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BA Social Work (BASA-online) | Part-Time Distance Learning Study Programme

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Our society is constantly confronted with new and different challenges and difficulties. Social work addresses and examines these complex processes and develops solutions, arrangements and agreements together with a large number of actors involved. The part-time program in social work (BASA-online) provides you with the skills and the necessary expertise to manage, implement and reflect on these support processes.

Degree:
Bachelor of Arts
Type:
Part time
Distance learning program (part-time)
Course language:
German
Standard study period:
8 semesters
Start of study:
Summer semester
Application deadline:
15.12. – 15.01. (admission restricted)
Admission requirements:
General university entrance qualification/technical college entrance qualification/equivalently recognized previous professional training and professional activity in the field of social work of at least 15 h/week
Credits:
180 ECTS credits
Module Manuals & Regulations
The Study

Soziale Arbeit: Studieren mit größtmöglicher Flexibilität

Mit mehr als 100 verschiedenen Arbeitsfeldern ist die Soziale Arbeit ein abwechslungsreicher Berufszweig, bei dem vor allem die praktische Arbeit im Fokus steht. Durch die umfassende Wissensvermittlung werden Sie dazu befähigt, Handlungsbedarf in der Praxis erkennen zu können und entsprechende Interventionen sowie Angebote von der Planung über die Umsetzung bis hin zur Evaluierung betreuen zu können.

Schon während des Studiums können Sie eigene Akzente durch die gezielte Wahl der Seminare und Praxisprojekte setzen. Neben der Beschäftigung mit den Methoden und Theorien der Sozialen Arbeit setzen sich Sie sich im Studium auch mit soziologischen, psychologischen, politischen, rechtlichen und ökonomischen Grundlagen und dem Einsatz ästhetischer und digitaler Medien in der Sozialen Arbeit auseinander.

Das berufsbegleitende Studium Soziale Arbeit (BASA-online) setzt auf größtmögliche Flexibilität. Sie können sich durch Lernmodule, die online bereitgestellt werden, ihren Studienalltag selbst organisieren und so Beruf, Familie und das Studium gut miteinander vereinbaren. Einzelne Präsenztermine auf dem Campus der FH Potsdam fördern den Austausch zwischen Studierenden und Lehrenden.

Social work: study with the greatest possible flexibility

With more than 100 different fields of work, social work is a varied profession that focuses primarily on practical work. Through the comprehensive knowledge transfer, you will be able to recognize the need for action in practice and to supervise appropriate interventions and offers from planning to implementation and evaluation.

Source: Claus Ernst

Even during your studies, you can set your own accents through the targeted selection of seminars and practical projects. In addition to studying the methods and theories of social work, you will also deal with sociological, psychological, political, legal and economic principles and the use of aesthetic and digital media in social work.

The part-time distance leraning study program social work (BASA-online) focuses on the greatest possible flexibility. Through learning modules provided online, you can organize your daily study routine yourself and thus combine your job, family and studies well. Individual presence appointments on the campus of the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam promote the exchange between students and teachers.

Concept & Network

The degree program is modularized, and special attention is paid to the "connection between theory and practice". This is reflected not only in the importance of internships and work experience during the course, but also in the individual modules, which are designed to be both theory- and practice-based.

Approximately three quarters of the degree program consists of online distance learning and one quarter of introductory and/or accompanying classroom lectures. These will take place once a month on weekends (Friday and Saturday). Face-to-face events allow students to get to know each other personally and are important for those learning processes that rely on immediate feedback (e. g. consulting skills, project work, coaching, supervision). The project-oriented structure of the attendance phases creates experiential spaces in which the knowledge acquired online can be reflected upon, additional competencies can be taught, and students' professional experiences can be addressed.

