STOS3013 Social Work in Ecosocial Transition (5 cr)

Study level:
Advanced studies
Grading scale:
English, Finnish
Responsible organisation:
Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy
Curriculum periods:
2020-2021, 2021-2022, 2022-2023

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Compulsory study unit in advance studies of social work.


The course introduces the concepts of ecosocial transition, 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 different settings.

Learning outcomes

The student understands the links between sustainable development and environmental and economic issues in social work and transgenerational, local and global responsibility. 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.

Study materials

Following literacy:


  • Matthies, Aila-Leena & Kati Närhi (toim.) (2017): The ecosocial transition in society. The contribution of social work and social policy. Routledge Advances in Social Work. Routledge. (ISBN 9781317034605 verkko)
  • McKinnon, Jennifer & Margaret Alston (toim.) (2016): Ecological social work: toward sustainability. Palgrave Macmillan. (ISBN 978-1137401359 paperback ISBN 978-1-137-40136-6 verkko)

Completion methods

Method 1

Online teaching and written assignments
Evaluation criteria:
Online teaching and written assignments
Select all marked parts
Parts of the completion methods

Participation in teaching (5 cr)

Participation in teaching
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