Field Study


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The module is connected closely to modules ‘Problem based learning (15 ECTS) and ‘Practice Research 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 aim of the module is to provide students with knowledge, skills and competences to conduct a field study with a focus on practice research and service user perspectives. Students will through visits in social work practices conduct a piece of study defining the specific institutional dynamics within the organization related to service user perspectives and practice research.

Learning objectives


  • about various institutional contexts and actors of welfare production and social work practice including social work actors
  • about differentiation and complex dynamics in social interventions
  • about practice research methodologies and processes


  • to identify, analyze and understand how practice research and service user perspectives are at work and constitute complex dynamics within social work practice and within welfare strategies
  • to demonstrate analytical knowledge in collaboration with different stakeholders in social work and other welfare institutions


  • to conduct a practice research based field study in institutional contexts characterized by a complexity – and to reflect theoretically, methodologically and ethically
  • to take responsibility for one’s own learning processes and outcome

Type of instruction

Lectures and field studies

Extent and expected workload




Name of examField Study
Type of exam
Oral exam
Assessment is made on the basis of presentation and discussions of the Field Study including
the initial analysis of service user perspectives. Students are expected – in groups – to present the results of the Field Study to representatives from the teaching team and co-students. The presentation will, together with the ability to defend reflections in the following discussion, form the basis for the assessment.
AssessmentPassed/Not Passed
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleFeltarbejde
Module codeSAC110005D
Module typeCourse
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