Increasing Welfare through Users’ Involvement
Focus on values, theories and practice aimed to support people to develop their full potential and enrich their lives through users’/citizens’ involvement.
Start date: 28 October 2019
End date: 28 January 2020
Duration: 3 months
Apply before: 1 May 2019
ECTS: 15 with possible extension
This interdisciplinary module is designed for students who wish to study and work with citizens of all kinds, though the priority will be on marginalized groups such as vulnerable children, youth or different minority groups.
Students from Humanities, Education, Public Administration, Community and/or Social Work, as well as Health Sciences are most welcome.
In order to participate, students must speak English at an advanced level (C level and above in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)).
Purpose of The Module
We will work with the meeting between professional, citizens and users in practice. We will focus on values, theories and practice aimed to support people to develop their full potential and enrich their lives through users’/citizens’ involvement.
The target group of citizens can be all kind, but the priority will be on marginalized groups such as vulnerable children, youth or different minority groups. In the field of welfare services, we will work with the conditions for democratic and transparent public services. Services can be publicly or privately organized and must be able to handle the complexities of late modern society.
Increasingly, welfare services have an element of “self-service” for their users, some of whom are not familiar or comfortable with their role in relation to “professional” welfare service providers.
You will gain new professional knowledge and skills in a cross-cultural and interdisciplinary context. The module will also address the tension that occurs when the professionals, citizens and users come together in practice.
Whether you want to manage projects from ideas, through planning, financing and implementation, or you are committed to support each individual and want to work directly with children or adults with special needs, the goal is to discover and realise a better life by empowering and involving each person in all relevant decisions.