Powell, Jackie and Robison, Judy
The 'international dimension' in social work education: current developments in England
European Journal of Social Work, 10, (3), . (doi:10.1080/13691450701357018).
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As our awareness of the impact of globalising trends has increased, so too has social work's interest in international issues grown. At the same time, concerns have been raised about what constitutes international social work, and how this 'international dimension' might be introduced to social work students as part of their preparation for practice. This paper reports on a recently completed study which explored the different ways in which international issues are being addressed in social work programmes leading to the newly established three-year degree in social work across the UK. Based on an email survey of accredited programmes in England, plus a small number of follow-up interviews, findings are presented on the different approaches and innovations adopted in the development of curriculum with an international perspective. Discussion focuses on possible factors promoting and/or inhibiting the development of an international dimension within the qualifying curriculum. The paper concludes with some observations on how the different understandings of 'international social work' can contribute to a greater appreciation of global problems and alternative ways of responding to social needs at local, national and international levels.
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