Aims of the study programme
Double degree programme in social services – focus on Diaconia and Christian social practice aims to train professionals who are able to work with marginalised or disadvantaged people and communities, especially in the Central and Eastern European region. Graduates will have a broad view of society, which will enable them to develop their work in response to the rapid changes that are affecting people and communities. The course will also integrate learning about the contribution of theology and spirituality to social service and diaconal work.
Because of the value base of our institutions, we are especially concerned about human dignity of each individual, empowerment, diaconia& Christian social practice. We aim to work for conviviality and with civil society, to create socially just and peaceful future.
This means that course participants will develop knowledge and skills in order to:
- Work for communities and a wider society, which are more just and inclusive and which offer greater chances for participation.
- Address the challenges of differences in culture, religion, gender and race which impact on personal well-being and employment.
- Develop Christian social practice and an approach to social service, which encourages the participation of those affected by different issues in their livesand their communities.
- Have a European and global perspective on social policy.
- Integrate theological reflection and spirituality in everyday life and work.
Focus on Diaconia and Christian social practice
Diaconia is usually understood as a ministry of the church, which is focused on social practice and health. It is organised differently in different countries and churches and goes by different names, for example in many Orthodox churches it is known as Philanthropia. Within this degree programme, the learning path includes a strong emphasis on building value based organisations& working with groups and communities. The study of theology and spirituality is integrated in the programme and is related to the specific context of the work.
Graduates from the programme will be able to:
- Work with people and groups facing issues of exclusion, marginalisation or discrimination.
- Support the engagement of local communities in social action and of civil society in working for change.
- Encourage processes, which lead to community wellbeing and resilience.
- Take a rights based approach to social welfare and social work in relation to such issues as refugees.
- Address the impact of globalisation& economic crises on local communities and changes in working life in urban and rural areas.
- Develop and manage new and innovative projects with communities and groups.
- Relate Christianity through dialogue, to social and diaconal work in multi-faith contexts.
The Study Programme leads to a Double Degree: Bachelor, 210 ECTS
Charles University, Protestant Theological Faculty, Prague, Czech Republic and the Diaconia University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki, Finland.
The programme is organised in collaboration with interdiac, the International Academy for Diaconia and social action, Central and Eastern Europe.
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