSP-7.2        Introductory seminar
Selected topics from the lecture will be deepened in the introductory seminar.

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Teaching methods/Media:
Lecture, literature studies (individual work),
Group work, presentations by the students

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Recommended or required reading:
The most current textbooks and manuals on social and educational policy.

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