BSA1001 - Social work as a Discipline and Profession


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 100/100 1 semesters ALLE

Course content

This course introduces the students to the field of work, client groups, and central problem domains of social work. The students will also be introduced to how theoretical and experience-based knowledge may be integrated. The course focuses on the development of social work, the social worker´s role in the society and social work´s ethical value basis. Students learn to know that social problems and social work are situated at the intersection between individual and society, both globally and locally.

Learning outcome

The student has knowledge of:
- social work history, traditions, it´s distinctive character and position in society.

-human rights and central conventions, minorities and knowledge about Sami rights and their status as indigenous people.

-challenges related to inclusion, gender equality and non-discrimination irrespective of gender, ethnicity, religion and beliefs, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and age, so that the candidate can help ensure equal services for all groups in society.

-of social problems and the target groups and service areas in which social work is practiced.

-basic knowledge of social work theory and methods related to individuals, groups and community.

- of theories on communication, relations and experiences with collaboration and supervision.

- of how economic counseling can contribute to prevention of economic problems.

The Student can:

-Identify and reflect on key dilemmas such as help and control, in social work professional action and situations in which the ethical values of the profession are contested.

-Identify relationships between individuals and societal conditions.

-recognize how power structures and other societal conditions affect peoples´ lives.
Critically reflect on own experiences, knowledges, once own role and preconceptions in encounters with people.

-develop collaborative skills through participations in groups.

-find, evaluate and refer to relevant information and subject matter, orally and in writing.

-employ professional knowledge to identify resources and thereby stimulate hope in collaboration with people in vulnerable situations.

General competence
The student:

-has insight into views of humanity and in social work values, professional ethics and relevant ethical dilemmas.

-knows about and respects individuals´ different starting points and vulnerabilities, values and ways of living.

-has insight into digital communication in professional practice.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, seminars, field studies, skills training and work in groups.

Parts of the course may be given in English.

Compulsory assignments

  • Oral presentation in groups
  • Participation
  • 2 written groupassignments

Further on evaluation

The following compulsory activities must be considered approved in order to take the exam:
1 written group submission in connection with an excursion,
1 written group submission in connection with planning oral presentation in group,
1 oral presentation in group and
min. 80% participation in skills training sessions.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Social Work Programme (HSGSOB)

Required previous knowledge

The course has study rights requirements. This means that the course is reserved for students admitted to the programme Bachelor in Social Work at NTNU.

Course materials

Will be published on Blackboard at the start of the course.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
HSAR1003 30.0 01.09.2018
ISA1001 30.0 01.09.2018
ISA1002 30.0 01.09.2018
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Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Medicine, Health and Social Studies.
  • Social Work
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Social Work


Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 100/100 ALLE



Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 100/100 ALLE





Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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