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Social work

Within the subject social work we study people’s living conditions. In particular, we are interested in the contexts that create social problems. We also study society’s measures and how these affect concerned groups. The subject social work is included in the social work study programme but can also be studied as single-subject courses at first-cycle and second-cycle level.

Our social work study programme has one of the highest applicants per place ratio of all degree programmes at Linnaeus University and is offered in both Kalmar and Växjö. In the Swedish Higher Education Authority's latest assessment of all social work study programmes in Sweden, the social work study programme at Linnaeus University was considered to meet the requirements for "high quality".

We offer an education that combines scientific thinking with practical, professional skills and after completing your studies you will be well equipped for a future working life as a social worker.

Social work at Linnaeus University is a third-cycle subject area. The research carried out by us is primarily focused on areas linked to family, children and youth; elderly people and people with disabilities; violence and gender; migration, integration and diversity; evaluations; and social policy questions and welfare.


Research in social work

Within social work at Linnaeus University there are six main research areas:

  • Children, youth and family
  • Migration, integration and diversity
  • Social policy questions and welfare
  • Evaluation
  • Research on elderly
  • Violence and gender

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The department of social work has a responsibility to carry out research that is relevant to society and can be useful outside the academic world.
Investigations and evaluations

International opportunities

Internationalisation is a natural part of social work that permeates all activities within the subject field. Through the years, we have established a number of collaborations with universities all over the world. Thanks to these collaborations, both students and members of staff have great opportunities to study, do internships, carry out research or teach abroad.

There is also internationalisation at home. At the department of social work, you often meet students, teachers and researchers from international universities.
Our students can choose to study one or more terms at an international university.

It is also possible to carry out part or all of the student placement training period (VFU) abroad. In order to make it easier for students who want to do their VFU abroad, we offer so-called VFU programmes. Today, we have five different programmes in the following places: China, Vietnam, Kamerun och New Zeeland.

Student placement training abroad
Want to learn more about social work in an international context? Do you want to train language skills and develop your intercultural skills? Perhaps, for example, foreign-language studies are something for you. You can choose to do all or part of your internship abroad.