Institute of Graduate Studies and Research

Social Work (MA)

Duration 2 Years
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About the Program

Social Work Graduate Program aims to educate qualified experts renewing and improving their professional knowledge by following national and international developments in the field of social work, mastering basic sciences, contributing to social change, having problem-solving skills, empowerment and liberation to improve the quality of life for individuals, families, groups, and society with analytical thinking skills.
Facilitate the inclusion of sensitive people and risk groups who are socially excluded and lonely, take responsibility and/or initiative in individual and team works; encourage the formation of policies that comply with the ethical rules of the profession.

Education Opportunities

Social Work Master's Program aims to provide students with a strong background in sociology, social research, psychology, social psychology, social anthropology and social policy issues as part of the social work education. In this context, graduate students will receive the title of a qualified Social Service Specialist with their specialty courses and thesis.

CIU Campus Students

Career Areas

Social workers can benefit from employment opportunities in many areas such as directorates, foundations, child and elderly nursing homes, women's shelters, adolescent counseling centers, health centers, and educational institutions, crisis centers and non-governmental organizations.

Contact

Institute of Graduate Studies and Research
Graduate Sciences and Education Center, GE106
Tel: +90 392 671 1111 Extension: 2214-2228
Institute E-mail: ciu-institute@ciu.edu.tr

Compulsory modules

First Semester
RESEARCH METHODS

Course code

HESC501

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

8
To provide general information about research stages and research ethics to graduate students and to prepare them to do research in health sciences. To ensure that students gain knowledge, awareness and sensitivity for ethics in research and publication and accordingly conduct researches and publish them. The course content is research planning, sources of error in a research, sampling methods, determination of the appropriate sample size, research types, report writing, concept of research ethics, related concepts, controversial research ethics topics, clinical researches, non-interventional clinical researches, animal researches, frequently encountered research ethics problems and prevention methods, recognition of violation of ethics, what should be done in health sciences.
ADVANCED SOCIAL WORK THEORY-I

Course code

SOWO501

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

This course will cover the general evaluation of theories of social work practices values, ethics and ethical dilemmas, (social work with individuals: meeting, assessment and planning, social work with individuals: intervention, social work with individuals: evaluation, termination and follow up, social work theories for families-1 and social work theories for families-2,social work with families: meeting, assessment and planning, social work with families: intervention, social work with families: evaluation, termination and follow up, social work theories for groups, social work with groups: meeting and assessment and planning, social work with groups: intervention, social work with groups: evaluation, termination and follow up.
AREA ELECTIVE

Course code

SOWO5X1

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

AREA ELECTIVE

Course code

SOWO5X2

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

Second Semester
THESIS

Course code

SOWO500

Credit

0

Theoretical

0

Practical

0

Ects

In this course, graduate students develop the ability of graduate students to search the literature related to the thesis subject with the support of the thesis advisor, to organize information based on the literature, to use and develop the data collection tool, to collect and analyze the research data, to analyze the appropriate data, to tabulate and interpret the research findings, It was aimed to be able to draw and make recommendations and report the research and to defend the research. Ethical committee preparation, validity and reliability of the thesis subject to be carried out and the beginning of the study are based on the start of the thesis writing phase and the conduct of the thesis study.
ADVANCED SOCIAL WORK THEORY-II

Course code

SOWO502

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

In this course the students will discuss the starting points of social work with community, historical root of social service with community, social problem and target population, society as a field of change, understanding and analyzing the strengths and problems of society, stages of community social service implementation, analyzing human service organizations, preparing an intervention strategy, organization culture, oorganizational structure and processes, coordination of institutional services, organizational structure: application examplesi, community social service: examples of practice. Thus, they will be able to to learn the concepts of social problem and target group, to analyze the strengths and problems of societies, and to understand the theoretical framework of social service pracitce with macro systems.
SEMINAR

Course code

SOWO590

Credit

0

Theoretical

0

Practical

0

Ects

Students determine their interest fields, review the literature, evaluate, plan the reseach process and report their studies. Students’ review of the literature on a subject they are interested in, preparing a presentation, performing the presentation verbally, developing themselves on the subject and defending it in a way that will dominate the subject. Literature review related to thesis or study, planning of the study, analysis of data, developing presentation ability, planning of thesis or study, definition of evidence-based practice, selection of appropriate statistical methods, preparation of presentation, starting of the current literature on the study and the beginning of the thesis preparation and committee presentation is the course content.
AREA ELECTIVE

Course code

SOWO5X3

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

AREA ELECTIVE

Course code

SOWO5X4

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

Optional modules

SOCIAL WORK THEORY-I: INDIVIDUALS

Course code

SOWO202

Credit

0

Theoretical

4

Practical

0

Ects

Social Work as a Discipline and Profession: The features of being discipline social work, Social work as a profession, The purpose and principles of social work. Social Work as a Discipline and Profession: Social work values, Knowledge base of social work, Social work skills, Collecting and evaluation data skills (assessment skills), Developing Professional identity and using skills, Social work practice skills with individuals, groups and community. Evaluating of practice skills. Conceptualization and integration social work knowledge, values and skills with social work purpose and principles. Human Needs and Social Work. Common human needs: conceptual analyze. Ability of determine common human needs. Differences between people and human needs. Results of not to meet human needs: Social Problems. Common human needs, social functioning and social work.
HUMAN BEHAVIOUR AND SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT-II

