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WS4020 - International Social Work

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Arts and Social Sciences (pre 2015)

Available to BSW students only

This online subject is a social work elective subject. This subject is designed to introduce students to international social work and the theories and perspectives that underpin current thinking and practice in international social work. Students will explore how historical, environmental, cultural, religious, political and economic factors impact social welfare policies and the delivery of human services in different regions of the world. Students will engage in critical thinking and analysis of global social welfare issues including poverty, child welfare, health, issues particular to women and the results of catastrophic events including conflict and natural disaster. Students will analyse alternative models for service intervention and review how social work practice is delivered in other countries and regions of the world.

Learning Outcomes

  • define and describe international social work and debate the need for, benefits of and cautions important to engaging in international social work;
  • demonstrate familiarity with the international social work profession and code of ethics;
  • analyse the impact that historical, environmental, cultural, religious political and economic factors have on social welfare policies and the delivery of human services in varied countries;
  • communicate a deeper and broader understanding of major issues related to international social welfare such as: poverty; child welfare; health; issues particular to women and the results of catastrophic events including conflict and natural disaster;
  • delineate organisations in international social work and their intended and real impact on international social welfare.
Assumed
Knowledge:
This is an online class using Blackboard technology. All international students will be enrolled in the course Blackboard cite with full access to course materials. All students will therefore need to have an email account and be able to access the internet to complete the course requirement.
Prerequisites: WS3503

Availabilities

External, Study Period 3
Census Date 06-Feb-2014
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Nonie Harris
Workload expectations:
  • 0 hours - No contact hours - external subject
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU
Assessment: quizzes or tests (50%); discussion board participation (5 discussion boards at 6% each) (30%); individual journal (10%); critical thinking paper (10%).
Restrictions: An enrolment quota applies to this offering.

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.