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Study direction:
Social Welfare
Master’s study programme
accredited until
Degree conferred:
Professional Master's degree in Social Work
Language: English
Credit points/ECTS: 80/120
Study location: Rīga
2 years
Weekdays
9:00-18:00
Vietu skaits:
maksas
2875 EUR/year

3875 EUR/year

The professional Master’s programme is aimed at the acquisition of in-depth knowledge in social work with children and youth, ensuring innovative professional development opportunities and preparing for scientific and pedagogical work in the field of social work or for future studies at the doctoral level.

The programme Social Work With Children and Youth has joined an international consortium of four universities that will manage the programme adding an even more international dimension to it (studies held for a semester in each of the partner universities). With this change of organisation, RSU will no longer process applications to this programme since the admissions will be organised centrally by the leading partner university.

Study environment and methods

Study environment

The studies take place in well-equipped computer rooms and classrooms with modern multimedia technologies. The study programme covers biological, psychological and social aspects of children and youth behaviour, family theory, social work with children and youth in a multicultural environment and European social, youth and family policy.

1st study year

Students master theoretical models of social work, professional development and supervision in social work, interactive methods for working with children and youth, European social policy, scientific research practice, biological, psychological and social aspects of behaviour, children and youth career consultation and cross-cultural mediation.

2nd study year

Students acquire cross-cultural cooperation between youth, social and cultural inclusion of different youth groups, etc., develop and defend a Master’s thesis.

Study methods

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • case analysis
  • individual work
  • team work
  • writing of presentation papers

The purpose of the applied study methods is to provide an opportunity for the acquisition of theoretical knowledge and practical skills consistent with the aim of the study programme, to improve critical thinking skills, develop communication skills and the ability to work both individually and as part of a team, appreciate diversity and express one’s thoughts in writing. Independent work constitutes a fundamental part of the study process.

    Syllabus

    Course codeStudy course titleĪstenotājsKursa vadītājsCredit points/ETCS
    LUSDK_029Bio-psycho-social Aspects of Behaviours Department of Welfare and Social WorkIlze Trapenciere2 / 3
    LUSDK_029Children and Youth Behaviours by Bio-psycho-social AspectsDepartment of Welfare and Social WorkInga Landsmane2 / 3
    KPUMTK_015Civil and Environmental Protection, First AidDepartment of Clinical Skills and Medical TechnologiesOļegs Sabeļņikovs2 / 3
    LUSDK_214Comparative European Social PolicyDepartment of Welfare and Social WorkAnna Broka4 / 6
    LUSDK_213Interactive Methods Working with Children and YouthDepartment of Welfare and Social WorkSilva Rupaine4 / 6
    LUSDK_042Master ThesisDepartment of Welfare and Social Work0 / 0
    LUSDK_042Master ThesisDepartment of Welfare and Social Work0 / 0
    LUSDK_180Placement in Social WorkDepartment of Welfare and Social WorkMarika Lotko20 / 30
    LUSDK_180Placement in Social WorkDepartment of Welfare and Social WorkIlze Trapenciere20 / 30
    LUSDK_062Scientific Research PracticesDepartment of Welfare and Social Work3 / 4.5
    MRU_008Scientific Research PracticesFaculty of Public Health and Social WelfareIlze Trapenciere3 / 4.5
    LUSDK_062Scientific Research PracticesDepartment of Welfare and Social Work3 / 4.5
    LUSDK_210Social Work with FamilyDepartment of Welfare and Social WorkIlze Trapenciere4 / 6
    LUSDK_140Theoretical Models of Social WorkDepartment of Welfare and Social WorkLolita Vilka2 / 3
    LUSDK_140Theoretical Models of Social WorkDepartment of Welfare and Social WorkLolita Vilka2 / 3

    Admissions requirements

    Bachelor's degree in Health Sciences or Social Sciences
    • Bachelor's degree diploma
    • Bachelor's degree diploma supplement
    • CV
    • Motivation letter
    Additional requirements
    • Document confirming English proficiency
    • Copies of publications in peer-reviewed journals
    • Documents of additional training and activities (certificates, awards, diplomas etc.)
    • Skype interview with the applicant
    Proof of English proficiency

    Study bases 

    Career options following studies

    Following graduation there are a number of job options not only in Latvia and Lithuania but in other countries as well - working with children and youth in a multicultural environment, as well as in refugee and asylum seeker centres. Potential employers - local government, social and educational centres for children and youth, childrens' crisis centres, as well as the option of conducting research and continuing with doctoral studies. 

    According to Mykola Romeris University, 92% of graduates work with children and youth.

    Further studies

    Studies may be continued in the following RSU Doctoral study programmes (Communication Culture and Multimedia and Psychology offered in English): 

    Sociology

    Communication Culture and Multimedia

    Psychology

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