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Catholic University for Applied Sciences

Catholic University for Applied Sciences

Katholische Hochschule für Sozialwesen Berlin (KHSB)
Catholic University for Applied Sciences Berlin
Köpenicker Allee 39-57
DE-10318 Berlin

Contact: Prof. Dr. phil. Stephan Höyng
Phone: +49 30 50101086
Fax: +49 30 50101088
E-mail: hoeyng@khsb-berlin.de

Catholic University for Applied Social Sciences, Berlin (KHSB)

The Catholic University for Applied Social Sciences, Berlin is a state-accredited institution of higher learning in the Human Services field that is operated by the Archdiocese of Berlin. As such, it puts an emphasis on aspects of the deaconal action of the Catholic Church. Founded in 1991, the KHSB is Berlin's newest University of Applied Science in the Human Services field. The KHSB has a comfortable size of approximately 700 students. Therefore you will find a personal atmosphere and good chances for contact. The KHSB is open to applicants of all world views. It is expected that all applicants respect the ecclesiastical mission of the KHSB.

Educational Profile

Students at the KHSB can pursue different programs of study leading to the Bachelor of Arts and Master in Social Work, and Remedial Teaching. You will find supplemental Master programs in "Clinical Social Work" and "Social Work as a Human Rights Profession" and soon a Bachelor of Education.

Bachelor of Arts in Social Work

The main course of study, the Bachelor of Arts in Social Work, qualifies graduates for professional employment with private and public institutions for Youth, Social and Health Services, for educational work, for work in the area of resocialization, in hospitals as well as with private social service providers. Graduates are also qualified for work in self-organized initiatives and projects, as well as for private practice.

The program of study provides for well-grounded knowledge, as well as the acquisition of professional competencies and methods. Through supervised field placements and work with practical projects, professional skills and techniques can be practiced and honed. The program encourages the pursuit of individual academic interests and the development of the student's own professional identity. Elective courses in Theology and Philosophy provide an opportunity to become acquainted with, or to deepen one's knowledge of the Gospel message and the mission of the Church in caring for individuals and in shaping society.

Professional Profile

With a variety of accentuations that flow from their differing mandates, Social Workers and Social Pedagogues work with people of all ages and population groups. As a rule, they work with multiple partners, for example with parents and children, elderly, ill or handicapped and persons associated with them, with volunteers in organizations, self-help groups and political boards. People in their respective life situations are the focal point of social workers. Their professional commitment has its place in the framework of individual and communal life. The program of study takes as its point of reference the demands presented by the current duties and the future perspectives of the practice of Social Work.

Students are prepared to assume these duties by means of:

  • a practically-connected, scientific training, that provides them with professional knowledge and insight;
  • a field-placement semester that give them an opportunity to practice methods in the field and acquire professional competencies and skills;
  • course offerings that lead to reflection on the student's own motivation, encourage an ethical orientation and a discussion of professional standards.

Course of Study

The course of study is divided thematically into five subject classifications. These subject classifications are oriented toward the questions that confront Social Workers and Social Pedagogues in practice, toward the problems to whose solution they contribute, and to the methods that they require for their work.

The Fundamental Study Phase (1st to the 4th semester) provides an overview in seminars and lectures of the multiple forms of Social Work and its ancillary disciplines. The Advanced Study Phase (5th through the 7th semesters) is structured according to specific areas of concentration.

One may choose an area of concentration from one of five areas of Social Work:

  • Family Systems
  • Community Organization
  • Gender Differentiated Social Work
  • Health Oriented Social Work
  • Intercultural Social Work