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Department of Social Work and Criminology

Subjects within the department


We have three training programmes in this subject area — the Swedish and international social work programme, the personnel and working life programme and a wide range of free standing courses from A to D level. We can also offer courses/parts of courses as commissioned courses.


Research in social work/sociology and psychology is becoming increasingly focused on one of the university´s research profiles — health-promoting working life - with a broadening of this profile and the area of psycho-social (ill) health. We also conduct research in each discipline and develop research that will strengthen the social work and personnel programme and the working life programme.

The department collaborates with many universities in Sweden and abroad. In both research and education, we are developing cooperation with organizations, companies and government agencies. We are making efforts to increase the number of courses that can be provided as commissioned courses, for example.


Head of Department
Josefin Westerberg Jacobson
026-64 82 33

Head of subject Social Work
Sven Trygged, sven.trygged@hig.se

Head of Subject Criminology
Lars Westfelt, lars.westfelt@hig.se

Published by: Sandra Wikner Page responsible: Magnus Isaksson Updated: 2022-05-04
Högskolan i Gävle
Box 801 76 GÄVLE
026-64 85 00 (växel)