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STYÖP2 Finnish Social Welfare and Social Work (V306-8 in the listing of Tamk University of Applied Sciences) 5 ECTS
Period I Period II Period II Period IV
Language of instruction
Type or level of studies
Basic studies
Course unit descriptions in the curriculum
School of Social Sciences and Humanities

General description

V306-8/ STYÖP2 Finnish Social Welfare and Social Work 5 ects

Objective of course :

Student is able to

  • Describe Finnish social welfare system and social work practices
  • Analyze social work methods and approaches used within different working fields in practice  
  •  Analyze and compare challenges of social service / social work practices at present
  • Compare analytically differences and similarities between Finnish social protection and that of student's own origin

Course contents :

  • The structure, present status and development history of Finnish social protection system
  • Social welfare services
  • Social work and social work methods in different contexts
  • Social problems and future challenges for service development

Teaching methods :

  • Orientative lectures (16 hours + seminar 6 hours)
  • Study visits (5-6 different social work/service fields) in small groups
  • Seminar with a presentation
  • Virtual learning space Moodle is used for discussions and background material

Assessment methods:

  • Active participation in the lectures and study visits
  • Portfolio based on literature, lectures and study visits and its presentation in the seminar

Required/Recommended reading :

  • Background literature related to each theme is given during the lessons.
  • Background documents in Moodle.

Year of study :

Teaching place: TAMK Social services, Pyynikintie. 2A, 
Language of instruction

Principal lecturer Ulla-Maija Koivula (TAMK), tel. 050-5702471.Email: ulla-maija.koivula@tamk.fi   Contact preferably by Email.

TAMK University of Applied Sciences
Pyynikintie 2A, 33230 Tampere
Tel. +358-50-5702471
Fax. +358-3-2452401

Enrolment for University Studies

To sign up: From Tamk through Winha, from UTA from SITR courses or by email to ulla-maija.koivula@tamk.fi


Ulla-Maija Koivula/Tamk, Teacher responsible
Satu Ranta-Tyrkkö/Uta, Teacher


Lectures 16 hours
Fri 9-Sep-2011 - 14-Oct-2011 weekly at 9-12, All th lectures will be held at TAMK, Department of Social Services and Wellbeing. Address: Pyynikintie 2A, 33230 Tampere, class room 324, 3rd floor
Study visits on a separate schedule outside teaching times. Minimum of 5 study visits are mandatory.
Seminar 6 hours
Fri 28-Oct-2011 at 9-16, TAMK, Department of Social Services and Wellbeing. Address: Pyynikintie 2A, 33230 Tampere, class room 324, 3rd floor