This workshop will begin to identify different ways to teach students and conduct research that incorporates social justice from a multi-disciplinary perspective in order to find ways to link these theories to codes of professional ethics and the role of values that guide practice. This topic is particularly difficult for social work researchers because they are often trained as quantitative social and behavioral scientists. Consequently, may of our peers do not have a grounding in the theories of social justice from the humanities but are none the less expected to apply a social justice framework in teaching and research.
The roundtable will begin with a five minute summary of the literature in each of the areas and then will provide ample opportunity for discussion. The first presenter will identify key texts in Western philosophy that develop a framework for social justice. The second presenter will share legal standards for justice in the United States. Next, a presenter will examine the role social justice is uses as a framework for analyzing texts in literary criticism. Two speakers will discuss religion and social justice from three traditions: Catholicism, Islam and Judaism. The next speaker will present key moments in social justice history and the formal presentation will end with an analysis of social justice content in social policy textbooks.
The roundtable facilitator will generate two products from the roundtable audience: 1) strategies for promoting research on social justice education in social work and 2) recommendations for enhancing the teaching of social justice. The goal of this discussion is to provide a foundation of key concepts to be used by researchers, educators and practitioners to incorporate social justice perspectives in their areas of activities.