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Social Policy and Social Work, Department

Fachbereich Sozialwesen (Paderborn)

Katholische Hochschule Nordrhein-Westfalen

Fachbereich Sozialwesen (Paderborn)
Leostraße 19
D-33098 Paderborn
Telephone: +49 5251 1225-0

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Basic information

Total number of students at the department


Number of master degree students (w/o teacher qualification)


Percentage of teaching by practitioners


Percentage of teaching by practitioners, master's


Support during the study entry phase

Total score for support in the study entry phase

12/14 points

Job market- and career-orientation

Bachelor theses in cooperation with work environment


Master theses in cooperation with work environment



Cooperative doctoral degrees (in three years)


Third party funds per professor

15,600 €

Students' assessments on undergraduate, presence-learning-courses

Teacher support
Support in studies
Courses offered
Study organisation
Exam organisation
Digital teaching elements
Introduction to scientific work
Offers for career orientation
Support during practical semester
Practical orientation in teaching
Support for stays abroad
Overall study situation
Return rate of the questionnaires


Further information provided by the department

Special features regarding teaching

Self-referential, exploratory, research-oriented and practical and project-related learning; Close, personal contact between students and lecturers; personal atmosphere conducive to learning; lecturers readily available, no oversubscribed events; Extensive support and advice in all phases of study (learning groups, method-oriented training courses, self-experience); Supervision and coaching on key transition phases, psychological guidance; Work placement database; International Office/representative; provision of work placements abroad.

Special features regarding the international orientation

Erasmus University Charter, DAAD/PROMOS programmes; Bachelor's: 10-20 outgoing students each winter semester who complete the practical components of their studies abroad (usually in the practical phase 2, 100 days in the 5th semesters). The Master's degree includes possible study visits to partner universities in Finland and Sweden at the end of the 3rd semester and the beginning of the 4th semesters (research project M7) as part of the Master’s. Structural simplifications for international mobility have been put in place for these time periods. However, stays abroad are also encouraged outside of these windows. English-language programmes for incoming students.

Exchange universities for stay abroads

Kymenlaakson Ammatti-korkeakoulu Kotka (XAMK), Finnland; Vilinius University, Litauen; University of Gävle, Schweden; University College Cork, Irland; Kazimierz Wielki University, Bydgoszcz, Polen; Tomasz Bata University, Zlin, Tschechien; Universidad de Jaén, Spanien; University for Development Studies Tamale, Ghana; Catholic University of Ghana; Università di Roma LUMSA, Italien.

Special features regarding the equipment

Web-based campus management system (HIS), central campus portal for students, teaching staff and non-teaching staff (ILIAS for study, teaching, non-teaching staff, Web-ex, BigBlueButton and ELVI for video conferences and online or online-based teaching), portal for guests and alumni. Use of digital resources (blended learning/e-learning) in studies and teaching, correspondingly very good room facilities, “networked library” (online research and ordering); (IT) service offices and blended learning teams providing advice and support, research software and infrastructure, accessibility.

Special features regarding research activities

Research-oriented MA degree course in "Health-Promoting Social Work", extensive introduction to research methodology, SPSS training, university institutes for Health Research and Social Psychiatry (igsp), Research and Transfer in Childhood and Family (foki), Addiction Research (DISuP) and Participation Research, public research colloquium, specialist forums; Affiliation with the Centre for Research Funding and Continuing Education Transfer network social innovation with network partner EvH Rheinland-Westfalen-Lippe.

Other special features

Member of the Best Practices Club “Family and University” (students with children/who are caring for relatives), family room, Student Services Office (IT); Cooperation agreement with Paderborn University (mutual opening of courses with ECTS); Cooperation with Paderborn Catholic University Community (HSG) and Paderborn Protestant University Community (ESG), alumni network, member of the “Regiopolregion” (regiopolis region), university life: enrolment and graduation ceremony, cultural evening, summer party, art exhibitions, Placement Office, International Office.

Further information on research activities

Further information about study entry phase

Information on access restrictions




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(P) = Professors' judgements


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Value in points


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Last Update 2023: Data collected by the CHE Center for Higher Education
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