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International Issues in Social Work and Social Welfare

International Issues in Social Work and Social Welfare
Selections From CQ Researcher

September 2009 | 352 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc


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  • What is human trafficking, and where does it occur?
  • How have other nations exploited children as child soldiers, and what can be done about it?
  • Have violence and discrimination against women increased or decreased globally over the past decade?

The collection of articles in International Issues in Social Work and Social Welfare addresses these questions and many more. The articles encourage lively classroom discussion and debate and bring pressing international issues into the classroom for almost any course across the social work curriculum, as required by the new guidelines set forth by the Council on Social Work Education.

About CQ Researcher Readers

In the tradition of nonpartisanship and current analysis that is the hallmark of CQ Press, CQ Researcher readers investigate important and controversial policy issues. Offer your students the balanced reporting, complete overviews, and engaging writing that CQ Researcher has  consistently provided for more than 80 years. Each article gives substantial background and analysis of a particular issue as well as useful pedagogical features to inspire critical thinking and to help students grasp and review key material:

  • A pro/con box that examines two competing sides of a single question
  • A detailed chronology of key dates and events
  • An annotated bibliography that includes Web resources
  • An outlook section that addresses possible regulation and initiatives from Capitol Hill and the White House over the next 5 to 10 years
  • Photos, charts, graphs, and maps

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Annotated Contents
David Masci
1. Human Trafficking and Slavery: Are the World's Nations Doing Enough to Stamp It Out?
John Felton
2. Child Soldiers: Are More Aggressive Efforts Needed to Protect Children?
Karen Foerstel
3. Women's Rights: Are Violence and Discrimination Against Women Declining?
Jennifer Weeks
4. Rapid Urbanization: Can Cities Cope With Rampant Growth?
John Felton
5. Aiding Refugees: Should the U.N. Help More Displaced People?
Pamela Prah
6. Disaster Preparedness: Is the U.S. Ready for Another Major Disaster?
Peter Katel
7. Wounded Veterans: Is America Shortchanging Vets on Health Care?
Brian Beary
8. Religious Fundamentalism: Does It Lead to Intolerance and Violence?
Peter Behr
9. Energy Nationalism: Do Petrostates Threaten Global Energy Security?
Colin Woodard
10. Oceans in Crisis: Can the Loss of Ocean Biodiversity Be Halted?
Sarah Glazer
11. Avian Flu Threat: Are We Prepared for the Next Pandemic?
Samuel Loewenberg
12. Anti Americanism: Is Anger at the U.S. Growing?

Consideration for child welfare course

Dr Leonora Foels
Social Work Dept, Millersville University
January 2, 2014

This is a very interesting read and one which covers a wide range of issues relevant to social work. Although the book's focus is international social work the issues raised also provide context for considering key issues in the UK today. Although I have adopted this book for working with students in relation to practice and widening their thoughts on social work issues I have no doubt I will also be using it when discussing social policy.

Dr Ann Hodson
Social Work, Dundee University
March 7, 2012

This book is full of extremely relevant & up -to date information of use accross all three levels of the degree, 4, 5 & 6. We were lacking a textbook which was comprehensive, contemporanous & easy to interpret so essential reading for all 100 plus L6 s this year.

Ms Dilva Porter
CHYPPE, University Campus Suffolk
April 19, 2011

Insufficiently academic for my purposes

Ms Esther Coren
Sociology , Canterbury Christ Church University
February 16, 2011

I was particularly struck by the books wide focus with regards to womens rights and also religious fundamentalism. The book appears to sign post to other areas of reading and research and would be a valuable teaching and study tool.

Mr Colin Rones
social work, University of Portsmouth
March 14, 2010
Key features
  • Overview. Each article begins with an overview, consisting of a summary of what will be discussed in the rest of the chapter, and which generally begins with a human interest story
  • Key questions. The following section includes current debates on each topic discussed and is structured around key questions, such as "Is the United States Prepared for Another Major Disaster?" and "Should the Military Play the Lead Role in Disaster Response?" (found in the Disaster Preparedness article)
  • Background. The background section provides a history of the issues being examined, and covers important legislative measures, executive actions and court decisions that show how current policy has evolved.
  • Current Situation. This section discusses how each issue is being handled and what may be considered for the future.
  • Outlook. Each article concludes with this section, which addresses possible solutions to the issues and what experts in the field expect and suggest.
  • Additional features. Each chapter will also include a pro versus con debate between two experts on each topic; a chronology of key dates; short features; and an annotated bibliography.

Sample Materials & Chapters

1. Human Trafficking and Slavery

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