Working as a Bachelor of Social Services requires multi-disciplinary education, collaborative skills and an ability to examine and develop oneself and one’s field. As you move through the degree program, you will take part in thematic learning processes such as: expanding knowledge of Social Pedagogy, collaboration with working life partners and investigative development within social services. The learning methods may include individual learning, group work and project learning. As a student you can participate in international activities in various ways at different stages of your studies.
Faculty members of the degree program are pedagogically qualified teachers who have experience teaching in English. The English Bachelor’s degree program in Social Services at Metropolia is one of the most experienced ones in Finland.
As a student of Social Services, you will be a part of a multicultural student group. Although the majority of students are Finnish, there are some 15 other nationalities represented in the entire degree program.
The degree program aims to give the student the practical tools and general knowledge required to work in the field.
This degree program puts emphasis on collaborative skills, multi-disciplinary education and to the ability to examine and develop oneself and one’s field.
Instruction is offered mainly in English. However, you are expected to acquire a basic knowledge of the Finnish language during your Bachelor studies. Finnish language learning is integrated in the curriculum. The curriculum consists of core studies, professional and optional studies, work placements and a final project.
Work placements consist of four periods during studies. Placements are offered in various working environments.
Teaching methods include lectures, discussions, group work, learning assignments, projects, workshops, e-learning and independent studies.
A majority of the degree program students participate in some exchange program and complete either the second or third placement in another country.
As a Bachelor of Social Services you are qualified to work with various client groups. Provision of services and client work is seen through a social pedagogical framework. The work may consist of supporting clients in their home or community settings, co-ordination of services, or supportive guidance and assistance.
Work may take place with families and people of all ages in areas such as: child protection, early childhood education, community work, substance abuse prevention or promotion of mental health. The curriculum, based on a social pedagogical framework focuses on empowering citizens, preventing marginalization and promoting inclusion and social pluralism.