Social Work in Ecosocial Transition 5 op 5 ECTS
Start of the module 10.1.2022
Target group: Advanced studies of social work
Learning objectives/outcomes: The student understands the links between sustainable
development and environmental and economic issues in social work, and that ecological
sustainability is crucial for transgenerational, local and global responsibility in social work.
The student understands the importance of ecosocial transition in social work and the role
and opportunities of social work in the transition. The student recognizes different ways of
implementing ecosocial work in social work environments.
Content: The course introduces the concepts of ecosocial transition and ecosocial approach,
and their historical development and current discussions in social work. In addition, the
course provides concrete applications and tools on how to implement ecosocial work in
Course structure: E-learning course
Content and assignment description: The course consists of online lectures and other
material, on the basis of which the student makes assignments.
Election criteria (Sosnet e-learning course): The first 20 applicants (other than from the
University of Jyväskylä) will be admitted to the course.
Assessment and grading: 0–5
Literature: Matthies, Aila-Leena & Kati Närhi (eds.) (2017): The ecosocial transition in society.
The contribution of social work and social policy. Routledge Advances in Social Work.
Routledge. (ISBN 9781317034605)
McKinnon, Jennifer & Margaret Alston (eds.) (2016): Ecological social work: toward
sustainability. Palgrave Macmillan. (ISBN 978-1137401359 paperback ISBN 978-1-
Other material to be announced separately in the course.
Number of participants: Limited.
More information: The module will be carried out in University of Jyväskylä Moodle.
Responsible university: University of Jyväskylä
Authors: Satu Ranta-Tyrkkö, Aila-Leena Matthies and Kati Närhi
Responsible teacher: Satu Ranta-Tyrkkö, satu.ranta-tyrkko(at)jyu.fi
Assisting teachers: Aila-Leena Matthies and Kati Närhi
Inquiries (other than JYU students): Mari Suonio mari.suonio(a)uef.fi