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Objectives and Competences


Social workers require a comprehensive training covering disciplines, competences and attitude contents which contribute to develop professionals who not only know how to perform their duties but also know the work environment and are able to critically analyze it. This training takes into account the catalogue of specific competences defined for Social Work and also the global standars of education in Social Work defined in the international context. Thus, we propose three groups of objectives for the Grade degree in Social Work. The following:

A) Competence objectives: Know how to do.

After completing the training periodm, studends are able to:

  1. Work jointly with people, families, groups, organizations and communities to assess their needs and circumstances.
  2. Plan, implement, revise and evaluate the practice of social work with people, families, organizations, communities and other professionals.
  3. Offer support to people who are able to express needs, opinions and circumstances.
  4. Help solve the situations of vulnerability, conflict, crisis, deprivation or difficulties with people as well as those of the members of their own profession.
  5. Administer and take responsibility of the practice within the organization, with supervision and support.
  6. Show professional competence in Social Work.

B) Discipline Objectives: Know.

The competence objectives described above are based on teaching methodology intended to develop them and also on a corpus of knowledge substantiating their development and their applicability in Social Work. This knowledge must be contributed by the set of subject-matters and disciplines related to the training of the future social workers. Thus, when they complete their training period, Social Work students should:

  1. Know and critically understand the foundations of Social Work as a discipline: History, Theories, Concepts, Nature, Methods and Models.
  2. Identify and value the training, development and evolution processes of individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities, as well as those of their current manifestations and future tendencies.
  3. Show a critical understanding of how the social-structural unbalances, discrimination, oppression, and social, political and economic injusticies affect human relations and generate unrest.
  4. Acquire knowledge about human conduct and the social environment with special emphasis on the individual/environment transaction, development of the course of life, interaction among biological, psychological, social-structural and cultural factors in designing human development and behaviour.
  5. Critically analyze the concept of the need for agreement to the historical, social, political contexts in which their professional action takes place.
  6. Know and identify the main intervention strategies of social workers in their professional action with people, families, groups, organizations and communities.
  7. Know the general structure, organization, benefits of the general and specialized Social Services in the different regional governments (particularly those of Andalusia) and in the European sphere.
  8. Identify the main national and international tendencies in social policy, as well as their functioning.
  9. Acquire a good operative knowledge of the composition of groups, of programming, techniques and instruments, group dynamics and group work methods.
  10. Master the theoretical foundations and practical applications of the main instrumental supports of social work.
  11. Acquire adequate knowledge of the foundations of local, regional, national, community and international law.
  12. Acquire scientific culture about the use of epistemology of social sciences and social research: Qualitative and quantitative research process and Social Research techniques.
  13. Know the main strategies for conflict resolution through mediation.
  14. Know the basic foundations of Communication and Information Technologies applied to Social work.

C) Attitudinal Objectives: Know how to be.

As far as attitudes are concerned, when they have completed their training period, Social Work students should show an interest for:

  1. Promoting social development, showing an interest for knowing the social problems as well as their prevention, promoting the capacity in individuals to become autonomous and independent for their own well being.
  2. Promoting social justice and sustainable development, defending and facilitating people's access to the available social resources.
  3. Critically assess the real possibilities of intervention of social workers.
  4. Reflect on the existing relations between Social Work, social policies and the organic contexts which develop their performance.
  5. Promote respect for personal dignity, and for the value and oneness of all human beings.
  6. Appreciate, respect and value the growing social diversity (from the point of view of culture, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, etc.) in our immediate environment.


Competences are the set of interrelated knowledge, attitudes, values, abilities and skills, which can be identified and evaluated, and which enable the student to undertake the professional activity according to requirements and standards used in the appropriate occupational area.

All grades of the University of Almeria explicitely cover three types of competences:

  1. Generic Competences included in Royal Decree 1393/2007 of 29 October, establishing regulations for Official University Studies.
  2. Generic Competences of the University of Almeria (approved in Governing Council 17 June 2008). These are transversal competences appearing in all degrees.
  3. Specific Competences of the degree. These competences are specified in the degree report, and are related to its own disciplines. Part of these competences may have been agreed at the regional level of Andalusia, or, in some degrees, they may have been decided nationally.

General Competences

Thus, training of social workers should be comprehensive, covering disciplinary, competence and attitude contents which contribute to develop professionals who not only know how to perform, but also know the environment in which they work and are able to critically analyze it. This training takes into account the catalogue of specific competences defined for Social Work and also the global standars of education in Social Work defined in the international context. Thus, we propose three groups of objectives for the Grade degree in Social Work. As follows: general competences, for all grade degrees, are defined in the Royal Decree 1393/2007, of 29 October, and are intended to lead the student to acquire general training, in one or more disciplines, aimed at training for undertaking professional activities.

  1. Students should have proved to have acquired knowledge in an area of studies based on general secondary education, and normally at a level which, although relying on advanced text books, it also has aspects which imply knowledge from recent studies in their field.
  2. Students should know how to apply their knowledge to their work or vocation in a professional manner and have acquired the competences which are normally proved by preparing and defending arguments and solution to problems within their area of studies.
  3. Students should have the capacity of collecting and interpreting relevant data (normally within their area of studies) to express conclusions including thought about relevant social, scientific or ethical subjects.
  4. Preparing and defending arguments and solutin to problems within their area of studies.
  5. Students should have developed the necessary learning abilities to undertake further studies with a high level of autonomy.

The generic competences of the University of Almeria (approved in Governing Council 17 June 2008) are:

  1. Knowledge, abilities and attitudes which enable understanding new theories, interpretations, methods and techniques within the different fields of disciplines, leading to best satisfy professional demands.
  2. Using Information and Communication Techniques (ICTs) as a tool for expression and communication, for access to sources of information, as means for document and data files, for presenting results, for learning, research and cooperative work.
  3. Capacity to identify, analyse and define the significant elements which involve problems for rigorous solutions.
  4. Understanding and expressing with clarity and conveniency the ideas, knowledge, problems and solutions to a wider public, either specialised or not (and feelings through words, adapting to the features of the situation and the audience to reach understanding and adhesion).
  5. The mental behaviour is what questions things and takes interest for the grounds on which one's own and other people's ideas, actions and thoughts are based.
  6. Integrating and actively cooperating in reaching common goals with other people, areas and organizations, in both national and international contexts.
  7. Understanding and being understood orally and in writing not using one's own language.
  8. Capacity to think and act according to universal principles based on people's value and aimed at their full development.
  9. Capacity to design, manage and undertake a task personally.
  10. Respecting the fundamental rights and those of equality of men and women, Human Rights, democracy and culture of peace values, environmental principles and those of cooperation for development, which promote ethical commitement in a fair, free, intercultural and global society.

Specific competences

Specific competences of the degree are included in the degree report.

In the following link you can see the specific competences of the degree.

Competencias Específicas Grado en Trabajo Social (13 kb)

Updated by: Training, Syllabi and Teaching Organization Service

Date: 7 March 2013

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