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Social Work is becoming an increasingly necessary occupation, due to the fact that it promotes personal and community development and offers tools to address social and economic change and to increase the community's wellbeing.
After more than 50 years training future social workers, the Comillas Pontifical University offers a Degree in Social Work, which is based on an exhaustive theoretical training and a 500-hour external internship module in public or private institutions and in different scopes of professional activity.
Social work promotes the development of people and communities
If, while you are doing the Degree in Social Work, you are interested in promoting the community's capacities, and in designing and implementing social intervention projects within a network, we also offer the Diploma in International Development Cooperation which allows to take your first steps in professional social works in the scope of development aid, thanks to a theoretical and practical training including an internship in an institution which implements development aid programmes at an international level.
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"The connection between teachers and students is excellent, in an atmosphere of closeness and respect."
"This is a necessary step to be able to acquire the education and training that allows me to see myself as a good professional."
"It has taught me to overcome daily challenges and to value the importance of small achievements."
Percentage of recently graduated students from the Faculty who participated in student exchange programs throughout their studies.
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With this Bachelor's Degree, you can be what you have always wanted to be
Almudena Juárez Professor at Comillas CIHS
Social Worker in General Social Services or in Specialized Attention
Social Worker in Education, Health, Justice, or Emergencies
Advisor in Corporate Social Responsibility and Human Resources Departments
Free Exercise of the Profession
You may participate in Q&A Sessions and Information Days. This step is not required, but potential candidates are encouraged to delve into the Programs, learn about Study Plans and Curricula, ask questions, and gather additional information.
Applying for admission. The process begins via the web page, once the decision has been made concerning the Degree in which applicants wish to enroll. If deemed necessary, you may apply for scholarships, grants and financial aid from the University at the same time as you apply for admission.
You will find information here on everything related to the process of admission and entrance exams.
Communication and legal requirements for access to the University. Having been admitted does not exempt you from proving that you meet the legal requirements for access to the University. Meeting these requirements is an essential prerequisite in order to begin your studies at the University.
Completing the registration process. Once admitted, students must complete the registration process, which is initiated on the web page. It is necessary to submit the registration form and the additional documentation required personally to the University General Registrar´s Office.
Submission of applications:
October 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022.
- February 24, 2022
- April 28, 2022
- May 26, 2022
- June 16, 2022
- July 14, 2022
Admission exams will be administered on-line.
Information Sessions and University Open Days:
Classes start in early September.
Applicant Profile/Requirements and Documentation
Requirements and Documentation
Subjects of the Diploma in Personal, Communicative, and Professional Skills
|Social Economics||3.0 ECTS|
|Introduction to Law||6.0 ECTS|
|Introduction to Social Work||4.5 ECTS|
|Written Communication Techniques||1.5 ECTS|
|Social Philosophy||3.0 ECTS|
|Foundations of Public Law||6.0 ECTS|
|Basics of Social Work||4.5 ECTS|
|Reality Observatory||3.0 ECTS|
|Debate and Argument Techniques||1.5 ECTS|
|Christianity and Social Ethics||6.0 ECTS|
|Fundamentals of Basic Psychology and Development||9.0 ECTS|
|Research Methods I||9.0 ECTS|
|General Sociology||6.0 ECTS|
|English Communication Skills||12.0 ECTS|
|Well-being, Safety and Society Social Intervention Models||6.0 ECTS|
|Family and Juvenile Law||4.5 ECTS|
|Research Methods II||6.0 ECTS|
|Therapeutic Communication and Relations||3.0 ECTS|
|Social Structure||6.0 ECTS|
|Social Intervention Models||3.0 ECTS|
