2007/2008 ISSUE 15

In acordance with recent developments with addition of new courses the Fall issue of this journal presents contributions from four courses. These courses are:

  • Social Work Theories
  • Social Work and Deinstitutionalization
  • Social Work and Social Policies
  • Social Work with Juvenile Offenders

The articles submitted from Social Work Theories are by Peter Erath and Martin Leveridge and Jackie Gilchirst, while those from Social Work and Social Policies are by Helene Hansen and Peder Martin Lysestol. From the Course SW with Juvenile Offenders we have article by Brian Stout. For the new course SW and Deinstitutionalization Vito Flaker authored the article.

In 2007 the main topic for Social Work and Social Policies was 'What is social justice in social work?' Social justice is a moral issue and part of the valuebase in social work regardless of the area of practice and context. Hence it is already an established fact. Thus promoting social work means promoting social justice. However, social justice is not only the concern of social work. Any welfare state would claim adherance to such a fundamentally moral issue. How the different welfare models promote their intentions differ. What are the obstacles? Analysing examples may show how we reflect and are challenged in our 'normal' way of thinking .Do we agree on what social justice embraces for all on a societal level as well as on the individual level for all? What is social justice for you and what is social justice for me and for others?

Maybe we should play with the idea of designing a new society not knowing where we or any of our relatives, friends or any enemies would be placed after it came into being. Ethics starts at home also in times of globalization, even though it might be easier to tell others living far away how to behave.

Mari-Anne Zahl



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