This article reflects on how to design social work education for internationally diverse cohorts of students. It draws on insights from a Master program for social work practitioners from around the world that has been delivered by a partnership of five European universities since 2013. Three particular issues are explored: developing curricula that achieve a local–global balance and emphasise the significance of context sensitivity in social work; the need for teaching approaches that promote dialogue, critical analysis, and student well-being; the importance of providing students with a strong identity, value base, and connection to the global social work profession. The article is targeted at social work educators involved in international and cross-country teaching as well as scholars interested in debates about the balance of local–global dimensions in social work.
University of Lincoln, College of Social Science Research
Michael Rasell, University of Lincoln, School of Health and Social Care
Helene Join-Lambert, Universite Paris Nanterre, Department of Educational Sciences
Agnieszka Naumiuk, University of Warsaw, Faculty of Education
Carla Pinto, University of Lisbon, Institute for Social and Political Sciences
Lars Uggerhoj, University of Aalborg, Department of Sociology and Social Work
Janet Walker, University of Lincoln, School of Health and Social Care