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Children, Youth and Family in Social Work, 15 Credits

Swedish name: Barn, unga och familj i socialt arbete

This syllabus is valid: 2019-08-05 and until further notice

Course code: 2SA040

Credit points: 15

Education level: Second cycle

Main Field of Study and progress level: Social Work: Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements

Grading scale: VG Pass with distinction, G Pass, U Fail

Responsible department: Department of Social Work

Revised by: Head of Department of Social Work, 2019-05-13


This course deals with the living conditions of children, youth and families in a welfare society. The course aims to give students deeper knowledge of various theoretical perspectives in the field.  Empirical comparisons of these conditions will be used to illustrate living conditions and social work interventions in relation to different forms of vulnerability. The course has a problem-oriented approach and builds on students' active participation throughout.

The course has three parts. In Part 1, children's social needs, rights and psychological development are examined. In Part 2, children and family needs, conditions and vulnerabilities are studied. In Part 3, students work individually on a written examination of a topic of their own choice. The course provides an advanced examination of different theoretical perspectives and research-based knowledge in areas relevant to children, youth and family in social work. In each of the course's three parts, different themes will be examined using theoretical categories such as gender, class, ethnicity, sexuality and age, as well as the comparative tools of time and space.

Expected learning outcomes

After completing this course, students shall be able to demonstrate:
- a deeper knowledge of children's developmental needs. 
- a deeper understanding of the living conditions of children, youth and families and the structural conditions which impact these.
- an advanced knowledge of social work with children, youth and families.
- an ability to independently decide upon, describe and discuss a research problem concerning a topic specifically connected to social work with children, youth and (or) families.
- an in-depth understanding of ethical dilemmas, attitudes and values in research and practice with children, youth and families.
- an ability to apply theories within the theme of children, youth and family.
- an ability to communicate knowledge on subjects related to children, youth and family.

Required Knowledge

A minimum of 90 ECTS within the social sciences education in the following subjects: social work, sociology, Psychology, Peace and conflict studies, pedagogic, Gender Studies and social geography, Political science, Law/legal Science or in other courses that are considered equal to thus above, including an individual essay carrying at least 15 credits or 90 ECTS within nursing including an individual essay carrying at least 15 credits. Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English A/5 or comparable is also required

Form of instruction

This course is based on lectures and seminars. Students are expected to actively participate in all aspects of the course and to work independently on assigned examination tasks.

Examination modes

Part 1: examined through students' active participation in two obligatory examination seminars and through two individually written take-home exams. Participation in both seminars and both home exam is assessed with the grades of U or G.

Part 2: examined through students' active participation in one obligatory examination seminar and through one written groupexam. Participation in the seminar is assessed with the grades of U or G, the written groupexam is assessed with the grades of U or G.

Part 3: is examined through an individually written paper that is presented first at an obligatory working seminar where students will receive guidance in the writing process. Students will actively participate in this working seminar. Participation in the working seminar is assessed with the grades of U or G. Part 3 is also examined through at an obligatory seminar where each individually written paper is peer-reviewed. Participation at the opposition seminar is   assessed with the grades of U or G, the paper is assessed with the grades of U, G or VG.  

To achieve the grade of G, all obligatory elements and examinations must have the grade of G. To achieve a grade of VG in the course, all obligatory elements must be at least G. In addition, the student must have a grade of VG on the written exam.

To achieve the grade of VG, students must demonstrate, in addition to a good knowledge of the subject area, an advanced academic language in written texts, a clear anchoring of ideas in the scientific knowledge base, a critical awareness, and an ethical awareness.

Students who have passed an examination may not retake the examination to attain a higher grade. Students are expected to use proper referencing to sources of knowledge in all written assignments.

Students who do not pass at the ordinary examination times have a right to a retest, within 2 months. A student who does meet the requirements for a passing grade but who is close to the level, can following a decision from the examiner, be given the opportunity to complete their work in order to receive a passing grade.

Completions for the exam will be individually adapted based on the goals which have been achieved by the student and should take place within 2 weeks after the student has been informed of the exam result, but prior to the next examination time.

Completed exams can only reach the grade of G, not VG; completing to receive a higher grade than G is not permitted.

If the student has a certificate of special pedagogical support, the examiner has the right to decide on an adjusted form of examination.

Other regulations

Students have the right to apply to have a previous education or experience evaluated for transfer of credits. For more information, see: