Diak’s pedagogic approach

Education at Diak is based on curricula and pedagogic principles, which inform our teaching methods and the focus of programmes.

Learning and teaching at Diak are strongly influenced by our values: Christian love for others, social justice, open interaction, and high-quality and productive work.

Our students learn to encounter people who are in difficult life situations on an equal basis and tackle social injustice.

Teaching underpinned by values

Our values inform our degree programmes through our pedagogic principles, which are dynamic communality, phenomenon-based learning, professional reflection and a developmental work approach.

Dynamic communality

Dynamic communality refers to active communal learning, the sharing of experiences, peer support and a positive learning environment.

This approach is supported and promoted through activities such as learning assignments completed in small teams.

Phenomenon-based learning

Phenomenon-based learning means that themes are explored from a number of perspectives.

For example, in diversity and multiculturalism studies, students learn about minority and migration policies, interfaith dialogue and the effects of migration on health and well-being.

Values and ethics are examined as part of each studied phenomenon.

Professional reflection

Professional reflection refers to the critical analysis of issues, actions and experiences.

For example, our students assess their personal professional skills and development needs in conjunction with work placement periods.

The key aim is to learn to identify and work on issues that are relevant to your own professional practice. Peer feedback in groups also helps to increase your understanding of your and the group’s activity.

A development work approach

A development work approach helps you to explore, identify and resolve issues in your personal practice, workplace organisations and society as a whole. You will work on this approach through analysis assignments and in your thesis project.

As a member of a workplace community, you will examine the underlying principles of activities, their quality and outputs, and develop your practice with a goal-oriented approach.

As a professional you will be able to identify, analyse and help resolve issues affecting vulnerable members of society.