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Study Social Work, Curative Pedagogy in Germany

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Poverty, migration, refugee movements, and many other social phenomena require action from social workers. This action aims to support at-risk persons in independently shaping their lives and (re)integrating them into society. At the same time, social work takes a preventive approach by aiming to prevent people from getting into economically, socially, and psychologically difficult situations in the first place.


124 Higher Education Institutions

Bachelor, Master, Final Examination

German, English

1-14 Semesters

What content can I expect

This field of study belongs to the applied sciences. The theories and methods that are taught serve as your basis for counselling people in difficult situations.
A degree programme in social work is generalist in nature. Graduates of social work programmes work in a wide range of areas, from family counselling to refugee assistance to street work.
Social pedagogy, on the other hand, focuses on education and schooling, both during studies and in later areas of application.
Curative pedagogy focuses on aspects of educational science. Its main goal is to integrate disadvantaged people into society.
The programmes all impart knowledge from disciplines such as psychology or pedagogy as well as fundamental knowledge from the legal sciences. Integrated internships make the programmes very practice oriented. The completion of an internship in an area related to the study programme is often a mandatory requirement in the application process.
For work in this field, you need excellent social skills and mental resilience.

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