Social Services (Swedish)

Qualification awarded: Yrkeshögskoleexamen inom hälsovård och det sociala området, Socionom (YH); equivalent to Bachelor of Social Services
Level of qualification: 1st cycle
Scope: 210 ECTS credits
Duration: 3.5 years
Mode of study: full-time
Language of tuition: Swedish
Programme director: Bettina Brantberg-Ahlfors

The Degree Programme in Social Services aims at educating sociologists with a wide knowledge base. With social pedagogy as a foundation the education strives to perceive the person through several different perspectives. It is also important to consider changes taking place in society and new needs that arise. Social educational work should take place based on these circumstances. The sociologist participates in the activities together with the client as an educator and instructor.

Study environment

Problem based learning (PBL) is the overall pedagogical approach used in social sciences education. The core of the studies is made up of self-directed studies and core group work. Core group work implies that the processing of knowledge takes place in groups of five to eight students. Other forms of working are lectures, workshops, practical projects and projects related to working life, resource opportunities as well as theme meetings and seminars. With PBL as a foundation the student develops a mode of working where problem areas are identified and questions are formulated in various to reality connected situations in working life in order to actively be able to process them in a joining of theory and practice. This mode of working also develops the student’s ability to work in teams and in a project-oriented manner.

Student exchange

Arcada has collaboration agreements related to the education in sociology with institutions in the Nordic countries, Europe and the USA. One or two semesters of studies abroad further the competence development and facilitate international contacts within the field. The recommended placement of studies abroad is the final three terms.

Research, development and innovation

Research, development and innovation (RDI) is thoroughly integrated in the education and the degree thesis and various projects related to working life are a natural part of the RDI activities. Within the department for health and welfare the RDI-activities are focused on three knowledge development areas:

Within health promotion expert knowledge within the production of health promoting and preventive services and the areas of workplace health promotion, physical activity and health exercise and support of living conditions for elderly in their home environment are developed. The knowledge development concerns the individual’s health and welfare on an individual, group and societal level within varied health promoting arenas within daily and working life as well as lifestyle-related health promoting activities.

Within the area of social participation one target area for knowledge development is groups with special needs, another is the social capital. To facilitate community, a sense of belonging, active participation and responsibility in the development of the society within vulnerable and exposed target groups is a comprehensive focus area. Another challenge is to develop rehabilitation models and –networks that support the physical, psychological and social functional capacity and control for risk groups with functional challenges such as disabilities, mental illness and functional hindrances in the musculoskeletal system.

The area for patient safety focuses on three sections; advanced clinical care, safety in relation to human factors and simulation as a means of pedagogy to increase patient safety. The section dealing with advanced clinical care is concerned with ensuring patient safety within high-risk care activities such as resuscitation, medical care, acute-, intensive- and anaesthetic care as well as delivery. The area regarding human factors is concerned with issues regarding how risks can be minimised and a safe and secure care and treatment can be guaranteed by developing processes taking into account leadership, decision making, task management and situation appraisal as well as anticipatory reporting.


In addition to a wide academic network within education, research, development and innovation activities and a versatile cooperation with the partner institutions, Arcada has close contacts to working life. In addition to guest lecturers from our partner institutions we also invite representatives for working life and alumni as guest lecturers and inspirers. In order to meet the demands of the future labour market, both representatives for working life and alumni participate in the development of the educational programmes of the institution. Through these networks with institutions of higher education and working life the students at Arcada profit of the latest expertise and valuable work experience already during their studies.

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