Curriculum Development - Sustainable Development and Social Work (SUDET)

Coordinator Tampere University of Applied Sciences
Contact details

Camilla Kalevo, camilla.kalevo(at)
Principal lecturer, Ulla-Maija Koivula, ulla-maija.koivula(at)

Budget € 183 680
Duration 6/2013 - 8/2015
Academic field Social work
Funding since 2013


Kwazulu-Natal University, Durban, South-Africa
Saint Augustine University of Tanzania, Mwanza, Tanzania
Universidade Católica de Moçambique, Nampula, Mozambique
High Institute of Studies in Local Development, Maluana, Mozambique
The University of Tampere, School of Social Science and Humanities, Finland

Brief Description:

In many developing countries the connection between academic studies and organizations (e.g. NGOs and public social service units) are mostly limited to practical training periods and some project works. There is a need to strengthen practical learning environments and generate new forms of cooperation between higher education and work life based on the needs of each partner university and the community needs where the university is functioning.

The network aims to induce innovative new practices and methods in working with communities for developing e.g. mutual self-reliance, social entrepreneurship and user-based services with low costs and sustainability.

The key activities are students echanges, teacher exchanges and intensive course in “Sustainable Social development with mutual self-reliance” in Maluana, Mozambique followed by a dissemination seminar with local partners in Maputo.
In total about 40 students and 10 teachers will take part in the activities funded by NSS programme.

A seminar about SubSaharan social work and social problems will be organized aligned with exchange teachers from partners in the South during spring 2014 in Finland for inducing wider attention to global social work. In addition the network will produce teaching and learning material about the theme for wider audience and disseminate via a blog.

Funded Activities
Number of Teacher Exchanges: 9
Number of Student Exchanges: 15
Number of Administrative Visits and Network Meetings: 2
Number of Intensive Courses: 1

Brief Description of the Intensive Course(s):

The topic of the intensive course is sustainable social development. The title of the week is “Sustainable Social development with mutual self-reliance” and it will be organised in Maluana, Mozambique. The course will last ten working days (14 days total with travels) and there will be min. 24 travelling students and 6 travelling teachers. Teaching methods will be based on participatory learning methods based on case studies, comparative approach and workshops.

Brief Description of Possible Dissemination Measures:

  1. Blog - will be means of disseminating information from the network activities and teaching and learning materials.
  2. Social work and social problems in SubSaharan Africa is a lecture course which is organized at the University of Tampere aligned with teacher exchanges and serves also as a dissemination event about the collaboration in general.
  3. A dissemination seminar will be organized in Mozambique after the intensive course.