Problem Based Learning


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The module is connected closely to the modules ‘Field Study’ (5 ECTS) and ‘Practice Reasarch and Service User Perspectives’ (10 ECTS). Although divided into three modules the three modules will be overlapping as ‘Practice Research and Service User Perspectives’ will be the focus of the Field Study and the PBL-project.

The module will introduce and improve the students’ understanding of problem based approach and prepare the student to use the approach in all three ‘Aalborg modules’.

The module is divided into different subjects:

  • PBL – a general introduction
  • PBL – the connection to Social Work, Practice Research and Service User


Writing a PBL-project on the basis of a Field Study and the overall theme of Practice research and Service User perspectives PBL-project seminar – groups present and discus critically issues from the process ofinvestigating and writing a project.

Learning objectives


  • about problem based theories, methods and processes
  • to put problem based approaches into action
  • about the general connection and collaboration between problem based learning and social work and welfare
  • about the more specific connection and collaboration between problem based learning, service users and practice research


  • to define problems to be studied, analyzed and critically reflected through service user perspectives and practice research
  • to demonstrate analytical knowledge in collaboration with different stakeholders in social work and welfare institutions


  • to develop problem based research with different actors in complex practices
  • to implement reflective and knowledge based improvements in social work with a clear reference to theoretical, methodological, empirical experiences in the field of study
  • to take responsibility for one’s own learning processes and outcome

Type of instruction

Lectures and project work

Extent and expected workload




Name of examProblem Based Learning
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
At the group assessment students will oraly defend the written report in a discussion with two members of the teaching team.

The final grade is based on the written report and the oral examination. The written part counts 50% and the oral part counts 50%. Students will get one final mark.
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleProblembaseret læring
Module codeSAC110004D
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of MSc in Social Work
DepartmentDepartment of Sociology and Social Work
FacultyFaculty of Social Sciences and Humanities