Course code

SOWO204

Credit

0

Theoretical

4

Practical

0

Ects

This course aims in providing the students with knowledge of various theories related to the influence of the environment on human behaviour. The dimensions of environment include such as the physical environment, culture, social structures and institutions, families, organizations, communities and social movements. Through the use of various perspectives the students learn how to approach problems and conceptualize interventions for an effective social work practice. The second part of the course provides an understanding of the developmental stages of the individual from young adult to old age, and the relationship between human growth, human development, and the environment. Knowledge and understanding of biological, psychological, and social systems relationships; cultural norms; and the significance of interaction with the family, group, and the community are stressed.
CRITICAL APPROACH TO THE WELFARE OF THE ELDERLY

Course code

SOWO506

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

In this course students will disscuss aging phenomenon; definitions, statistics old age in turkey and in the world old age in turkey and in the world elderly welfare as a public issue elderly welfare from the perspective of elderly rights need for elderly welfare, socio-psychological problems economic factors affecting elderly welfare the scope of elderly welfare; protection support and application urban and rural differences in elderly welfare responsibilities for elderly welfare financing elderly welfare elderly welfare in turkey practices on elderly welfare in the world the future of elderly prosperity will vbe discussed. Social development understands the changing aging process and the effects of social conditions on the welfare of the elderly in the process.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Course code

SOWO509

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

This course aims to make students able to learn basic information about the definition and dimensions of domestic violence ecology of domestic violence; micro and macro levels social, cultural and psychological causes of domestic violence the view of domestic violence social work domestic violence prevention approaches crisis interventions consulting services legal and professional initiatives method and ethics in professional intervention the place and importance of social services in the context of medical and judicial arrangements related to domestic violence the place and importance of social services in the context of medical and judicial arrangements related to domestic violence examples of various interventions international view of domestic violence.
SOCIAL WORK WORKING AREAS

Course code

SOWO103

Credit

0

Theoretical

2

Practical

0

Ects

3
Topics on the definition and origins of social work at work life, roles and skills of social worker in the organizations, contemporary problems in occupational life and the role and functions of social work to solve these problems. Social work is a discipline related with individuals, groups, society and social policies. So the social workers work on a wide range of field such as family, children, school, youth, disability, poverty and social allowances, migration, urbanization, elderly, health, criminality. The course is aiming to teach about the roles and responsibilities of social workers in different fields and organizations (government, private or NGO).
SOCIAL WORK THEORY-II: FAMILIES AND GROUPS

Course code

SOWO301

Credit

0

Theoretical

4

Practical

0

Ects

8
Common practice skills: Communication skills- Micro level, Mezzo level, Macro level. Determining and Assessing the Problem: Engagement, assessment, Aim of evaluation, definition of problem, evaluation of resources and factors to contribute to problem solving, Operational evaluation, Evaluation of micro, mezzo, macro level practice, planning, elements of planning: Aim and targets, priorities and strategies, factors affecting planning: Society, social problem, social worker, client, contract between social worker and client, phases of planning, planning in micro, mezzo, macro levels. This is the second of a three-course sequence on generalist social work practice. The course focuses on theory and practice methods with individuals, families, and small groups.
CRITICAL PERSPECTIVE ON CHILD WELFARE

Course code

SOWO508

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

In this course students will focus on aims and objectives of child welfare services understanding the structure of child welfare policies child and family centered services investigation of the economic and social securities of children's families maltreatment for children, case studies, physical abuse children sexual abuse prevention and treatment-I sexual abuse prevention and treatment-II children neglected and suffered from psychological maltreatment children who are guilty of crime other support services for family support and child welfare child halls and adoption child care facilities review of organizations required for child welfare services (evaluation of the vision and missions of relevant institutions and organizations, selection of employee personnel and in-house training etc.) Final assessment, termination and monitoring of the course.
SOCIAL WORK AND PROFESSIONAL ETHICS

Course code

SOWO515

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

The students who complete this course will be able to know the main definitions of the concept of ethics, morality, professional ethics. Historical development of social work ethics, social work code of ethics and its transformation in the world and and in Turkey, different approaches in Ethics and their place in social work practice (Kantian ethics, utilitarian ethics, feminist ethics, radical ethics, critical ethics, etc), ethical dilemmas, ethical violations and ethical problems, ethics in academic and research work. A detailed examination of occupational ethics, principles and values in social work and the discussion of ethical dilemmas and solution strategies that can be encountered in professional practice.
HUMAN BEHAVIOUR AND SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT-I