|Practicum I||6.0 ECTS|
|Social Work with Victims||4.5 ECTS|
|Personal Skills I||1.5 ECTS|
|Social Work Methodology||6.0 ECTS|
|General Social Services||9.0 ECTS|
|English Communication Skills||12.0 ECTS|
|Social Programme Planning and Evaluation||4.5 ECTS|
|Specialised Assistance Social Services||4.5 ECTS|
|Social Research Techniques||3.0 ECTS|
|Social Work and Public Health||3.0 ECTS|
|Elective Subject(1)||4.5 ECTS|
|Professional Ethics||4.5 ECTS|
|Social Psychology||6.0 ECTS|
|Elective Subjects||9.0 ECTS|
|Practicum II||12.0 ECTS|
|Individual and Family Social Work||9.0 ECTS|
|English for Social Sciences I||6.0 ECTS|
|Mediation and Conflict Resolution||6.0 ECTS|
|Poverty and Exclusion||4.5 ECTS|
|Learning and Service||1.0 ECTS|
|Ignatian Leadership||2.0 ECTS|
|Social Organisation Management||4.5 ECTS|
|Social Policy||6.0 ECTS|
|Practicum III||12.0 ECTS|
|Final Degree Project||9.0 ECTS|
|Group and Community Social Work||9.0 ECTS|
|English for Social Sciences II||6.0 ECTS|
|(1) Catalog of elective subjects pending review with information on the Social Services Management course.|
|Comprehensive Intervention in Gender Violence||4.5 ECTS|
|Proteccion de personas mayores y dependientes||4.5 ECTS|
|Social Work with Minors||4.5 ECTS|
|Social Work and Social and Professional Integration||4.5 ECTS|
|Social Work in Multicultural Environments||4.5 ECTS|
|Social Work and Addictions||4.5 ECTS|
|Social Work and Development Cooperation||4.5 ECTS|
|Social Work in Educational Contexts|
International mobility and exchange programs allow students to study for a period of time at a foreign university, either in the European Union, through the Erasmus+ Program, or at universities in other countries with which Comillas has signed Bilateral Agreements.Learn more about this
The main academic regulations that govern the Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work are:
Academic Standards applicable to Bachelor's Degree Programs in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Recognition and Transfer of Credits Regulations
Table showing recognition of credits (Plan 2008-Plan 2014)
Table showing recognition of credits (Plan 2014-Plan 2017))
CG1 - Acquire knowledge in various fields of study based on reading advanced text books and including elements that suggest knowledge at the forefront of the field.
CG2 - Know how to apply knowledge to work in a professional manner, and display mastery of the skills normally acquired through the creation and defense of arguments, and problem-solving within your field of study.
CG3 - Ability to summarize and analyze relevant data in order to issue opinions involving personal reflection on pertinent social, scientific or ethical topics.
CG4 - Ability to convey information, ideas, issues, and solutions to both specialized and lay audiences alike.
CG5 - Develop the necessary learning abilities to undertake studies at present and in subsequent years with a high level of autonomy.
CG6 - Ability to adapt to the new situations imposed by a changing society.
CG7 - Be capable of autonomous decision making.
CG8 - Develop critical thinking.
CG9 - Ability to organize and plan.
CG10 - Ability to express oneself correctly both in speech and in writing.
CG11 - Acquire the ability to manage information, by employing and analyzing different sources.
CG12 - Have interpersonal relationship skills.
CG13 - Understand and value the perspectives of other cultures and customs; recognize cultural and human diversity; appreciate its value and scope; be able to manage such cultural diversity in various professional settings.
CG14 - Develop knowledge relating to information and communication technologies, and knowledge of languages.
CG15 - Develop creativity as a way of identifying, preventing, and solving social problems and conflicts.
CG16 - Use initiative and entrepreneurial spirit as a way to contribute to innovative solutions to the different social issues surrounding us.
CG17 - Have leadership ability, not only as a manager of professional teams, but also in the training of community leaders.
CG18 - Be highly motivated to engage in the professional field, acting responsibly and sustainably, and always striving for a high level of quality.
CG19 - Successfully engage in team work, particularly within multidisciplinary teams.
SC1 - Being aware of the basis of human behaviour, of the different stages of life and the influence of such stages in individual development, and of interaction between biological, psychological, social, structural and cultural factors.
