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Pedagogical project of the social service graduation course of the Pernambuco Federal University, UFPE, Brazil

Presentation: After the approval of the Code of Ethic of 1993, the Brazilian Association of Teaching and Research in Social Work - ABEPSS began a process of evaluation and curricular review of graduate Social Work Courses in Brazil, from intense mobilization work in the various Units Teachings.

Within this process, the theoretical-methodological principles of the new curriculum and the social direction of professional education were defined, considering the demands of the labor market, the hegemonic ethical-political project of the profession and the profile of the graduate.

The elaboration of the new curriculum has become imperative due to:

The final version of the minimum curriculum proposal was built at the II National Workshop on Professional Education and approved at the General Assembly of the Brazilian Association of Social Work Education - ABESS - held on November 7 and 8, 1996 in Rio de Janeiro.

The curriculum was then called the General Guidelines for the Social Work Course and presented to MEC / SESU for consideration.

While the proposed Curriculum Guidelines proceeding through the competent bodies, the ABEPSS and Social Work Education Units, and monitor the process and position itself as the demands and proposals of the MEC / SESU, started the Pedagogical Projects preparation process for Graduate Courses, with local and regional workshops.

Therefore, the Pedagogical Project of the graduate Course in Social Work at the Federal University of Pernambuco is the result of a collective discussion process, coordinated and systematized by the Graduate Collegiate, appreciated and approved by the Departmental Plenary.

Core Nodes

According to the Curriculum Guidelines for the Graduate Course in Social Work, the Education Professional Projects to be built and implemented in the Teaching Units must promote the articulation of a set of inseparable knowledge that translates into Core Nodes which are:

  1. Core of theoretical and methodological foundations of social life that comprises a set of knowledge that allows the treatment of social being as a historical totality.
  2. Core of the foundations of the socio - historical formation of the Brazilian society that provides the theoretical contributions to the knowledge of the economic, social, political and cultural constitution of the Brazilian society.
  3. Core of professional work that focuses on the understanding of Social Work as a profession registered in the socio-technical division of work, the discussion of the theoretical and methodological production of Social Work, as well as providing the conditions for the technical-cooperative training necessary for professional performance.


Such contents should be treated according to the principles of:



Promote the theoretical-methodological, technical and ethical-political qualification for the exercise of Social Work as a specialization of collective work.


Bachelor Profile in Social Work

The course is expected to generate a professional with:


The Education Program that we formulated for Social Work Graduate Course of UFPE has a curriculum consists of compulsory and elective courses, workshops, seminars, compulsory traineeship and Work Course Conclusion (TCC) over 8 semesters, totaling 3100 (three thousand one hundred) hours the payment of the workload.

The required curricular components are composed of 29 Disciplines (1740 hours), Curricular Internship (480 hours) and Course Completion Work (TCC), totaling 2220 hours.subjects.

The workload of complementary activities refers to monitoring, research and extension activities.

The placement of internships in the various occupational spaces of intervention of the Social Service aims to enable the student to practice, enabling him / her to identify and analyze the demands of the profession and, under the technical and pedagogical supervision, generate answers that meet them.

It is also a curricular requirement to obtain a Bachelor of Social Work diploma, the elaboration of the Course Conclusion Paper, which will deal with a significant topic for the professional debate and will constitute a moment of synthesis and expression of the entire professional formation. This work will be evaluated by an examining board composed of two teachers who will give grade upon written opinion.

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