Posted on Wednesday 14th May 2014
Social Work students on the BA and MA qualifying programmes at Birmingham, together with a young service user contributor, have recently returned from a successful and enjoyable Erasmus exchange trip with Georg Simon Ohm University in Nuremburg.
During their time in Nuremburg, the Birmingham students participated alongside German students in workshops and seminars on global citizenship and identity; the political role of social work in challenging oppression (with the particular reference to the rise of neo-fascism within Bavaria); and the role of service users in social work education in the UK. They also visited a refugee centre and the Nazi rally ground and Documentation Centre, which informed their discussions on persecution, migration and asylum.
Staying with Nuremburg students and participating in a Bavarian group meal, provided further opportunities for informal discussions and the chance to develop a deeper understanding of the culture and approach to social issues and social work practice.
This exchange offered an important insight into social work practice overseas and created a space where new networks of friendship, support and professional understanding could be created, and no doubt carried forward into practice upon qualification.
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