Course Information
Course title
International Social Work Practice 
Designated for
Curriculum Number
Curriculum Identity Number
Tuesday 2,3,4(9:10~12:10) 
Restriction: juniors and beyond
The upper limit of the number of students: 20.
The upper limit of the number of non-majors: 3. 
Course introduction video
Table of Core Capabilities and Curriculum Planning
Table of Core Capabilities and Curriculum Planning
Course Syllabus
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Course Description

As the global world is becoming more interconnected, and social issues more intersectional, NTU students are encouraged to expand the knowledge and skills in facing future challenges of their career and life. This course aims to provide a general introduction to global issues and related international social work practice. Theories and concepts, as well as values and ethics, are explained with illustration of various country reports. International lecturers are invited to speak in class. Specific international career opportunities are shared by social NGO's and economic NGO's.
There are two instructors for this course: Prof. Peishan Yang and Prof. Lih Rong Wang. Both instructors cooperatively designed this course, and shared the course contents according to their respective specialties.
Students are expected to play an active role in sharing their experiences and thoughts related to the weekly subjects. Students shall compose study groups and be responsible for final oral and written reports at the end of the semester.  

Course Objective
1. To expand students' perspectives for global social issues.
2. To engage students in international social work by introducing related policy and/or practice in various countries.
3. To upgrade students' preparedness for future career opportunities internationally.
4. To build students' capacity in report writing and oral presentations in English. 
Course Requirement
1. To participate in weekly class on time.
2. To participate actively in group projects.
3. To make a self study plan for this course and complete it.
4. To participate in group projects actively. 
Student Workload (expected study time outside of class per week)
3 hours per week 
Office Hours
Appointment required. Note: Students are encouraged to make appointments with any one of the two instructors or the teaching assistant in advance. 
To be provided by instructors and lecturers. 
Designated reading
Lawrence S., Lyons K., Simpson G., Huegler N.(2009) Introducing International Social Work. UK:SAGE.

Carolyn J. Tice, Dennis D. Long. (2009)
International Social Work Policy and Practice: Practical Insights and Perspectives. NY:Wiley. 
Explanations for the conditions
class participation 
Students are expected to play an active role in learning and sharing with instructors, lecturors and fellow students. 
bi-weekly brief reports 
Students are required to read at least one reading materials provided by instructors or lecturers/ or read or listen to their own interested feature report in any foreign country in two weeks period, and to write down a 150 words summary every two weeks. For the whole semester, each student shall hand in at least 5 summary reports. Each report will count for 4 final grade points. 
individual final report 
Each student shall make a self study plan (no more than 1 page) and hand in a final individual report (2000 to 3000 words) as the individual final report.(Due 12/16) 
group presentations 
Group presentations are composed of 1 oral presentation(1 hr) in class and 1 written report (under 5000 words) by the end of the semester, both in group format. Individual efforts will be evaluated and weighed.(Due 12/30) 
Week 1
9/06  What is international Social Work? Theories and concepts: Human dignity and human rights.
Students will be invited to share their interest fields of practice and issues. (Wang & Yang) 
Week 2
9/13  UN’s SDGs & 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
Introduction of ICSW and ICSW in Taiwan (Yang) 
Week 3
9/20  Innovating social work services in Metropolitan City of Hong Kong, presented by 4 HK scholars. (Wang) 
Week 4
9/27  Global issues I: Poverty, human trafficking, refugees, migration/immigrant workers/social inclusion (R. Ogawa, Wang)  
Week 5
10/04  Values and ethics for international social work: social justice and social inclusion, social protection, against xenophobia and ethnocentricism (Yang) 
Week 6
10/11  Global issues II: Gender issues, domestic violence, economic empowerment (Wang) 
Week 7
10/18  Global issues III: non-traditional threats and NTS in the context of ASEAN (Thamasaad University Prof. Pred Evans, Thailand; Yang) 
Week 8
10/25  Country issues and practice I (Raymond Chan): HK and UK  
Week 9
11/01  Country issues and practice II (Yang): Aging and Long term care in Taiwan and Korea 
Week 10
11/08  Country issues and practice III ( Wang): Australian social work practice 
Week 11
11/15  Field trip (community work): Wan-Hua District, Taipei City 
Week 12
11/22  Understanding Social NGOs and future international career opportunities (Wang, Japan) 
Week 13
11/29  Eden Foundation's International Work from a Social Development Perspective (Emma Li-Chia Lee, Prof. Yang) 
Week 14
12/06  Country issues and practice IV: Understanding Communist countries (Ahn Vu, Taiwan Fund for Children and Families, Prof. Yang) 
Week 15
12/13  Group presentations or semester conclusions/Future development of international social work  
Week 16
12/20  Semester review/ End of semester party