Social Work in a Global World: Opportunities for Innovation (SoWGloW)

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The project’s main goal is to prepare social work students to contribute with innovative and sustainable solutions to challenges relevant at a global level, concretely policymaking and advocacy to cater for citizens’ needs; mental health resources and challenges; social innovation and entrepreneurship for work inclusion.


For USN, a major challenge is to develop courses relevant to international students at BA-level. For our partner, California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) a major challenge is to facilitate international exchange as many of their students are in precarious economic circumstances.

To provide international perspectives and learning environments to a maximum number of students, our emphasis in this project is first on developing a portfolio of digital
learning resources. This portfolio will be used when conducting the course at USN and to facilitate mutual online learning environments for students not travelling. The project is tailored to contribute to a sustainable climate but also enables travel for a restricted number of staff and students.

There are five main project activities and associated expected results:

1) Strengthen the collaboration between USN and CSUDH by engaging in student and faculty exchange throughout and beyond the project period.

2) Jointly, with extensive student participation, design, develop and implement a
15 ECTS course, comprised of four English-language 3,75 ECTS modules to incoming students at USN and to students participating online.

3) Include students from other partner institutions in student exchange and collaborative online international learning (COIL), for instance within the Erasmus
network SocNet98 including 18 partner universities.

4) Develop a portfolio of sustainable digital learning resources disseminated open access and integrated in BA-programs at USN (“Barnevern”; “Vernepleie”)
and CSUDH (“Human services”).

5) Document and disseminate project resources and outcomes to other universities, to social work practitioners internationally, and to academia.

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Project title: Social Work in a Global World: Opportunities for Innovation (SoWGloW)

Project coordinator: Steinar Vikholt

Partners: 


Fields of education and training: Social work

Project period: 08/2021 - 07/2025

Funding: 3 000 000 NOK from the Diku programme UTFORSK

An important aim of UTFORSK is to strengthen higher education for a sustainable future. The programme supports the establishment of long-term partnerships between Norway and Brazil, Canada, China, India, Japan, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, and the USA