Economics & Sociology

ISSN: 2071-789X eISSN: 2306-3459 DOI: 10.14254/2071-789X
Index PUBMS: f5512f57-a601-11e7-8f0e-080027f4daa0
Article information
Title: Dual Degree Programs in Social Work: is it Possible in Ukraine?
Issue: Vol. 10, No 2, 2017
Published date: 06-2017 (print) / 06-2017 (online)
Journal: Economics & Sociology
ISSN: 2071-789X, eISSN: 2306-3459
Authors: Nadia Horishna
Volodymyr Hnatyuk Ternopil National Pedagogic University

Hanna Slozanska
Volodymyr Hnatyuk Ternopil National Pedagogic University
Keywords: dual degree programs, social work education, higher education, Ukraine
DOI: 10.14254/2071-789X.2017/10-2/12
Index PUBMS: 154446c0-004e-11e8-94c4-fa163e5d4f72
Language: English
Pages: 165-178 (14)
JEL classification: I21, I23, I28, I30, I38

The paper analyses the key issues related to dual degree social work programs in Ukraine. Both quantitative and qualitative data were collected and analyzed to explore the overall number of programs, the levels and types of degrees they award, Heads of Social Work Departments’ perceptions and attitudes towards dual degree programs. The survey results have shown there are no dual degree social work programs in Ukraine, but the majority of respondents (81%) expressed confidence in positive outcomes of implementation of these programs both for students and higher education institutions. Some reservations were conveyed which highlighted difficulties for institutions in implementation and for students in completing these programs. The authors prove that combining social work with other fields of study within undergraduate or graduate dual degree programs is relevant to the labour market’s and the profession’s demands, and educational needs of practitioners. It also suits the interests of social work programs being one of the ways to address the challenges that higher education reform in Ukraine presents for social work education. The paper offers a platform to further discuss the value and possibilities of dual degree programs’ implementation under the current situation in social work education in Ukraine.


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