Further information on the course content

In the case of online supervised distance learning, the media orientation of the course is doubly justified, as a learning objective and as a medium of education: Media competence is nowadays taken for granted in the field of social work. It permeates everyday professional life in internal office communication, data management, networking with the (professional) public and extends to client counseling. However, EDP knowledge has not yet been sufficiently imparted through university studies. BASA-online places great emphasis on teaching media skills right from the start (see module overview below). At the same time, working through the online modules requires mastery of the electronic tools and trains the associated competencies through daily application.

Specific professional key qualifications of social work such as counseling competence, ethical competence, dealing with groups, conducting conversations, etc. can only be taught in small groups with intensive supervision by university lecturers. This requires lecturers to shift their teaching activities from imparting knowledge to supporting learning processes. The new media play an important role here, because they offer students more independence and open up the possibility of designing work processes cooperatively, without predetermined time and place commitments.

The objectives of the degree program, both the face-to-face study program and the part-time distance leraning study program "Bachelor of Arts: Social Work" are to impart the professional knowledge required for professional practice and for the transition to master's degree programs.

The aim of the BASA-online degree program is to enable you to apply scientific methods and findings and to provide them with professional action skills in the professional fields of social work. Theoretical basics, methods and professional as well as key competencies are taught. In addition, the program promotes the students' media competence.

In addition to individual learning objectives, which are largely derived from the working approaches and principles of lifeworld- and social space-oriented social work, but which are also generally binding for a participatory and partnership-based approach, the BASA-online distance leraning study program intends to deepen a professional social work attitude that affects the students' personality. Thus, students should learn to understand the possibilities and limits of their role and function in social work institutions and facilities and, in addition, to recognize their personal possibilities and limits of action and to deal with the professional objectives and orientations of social work, the basis of which is, among other things, the social work professional ethics.

The part-time distance learning study program Social Work (B. A.) is part of the BASA-online university network. Within this network, the participating universities jointly develop the online modules included in all study programs, evaluate them, and create updates. In this way, synergies can be exploited from the association of the various universities in the BASA-online university network. The universities are supported by the Center for Distance Learning in the University Network (zfh) based in Koblenz.

Eight universities are currently members of the network:

  • ASH Berlin
  • HS Fulda
  • Kiel UAS
  • FH Koblenz
  • FH Potsdam
  • HS Munich
  • FH Münster
  • HS Rhine-Main
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Is this course of study a good fit for you?

Probably one of the most important prerequisites for studying social work is a strong ability to communicate and empathize, since work in the social field often takes place on a personal level. Due to this personal closeness, tensions can arise again and again in everyday work. Here it is helpful if you can endure these and at the same time distinguish yourself. You should also be a patient person, because solutions cannot always be found quickly, and successes do not always become visible. A basic interest in scientific work as well as social, legal and business issues are also good basic requirements for studying social work.

Online Study Selection Assistant (OSA)

Would you like to learn more about the Social Work program, get opinions and tips from students and lecturers, or take a look at typical study tasks?

With the Online Study Selection Assistant (OSA) you can test whether the degree program is right for you.

OSA

Online Info Session:

Prior to the start of the application process, an info session on the bachelor's degree program Social Work (BASA-online) | Part-Time Distance Learning Study Programme will be held via Zoom conference for those interested on December 05, 2022 from 5 to 6 pm.

The link for the Zoom conference can be requested from the study program coordinator Alena Kohlmann via mail:

alena.kohlmann@fh-potsdam.de

BASA online university network

Unsure? On the social media channels of the BASA-online university network, you can get further insights into the part-time and online-supported bachelor's degree program in social work.

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7 Questions for... Prof. Dr. Gudrun Perko

With the interview series "7 Questions for...", the BASA-online university network wants to show the faces behind the network. In conversation: Prof. Dr. Gudrun Perko, who heads the BASA-online study program together with Prof. Dr. Andrea Schmidt.

