Bachelor’s level studies in social research
Optional studies related to international issues
After completing the course, students will be able to present and evaluate the backgrounds of the history of international social work and its current development trends, as well as the interrelations between global and local social work. Students will be able to identify and compare social work professionals and contemporary, research-based discourse in different countries. Knowledge attained during the course can be applied, for example, by writing a Master’s thesis based on comparative methodology. Students can also utilise their learning in positions of international social work in organisations and humanitarian work.
The course familiarises students with the development of international social work and contemporary issues from the perspective of research and professionalism. The course examines the global, local, international, national and supranational levels and interconnections of social work. International organisations of social work (IFSW, IASSW, EASSW, NASSW, ICSW) and their mandates in the international system, as regards social development and human rights, will be introduced to students.
1. Suvi Keskinen, Unnur Dís Skaptadóttir, Mari Toivanen (2019) Undoing Homogeneity in the Nordic Region. London: Routledge.
2. Gray, M., Coates, J., Yellow, B. M., & Hetherington, T. (2016). Decolonizing social work. London: Routledge.
3. Ahmed, Sara (2012) On Being Included: Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life. Durham: Duke University Press.
4. Metteri, A. (ed.), Ranta-Tyrkkö, S. (ed.) & Rauhala, P-L. K. (ed.), (2016) Kansainvälinen sosiaalityö: Käsitteitä, käytäntöjä ja kehityskulkuja. Tallinna: United Press Global.
5.Cox, David and Pawar, Manohar (2012) International Social Work: Issues, Strategies and Programs. 2nd edition. London: Sage.
The lecture series will be completed by writing a lecture journal and a complementary book review on one of the books included in the course literature. The teacher will give instructions on writing the journal and review. The course in its entirety will be graded on a scale of 0 to 5.
The literature examination (three books) will be graded on a scale of 0 to 5.
Graded on a scale of 0 to 5 (0 = Fail, 1 = Passable, 2 = Satisfactory, 3 = Good, 4 = Very Good, 5 = Excellent)
Teaching language: english
1) Lecture series and a complementary book review on one of the books included in the course literature
2) A literature examination where students will be examined on three books chosen from the course literature
Vastuuopettaja Kris Clarke