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 fully-revised second edition includes a new chapter on social class and welfare and is mapped to the new Professional Capabilities Framework for Social Work.
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. 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.
Developing a sociological imagination: Debunking society Poverty and social work users Social exclusion, sociology and social work Families Community Moral Panics Education Social class Looking back, looking forwards: The relevance of sociology for social work