Interview with Prof. Dr. Gudrun Perko

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Weitere Studiengänge
Degree program Teaching language Start of study Application deadline
BA Early Childhood Education German Winter semester
25.05. – 15.07. (admission restricted)
BA Social Work German Winter semester
25.05. – 15.07. (NC degree program
BA Social Work (BASA-online) | Part-Time Distance Learning Study Programme German Summer semester
15.12. – 15.01. (admission restricted)
BA Social Work | Dual-Digital German Winter semester
15.06. – 15.07. (admission free)
MA Childhood Studies and Children's Rights English Winter semester
01.02. – 15.05.
MA Early Childhood Studies German Winter semester
15.06. – 15.08. (NC free).
MA Social Management German Summer semester
12/15 - 03/31 in even calendar years (NC-free).
MA Social Work with a Focus on the Family German Winter semester
25.05. – 22.06. (NC degree program)
Career Prospects

Recognize, investigate, thematize – social work

Our society is a complex web of social relationships and processes. Individuals, groups, organizations or entire neighborhoods face different challenges and difficulties. Social work recognizes, examines and addresses social problems and challenges and works out solutions, arrangements and agreements together with a large number of actors involved. In the BASA-online study program, you will acquire additional knowledge (theories, methods, competencies) on the basis of your professional experience in order to be able to recognize and justify the need for action in practice, to plan appropriate interventions and offers, and to evaluate these with regard to their effect, as well as to professionally reflect on your professional practice. In addition, you will acquire research, preventive, interventional and aftercare working methods. The program qualifies you for a management position as well as for an assistant management position and for coordinating, planning and evaluating tasks.

The degree and state recognition open up access to professional practice in social work and to further studies.

 

Possible areas of application

The part-time distance learning study programme in social work addresses, among other things, child and youth work, integration work, inclusion work and the accompaniment of older people. The study program teaches basic skills in child and youth work and prepares students for advisory, mediating or coordinating tasks for the following areas:

  • youth, social and health care institutions
  • providers of educational and training work
  • social counseling services
  • social management
  • resocialization

Here you will find an overview of the fields of work.

State recognition

Graduates of our Bachelor's programs at the Social and Educational Sciences Department receive state recognition upon separate application.

The basis for state recognition is the Brandenburg Social Professions Act. On the pages of the Brandenburg State Office for Social Affairs and Supply you will find all important information as well as the form for applying for state recognition and for the medical certificate. The fact sheet of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the State of Brandenburg summarizes the documents to be submitted.

State regulations for social professions

These degree programs might also interest you

Weitere Studiengänge
Degree program Teaching language Start of study Application deadline
BA Early Childhood Education German Winter semester
25.05. – 15.07. (admission restricted)
BA Social Work German Winter semester
25.05. – 15.07. (NC degree program
BA Social Work (BASA-online) | Part-Time Distance Learning Study Programme German Summer semester
15.12. – 15.01. (admission restricted)
BA Social Work | Dual-Digital German Winter semester
15.06. – 15.07. (admission free)
MA Childhood Studies and Children's Rights English Winter semester
01.02. – 15.05.
MA Early Childhood Studies German Winter semester
15.06. – 15.08. (NC free).
MA Social Management German Summer semester
12/15 - 03/31 in even calendar years (NC-free).
MA Social Work with a Focus on the Family German Winter semester
25.05. – 22.06. (NC degree program)
Study Contents

Course of studies

The standard period of study for the part-time distance learning study program Bachelor of Social Work is eight semesters and concludes with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

 

1st semester Introduction to scientific work and the legal fields of social work        
2nd semester Workshop and introduction to family, work, existential and administrative law        
3rd semester Research, documentation, communication, design, creativity, presentation, and introductions to social justice and inclusion/exclusion.        
4th semester Focus selection and introduction to social work methods.        
5th semester Organization, management of social work, legal principles, project development, evaluation and methods of social work, practice project        
6th semester Social space, empowerment, networking, social work and economy as well as crisis intervention, self-evaluation and supervision, practice project        
7th semester Social work and health, social policy and work in the European and international context as well as practice project        
8th semester

Ethics and professional self-concept in social work as well as profession and discipline

       
  • Bachelor thesis andexamination interview
  • Overarchingprofessional practice module

