Transformative Science, Citizen Science and Social Work (ILV)

Course numberM3.0607.10.070
Course code
Semester of degree program Semester 1
Mode of delivery Presencecourse
ECTS credits3,0
Language of instruction German

Students know concepts of Transformative Science and Citizen Science (Bürgerwissenschaft) and can relate them to their understanding of Social Work as a science. They develop an understanding of Social Work as an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary science, which is linked regionally and locally with civic and civil society involvement and thus promotes social processes of change on a regional and local level. They are also capable of critically reflecting this understanding of science against the background of questions about value freedom, level of democratisation of science.

The concepts of Transformative Science and Citizen Science are elaborated and are related to concepts of Social Work as a science and reflected critically. Possibilities of democratisation of research questions, methods and organisations are discussed, beyond the questions of economic exploration.

Engelke, Ernst, Spatscheck, Christian & Borrmann, Stefan (2016). Die Wissenschaft Soziale Arbeit. Werdegang und Grundlagen (4th edition). Freiburg: Lambertus.
Finke, Peter (Hrsg.) (2015). Freie Bürger, freie Forschung. Die Wissenschaft verlässt den Elfenbeinturm. München: Oekom.
Finke, Peter (2014). Citizen Science. Das unterschätzte Wissen der Laien. München: Oekom.
Schneidewind, Uwe & Singer-Brodowski, Mandy (Hrsg.) (2014). Transformative Wissenschaft. Klimawandel im deutschen Wissenschafts- und Hochschulsystem (2nd edition). Weimar: Metropolis.

Corresponding to the didactical concept of the lecturer, lecture, group work and moderated group work.