Social Work Theory and Practice

Social Work
Social Work Theory and Practice
Faculty of Social Education, Department of Social Work and
prof.dr Giedrė Kvieskienė, doc. dr. Violeta Vaicekauskienė
Department of Social Work and Sociology, Lithuanian University
of Educational Sciences, 39 Studentų St., Room 511, Vilnius. Email.: [email protected], [email protected]
Language of Instruction
Required Prerequisites
Suggested Academic Cycle or This study subject is designed for I year MA Social work program
Year of Studies
ECTS Credits
2 hours
Contact Hours per Week
Compulsory/ Elective
During the course various teaching and learning methods are used:
Methods of Teaching
theoretical lectures, individual and group work, active reading and
writing methods, discussions, situation and case analysis and
assessment, personal experience analyze (reflection), role play.
Theoretical lectures are combined with practical tasks that are
done independently, presented and analyzed in groups during
Total examination mark (100% - 10 points): active participation in
Form of Assessment
lectures and seminars – 10 %, preparation of individual tasks and
their presentation in a group – 40 %, exam-test – 50 %
Title of the Study Program
Title of the Module
Faculty, Department
Course Description
Social work theory and practice program presents social work as professional activity conception and
provides its historical development, discusses main social work theory paradigms and social attitude towards
human development systematic models. Social work process, interpersonal and multi-personal interactions,
means of intervention in people’s interactions, ways and methods are analyzed according to social systems’
theory. Family, as social system, problem, social work with family principles and methods are discussed.
During the course students learn to apply theoretical knowledge in practice, analyze problem solution
process and application of practical social problem solution methods, analyze human behavior and social
functionality, its advantages and ways of empower. Social work speciality students get acquainted with
social communication styles and ways, professional competence characteristics, social work specialist
training and re-skilling system. In order to know themselves better as main social interaction with client
subjects, students analyze personal needs and attitudes, values, origins, personality features and skills and
prepare self-cognition and self-improvement study which consists of person’s development scheme, family
tree, assessment of personal needs and skills, strategies for professional features and skills improvement and
foreseen technology.