SPR476 Critical Social Work and Social Change

Faculty of Social Studies
Autumn 2016
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 6 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Mgr. Magda Frišaufová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Bc. et Bc. Jan Fikejs (assistant)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Jiří Winkler, Ph.D.
Department of Social Policy and Social Work - Faculty of Social Studies
Supplier department: Department of Social Policy and Social Work - Faculty of Social Studies
Wed 13:30–15:00 P22
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 26 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 1/26, only registered: 0/26
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The goal of the course is to gain deep understanding to the theoretical background of critical social work and understand its main principles and concepts including their application to the social work practice.
This goal includes understanding of critical social work in context of approaches such as radical, postmodern, or feminist social work, antioppressive approach, critical reflection etc.
By the end of the course students will be able to apply principles of critical social work in work with individuals, groups, and also on organization level as well as in contact with important institutions. Students will also develop their skills in writing short academic papers, using proper form, structure and quotation standards and writing reviews to papers of other students.
  • Lecture
  • Critical, radical, postmodern, social work, crisis of knowledge and crisis of identity in social work
  • Seminar
  • Lecture
  • Antiopressive approach, feminist social work, social change, empowerment, critical reflection
  • Seminar
  • Lecture
  • Examples of critical social work practice: Housing First vs. Housing Ready approach, Theatre of the oppressed
  • Seminar
  • Examples of critical social work practice: self-help groups, Assertive community treatment, case management
  • Seminar
  • Lecture
  • Examples of critical social work practice: Harm reduction approach in social work with drug users and people who work in prostitution
  • Seminar
    required literature
  • Fook, Jan, Bob Pease (eds.) 1999. Transforming Social Work Practice. Postmodern Critical Perspectives, Lodon: Routledge.
  • Adams, Robert 1996. Social Work and Empowerment. London: Macmillan.
  • Fawcett, Barbara (ed.) 2000. Practice and Research in Social Work. Postmodern Feminist Perspectives, London: Routledge.
    not specified
  • Thompson, Neil 1998. Promoting Equality. Challenging Discrimination and Oppression in Human Services. London: Macmillan Press.
  • Thompson, Neil 2006. Anti-discriminatory Practice. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Healy, Karen 2000: Social Work Practices. Contemporary Perspectives on Change. London: Sage Publications.
  • Fook, Jan 2002: Social Work. Critical Theory and Practice. London: Sage Publications.
  • Healy, Karen 2014: Social Work in Context. Creating Framework for Practice. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Teaching methods
The goals and learning outcomes of the course will be fulfilled through lectures (teacher´s lectures and guest lectures by external experts in the field), seminars (students participate in discussions and group projects), writing seminar assignments and final paper based on students´ own reading of the compulsory course literature. To all written papers students receive feedback from the teacher as well as from other students at the seminar.
Assessment methods
50% of the grade will be based on your active participation at the seminars.
50% of the grade will be based on the quality of your seminar assignments and final paper.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2015, Autumn 2017, Spring 2019.
  • Enrolment Statistics (Autumn 2016, recent)
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