Comparative Social Work

Comparative Social Work – Module 2 – 10 ECTS credits.

This course will not be arranged in 2017-18. A revision is going on.

See the curriculum plans for Comparative Social Work Curriculum Plan Comparative Social Work 2016-17

All our courses have a Competence based Curriculum Plan, integrating theory and practice.

Theme 2A: Social exclusion and inclusive practices in social work

(Previous name of the theme: Discrimination Oppression and Ethnic Diversity as Phenomena in Europe. Anti-oppressive approaches to social work)

This module will allow the student to understand commonalities and differences in terms of the how societies marginalise certain groups of people. In what way are social work theories and methods suitable to deal with questions concerning discrimination and oppression. In some places anti-discriminatory practice has come to be seen as integral to good social practice; in other words, one cannot have good social work practice without it.  But how far is this reflected in the reality of everyday practice, and to what extent are students given the knowledge and skills they need to practice it? The module will demonstrate that discrimination and oppression are not homogenous concepts but focus on different target groups in various ways, and therefore are different in their manifestations in relation to these groups.  A range of disadvantaged groups will be considered, but particular emphasis will be put on cultural and ethnic diversity, and racism.  The implications of discrimination and oppression of marginalised groups for European social welfare and social work will be considered.