Teaching Formats

  • Blended learning: approx. 75 % online and 25 attendance components
  • 10 face-to-face modules(incl. workshop and practical project)
  • 17 online modules
  • Supervised mentoringduring thecourse of study
  • Research-based learning in a special seminar form (workshop principle) as well as presentation of this content
  • Practical module if state recognition isdesired

Study contents

The knowledge transfer in the part-time social work program takes place in a blended learning format. The majority of the modules are made available to you digitally. You can decide flexibly when you complete the modules and how you organize your daily study routine. Furthermore, there are classroom events once a month, which extend over two days as a block seminar. The attendance events mainly serve as an introduction to the topics, reflection, research-based learning, practice and exchange among each other. Between the classroom sessions, you will work through the individual modules online in self-study and will be supported by our instructors.

Mandatory modules (online)

  • History, theoretical approaches and structure of social work
  • Introduction to the legal fields of social work
  • Family: A multidisciplinary introduction
  • Work: A multidisciplinary introduction
  • Introduction to livelihood law and administrative law
  • Social Justice: A Multidisciplinary Introduction
  • Inclusion/Exclusion: A Multidisciplinary Introduction
  • Organization and Management of Social Work
  • Family Law and Child and Youth Welfare Law in the Context of Social Work
  • Project planning and evaluation
  • Social space orientation and networking
  • Economic aspects in social work
  • Social work and health: prevention and health promotion
  • Social policy and transnational relations of social work

Elective modules (online)

  • Introduction to the chosen field of work: children and adolescents, rehabilitation, context of generations, social work and education, delinquency, diversity, public social administration, migration and flight.
  • Living environments and methods of social work
  • Specific problem situations/ concepts/ crisis intervention in social work including selected areas of law

Attendance modules

  • Introduction to scientific work
  • Introduction to methods of social work
  • Specific methods of social work: creativity and media pedagogy
  • Conversation and counseling in social work
  • Diversity: methodological approaches in social work
  • Specific methods of social work in crises and conflicts
  • Ethics and professional action in social work
  • Profession and discipline: theories of social work and their relation to fields of practice

Theory project

In the theory project, you will discuss a self-selected issue from professional practice in the form of a written, academic term paper. In doing so, you will observe, analyze and interpret selected situations from practical social work and place them in the context of theoretical explanatory approaches.

Practice project

For your practical project, you are to design, implement and evaluate a change project in the context of your own professional activity. For this purpose, you will create a conception with relevant references to theory, choose the appropriate methodological approaches and finally implement your planning in a concrete practice project. Subsequently, you will present your process- and result-oriented analyses of the self-initiated and/or accompanied practice intervention.

Thesis

During the last semester you will write your bachelor thesis and will be guided in the process by a research colloquium.

Module Manuals & Regulations

A detailed description of the course contents, study plans and descriptions of individual modules of the part-time distance learning program in Social Work can be found in the module handbook, in the subject-specific study and examination regulations and in the internship regulations.

Projects from the department

Weitere Projekte
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MeGeWoPo: Multi-generational living in the "Platte"

Community and intergenerational transfer for a self-determined lifestyle in old age

Erklärgrafik des Forschungsprojekts "Co-Act"

CoAct – Co-designing Citizen Social Science for Collective Action

The EU research project "CoAct" pursues an innovative approach to participatory citizen research. The focus is on the further development of a Citizen Social Science (CSS) and its research methods. CoAct is funded by the European Commission's Horizon 2020 program under the call "SwafS-15-2018-2019 - Exploring and supporting citizen science"

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EDIT – Development of dialogical interaction and participation

EDIT is a cooperative practice research program of the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam (FHP) and the University of Potsdam (UP). In EDIT, practice development and practice research on the development of dialogical interaction and participation in early childhood education are implemented.

