The research and development strategy of the Social Work study program addresses the following issues:
The specific areas of research focus in which these issues are investigated are:
Our research is conducted through applied research and development projects in cooperation with partners from practical social work and through specific internal research projects carried out by our full-time lecturers. Students may get involved in such research projects as part of workshops or practical assignments.
Thus, they acquire a knowledge of basic and evaluation research, applying both quantitative and qualitative methods. In the case of interdisciplinary cooperation, research and development projects are implemented in conjunction with other study programs, depending on the topic.
Research in the Social Work study program is guided by:
Childhood, Youth, and Family Life research primarily investigates issues social workers are faced with, for example, in:
This also includes any topics that may concern community social workers and school social workers. Examples of the topics addressed are gender sensitivity and crisis intervention.
The Old Age research focus investigates issues encountered by social workers in counseling and caring for elderly people and their family members. The aim is to support social workers, for example, in helping find appropriate facilities for inpatient care, in providing assistance at discharge from inpatient rehabilitation, or in assisting and working with relatives.
Research in Education, Occupation, and Personal Development specializes in topics relevant, for example, to career and personal development counselors, social coaches and social workers or initiators of everyday world education services such as parenting classes, unemployment programs, and coping skills training.
The aim of research in this field is to facilitate the planning, organization, and implementation of professional and personal development courses, and to help ensure and improve the quality of care and counseling services.
Criminality, Delinquency, and Social Rehabilitation research deals with the issues faced by probation officers and social workers in social rehabilitation, prevention, or mediation in criminal justice. The aim is to help ensure and improve the quality of probation services, of assistance for newly-releasednewly released prisoners, of housing counseling, of help for crime victims, or of psychosocial facilitation.
The Health focus area covers topics of social workers working with (drug) addicts and disabled persons, in hospitals or respective organizations. Results of research in this area should benefit work in grief counseling or individual and group counseling of family members, socio-pedagogical work with inpatients, particularly mentally ill children and adults, or psycho-social prevention and conflict management at the workplace.
Material Security and Public Services research focuses mainly on the activities of social workers helping secure other people’s livelihood or providing debt counseling. Our research in this area aims to ensure and improve the quality of work that is being done to advise and fulfill the basic needs of and homeless persons and individuals in crisis situations, as well as to organize accommodation.
Migration and Integration research deals with the issues faced by social workers who work to:
The aim of this research focus is to theoretically and practically contribute to quality assurance and improvement in counseling and care for migrants and refugees, as well as in cooperation in integrating immigrants into the local community and respective political activities.
Research in Social Environment and Participation investigates the relationship between spatial environments and the social behavior of the individuals involved in these environments. This concept is applied, for example, in community work. This social work approach is characterized by its participative and process-oriented nature. It is primarily concerned with improving the life situation of people in a specific social environment with respect to both material and immaterial conditions.