Global and transnational social work, 15 credits (745A33)

Global and transnational social work, 15 hp

Main field of study

Social Work


Second cycle

Course type

Programme course


Mona Livholts

Course coordinator

Mona Livholts

Director of studies or equivalent

Gunilla Petersson
Course offered for Semester Weeks Language Campus VOF
F7YSC Social Work Programme 7 (Autumn 2019) v201935-202003 Swedish Norrköping v

Main field of study

Social Work

Course level

Second cycle

Advancement level


Course offered for

  • Social Work Programme

Entry requirements

Admission to the course requires knowledge equivalent to at least 150 credits in social work or equivalent relevant discipline. Documented knowledge of English equivalent to Engelska B/Engelska 6; internationally recognized test, e.g. TOEFL (minimum scores: Paper based 575 + TWE-score 4.5, and internet based 90), IELTS, academic (minimum score: Overall band 6.5 and no band under 5.5), or equivalent.

Intended learning outcomes

After completion of the course the student should on an advanced level be able to:
- identify and evaluate social work responses to social problems, crises and situations of social vulnerability in a globalized world
- identify and critically reflect on theoretical, methodological and ethical problems in relation to global and transnational social work
- describe and explain different transnational patterns of living in different local and global contexts
- explain relevant law and legislations and relate them to global and transnational social work
- discuss, critically analyse and evaluate social development and humanitarian aid

Course content

In the course three aspects are focused on: Globalisation of social problems and solutions of social problems, Social work without borders and To live transnational lives,. Both individual and structural perspectives will be applied through examining different examples, such as in situations characterized by crisis and conflicts.
In the course different methods and ways of organizing social work in global contexts are also examined. .Social work as societal and welfare work, and various roles of social workers are highlighted. Within this framework, real projects where both formal and volunteers organizations are actors and partners, will be analysed. Further, theory building within global and transnational social work will be discussed. Special emphasis will be given to discussing ethical dilemmas, for example, contexts where authorities/social workers may be challenged in their national professional identity and capacity. International conventions on human rights and relevant EU – legislation will also be treated in the course.

Teaching and working methods

The teaching will be done in the forms of lectures, seminars and individual or group course assignments which may be both written and oral. Project work will be carried out in smaller groups. Apart from this the student will carry out self-studies. Teaching language is English.


The course is graded through completed course assignments, active participation in the seminars, a take home exam, and a project work. Detailed information is found in the Student Handbook.

Students failing an exam covering either the entire course or part of the course twice are entitled to have a new examiner appointed for the reexamination.

Students who have passed an examination may not retake it in order to improve their grades.


Three-grade scale, U, G, VG

Other information

Planning and implementation of a course must take its starting point in the wording of the syllabus. The course evaluation included in each course must therefore take up the question how well the course agrees with the syllabus. The course is carried out in such a way that both men´s and women´s experience and knowledge is made visible and developed.

Planning and implementation of a course must take its starting point in the wording of the syllabus. The course evaluation included in each course must therefore take up the question how well the course agrees with the syllabus. 

The course is carried out in such a way that both men´s and women´s experience and knowledge is made visible and developed.


Institutionen för samhälls- och välfärdsstudier
Global and Transnational Social Work 745A33(35) Literature list Autumn 2019 Mandatory literature Chambon, A. (2013) Recognising the Other, Understanding the Other: A Brief History of Social Work and Otherness, Nordic Social Work Research, 3(2): 120-129. Dominelli, L. (2014) Promoting environmental justice through green social work practice: A key challenge for practitioners and educators, International Social Work, 57(4), 338–345. Dominelli, L. (2010) Globalization, Contemporary Challenges and Social Work Practice, International Social Work, 53(5): 599-612. Ehrenreich, B. and Russell Hochschild, A. (2003) Global Woman: Nannies, Maids and Sex Workers in the New Economy, Henry Holt and Company. (Introduction and two selective chapters). Eisenberg, E. & Jabaren, Y. (2016) Social Sustainability: A New Conceptual Framework. Sustainability, 9(68): 1-16. Furman, B. et al. (2012) The criminalization of immigration: Value conflicts for the social work profession, Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 39(1): 169-185. Graham, M. J. (2017) Reflective Thinking in Social Work. Learning from Student Narratives. London: Routledge. Ioakimidis, V. (2015) The Two Faces of Janus: Rethinking Social Work in the Context of Conflict, Social Dialogue, 3 (10), 6-11. International Social Work (2016) Special Issue: Sámi Social Work, 59(5). (Editorial and one elective article). Livholts, M & Bryant L (2017) (Eds.) Social Work in a Glocalised World. London: Routledge. (272 pages). Lundgren Stenbom, E. & Turunen, P. (2018). Community art with young people in a divided residential area in Sweden - the emergence of Art-PIMPA. Community Development Journal, 53 (3), 446-464. 10.1093/cdj/bsy020 Lundberg, A., & Lind J. (2017) Technologies of Displacement and Children’s Right to Asylum in Sweden, Human Rights Review, 18(2), 189-208. Mehrotra, G (2010) Toward a Continuum of Intersectionality Theorizing for Feminist Social Work Scholarship Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work 25(4): 417-430. Nissen, L. B. (2017) Art and Social Work: History and Collaborative Possibilities for Interdisciplinary Synergy, Research on Social Work Practice, 1-10. Olivier-Mensah, C., Schröer, W. & Schweppe, C. (2017) Social work transnationally revisited, Transnational Social Review, 7(2): 123-128: Pease, B (2010) Undoing Privilege. Unearned Advantage in a Divided World, London: Zed Books. Ranta –Tyrkkö, S. (2011) High time for postcolonial analysis in social work, Nordic Social Work Research 1(1): 25-41. Righard, E., and P. Boccagni. (2015) Mapping the theoretical foundations of the social work migration nexus, Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies, 13.3: 229-244. Robertson. R. (1994) Globalisation or glocalisation?, The Journal of International Communication, 1(1), 33-52. Documents CSWE. (2012). The Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development Commitment to Action 2012.: The Global definition of Social Work: work/ The rights of all children in the context of international migration (CRC 2012): per.pdf UN Sustainable Development Goals: Films Eshagian, T (2011) Love Crimes of Kabul. Moodysson, L. (2009). Mammoth. Sonet Film: DVD-film. Talks and documentaries Adiche, C N The Danger of a Single Story. Berger, J Ways of Seeing/ Episode 1, 2, 3, 4. Brene Brown: The Power of Vulnerability and Listening to Shame Leigh Anne Francis: What Clinical Social Workers Should Know About Their Clients Leigh Anne Francis: A Historical Perspective on Social Work and Race Racism – A history, BBC. Three parts: (ENG) Del 1: Del 2: Del 3: Elective literature Each student makes use of elective literature for a literary seminar and the project work in consultancy with the course leader.
INL2 Project work U, G, VG 6 credits
EXM2 Take home exam U, G, VG 3 credits
OBL3 Study visit U, G 1 credits
SE12 Seminars 10 U, G 0.5 credits
SE11 Seminars 9 U, G 0.5 credits
SE10 Seminars 8 U, G 0.5 credits
SEM9 Seminars 7 U, G 0.5 credits
SEM8 Seminars 6 U, G 0.5 credits
SEM7 Seminars 5 U, G 0.5 credits
SEM6 Seminars 4 U, G 0.5 credits
SEM5 Seminars 3 U, G 0.5 credits
SEM4 Seminars 2 U, G 0.5 credits
SEM3 Seminars 1 U, G 0.5 credits

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