Vulnerable Youth and Social Treatment


Possible Combinations

The module can be taken on its own for a half semester theory course, or combined with a practice placement of up to 15 ECTS.

Target Group

The module is well suited for students of Social Work, Teacher Education, Social Education, Sociology, Youth Work and/or Community Development programmes.


This module focuses on the group of vulnerable young people and the societal, social, psychological and intercultural conditions that shapes this group.

The main topic of the module is social treatment in social work, that is, where the social worker is involved in conversations and treatment courses with young people with social problems.

As part of the module, students are introduced to social treatment interventions.

The purpose is to strengthen the students' professional skills and competencies to be part of several collaboration-, relational and development processes.

Proof of English proficiency

All applicants for this offer must show proof of English language proficiency corresponding to a minimum of B2 on the CEFR scale. This can be done by submitting one of the accepted language certificates through the application form.

The accepted certificates and minimum requirements are:

  • IELTS: Minimum score: 6.5
  • TOEFL internet-based test: Minimum score: 83
  • Cambridge ESOL examinations: Advanced/CAE or Proficiency/CPE - Grade: C, B or A
  • Cambridge ESOL examinations First Certificate: Grade: A
  • Oxford Online Placement test: Minimum score: 75 overall + 75 in each subtest

The submitted certificates must not be older than 3 years to be considered valid.
If the applicant does not upload an English test, they will automatically be invited to complete an online test issued by UCL. Applicants may also be invited for an online interview upon our request.

Heather Johannsen International Coordinator

Teahcing methods

All teaching and counselling is in oral and written English. Besides lectures, a central part of the teaching will be student dialogue, exchange of experiences, individual and group presentations, portfolio work and working with personal and professional development related to ethics and social treatment.


In order to complete the module and obtain a certificate, the student has to:

  • participate in classes, workshops, excursions and group work
  • make an individual presentation about oneself related to theory and a group presentation on social treatment
  • submit a final essay

Tuition fee

Not applicable for EU/EEA-students and exchange students from partner institutions, all other students must pay. In this case, please send an e-mail to to learn more.

Activity 1

Type of Activity

Course, group work and individual presentation


Theme 1: What does it mean to be young, to create one's identity and to be in vulnerable positions?


A 3 week introduction to the course theme, including a short individual student presentation

Learning Outcome


  • communication, recognition and cooperation in interpersonal relationships
  • performance and competitive society
  • identity, youth and social problems
  • culture and diversity

Skills and competences:

  • To communicate appreciatively and collaborate


Activity 2

Type of Activity

Course, group work and field trip


Theme 2: Social treatment interventions for vulnerable young people and skills training


4 weeks on social treatment, theory of science and perspectives in social work. Field trip. Training.

Learning Outcome


  • Different theories of science
  • Different perspectives in social work
  • Methods and approaches in social treatment
  • Power and ethics


  • to reflect on collaborative and communicative processes in the meeting with young people, vulnerable young people and professionals
  • to reflect and analyse the significance of social, psychological, social and intercultural conditions in the social work with young people
  • to identify different approaches and methods in social efforts and analyse the underlying scientific theoretical assumptions and perspectives in social work


Activity 3

Type of activity

Course, group work and final essay


Theme 3: Analysing and writing workshops: Social treatment and young people in vulnerable positions


3 weeks of working on analysing and presenting social treatment intervention, developing ideas for social treatment intervention, peer feedback and final essay

Learning Outcome

Same knowledge and skills as above. To be able to use the previous learning outcomes in the following competences:

  • to communicate appreciatively and enter into collaboration
  • to assess and argue for an area for development in social treatment
  • to reflect on own learning and experience as well as professional ethics

The module ends with a final individual written essay, which must sum up the student’s new knowledge, skills and competences as well as including individual reflections of the student’s learning. The final exam essay will be 4-5 pages à 2400 characters.

This exam type supports the students learning objectives by making it possible for the student to show individual reflections related to social treatment and the group of young people in vulnerable positions, as well as reflections on the student’s acquired collaboration and relational skills during the course.

Should the student not pass the course, the student will have to hand in another essay of 4-5 pages à 2400 characters.

The exam will be graded on the Danish 7-point scale.

Re-exam: If the student does not pass the ordinary exam on the first attempt, a re-exam will be planned.