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The Undergraduate Degree in Social Work was launched by Universidade Católica Portuguesa in 1996 and was the first such degree in this field to open at a Portuguese university.
With one of the highest employment rates of this field - 93.8%, the Undergraduate Degree in Social Work deploys a tutorial teaching system alongside a theoretical component associated with practice brought about by various internships at partner institutions and thus ensuring the professional competences of our graduates and the capacity to respond to the challenges of a society undergoing rapid evolution.
The degree program therefore prepares students for a future professional career structured around social and human development, through:
- Understanding the contemporary social changes and their respective consequences for the lives of families and populations;
- Development of theoretical and technical competences for social action within family, institutional and community contexts that enable the resolution of human and social problems and fostering the promotion of respect for the options taken and that contribute towards the design and effective implementation of renewed and humanist social policies;
- Organisation and management of actions and projects for personal and professional progression;
- Application of a body of specific knowledge acquired within an interdisciplinary perspective.
On the Undergraduate Degree in Social Work, students may count upon:
- A support tutorial regime conveying the complementariness between theoretical teaching and practical work;
- Pedagogical practice able to reconcile individual with group work, intellectual research and internships at social institutions;
- Throughout the duration of the degree, direct contact with the field, its social problems and with professional practices through the undertaking of internships.