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Archived Curricula Guide 2011–2012
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STYÖA1A The Bases of Social Law 5 ECTS
Organised by
Social Work
Person in charge
lecturer (social law) Irmeli Salomaa

General description

Compulsory for all major students.

Learning outcomes

The objective is for students to analyse and understand the norms which judicially regulate the civic social welfare and its effects where clients are concerned. The objective of legal case exercises is to practice using decree texts (Code of Laws) and other legal sources at least in theory and to learn how to apply the legislation to solving a concrete situation.


The first period consists of a brief introduction to legal thinking through for example legal terminology. A more comprehensive look into the essential general features and contents of social welfare law (family law).
The second period focuses on civic social welfare law, especially from a client's viewpoint as a regulator of his/her position and legal protection, and from an authority figure's/social worker's viewpoint as a regulator of procedural methods when making administrative decisions.

Further information on prerequisites and recommendations

As a rule, the prerequisite is that students have completed the basic studies.

Teaching methods

Lectures (40h) and legal case exercises (24h).
Teaching is divided into two periods:
1. The bases of social law I, lectures (20h) and exercises (12 h)
2. The bases of social law II, lectures (20h) and exercises (12 h)

Teaching language


Modes of study

Participation in lectures and legal case exercises. (Only one absence is allowed per each half of exercises.) A successful performance on an examination at the end of each period.

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Numeric 1-5.
Teaching offered only in autumn terms. As a rule, students take the course after they have completed the basic studies.

Recommended year of study

2. year autumn

Study materials

Complementary reading: Sosiaali- ja terveydenhuoltolainsäädäntö 2004 or a more recent edition. Lakimiesliiton kustannus.

Belongs to following study modules

School of Social Sciences and Humanities
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School of Social Sciences and Humanities