Social Work Education

Voices from the Asia Pacific


Edited by Carolyn Noble, Mark Henrickson & In Young Han

The Asia Pacific region is vast, with half the world’s population, and arguably the greatest diversity of cultures on earth. It encompasses vast land areas with dense populations, and a vast water area, with smaller scattered populations.

Throughout the region, social work is in various stages of maturity as an academic discipline and a profession. This book brings to life the experiences of its social work educators: describing the challenges of social work education in Australia, Burma, China, Fiji, Hong Kong, Korea, Nepal, New Zealand and the Philippines; arguing that international social work belongs in the core curriculum of every social work education programme.

Social work educators will find this volume useful, not only for their students, but to remind themselves of their international context. Such an international perspective is the next step in the remarkable evolution of social work: from the 19th century urban slums to networking for justice in the contemporary world.


Social Work Education: Voices from the Asia Pacific is a response to the need for social work educators and practitioners to enhance their cultural competence in social work. This book covers various social work issues including current challenges, education and practice, cultural diversity, gender issues, advocacy, social action and human rights, on which social work profession must pay special attention. I am convinced that this book will broaden your perspectives and deepen your professional insights on social work in the Asia Pacific.” – Soung-Yee Kim, President, Asian and Pacific Association for Social Work Education.

Author Bios:

Carolyn Noble, PhD is a Professor and Head of Social Work at Victoria University, Melbourne.

Mark Henrickson, PhD, RSW, is a senior lecturer in social work at Massey University, Auckland.

In Young Han, PhD is Professor of the Graduate School of Social Welfare at Ewha Womans University in Seoul, and the President of the Korean Academy of Social Welfare.

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