Promoting social change and addressing social injustice are embedded in social work practice, as reflected in the global definition of social work by the International Federation of Social Workers(IFSW). This global definition of social work, adopted by the Singapore Association for Social Workers (SASW), also states the core values of social work that are based on the respect for equality,worth and dignity of all people. This course aims to discuss the different types of advocacy in social work and the ways in which effective social advocacy can be carried out, based on the needs of thepeople whom social workers serve. In particular, the effectiveness of social advocacy efforts in Singapore is dependent on a deep appreciation of the historical, social, economic, political, legal andcultural contexts unique to the country. Comparative advocacy work in other countries will be explored. Effectiveness of advocacy efforts is also dependent on ethical and anti-oppressive socialwork principles that look beyond the social worker as the “expert”, to acknowledging clients as the experts in being responsible for their own lives.
Credit Units: 5
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