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Course description

Competencies and objectives


Course context for academic year 2022-23

The objective of the Graduate degree in Social Work from the University of Alicante is to train social intervention professionals in Social Work intervention methodologies, with a broad understanding of social structures and processes, social change and human behavior , which enable them to:
* Intervene in the social and institutional contexts in which individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities live, assisting, dealing with conflicts, exercising mediation, aid, education, defense, animation tasks and transforming said contexts, including social politics;
* Participate in the formulation and evaluation of policies, services and social initiatives;
* Contribute to active citizenship through empowerment and the guarantee of human and social rights;
* Work on the prevention of social problems.
All this with the ultimate goal of contributing together with other professionals to:
* The social integration of individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities
* The constitution of a cohesive society
* The development of quality of life and social welfare

The Fundamentals of Social Work subject located in the first semester of the first year of the Degree offers the student the first contact with the nature of the profession and its studies. It contributes to the profile of social work by providing basic knowledge about the origins, development of social work and current concept; its relationship with the evolution of social action in general and in Spain; as well as the theoretical and ethical foundations that support the discipline and professional action.
The subject offers a framework for global understanding of certain aspects that must be worked on later in the second semester subjects "Initiation to professional skills" and Contexts of social work intervention", keeping in turn a close relationship with the objectives, skills and contents projected in the study plan for the second-year subjects Models and Methods of Social Work I and II.



Course content (verified by ANECA in official undergraduate and Master’s degrees)

General Competences (CG)

  • CG1 : Capacity to work together with individuals, families, groups, organisations and communities to evaluate their needs and circumstances.
  • CG2 : Analyse problem situations, plan, develop, execute, review and evaluate the practice of Social Work with individuals, families, groups, organisations, communities and other professionals.
  • CG4 : Act preventively to avoid situations that may be hazardous for the general public, for oneself and for one's work colleagues.
  • CG6 : Demonstrate professional competence when carrying out Social Work.
  • CG7 : Capacity to contribute to the development of fundamental rights, equal opportunities for men and women, the principles of equal opportunities and universal accessibility for the disabled, as well as the values associated with a peaceful culture with democratic values.


General Competences acquired at University of Alicante (CGUA)

  • CGUA2 : Computer and information skills. Capacity to apply computer and information technologies in one's professional career.
  • CGUA3 : Oral and written communication skills. Capacity to communicate ideas orally and in writing so that individuals, families, groups, communities and organisations can understand them.


Specific Competences (CE)

  • CE15 : Identify risk situations and act to solve them through the identification and definition of their nature.
  • CE22 : Research, analyse, evaluate and use current knowledge of best practices in Social Work to review and update knowledge of working frameworks.
  • CE24 : Manage complex ethical conflicts, dilemmas and problems, identifying the same, designing strategies to overcome them and reflecting on their results.
  • CE3 : Evaluate possible needs and options to guide an intervention strategy.
  • CE9 : Work with behaviours that represent a risk for the individuals, families, groups, organisations and communities, identifying the situations and circumstances that configure said behaviours and develop strategies to modify the same.




Learning outcomes (Training objectives)

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Specific objectives stated by the academic staff for academic year 2022-23

Specific objectives


1. Know the concept, definition and current profile of Social Work.
2. Obtain a global and historical vision of the evolution of the concept and forms of social assistance.
3. Determine the impact that cultural, economic, political and religious elements have on the thought and concept of aid.
4. Master the facts and circumstances that determine the birth of social work and the first theoretical debates that arose in the profession.
5. Understand the process of theoretical and professional evolution of social work in general.
6. Master the particular facts and circumstances that determine the birth and evolution of social work in Spain.
7. Analyze and recognize similarities and differences between the evolution of general social work and that of Spain.
8. Reflect and critically approach the current situation and debate on the role and functions of contemporary social work.
9. Draw conclusions from the process and historical evolution of social assistance and social work.
10. Explain Social Work as a social and scientific discipline.
11. Situate Social Work within the framework of the contemporary epistemological debate of the Social Sciences.
12. Distinguish the theories and currents of thought that have had a dominant influence on Social Work.
13. Point out current trends and intervention paradigms in the profession.
14. Understand the importance that ideology and values have in the theory and practice of social work.
15. Master the principles and rules that must guide professional conduct in Social Work.
16. Reflect on the possible conflicts and ethical dilemmas to be faced in professional practice.


1. Think in an orderly manner (analytical, critical).
2. Carry out comprehensive and in-depth reading.
3. Apply skills of analysis, synthesis and argumentation.
4. Apply information and communication technologies.
5. Apply teamwork skills.
6. Communicate in an appropriate and timely manner, verbally, non-verbally and in writing.
7. Use professional terminology.
8. Apply the values and ethics of the Social Work profession.
9. Build positive relationships with the context.



1. Learning to learn, developing active learning skills in the context of lifelong learning.
2. Build reflective and critical thinking.
3. Assume a personal and professional commitment to social justice and sustainable development, defending the human rights of all people, without discrimination based on age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, belonging to cultural minorities or migration.
4. Adopt an anti-oppressive professional practice from a non-androcentric or ethnocentric perspective and free of prejudices and social stereotypes.
5. Work cooperatively as a team.
6. Show appropriate conduct consistent with the values and ethics of Social Work.
7. Show interest in training as a competent professional.





Code: 19500
Lecturer responsible:
Credits ECTS: 6,00
Theoretical credits: 1,20
Practical credits: 1,20
Distance-base hours: 3,60

Departments involved

    Theoretical credits: 1,2
    Practical credits: 1,2
    This Dept. is responsible for the course.
    This Dept. is responsible for the final mark record.

Study programmes where this course is taught