Department of Social Work

Today, as we pay less and less genuine attention to each other, social workers are trained to provide support and help the most vulnerable among us. Anyone of us may become a user of social services and without social workers there would be no responsible society or social progress.

Our academic programmes offer current insights and professional skills for addressing people’s social needs, life problems, and improving their social status. Through a comprehensive programme of professional training for social workers, our B.A. and M.A. programmes rest on current theoretical-methodological approaches to social work, knowledge exchange, interactive learning, and mandatory professional practice. In addition to practical and theoretical knowledge, our students develop personal competencies as well, which will help them to confront the challenges of their profession, to improve themselves so that they can help others.

The rich experiences of our lecturers and experts in social work and psychosocial support in terms of practice and academic research will familiarise our students with implementing social work in practice. Understanding the system of social policy and the functioning mechanisms of the state will enable our students to gain a comprehensive knowledge of their implementation in social, healthcare, and other institutions and organisations where that effort is professionally realised.

Our aim is to deliver highly competent professionals for working with troubled children and young people, with families at risk and facing problems, with victims of family, peer, and digital violence, vulnerable elderly persons, disabled persons, as well as all others who are affected by social problems or have social needs that require assistance from social workers.

The Faculty of Media and Communications also offers its students of social work insights necessary for generating social change for the sake of achieving prosperity and honouring the principles of human rights, humanism, and social justice. Serbia’s system of social protection can count that those who graduate from one of our programmes will understand its reforms and be able to join in their implementation, especially in creating and implementing services tailored to the individual needs of their users, harmonised with the quality standards prescribed by the national normative framework, the principles of contemporary social work practice, and the socio-economic context in which they are provided. The Department of Social Work is especially committed to training its students to provide direct support to others, to monitor and analyse individual cases and social problems, and to identify the priorities, possible actions, and measures that should be implemented (in line with the Standards for the Education of Social Workers in Serbia).

B.A. in Social Work

Our B.A. programme in Social Work provides a thorough academic grounding combined with implementing concepts from theory in social reality. You will learn how to recognise individual and social problems, use mediation in crisis situations, and improve marginalised groups’ socio-economic conditions of life.

The programme is geared toward developing knowledge and skills for providing support to various vulnerable social groups (children and young people, families at risk, elderly persons, disabled persons, victims of violence, etc.) for the sake of improving their status, social inclusion, and social capital in the community. The insights we offer are based on current theoretical approaches to social work, and you will develop your skills through interactive teaching and professional practice in various institutions of the social protection system and civil society organisations.

We address contemporary social problems such as digital violence, partner relations, and migrations, but we also strive to enable new generations of social worker-therapists to engage in institutional and private practice. Upon graduating, students receive a B.A. degree in Social Work.

M.A. in Social Work

This master’s programme offers current insights and professional skills for addressing social needs and improving the social condition of society. We seek to further the scholarly and professional insights not only of students, but also of professionals working in organisations whose priority is the protection of children and young people, families, elderly persons, disabled persons, and poor and marginalised groups.

The programme enables the upgrading of one’s professional and academic competencies in the domain of current theory and practice in social work. It offers contents that are applicable in various sectors relevant to improving the social status of individuals, families, and social groups. The programme is also geared toward developing the practice of social work by promoting the principle of lifelong learning, as well as personal and professional development through supervised work.

The specificity of the programme is reflected in allowing its students to adjust the contents of the programme to their own professional experience and context and to improve the quality of their own work. The programme enables its students to acquire important academic skills as the basis for a critical consideration of social work, for creating and implementing research, as well as for their future contribution to the theory and practice of social work. Upon graduating, students receive an M.A. degree in Social Work.

M.A. in Psychosocial Counselling

This programme offers advanced education to all students who are interested in developing their research skills, including qualified counsellors, practising psychotherapists, and researchers in the humanities. The programme provides a detailed theoretical knowledge of psychosocial counselling and complements professional training in counselling, enabling students to assume a critical perspective in their counselling activities and related practices. The aim of this academic programme is to stimulate critical thinking in professional qualified practising psychosocial therapists working with clients. It is a highly interdisciplinary study programme that integrates concepts, practices, and skills from counselling and psychotherapy, psychology, sociology, philosophy, education, culture, healthcare, social protection, and other social sciences. The domain of applied psychosocial counselling opens room for qualitative, reflexive, and critical approaches to research and demands special expertise in explorations based on practice predicated on direct counselling work, the client’s experiences in the counselling process, and narrative, reflexive, and auto-ethnographic methods.

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+381 11 2626 474
fmk@singidunum.ac.rs

Faculty of Media and Communications
Singidunum University
Karadjordjeva 65, Belgrade
Serbia