SPR470 Gender Perspectives in Social Work Practice

Faculty of Social Studies
Spring 2017
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 8 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Mgr. Magda Frišaufová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Kristýna Pešáková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Kateřina Kubalčíková, 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 22. 2. 11:30–13:00 P21, Wed 1. 3. 11:30–13:00 P21, Wed 8. 3. 11:30–13:00 P21, Wed 15. 3. 11:30–13:00 P21, Wed 22. 3. 11:30–13:00 U34, Wed 29. 3. 11:30–13:00 U34, Wed 5. 4. 11:30–13:00 U34, Wed 12. 4. 11:30–13:00 P21, Wed 19. 4. 11:30–13:00 U34, Wed 26. 4. 11:30–13:00 U34, Wed 3. 5. 11:30–13:00 U34, Wed 10. 5. 11:30–13:00 U34, Wed 17. 5. 11:30–13:00 U34
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 20 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 2/20, only registered: 0/20
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
there are 6 fields of study the course is directly associated with, display
Course objectives
Goals of the course:
The course has three main goals.
The first goal is to gain theoretical knowledge of gender and feminist theory and the role it has played in development of social policy and social work theory and practice. Attention will be given also to the intersectionality approach and critical social work theory, which are both useful for developing gender sensitive social work practice that responds to the specific needs of the clients, but also enables understanding of their problems on a structural, rather than only individual level. Although gender here is seen as a crucial structural characteristic, attention will also be given to other social categories such as class, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation and the role they play in different situations and settings as a basis of advantage as well as oppression. Within gender theory, more attention is given to women as a specific group, however the course is focusing also on men, both in the role of social workers as well as clients with specific issues and needs which should be addressed.
The second goal of the course is to learn how gender theory can be practically applied to understanding specific issues such as criminality, domestic violence, homelessness, drug use, involvement in the sex industry, parenting etc. This goal will be fulfilled especially through seminars where students will discuss principles of gender sensitive social work practice with various target groups of clients and in various forms of social services and institutions.
The third goal of the course is to develop and improve writing skills of short academic papers, which will be fulfilled through seminar assignments and final paper. The learning process will be strengthened by feedback which will be given by the teacher as well as by the students themselves at the seminars.
Learning outcomes
Learning outcomes:
By the end of the course students will be able to:
- identify and critically reflect feminist and gender theory contribution to contemporary social work theory and practice;
- understand the role that gender and other social categories play in social work practice;
- employ the gender perspective in social work practice with clients and in social work organizations;
- employ gender perspective in their further studies;
- write short academic papers, using proper form, structure and quotation standards.
  • Gender theory and its influence on social policy and social work
  • Gender sensitive social work
  • Gender perspectives in social work practice / specific issues and target groups
  • Guest lectures and seminars: social work with homeless women, violence against men from gender perspective, social work and LGBTQ, social work with female drug users, feminist participatory action research,
    recommended literature
  • Young, Iris Marion 1994. Punishment, Treatment, Empowerment: Three Approaches to Policy for Pregnant Addicts. Feminist Studies, Vol. 20, No. 1, 32-57.
  • Thompson, Neil 2006. Anti-discriminatory Practice. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Sainsbury, Diane (ed.). 1999. Gender and welfare state regimes. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
  • Staunæs, Dorthe 2003. Where have all the subjects gone? Bringing together the concepts of subjectification and intersectionality. NORA - Nordic Journal of Women Studies, 11 (2): 101-110.
  • DOMINELLI, Lena. Feminist social work theory and practice. 1st pub. Houndmills: Palgrave, 2002. x, 193 s. ISBN 0-333-77154-0. info
  • FOOK, Jan. Social work : critical theory and practice. London: SAGE, 2002. vii, 179. ISBN 076197251X. info
  • Practice and research in social work : postmodern feminist perspectives. Edited by Barbara Fawcett. 1st pub. London: Routledge, 2000. xi, 201 s. ISBN 0-415-19511-X. info
  • HEALY, Karen. Social work practices : contemporary perspectives on change. Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications, 2000. ix, 165. ISBN 0761962727. info
  • Transforming social work practice : postmodern critical perspectives. Edited by Bob Pease - Jan Fook. 1st pub. London: Routledge, 1999. xii, 234. ISBN 0415216478. info
  • ADAMS, Robert. Social work and empowerment. 1st ed. Houndmills: Macmillan Press, 1996. xvii, 221. ISBN 0-333-65809-4. info
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

• Attendance
Attendance at the lectures and seminars is compulsory. One absence per semester is allowed.

• Seminar Assignments
- Before each seminar you should write a short assignment briefly addressing several questions, drawing on the compulsory literature for that seminar. The list of recommended and compulsory literature, together with the assignment questions and deadline you can find in document ´Schedule and reading list´.
- The seminar assignment must be uploaded to odevzdávárna/homework vault in the Information system no later than on the deadline date.

• Compensation
- If you miss a seminar or a lecture for second time, or upload your seminar assignment late please talk to the teacher about the form of compensation for your absence or late submission.

40% of the grade will be based on your active participation at the lectures and seminars. 60% of the grade will be based on the quality of your seminar assignments and final paper.

Assignments and papers which do not fulfill the requirements (content, length, or quotation standards) will fail and you will have to rewrite them. Likewise if you submit a paper late it counts as a fail. In total you are allowed to fail three times during the entire course.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016.
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