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VNU - The Law and Social Work with Disadvantaged Groups

Time: 27 July, 2009 - 05 August, 2009
Location: College of Social Sciences and Humanities - Viet Nam Nat. Univ.


This course will provide a general overview of various disadvantaged groups, including their circumstances and challenges in the context of contemporary society. Examples of groups explored include those defined by socioeconomic status, race and ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation, age, health status and disability, and others affected by social and cultural conditions. Potential social work strategies relevant to these groups are also discussed.

By the end of the course students will be expected to:

- Define "disadvantaged groups", understand basic theories explaining disadvantage, and identify major issues which lead to disadvantage;

- Discuss particular groups and their characteristics in the context of contemporary society;

- Discuss examples of laws, policies, and cultural/social expectations that affect disadvantaged groups;

- Identify and critically evaluate potential social work strategies relevant to disadvantaged groups;

- Apply a social work and transcultural perspective to understanding and working with disadvantaged groups.

The links below are to key documents and readings related to the course.