Contact

Program Management

Prof. Dr. Gudrun Perko

Prof. Dr. Gudrun Perko

Professorin für Sozialwissenschaften mit den Schwerpunkten Gender, Diversity und Mediation

Program Management

Prof. Dr. Andrea Schmidt

Prof. Dr. Andrea Schmidt

Professorin für Sozialpädagogische Handlungskonzepte

Program Coordination

Dipl.-Kffr. Alena Kohlmann

Dipl.-Kffr. Alena Kohlmann

Koordination Frühkindliche Bildungsforschung (M. A.)
Koordination Soziale Arbeit berufsbegleitend ( B. A.), BASA-online
Studiencoaching / Koordination Students4Students
Attendance dates

Overview attendance dates

Students of the part-time and online-supported Social Work program (BASA-online) receive their learning plans for the respective semester with detailed information at an early stage. The following schedule gives an overview of the attendance times of the degree program.

Winter semester 2022/2023

Social Work (B. A.) 2019 and 2021

  • 16.09.2022 and 17.09.2022
  • 14.10.2022 and 15.10.2022
  • 11.11.2022 and 12.11.2022
  • 09.12.2022 and 10.12.2022
  • 20.01.2023 and 21.01.2023

Social Work (B. A.) 2022

  • 23.09.2022 and 24.09.2022
  • 21.10.2022 and 22.10.2022
  • 18.11.2022 and 19.11.2022
  • 09.12.2022 and 10.12.2022
  • 20.01.2023 and 21.01.2023

BA Social Work 2020

  • 23.09.2022 and 24.09.2022
  • 21.10.2022 and 22.10.2022
  • 18.11.2022 and 19.11.2022
  • 16.12.2022 and 17.12.2022
  • 27.01.2023 and 28.01.2023

Summer semester 2023

BA Social Work 2020 and 2022

  • 24.03.2023 and 25.03.2023
  • 21.04.2023 and 22.04.2023
  • 12.05.2023 and 13.05.2023
  • 09.06.2023 and 10.06.2023
  • 30.06.2023 and 01.07.2023

BA Social Work 2021 and 2023

  • 31.03.2023 and 01.04.2023
  • 28.04.2023 and 29.04.2023
  • 26.05.2023 and 27.05.2023
  • 16.06.2023 and 17.06.2023
  • 07.07.2023 and 08.07.2023

Winter semester 2023/2024

BA Social Work 2020 and 2022

  • 29.09.2023 and 30.09.2023
  • 20.10.2023 and 21.10.2023
  • 17.11.2023 and 18.11.2023
  • 15.12.2023 and 16.12.2023
  • 26.01.2024 and 27.01.2024

BA Social Work 2021 and 2023

  • 22.09.2023 and 23.09.2023
  • 10/13/2023 and 10/14/2023
  • 10.11.2023 and 11.11.2023
  • 08.12.2023 and 09.12.2023
  • 19.01.2024 and 20.01.2024
Application & Enrollment

Application & Enrollment

The degree program participates in the central allocation of study places, the Dialog-Oriented Service Procedure (DoSV) via hochschulstart.de. For this, you must register at hochschulstart.de within the application deadline and then create and submit your application in the MyCampus university portal of the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam. Let us guide you step by step through the procedure and use our DoSV-Guide.
Applications are only possible from December 15 to January 15 for the next summer semester. Applications to a higher semester are possible until 15.01.

Access requirements

To enroll in the Social Work distance learning program, you need a university entrance qualification according to the Brandenburg Higher Education Act. This higher education entrance qualification includes the general higher education entrance qualification or a vocational training recognized as equivalent. A further prerequisite is a study-accompanying professional activity in the field of social work of at least 15 hours per week (to be proven at the latest upon enrollment). This proof must be updated with each re-registration.

