Master's Degree Program in Comparative Social Work has started in 2009 and has been developed within the framework of Barents Cross Border University (BCBU) which offers and creates setting for cross-border learning environment between the universities in Northern Finland and North-West Russia, but also in the whole Barents region.
During the CSW program students will acquire a better understanding of national and global social work, through a comparative approach. Experts in cultural diversity and international social issues, as well as people with a comparative approach to different societies are needed in the Barents region and the world over. There is also a regional need for social work professionals who understand the special characters of this peripheral EU region, which is also a border area between EU and Russia.
(1) Institute of Integrated Safety (NArFU, Russia)
(2) Department of Social Sciences, University of Lapland, Finland