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Social work in intercultural context33278/4115/1819/1/03
Study guide

Social work in intercultural context

33278/4115/1819/1/03
Academic year 2018-19
Is found in:
  • English programme for Health, Education and Welfare, programme stage 3
This is a single course unit.
Study load: 4 credits
Weight: 4,00
Total study time: 108,00 hours
Possible deadlines for learning account: 15.03.2019 ()

Organisation of education

Teaching Activities, Learning Activities, Assessment Activities
Lecture12,00 hours
Self-study70,00 hours
Seminar20,00 hours
Supervised independent work6,00 hours
This course unit is marked out of 20 (rounded to an integer).
Re-sit exam: is possible.
Co-ordinator: Houtteman Yvan
Language course: No
Languages: English
Scheduled for: Semester 2

Objectives

It is appropriate to justify why this course was included in the programme.
Flanders and Europe have been the subject of different historical migrations and form a community of different cultures. We live in a multicultural society. Moreover, the increasing economic globalization and the development of new and faster forms of transport and communication have caused distance and time to shrivel. The world has become a "global village". The care worker is increasingly confronted with people from different cultural backgrounds and should handle those differences properly and be aware of his own "cultural" glasses.

Through the application of the CLIM method within a multicultural society through the presence of incoming Erasmus students the students experience what it is like to work in an intercultural setting.

Contents

The classes correspond with the chapters of Edwin Hoffman’s book “Interculturele gespreksvoering” and his TOPOI model. TOPOI is the abbreviation of language, structure, persons, organization and effort. These are the five areas in which cultural differences and misunderstandings can take place. The TOPOI model includes a practical analysis and intervention framework to detect and deal with these cultural differences and misunderstandings in an intercultural contact. Besides, there will be room for dialogue and exchange with Flemish social work students.

Order of enrolment

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Prerequisites

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

Final objectives

OLR 1 Reflect critically on social work interventions, in a combinative spirit of self-reflection and social analysis.

OLR 5 Methodically guide stakeholders (both individuals and groups) as members of society in the conservation, improvement or change of social work situations.

OLR 9 Communicate professionally with all stakeholders in diverse social work contexts.

OLR 11 Act from a social political awareness based on human rights, social justice, collective responsibility and respect for diversities.

Teaching methods

  • Activating lecture
  • Assignment
    Additional information: Group assignment
  • Practice session
    Additional information: Cooperative learning in multicultural groups (CLIM methods) Dialogue sessions with Flemish students social work.
  • Guest speaker or lecture/Testimony
    Additional information: This course supports, linked to its intrinsic individuality, the possibility to implement international guest lecturers and/or visits in an international context.

Organisation of education

Lecture with interactive elements
Group assignment
Cooperative learning in multicultural groups (CLIM methods)

Dialogue sessions with Flemish students social work
This course supports, linked to its intrinsic individuality, the possibility to implement international guest lecturers and/or visits in an international context.

Study guidance

Supervision by appointment

Evaluation

Evaluation(s) for first exam chance
MomentForm%Remark
Non-periodicObservation of performance of the student25,00Presence 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.
PeriodicWritten examination50,00
Non-periodicPresentation25,00Presentation of group assignment. The criteria of evaluation for the group assignment will be announced in an assignment format.
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
MomentForm%Remark
PeriodicPaper100,00Students are obliged to come and collect the assignment for the paper during the feedback of the first examination period.

Evaluation

First exam session
Non-periodical evaluation (25 % of the total assessment)
Presentation group assignment (25 % of the total assessment)
Written examination (50 % of the total assessment)

Special regulations:
The criteria of evaluation for the group assignment will be announced in an assignment format
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.


Second exam session
Individual paper (100 % of the total assessment)

Special regulations:
Students are obliged to come and collect the assignment for the paper during the feedback of the first examination period.

This unit of study is marked out of 20 (rounded to a whole number).

Study materials

2. Syllabi
Mandatory
  • Author: Y. Houtteman
  • Edition: 2018-2019

Study costs

The cost of the written study material is estimated at about 5 euro
Possibly extra costs for exhibition visit or movie.

Key words

culture
intercultural communication
social identities
colliding values
social representations
TOPOI model
interculturalisation