DESCRIPTION OF DEGREE PROGRAMME (Admission year: 2017-2018)


1.

Title of the degree programme

National Code

Social Work with Children and Youth Master`s Degree Programme (jungtinė studijų programa su Rygos Stradinio universitetu, Latvija)

628L50002


2.

Official name of the awarding institution(s)

Language of instruction

Mykolas Romeris University

English


3.

Kind of study

Cycle of studies

Level of qualification

University studies

II cycle

VII level


4.

Mode of study and length of programme in years

Length of the degree programme in ECTS credits

Student's workload

Contact work hours

Independent work hours

Full-time study 1,5 years

96

2592

528

2064


5.

Study area

Field (branch) of the programme

Social sciences

Social Work


6.

Degree and/or qualification awarded

Master of Social work


7.

Programme Director

Contact information

Prof. Dr. Vida Gudžinskienė

vida.gudzinskiene@mruni.eu


8.

Accreditation organization

Period of reference

Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education

2018.08.31


9.

Purpose of the programme

The goal of the programme - to develop masters with high personal and professional competence in social work that will be able to work in an intercultural level with children and youth, do research while analyzing children and youth social problems; will be able to organize social work and provision of services based on the research data, finding the most effective solutions to these problems, moreover – will be able to continually reflect on, evaluate their professional activities and provide these opportunities for performance improvement.


10.

Profile of the programme

Study content: discipline(s)/subject area(s)

Orientation of the programme

Distinctive features

In the 1 semester the aim is to deepen students' knowledge and skills in a broad range of theories that social workers use to understand people in social work contexts working with children and youth; a range of issues relating to the role and nature of social policy in contemporary welfare states. In the 2 semester students are introduced to the field of social work research providing the knowledge and skills to scientifically investigate social issues through appropriate investigation strategies wotking with children and youth. A considerable attention is paid to development of competence of social policy sophistication. In the 3 semester a considerable attention is paid for development of knowledge and skills in social work management and systematic evaluation of social programmes. They also acquire the knowledge in management and administration, discuss and analyse best management practices through the use of case studies, group exercises and examples derived from true-life settings

The Programme is of deepening type.

• students can deepen specialized knowledge of social work and develop abilities of scientific research working with children and youth by choosing such alternatives. • the structure of the programme and the content of its subjects allow gaining competence for the initiation, coordination and execution of projects and management of social work institutions. • collaboration agreements with authorities that form and implement social policy allow students to perform their researches and find jobs in the highest level public institutions. • the educational practice model applied in Programme was created together with social partners, developing the principles of supervision, reflection and exploratory activity.

Qualification requirements and regulations

According to the Description of the Lithuanian Qualifications Framework, level VII qualifications are acquired through graduate university (II cycle) studies. The qualification provides for complex activities consisting of different interrelated tasks which may cover several related areas of professional activities. That is the reason why the performance requires expert evaluation of the most recent knowledge in the close and more distanced areas of activities; discovery of new facts in applied research of the professional activity area, creative theoretical knowledge and application of the results of scientific research. The activities are performed independently, by way of setting prerogatives of an activity area, making independent decisions, which are oriented towards improvement and perfection of the activities. The activities imply managing the activities of other employees, thus qualifications of this level include abilities to independently carry out applied research, to provide consultations in an area of activities, to coordinate projects related to the upgrading of other individuals’ qualifications and implementation of innovations, to analyse and present activity results. As the technological, management and organizational progress is witnessed in all areas of activities, the activities and their environment are subject to constant change, the changes are difficult to anticipate, the activities consist of volatile combinations of tasks. The activity change requires the ability to make innovative decisions based on research results, to assess alternative solutions and possible social and ethic consequences of the activities.

Description of the Lithuanian Qualifications Framework
Description of General Requirements for the Master‘s Study Programs
Procedure for Assessment of Mykolas Romeris University Learning Outcomes


11.

Admission requirements

Specific arrangements for recognition of prior learning

Specific requirements for graduation

1 Eligibility criteria for the admission to the second-cycle programme: • A completed university level Bachelor's degree or equivalent in the major subject or in a closely related field. • A good knowledge of English for academic purposes (results of major international tests such as TOEFL, IELTS, etc. are accepted); Admission criteria. Applicants eligible for the Programme must be the holders of Bachelor’s degree/1 st Cycle or of the equivalent University level higher education degree in the field of Social sciences. A good command of the English language for academic purposes is necessary (at least B2 proficiency level under the Common European Framework). Minim education of entrants: first level university studies in social, biomedical sciences and humanities (bachelor qualification degree). Applicants can enter study programme of Social Work with children and youth upon graduation from additional studies: those holding professional bachelor’s degree in social work, nursing, rehabilitation, public health or science of education (qualification of social pedagogue) enrol in additional one-year studies, preceding the master studies. When the field of the second-cycle studies selected is different from the completed first-cycle study field, during first year of studies student have to pass extra study subjects - Social Work Theory and Practice and Methodology of Social Work.