SC2 - Being aware of social structure, social change processes and the effect of social inequality in individual development.
SC3 - Being aware of the differentiating elements such as ethnicity, culture and gender, and of its influence in situations of discrimination, oppression and vulnerability, which are materialised in the different levels of access to resources of persons, groups and communities.
SC4 - Acquiring basic knowledge on the areas of Civil Law, Family Law and Public Law, and of the existing legislative systems in these areas.
SC5 - Working with individuals, groups and communities for identification of their needs and problems and assessment of the resources available, both at personal and social level, in order to assess which are the best intervention areas.
SC6 - Empowering individuals, groups and communities to fight for their rights and to submit any claim before any relevant institutions, and only acting in their behalf when the situation requires so.
SC7 - Being able to respond to crisis and emergency situations, assessing their urgency and planning and developing actions to address these situations and analysing their results.
SC8 - Appling social work theories and methods to interventions involving persons, groups and communities, in order to promote their development and improve their living conditions.
SC9 - Designing, implementing and assessing social intervention projects, involving the interested persons and other participating professionals.
SC10 - Using social networks as both a goal and a means in social work intervention procedures.
SC11- Promoting a group intervention approach as a professional intervention alternative, and supporting the creation and development of groups, being there for them along their different developmental stages in order to promote personal growth and interpersonal skills.
SC12 - Promoting professional interventions aimed at primary and secondary prevention, assessing risk situations and behaviour and establishing intervention alternatives.
SC13 - Analysing in a systematic way all knowledge obtained from daily exercise of social work and the contributions made by social research in order to update and improve professional intervention strategies.
SC14 - Establishing intervention strategies to prevent and address risks arising from professional stress and promoting self-care among social workers.
SC15 - Being aware, analysing and designing policies of social welfare which promote development of social resources systems, and participating in their management by the application of quality criteria.
SC16 - Designing and preparing professional instruments that collect all information needed for professional assessment and decision-making in a clear, accurate and updated manner.
SC17 - Promoting teamwork and using its benefits as a space for re-thinking and orienting the practice of social work, and as a space for analysing situations and designing intervention alternatives which open the way to professional collaborations.
SC18 - Managing and leading social welfare institutions.
SC19 - Acquiring negotiating and mediating skills as an intervention strategy aimed at alternative conflict solution.
SC20 - Working within agreed standards for the exercise of Social Work, ensuring quality professional performance and continuous improvement. .
SC21 -Identifying and managing ethical problems, conflicts, and dilemmas by analysing such issues and designing strategies to overcome them.
SC22 - Promoting knowledge on those organizations where the social worker develops their works and their impact in daily professional practice.
SC23 - Beinh aware of the good practices perspective when analysing professional tasks in different institutions.
SC24- Promoting an ethical focus on social work which is developed in the frameworks of a professional ethics, and which highlights those practices which are non-discriminatory and promote the individuals' agency.
SC25 - Promoting the participation of those persons and communities on which the social worker intervenes, and providing them with sufficient skills to lead their own processes of change, to assess their development and to decide upon new action lines.
SC26 - Critically analysing social reality, as a way to identify and prevent new social problems.
SC27 - Critically analysing the sources and purposes of social work in order to promote a better understanding of the purpose of this professional in different social contexts.
SC28 - Being aware and assessing ethical codes of conduct for social work and their applicability in specific contexts.
SC29 - Developing critical thinking so as to be able to review, develop and improve existing social intervention methods.
SC30 - Developing social awareness born from identification of the causes of social problems and aimed at promoting individuals.
SC31 - Being aware of social research techniques and the paradigms on which they are supported, and identify the main characteristics of each of them, in order to acquire the skills to define, design and manage a social research.
SC32 - Being aware of and understand the conceptual basis of the law and its importance in regulating social relationships; being able to identify the sources of law and their prevalence.
