Developing Social Infrastructure - Social Planning and Networking (SE)


Course lecturer:

FH-Prof. Dr.

 Helmut Richard Arnold

Course numberM3.0607.20.080
Course codeW2EGSISP
Semester of degree program Semester 2
Mode of delivery Presencecourse
ECTS credits3,0
Language of instruction German

The master's students comprehend that structures of social services were determined by socio-political decisions and can therefore be reshaped by social planning. Keeping in mind the fact that even in "rich Austria" the rough wind of economisation blows within the social sector, they receive an overview of the wide range of social services. They can assess and respect the variously fitted interests and the scope of action of the players involved and place them in the context of the NGO-NPO debates. Students are principally able to organise planning processes and shape networks. In doing so, they also see how on the one hand service providers pursue anti-innovation strategies to defend social market claims and, on the other hand, social organisations initiate and support regional innovation processes.

How many youth centres does Klagenfurt need? Can mobile services (Street work, family intervention service) be better linked to stationary institutions under the label "integrated aid"? Under regional planning criteria, Austria is largely characterized as rural. Concepts of social planning are, however, mostly aimed at (large) urban areas, as are the concepts of Social Work. Under the new KJHG (child and youth service act) §13 includes an order for planning, wherein the concepts of social planning make a lot of sense - especially if their transferability is tested for rural areas.
The course examines rural social landscapes under the perspective of shaping: does the existing balance meet demands, where are changes necessary? Under what conditions can social infrastructure contribute to regional development?
To this end, classical approaches of social planning are introduced, in particular:
procedures of taking stock of regional infrastructures,
requirements planning models including stakeholder participation; intercomunal comparisons and best practice,
evidence based practice vs. premises of Social Work,
social environment oriented approaches and strategies for networking between regional players.

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Böhmer, Anselm (2015). Konzepte der Sozialplanung. Grundwissen für die Soziale Arbeit. Wiesbaden: Springer VS.
Dimmel, Nikolaus & Schmid, Tom (2016). Soziale Dienste in Österreich. Innsbruck: Studien Verlag.
Herrmann, Franz (2016). Jugendhilfeplanung. In: Schröer, Wolfgang, Struck, Norbert & Wolff, Mechthild (Hrsg.). Handbuch Kinder- und Jugendhilfe (2. Auflage). Weinheim & Basel: Beltz Juventa, 1029-1049.
Hinte, Wolfgang, Litges, Gerd & Groppe, Johannes (2003). Sozialräumliche Finanzierungsmodelle. Qualifizierte Jugendhilfe auch in Zeiten knapper Kassen. Berlin: edition sigma.
Maykus, Stephan & Schone, Reinhold (2010). Handbuch Jugendhilfeplanung. Grundlagen, Anforderungen und Perspektiven (3. Auflage). Wiesbaden: VS Verlag.
Noack, Michael (2015). Kompendium Sozialraumorientierung. Geschichte, theoretische Grundlagen, Methoden und kritische Positionen. Weinheim: Beltz Juventa.
Otto, Hans-Uwe, Polutta, Andreas & Ziegler, Holger (Hrsg.) (2010). What works. Welches Wissen braucht die Soziale Arbeit? Zum Konzept evidenzbasierter Praxis. Opladen & Farmington Hills: Barbara Budrich.

Lectures, presentation of guidance texts, presentations in group work/ short reports

Quality of small group input (50%), written reports (25%), oral cooperation (25%)