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Social Work and Health

BA Early Childhood Education

English Program at HAWK Hildesheim, Faculty of Social Work

The course of studies can be linked internationally and nationally to the requirements for the profession and discipline of social work. The course of study takes into account the new developments in government and society and offers students a solid education well founded in theory and practice for professions in the field of social work.
The course of study links important national and international developments and the corresponding collaborative research projects with teaching and practical experience in the field of social work. A wide range of job-related practical study contents has also been included.


Crises and Crisis Intervention
Prof. Dr. Hans Ulrich Kawohl, 3 ECTS

The examination is given in the form of written exams, oral exams, project work, term papers and seminar presentations.

Defining the subject: Crisis, Trauma and Emergency according to the overlap model. A typology of crises: crises may range from critical events in the individual normal life to events that affect large parts of a society. - Crisis intervention, therapy, and their differences in goals and methods - A general model of crisis intervention: the sequential step-by-step model combined with strategies to be applied according to the assessment of the client´s state and of the situation.-Cases presented on video will be analysed and discussed. Some fields of crisis intervention will be presented.

English Theatre: Improvise!
Annli v. Alvensleben, 3 ECTS

"DARE TO FAIL!" and "SAY YES!" are two of the basic rules in Improvisation Theatre, invented by Keith Johnstone. These rules are essential not only for this special art form. They´ve got potential to also improve your daily life, and can hopefully create an encouraging atmosphere to speak English!

Improv Theatre might give you new ideas about yourself and others, it will make a difference to normal ways of learning and trying. It´s a training for your abilities

- to trust in yourself and your ideas,

- to pay attention to your partners (not only on stage)

- to create characters and stories

- to find unusual solutions in tricky situations

- to lead group exercises

Besides all those useful side effects, improv theatre is a lot of fun. We will get to know a variety of different formats for games and scenes. All of them have got their specific frames and rules, which allow everyone to improvise without getting lost in a million of possibilities.

You can get credit points for leading warm-up exercises in combination with a written reflexion of the seminar, in form of a "rehearsal diary".

Intercultural Communication and the concept of "Othering"
Hannah von Grönheim, 6 ECTS

The examination is given in the form of term papers and seminar presentations.

This seminar aims to provide an overview of theories and definitions of culture and intercultural communication. A primary focus will be the links between culture and communication and the various barriers affecting communication across cultures. The notion of intercultural competence will be explored together with various strategies/models for acquiring it.

Communication and racism: The racist underpinnings of colonialism in European history marked the beginning of “Othering” in communication across cultures and the initiation of a racist discourse which still resonates centuries later. The development of gendered and racial stereotypes and how these reproduce patterns of inequality and disadvantage in society will be explored in the second part of the course.

Thirdly, we will analyse how “fundamentalism”, whether religious or politicised acts as a barrier to inter-cultural communication through discursive practices, the articulation of ethnic and gender stereotypes, reductionist images and prejudices in a variety of media and fora.

Female Professions in Health and Social Care
Dr. Sandra Schiller, 3 ECTS

The examination is given in the form of written exams, oral exams, project work, term papers and seminar presentations.

The aim of this seminar is to explore the development of bourgeois gender concepts as well as other factors influencing the emergence of social work and occupational therapy/physiotherapy/speech and language therapy against the background of overall social, political and economic characteristics of the 19th and early 20th century. This course will provide students with an opportunity to practice reading and discussing academic texts in English. Extensive knowledge of the historical periods covered in the seminar is not a requirement. In addition to written sources there will also be a focus on discussing visual documents such as paintings, photos, films.

Experiential education - Adventurous and sportive experiences by interacting groups
Axel Pulvermüller, 3 ECTS

The examination is given in the form of written exams, oral exams, project work, term papers and seminar presentations.

This seminar encloses theory as well as practical aspects of experiential education. You do not need to be courageous and very athletic still about the normal level. However, active physical and mental participation is necessary. Probably you will find out something new about yourself. This seminar is no esoteric-or self-discovering seminar! Are you curious? Come and join us!

Social Work in Germany
Johanna Hermann, 3 ECTS

The seminar "Social Work in Germany" is primarily organised for students who are studying a semester abroad at the HAWK (Incomings).

But as far as we don't exceed the limit of participants everybody is welcome to join.

There are planned some study trips that is visiting very interesting places/institutions of Social Work in Hanover and around.

Child Protection and Family Support Services

Dirk Begemann, 3 ECTS

The seminar will allow for an in depth introduction into the Irish social system and Social Work practice in the field of "Child Protection and Family support services".

HAWK Plus:

1. Catharina Müller: Study and Culture in Hildesheim - academic and cultural explorations (Fri 10:00-11:30 Uhr)
The academic world is marked by mobility and international exchange. Still there are certain habits or implicit rules which can differ from country to country. This course wants to prepare incomings from our partner universities for a successful term in Germany. We practice the common academic requirements for presentations and term papers on several examples (topics are intercultural subjects and information on Hildesheim and its sights) and offer support for your papers and projects in your major subjects.

2. Dr. Sandra Schiller: German society and national identity: Exploring contemporary issues from a historical perspective (Mo 14:00 bis 15:30 Uhr)
The examination is given in the form of written exams, oral exams, project work, term papers and seminar presentations.
This seminar offers an introduction to contemporary German society and politics by looking at changes and continuities in recent German history with a focus on crucial topics like (im)migration, modernity, movements of the extreme right.

3. Nicole Späth: Intercultural Training
The examination is given in the form of written exams, oral exams, project work, term papers and seminar presentations.
This Seminar is especially for exchange students who get together and interact with students from different countries and want to train intercultural communication: In the training you shall improve your self-perception, expand your perception of foreign cultural standards, and acquire the ability to solve intercultural misunderstandings or conflicts.

4. German as a Foreign Language (various courses available)

Contact Person:

Director of International Programme:

Dr. Hannah von Grönheim
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