In the 21st century, the study of social work has focused more on the subject as a global profession (Caragata & Sanchez, 2002). Cox and Pawar (2006) introduced an integrated perspective on international social work, drawing together issues of globalization with human rights (diversity), ecological perspectives (sustainable resources), and social development perspectives (proactive intervention). Thus, social work education needs to represent a paradigm shift requiring holistic education strategies in order to help students understand the concepts of international social works and broaden their minds to these issues.
Although there has been an effort to publish a textbook with a part of its contents dedicated to teaching students about global issues in social work, it is still difficult to find a textbook that introduces overall global social works such as relieving starvation, preventing terrorism, and reacting to natural disasters within a social work spirit. For example, Payne (2009) published a book, “Introducing global issues in politics, economics, and culture,” where he treated global problems in term of acknowledging these problems rather than solving them, a perspective which should be a crucial part of social work. Deacon (2007) also introduced the global social policy designed and implemented by diverse United Nations (UN) agencies in his book. However, it does not show how the interventions are related to the causes of various global issues.
Therefore, developing a social work textbook in global studies will be a crucial trial in bridging the practical issues of global studies and the institutional efforts to resolve them. It will enhance students’ comprehension of the importance of global studies and help them obtain insight into contributing to the world’s welfare both academically and practically. To achieve these goals, the textbook needs three essential parts: explanation of the problem, policies and limitations, and alternatives in each issue. This study comes up with globalization, global warming, poverty, and exploitation of women and children as the main issues and explores the overall contents to be covered in the proposed textbook.
|Keywords:||Global Social Work Text, Globalization, Global warming, Poverty, Institutional Efforts|
Professor, Department of Public Administration, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul, South Korea
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