1 x 2-hour workshop weekly
1 Admission into BSWBSP-Bachelor of Social Work and Bachelor of Social Planning
1a Admission into BSWSP-Bachelor of Social Work and Social Planning
1b Admission into BSW-Bachelor of Social Work
2 4 of SOAD1008, SOAD2002, SOAD1013 or SOAD2005, SOAD3013
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a or 1b) and 2)
Topic description

In this topic students will be introduced to the situation of children worldwide, with particular emphasis on those living in the Global South, where children represent almost 40% of the total population. Complex issues such as child labour and trafficking, children in situations of war and conflict, international adoption, refugee and migrant children, and indigenous children (including those in Australia) will be examined critically in the light of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989), the UN Millennium Development Goals (2000), and the UN Declaration on A World Fit for Children (2002). Social work responses internationally will be examined and critiqued.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Provide students with a broad overview of global issues affecting the welfare of children
  • Examine these issues within the wider geopolitical, social, economic, cultural and gender power relations
  • Examine the international interventions and responses of social work to global child welfare issues
  • Highlight the circumstances within Australia where children are at a similar risk
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Identify, understand, and critically analyse the threats to child-wellbeing and protection globally
  2. Evaluate and articulate what social work practice can contribute to the well-being of children in a global contexts
  3. Identify at risk children in the Australian context
  4. Demonstrate enhanced cross-cultural knowledge, skills, and competencies in social work practice