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Sociology and Social Work

Sociology and Social Work

207 pages | Learning Matters
Sociological perspectives and their application to social work are an inherent part of the QAA benchmark statements in the social work degree. In addition, graduates must understand how sociological perspectives can be used to dissect societal and structural influences on human behaviour at individual, group and community levels. This title answers the need for a clear, core text which integrates the areas of sociology and social work. Carefully constructed to be accessible to beginners in the discipline, it links sociological concepts, debates and theories to subject benchmarks, social work occupational standards and codes of practice.
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Moral panics
Looking back, looking forwards: The relevance of sociology for social work

"Excellent links between key sociological concepts and practical aspects of social work"- George Heyes (Lecturer, Bolton Community College)

Easily understandable book and useful for both students and practitioners.

Useful case studies that help link the context of practice.

Ms Ikedola Animashaun
Social Work, Brunel University
November 25, 2013

A useful introduction

Philip Gilligan
Dept of Social Sciences & Humanities, Bradford University
January 22, 2013

Helps students on placement relate to the sociological perspective impacting on the circumstances of service users and carers

Mrs Marie Ramsden
Department of Social Work, Hull University
December 4, 2012

Very accessible style. Great examples and case studies. Has been useful in supporting students to begin to understand the wider social context of social care.

Mrs Emma Johnson
Education, South Staffordshire College
March 27, 2012

Jo Cunningham

Jo Cunningham is a Principal Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Central Lancashire and programme leader of the BA Social Work. Jo has taught sociology and social work practice for a number of years. Before commencing her lecturing career, Jo was a social worker in the area of children and families. Research interests include childhood accidents and child death, and more recently the practice implications of asylum policy for professionals, children and their families. More About Author

Steve Cunningham

Steve Cunningham is a Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Central Lancashire. He has taught sociology at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. His research interests are focused on the sociology of childhood, children’s rights, and, more recently, the impact of asylum policies on the welfare of refugee children, and he is the author of numerous publications in these areas. More About Author

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