The subject Social Care aims to create knowledge about and understanding for the terms of everyday life for socially vulnerable groups and the terms for the support society finds it urgent to offer these groups with the aim to create equality, spirit of community and participation.
Social Care contains one area of research, one subject area and one area of activity. Social Care is basically interdisciplinary and starts out from theories from social- and behavioral sciences. The area of knowledge covers knowledge on social politics, legal framework, moral philosophy and on various target groups. Knowledge of and insight into societal functions, forms, methods and applications of social care is also part of the subject.
The specific knowledge of social care has developed through its historic background as well as through international influence. The knowledge area, furthermore, contains leadership and labour management in social caring work. Knowledge in social care gets its particular orientation in that it is normative and studied partly from a moral philosophical and welfare political perspective and partly reflected by the societal field of activities Social Care. The creation of knowledge that occurs in the field as a result rests on humanitarian values.
Values and norms are thus the penultimate starting point for Social Care. The fact that all people – also the elderly, the disabled or the sick, carry the same human dignity are an example of such values. From this follows that society’s resources must be distributed in such a way that even these groups may benefit from them.