Course code

SOWO203

Credit

0

Theoretical

4

Practical

0

Ects

This course aims in providing the students with knowledge of various theories related to the influence of the environment on human behaviour. The dimensions of environment include such as the physical environment, culture, social structures and institutions, families, organizations, communities and social movements. Through the use of various perspectives the students learn how to approach problems and conceptualize interventions for an effective social work practice. The first part of the course course provides an understanding of the developmental stages of the individual from infancy to adolescence, and the relationship between human growth, human development, and the environment. Knowledge and understanding of biological, psychological, and social systems relationships; cultural norms; and the significance of interaction with the family, group, and the community are stressed.
SOCIAL WORK AND ECOLOGY

Course code

SOWO519

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

The topics of the course include Basic concepts about ecology Ecological problems-Global awareness, Ecological system theories, Ecological approaches to social work, Environmental justice, Human rights and Environmental justice Environmental Justice and Youth programs, Environmental justice and Social service training, Ecological social service applications. The focus of this course is to teach students the role of social work profession in solving environmental problems and creating environmental development models, perception and conceptualization of physical and biological environment in social service discipline, evaluation in individual environment, effect of environmental exploitation on physical and mental health of applicants, social work practices aimed at providing information about the issues.
ANTI OPPRESSION AND ANTI DISCRIMINATION SOCIAL WORK

Course code

SOWO517

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

Oppression and Social Work, Discrimination and Social Work, Emancipatory Values, Power and Empowerment: Neil Thompson, Power and Empowerment: Self-Empowerment and Working in Partnership, Power and Empowerment: Participation and Professionalism, Coping with Oppression And Discrimination from Social Work Perspective, Coping with Oppression And Discrimination from Social Work Perspective, Coping with Oppression And Discrimination from Social Work Perspective. It is aimed to understand the forms of pressure, discrimination and social injustice, to analyze them critically by examining these problems on the basis of emancipatory values of social service, and to discuss the emergence, basic philosophy and theoretical foundations of anti-discrimination and anti-oppressive social work practice.
SOCIAL WORK THEORY-III: ORGANIZATIONS AND COMMUNITY

Course code

SOWO308

Credit

0

Theoretical

4

Practical

0

Ects

8
SOCIAL WORK THEORY-III: ORGANIZATIONS AND COMMUNITY
SOCIAL WORK AND HUMAN RIGHTS

Course code

SOWO505

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

The course covers the social service and human rights interaction, human rights as a concept based on ethical principles and law individual rights; definition and scope group rights; definition and scope universal civil and civil rights: definition and scope new world order and human rights new world order and human rights reflections of globalization in terms of human rights intellectual value of social service in the context of human rights social responsibility approach social justice and human rights social conditions that determine the approach to human rights in the context of social justice protection and development of human rights in the context of social justice approaches and problem areas in terms of human rights in Turkey, suggestions for solution.
SOCIAL WORK AND ALCOHOL AND DRUG ADDICTION

Course code

SOWO520

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

Within the scope of this course, students will be covered with information on what information is needed in social service intervention related to addiction and substance use, skills required for assessment and intervention, and information necessary to work with individuals who have problems with the use of psychoactive substances and other mood-changing behaviors. This course provides students and front-line workers with an opportunity to explore perspectives and practices currently implemented in the addictions field. Application of knowledge about core practice skills including identification and screening, assessment, intervention models and approaches, and case management in a system of care will be delivered through a variety of learning activities.
FEMINIST APPROACHES IN SOCIAL WORK

Course code

SOWO507

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

The students who complete the course will learn relationship between feminism and feminist approaches to the field of social services social processes that are the source of feminist approaches feminist approaches to women's issues feminist approaches and gender theories feminist approaches and gender theories gender discrimination and evaluations of feminist approaches social service gender equality principle social factors affecting gender equality current debates and criticisms on gender equality different feminist approaches to social service interests such as labor market, social welfare, child care the success of feminist approaches reflected in women's life in the context of social services feminist approaches and criticisms in turkey international activity of feminist approaches.
PHILOSOPHY OF SOCIAL WORK

Course code

SOWO522

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

The main objective of this course is to uncover the philosophical issues that pertain to social work theories and practice. For this, the course starts with the question “Is social work solely an applied science?”. To answer this question, we will examine the classification of sciences. The course will continue with the analysis of the philosophical assumptions of major social work approaches like social learning, systems theory, etc and how these are connected to major philosophical currents. Then, basic concepts such as empathy, the other, dignity, welfare, charity, rights, justice, free will and determinism will be analysed. Lastly, metaethical issues concerning social work interventions will be examined. The course will be interactive such that it includes student presentations and in class discussions of selected papers.

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Students who are interested in pursuing advanced graduate studies leading to a master’s, doctoral degree, or professional doctorate degree for the Fall and Spring semesters every year. Applicants can directly apply online to our graduate programs using the application portal.

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Fee pe​r course     € 350,00
Fee for thesis     € 1.050,00
Fee for seminar     € 120,00 
Scientific Foundation per course     € 150,00
Registration and other fees* € 245,00
Student Union fee € 50,00    
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*Applies to 1st. Year students. € 195,00 for others.