Study subjects studied previously (of the same study level) may be accepted, provided scope and contents of a study subject is the same. Appreciates the non-formal and self-contained achievement. The Procedure for Recognising Academic Credits at Mykolas Romeris University establishes the crediting of studying results achieved in other higher education schools and international academic organisations and the principles of issuance and formal execution of certificates about the studying results achieved at the University intended to be transferred to other higher education schools. Details: http://www.mruni.eu/mru_lt_dokumentai/centrai/akademiniu_reikalu_centras/teises_aktai/Recognition_of_acad_credits_AV_2013_09_23_1.pdf

collect 90 ECTS, to implement practice, to do master thesis


12.

Access to further studies

The graduates may continue in doctoral studies and seek academic careers in national or foreign universities and research institutions.


13.

Occupational profiles of graduates with examples

The programme graduates will have career opportunities in all kind of socio-educational service institutions that provide different social services for children and youth. Graduates will be able to design, implement and develop modern social work strategies in the international labor market not only in Lithuania but also abroad. Programme graduates, as qualified social work with children and youth specialists, will be able to realize their career tasks: • in children and youth day centres especially working with children and youth from social risk families; • in juvenile justice institutions as providers of social services for delinquent children and youth. • in implementing youth policy in municipalities. • in improving quality of social work with migrants • in developing career guidance services for children and youth. • in developing universal multifunctional centres. During the Programme acquired knowledge and skills would allow graduates to address above mentioned needs of children and youth and to plan, organize, manage and evaluate social work process in different multicultural environments.


14.

Teaching and learning methods

Assessment methods

Lecture, seminar, individual and/or team tasks, discussions, mind map, case study, situation modelling, essay, projects, individual and team reasoning, independent preparation and presentation of analytical papers.

Achievements of students are assessed based on 10 grade scale and certification. Key assessment methods include examination and final master’s thesis (10 grade scale). Students are subject to cumulative assessment: colloquia, individual and team tasks, social projects.

Procedure for Assessment of Learning Outcomes
Description of the System of the Assessment of Learning Outcomes


15.

Generic competences

Programme learning outcomes

1.

Social skills

1.1

Will be able to organise, coordinate and evaluate process and results of social support for children and youth, to use interviewing and counseling skills, to initiate projects and communicate effectively at intercultural level.

1.2

Will be able to manage information needed for effective work with children and youth, to establish and implement the policies, procedures, and guidelines necessary for effective social work practice, to work in team, to take responsibility for the quality of personal professional work and for work of emploees, respecting diversity of cultural attitudes and values

2.

Personal skills

2.1

Will be able to develop personal competencies: citizenship and responsibility, positive thinking, social justice, tolerance for different youth groups, pursue the personal and professional growth continuously building their knowledge and skills to provide the most current, beneficial, and culturally appropriate services to children, youths, and families and apply innovations in their professional activities.

Subject specific competences

Programme learning outcomes

3.

Knowledge, its application

3.1

Will be able to analyse and apply social theory to social work practice with children and youth, to implement democratic principles and empowering methods, to ensure the well-being of children and youths through evidence-based practices

3.2

Will be able to systematically and critically analyse the newest knowledge about needs and behaviours of children and youth in multicultural environment, when implementing innovative social services and influencing Family policy and social policy for children and youth.

4.

Ability to conduct research

4.1

Students will be able to analyze, synthesize and critically evaluate research findings, apply research results in changing and uncertain situations, when there is no sufficient information about the phenomenon / situation

4.2

Will be able to initiate, organize social research applying quantitative and qualitative research methods and carry out the analysis of the social research and results within interdisciplinary context in national and international perspective.

5.

Special skills

5.1

Will be able to ensure that children and youths are provided services within the context of cultural understanding and competence; as well as to develop social and cultural competences of the youngsters.

5.2

Will be able to systematically assess special needs of children and youth, to apply empowering social work intervention methods, to advocate for resources and system reforms that will improve services for children and youths; to promote collaboration in supporting, enhancing, and delivering effective services; and actively engage children and youths in addressing their needs.


16. COURSE STRUCTURE DIAGRAM WITH CREDITS

Code

Course units

ECTS credits

Student's workload

Contact work hours

Independent work hours

1st YEAR

60

1620

412

1208

1 SEMESTER

30

810

236

574

Compulsory course

30

810

236

574

SL517M057516

Comparative European Social Policy

6

162

38

124

SL517M057503

Master Thesis

6

162

0

162

SL517M057501

Professional Development and Supervision in Social Work

6

162

66

96

SL517M057509

Social Work Research Methodology

6

162

66

96

SL517M057506

Theoretical Models of Social Work

6

162

66

96

2 SEMESTER

30

810

176

634

Compulsory course

24

648

126

522

SL517M057510

Interactive Methods Working with Children and Youth

6

162

50

112

SL517M057504

Master Thesis

6

162

0

162

SL517M057520

Scientific Research Practice

6

162

26

136

SL517M057515

Social Work with Family

6

162

50

112

Optional course

6

162

50

112

SL517M057508

Children and Youth Behaviours by Bio-psycho-social Aspects

6

162

50

112

SL517M057507

Children and Youth Career Guidance

6

162

50

112

SL517M057514

Cross-Cultural Mediation

6

162

50

112

2nd YEAR

30

810

132

678

3 SEMESTER

30

810

132

678

Compulsory course

30

810

132

678

SL517M057502

Youth Intercultural Communication

6

162

66

96

SL517M057505

Master Thesis

18

486

0

486

SL517M057511

Socio-Cultural Empowerment of Different Youth Groups

6

162

66

96