Infusion of International Content into Curriculum Lynne Healy, Rosemary Link Boston 2008
Designing International Curriculum: Key challenges
Should emphasis be specialist, generalist or both?
Selecting objectives and content—how to select from this vast domain
Addressing teaching challenges
Models of International Curriculum International Concentration Elective course Self-selected Group International-ization of the total curriculum Infuse one or more modules All Students Comprehensive Minimum Essentials Degree of Comprehensiveness Target Group
New EPAS and Global Content
The 2001 EPAS included the following as one of the goals of social work education:
“Preparing social workers to recognize the global context of social work practice”
This statement is the underlying assumption of our session on curriculum.
References to Global in New EPAS: 2008
New EPAS is competency based
There are 4 references to human rights in the new document
There are 4 references to global context in the new document
There are 2 references to immigration
The purpose of the social work profession is to promote human and community well-being. Guided by a person and environment construct, a global perspective , respect for human diversity, and knowledge based on scientific inquiry, social work’s purpose is actualized through its quest for social and economic justice, the prevention of conditions that limit human rights , the elimination of poverty, and the enhancement of the quality of life for all persons.
EPAS: Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards: Preamble
Educational Policy: Mission & Goals
Values: includes human rights
Program Context: includes global contexts
Educational Policy: Curriculum
EPAS 2.1.2: Ethical Principles
Includes reference to the standards in the IFSW/IASSW Statement of Ethical Principles as well as the NASW Code of Ethics
EPAS Curriculum: Diversity
2.1.4: Social workers understand how diversity characterizes and shapes the human experience and is critical to the formation of identity. Includes immigration status as well as culture, ethnicity, etc.
Educational Policy: Foundation Content
Includes theories and knowledge of biological, sociological, cultural , psychological and spiritual development across the life span.
Curriculum: Human Rights
2.1.5: Advance human rights and social and economic justice. States that “social workers recognize the global interconnections of oppression and are knowledgeable about theories of justice and strategies to promote human and civil rights.” Further statement that social workers “advocate for human rights and social and economic justice.”
EPAS 2008: Omits international reference in Social Policy
EPAS 2001: Social Welfare Policy and Services
Course content provides students with knowledge and skills to…analyze organizational, local, state, national, and international issues in social welfare policy and social service delivery