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Ethnic and racial diversity in social work education: a study of curriculums in social work education in Sweden
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0365-0362
2017 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of the study presented is to investigate how ethnic and racial diversity is integrated into the literature and curriculum of social work programme in Sweden. The study is based on text analysis of curriculum development from the year 1967 – 2014. Sweden has had inflows of changing forms of migration, whereas 1970’s were dominated by labour-market immigrants, and later from 1980’s-2015’s by high inflows of refugee-immigrants.  These migration-flows impact on professional social work and challenge universities to enable the students to achieve theoretical and critical knowledge and skills needed to work for a sustainable future in an ethnic diverse population and clientele. The study raises questions about how development of content in Swedish social work programme has developed through the years in relation to a context of migration and professional claims of increasing social workers’ knowledge about ethnic and racial diversity. The study also raises questions about how ethnic relations are problematised, meaning what perspectives, what concepts, theories and practical methods are used in various time-periods to enable learning about ethnic diversity? Results show that course-content in terms of literature and other teaching material is poorly developed throughout the years, and ethnic and racial perspectives on social issues tend to be ‘side-lined’, thus not integrated into the general course-content. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017.
Keyword [en]
ethnic and racial diversity, social work education, curriculum
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-138772OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-138772DiVA: diva2:1137209
Conference
EASSW-UNAFORIS 2017 European Conference Social Work Education in Europe: Challenging Boundaries, Promoting a Sustainable Future
Projects
Etniska relationer i socialt arbete
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2017-08-30 Created: 2017-08-30 Last updated: 2017-08-30

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