Universitat de Barcelona

Social Education

What you will learn

The Bachelor’s Degree in Social Education, through theoretical and practical training, enables the student to develop and practise the stimulating profession of social worker. It also provides training in an emerging field of pedagogical knowledge, that is, social education. 

These studies provide expertise, mind-sets and skills to design, develop and appraise socio-educational resources, initiatives and programmes with an inclusive and critical perspective of educational practices.

It also provides the knowledge required to understand, interpret and analyse the theoretical and practical foundations of social education in its various social contexts and times.

In short, it trains and enables the student to practise as a social worker in the various contexts and areas of this profession, endowed with a critical perspective and a social sensitivity for change processes and social participation.

Number of ECTS credits: 240
Branch of knowledge: Social Sciences
Faculty or school: Faculty of Education

What you will need

If you wish to study Social Education you should have the following competences:

  • Communication, analytical and critical skills.
  • Teamwork skills.
  • Capacity to empathise and relate positively to others.
  • Ability to adapt to change, flexibility, entrepreneurship and creativity.

Distribution of credits

Subject area typeECTS credits
Basic training60
Compulsory placements30
Compulsory final project12

Subjects (information available in Catalan)

Admission for students with studies completed outside Spain

Admission for students with studies completed outside Spain.

Applicants holding higher educational qualifications from a university outside Spain should consult the page Admission with foreign qualifications to find out about specific admission requirements.

Fields in which you can work

Social educators work in many different contexts and social and educational areas.

You could work on projects to promote a group or region (for example, a youth centre, a local development project or a sociocultural programme) or programmes for individual, family or group assistance that aim to foster the development of social skills and social movement (for example, programmes to prevent maltreatment, child protection centres or detention centres).

Although this is not an exhaustive list, the contexts and areas could include:

  1. Specific areas of intervention characteristic of the past development of the profession (sociocultural programmes, specialised social education, adult education and guidance, training and employment), and other emerging areas, such as artistic expression, urban space and mediation.
  2. Age groups: elderly people, adults, youths, adolescents and children.
  3. The existence of singular needs or social problems that increase the risk of exclusion or make it hard to develop sociability, social movement and social organisation of people and groups.
  4. The institutional context in which socioeducational actions are undertaken (social services, justice, official non-university education, culture, health, youth and free time, work, etc.).
  5. Socioeducational actions that could appear in the future that are determined by emerging social, technological, cultural or educational needs.