Desirable requirements

  • Desire to support different people in a way that they can help themselves
  • Appreciative, respectful attitude towards all people
  • Strong communication and empathy skills and patience
  • Ability totolerate tension
  • Finding a balance between distance andcloseness
  • Interest in legal as well as business management and organizational issues
  • Openness to perceive social developments

Time requirement & cost

  • Have 25 hours per week of study time
  • Regular semester fee
  • 65 Euro per online module
  • Travel, accommodationand catering costs fortheattendance days

Documents to be submitted

In addition to the online application, the following documents must be submitted in hard copy:

  • University entrance qualification
  • Curriculum vitae in tabular form with photo
  • if applicable, proof of professional or other previous experience relevant to the field of study
  • if applicable, university degree certificate and justification for taking up a second course of study
  • if applicable, proof of service
  • If applicable, proof(s) of hardship application or application for compensation for disadvantages.

For submission, please use the supplementary sheet "Application documents to be submitted" on the last or penultimate page of your personal checklist, which is available at the end of the online application in the MyCampus - University Portal. This lists all the supporting documents that you must submit in paper form based on the information you provided in the online application. In addition, the checklist contains information on the rest of the procedure.

The day of the application deadline (receipt of mail at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam) applies for the submission of the documents.

Selection procedure

Applicants who meet the admission requirements take part in the procedure for the allocation of study places. In the allocation procedure for the first semester, the following are deducted in advance from the number of study places to be allocated:

  • all applicants who were not able to accept an earlier admission due to service as well as all applicants who are members of the national squad of a national sports federation of the German Olympic Sports Confederation
  • 11 % for applicants with a foreign university entrance qualification
  • 3 % for applicants for a second degree
  • 3 % for applicants who are to be considered on the basis of hardship.

The remaining study places are allocated 80% according to the result of a university selection procedure and 20% according to waiting time.

The result of the university selection procedure is determined on the basis of the following criteria (weighting in brackets):

  • Average grade of university entrance qualification (40 %).
  • Previous professional experience (30 %)
  • Selection interview (30 %)

The number of participants in the selection interview is limited to three times the number of study places to be awarded in the university selection procedure. The order of the applicants to be invited (the so-called ranking list) is determined by the grade of the university entrance qualification. Applicants who occupy a correspondingly high position on the ranking list are invited by the selection committee to a selection interview by e-mail.

Approval

Following the university selection procedure, the study places are awarded in the dialog-oriented service procedure via hochschulstart.de. Applicants with a correspondingly high ranking receive a temporary offer of admission on hochschulstart.de, which they can actively accept. You can find more information about the coordination phase on hochschulstart.de in our DoSV guide.

After accepting the offer of admission, you will receive your notification of admission from hochschulstart.de. If you do not accept the offer of admission by the deadline, the ranking list will continue to be processed and the study place will be reallocated.

Enrollment Application

The enrollment application is submitted online in the MyCampus university portal of the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam. After entering the information required for enrollment, an enrollment application is created. This application must be signed and submitted to the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam by mail together with the university entrance qualification in paper form. Please refer to the enrollment application if you need to submit additional documents. The deadline for submission is the last day of the enrollment period. The date of receipt at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam is decisive.

General information on application and enrollment procedures

There are various application procedures at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam. General information on application and enrollment procedures as well as information on part-time studies, guest auditors and second degree studies can be found on the general application pages.

General information about the application

International applicants

You would like to apply for studies from the first or a higher semester and have acquired your school leaving certificate and/or university degree abroad? Then you can have degrees and achievements obtained abroad recognized and study with us.

To the application information for internationals

Contact

Student Counselling Service

Program Management

Prof. Dr. Gudrun Perko

Prof. Dr. Gudrun Perko

Professorin für Sozialwissenschaften mit den Schwerpunkten Gender, Diversity und Mediation

Program Management

Prof. Dr. Andrea Schmidt

Prof. Dr. Andrea Schmidt

Professorin für Sozialpädagogische Handlungskonzepte

Program Coordination

Dipl.-Kffr. Alena Kohlmann

Dipl.-Kffr. Alena Kohlmann

Koordination Frühkindliche Bildungsforschung (M. A.)
Koordination Soziale Arbeit berufsbegleitend ( B. A.), BASA-online
Studiencoaching / Koordination Students4Students