SC33 - Being aware of the law enforcement processes, and capable of carrying out an interpretation of the law according to the rules and principles of the relevant legal system and understand its effects, the fact that such laws must necessarily be enforced and the consequences of not doing so.
SC34 - Being aware of the institutional structure of the State and being capable of identifying the organizations defined in the Constitution and their respective roles.
SC35 - Being aware of the rights, duties and public freedoms granted by the Constitution and the constitutional system of guarantees.
SC36 - Understanding the legal system as a complex integral system, being capable of identifying the legal sources of Public law and of applying them to specific situations.
SC37 - Understanding the basic concepts of family law and laws regarding minors and acquiring the necessary competences to apply such knowledge to daily practice.
SC38 - Writing legal documents in an orderly and understandable way, identifying the basic sources of law and using convincing legal arguments regarding family law and laws with regard to minors.
SC39 - Applying fundamental sociology and anthropology concepts, such as socialization, stratification or social control, to analysis of marginalisation, social exclusion, or criminal subcultures and to design of social intervention programmes.
SC40 - Being aware of the relationship of the victim with the penal system in itself and in terms of procedures and assistance.
SC41 - Being aware of and understand the different aspect of victimization from its theoretical and research perspectives.
SC42 - Being aware of the processes for intervention and treatment of victims, especially when those are persons in vulnerable situations.
SC43 - Being e aware of the out-of-court methods for resolving disputes and the legal effects arising from them, and acquiring the necessary skills and strategies to act as a mediator in such disputes and to negotiate in risky environments.
SC44 - Describing and analysing the spiritual dimension in today' society, its unitary and diverse character, and to value the importance of religion as one of the sources of individual identity.
SC45 - Being aware of the different research designs, and the different procedures for proposing and verifying hypotheses and for interpreting results.
SC46 - Providing strategies for identifying and preventing new social problems.
SC47 - Being aware of psychosocial principles of group dynamics, both regarding standard groups and marginalized groups.
SC48 - Being able to understand an expert report (be it a medical, social, psychiatric or police report) which is part of a legal procedure, both in the sense of understand the criteria considering for such report ans well as the rules that allow to draw legal conclusions and their consequences in civil and criminal procedures.
You may work either in any social protection programme or social intervention area in the public or private sector.
In general social services or specialised assistance to specific groups: homes, day care centres and assisted living homes for the elderly, youth residential centres or shelters for children or teenagers, assistance programmes or shelters for women who have suffered domestic violence, assistance instution and support groups for drug users, shelters for the homeless, early assistance centres, homes, day care centres, associations for the disabled and reintegration programmes, prisons and guarded homes for inmates.
In Education (schools and other academic centres), Health Care (hospitals and healthcare centres), the Court System (Courts), Emergency Services (emergency healthcare and social emergency services), Corporations (Corporative Social Responsibility or Human Resources Departments) or as a freelance (training, social assessment, assistance to individuals, associations and corporations, etc.).
This Degree in Social work trains professionals to promote human rights and social cohesion and support individuals, groups and communities to improve their everyday lives and social wellbeing, working with other social workers or other professionals.
The future social workers are trained in skills and capabilities for professional work such as identification of those needs and issues which need addressing, assisting individuals, groups and communities in their needs, preventing risk situations, promoting and using individual, family, group and community resources, skills and capacities to address vulnerable situations and improve life conditions, using mediation to improve human relationships and solve conflicts, designing prevention and intervention projects, programmes, and plans, leading and coordinating professional teams, public and private resources and from the institutions to which those belong, carrying out applied social research and designing, organizing and implementing social entrepreneurship initiatives
Masters related to the Bachelor's Degree in Social Work
Master of Business Administration (MBA).
International Development Cooperation
International Migrations (Online).
Philosophy: Humanism and Trascendence
Middle and High School Teacher
Structure of the bachelor's degree
The Degree in Social Work is structured in four academic years and is comprised in the Social Sciences and Law area of knowledge. The corresponding syllabus comprises 240 ECTS (60 per year).