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Study guide

Global awareness and engagement

Academic year 2021-22
Is found in:
  • Bachelor of Social Work, programme stage 3
    Programme option:
    • Optional module: International context
  • IC Social educational care work
  • IC Social Work
In other study programme:
  • Bachelor of Social Work as Global awareness and engagement (AO)
This is a single course unit.
Study load: 5 credits
Weight: 5,00
Co-ordinator: Dewulf Femke
Languages: English
Scheduled for: Semester 2

Final objectives

Define social problems from a social work context and in collaboration with stakeholders, from a historical, global and sustainable context
Participate actively and in a team-oriented perspective in complex, interdisciplinary and international social work contexts
Act from a social political awareness based on human rights, social justice, collective responsibility and respect for diversities
Demonstrate a lifelong learning commitment towards the development and practice of their profession in an exploratory approach


The student can interpret information and resources correctly.
The student situates precisely the concept of globalization in relation to social work
The student critically analyzes social problems from a broad, global and perspective
The student indicates social work in a specific international context
The student has attention for good practises from various (inter)national and interdisciplinary contexts
The student participates constructively in different roles and tasks in a team
The student developes a critical and well-argued point of view on social work based on fundamental values
The students reflects critical on the agogic, political and social dimension of human rights, social justice, diversity and collective
responsibility starting from social work practices


The course 'global awareness and engagement' consists of the following contents:

1. International identity of social work
2. Social work in an international perspective: global awareness an globalization
3. International topics on social work: contemporary challenges and social work practice
4. International organizations, networks and federations
5. International exchange of knowledge, practices and experiences in social work
6. Using 21st century skills to understand and address global issues

The course consists of a study trip to explore the Belgian context of social work from a global social work perspective and to compare it with another European country.
A substantive part is determined by the organizations visited during the study.

Organisation of education

Lecture15,00 hours
Self-study75,00 hours
Seminar15,00 hours
Supervised independent work30,00 hours

Teaching methods

  • Excursion
    Additional information: study trip abroad for several days
  • Assignment
    Additional information: Group assignment: peer and self assessment
  • Activating lecture
  • Guest speaker or lecture/Testimony
    Additional information: guest lectures from national and/or international experts

Study guidance

Seminars supporting and coaching the group paper.

The teacher will be available during the lessons, by mail or by appointment.

Use of the electronic learning environment Chamilo.


Evaluation(s) for first exam chance
Inside and outside exam scheduleIntegrated assessment100,00Evaluation is based on a group paper, oral exam and peer assessment. The evaluation criteria are further specified on Chamilo.Presence in the lessons is obliged for the assessment in this training module. A prerequisite for the evaluation, is to attend the scheduled lessons, to participate actively in all the course components, to accomplish the assignments en to respect the given deadlines of these tasks and assignments.
Evaluation(s) for re-sit exam
Inside Regular exam scheduleIntegrated assessment100,00The evaluation criteria are further specified on Chamilo.
This course unit is marked out of 20 (rounded to an integer).
Re-sit exam: is possible.

Study materials

2. Syllabi
  • Author: Femke Dewulf
  • Edition: 2021-2022

Other study materials

Course material will be available on the electronic learning environment Chamilo at the beginning of the semester.

Study costs

The estimated cost of the study trip abroad (transport, hotel and meal) is about €400 to €500. This cost is at the expense of the participating student and is depending on the current rate 

The estimated cost is approx. €5 for the syllabus.

There can be extra costs during company/field visits, the estimated cost is approx. €50.


The arrangements regarding prerequisites applied for this course unit are in the Faculty’s educational and examination regulations (FOER).

Possible deadlines for learning account: 15.03.2022 ()