Social Work (B.A.)

At a glance

DegreeBachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Length of course7 Semester
No. of places available

Winter semester: 70
Summer semester: 70

Start of courseWinter and summer semester
How to applyOnline via the application portal
Application deadlneWinter semester: 15. July
Summer semester: 15. January
Admission requirements

General or specialised higher education entrance qualification, entrance qualification for universities of applied sciences or proof of equivalent previous education


Application queries

Marion Molitor/Barbara Schäfer
+49 (0) 621 292 6718 oder 
+49 (0) 621 292 6020

General queries about bachelor's degree

Simone Brodbeck
+49 (0) 621 292 6080

Course-related advice

Prof. Dr. Birgit Hoffmann
+49 (0) 621 292 6735

Further information
Department S information pages

Social work today

Social work today is all about shaping and supporting living together in the community, ensuring social needs are met and handling challenging social issues constructively.

Course objectives

The course goal is to provide graduates with generalist training in the field of social work. By learning key skills students are equipped to act competently in the various settings of social work.

Career options and fields of work

  • Child and youth work
  • Work with the elderly
  • Social work in schools
  • Social work and immigration
  • Support for raising children and family support
  • Community work/neighbourhood management
  • Debt counselling
  • Social services in the health system
  • ... and much more!

Course structure

Semesters 1 + 2

Foundation course
Study and Research Workshop I

Semester 3

Main part of course
Compulsory options: Media and Cultural Theory of Education
Fields of Social Work

Semester 4

Internship semester

Semesters 5 - 7

Main part of course
Study and Research Workshop II
Required electives:
Theories of Action, Methodological Courses of Action, Enhancing Professional Skills

Semester 7

Bachelor’s thesis

Compulsory modules

  • Theory and Practice of Social Work
  • Cultural and Societal Principles of Management and Social Policy
  • Relevant Legislation
  • Human-science Principles 

Required elective modules

  • Fields of Social Work
  • Media and Cultural Theory of Education
  • Theory of Action in Social Work
  • Methodological Action
  • Enhancing Professional Skills

Social work in Mannheim

  • Constant emphasis on practical relevance
  • Ongoing link made between teaching and research
  • Understanding of scientific basis of social work
  • Theory development social work by processing and reflecting on practical experience
  • Interdisciplinary forms of learning
  • Comprehensive range of required electives split into different phases of life
  • Options for enhancing individual professional skills
  • Anchoring of management principles in compulsory part of course
  • Social work with refugees
  • Extensive range in the area of skills for action (key skills, methods in social work, media skills)
  • Special focus on relevant legislation 

Weitere Informationen und Dokumente

Aufbauend auf den Bachelor-Abschluss kann in weiteren drei Semestern ein Master in Sozialer Arbeit  erworben werden.

Studien- und Prüfungsordnung
Zulassungs- und Immatrikulationsordnung