This course aims to develop students' understanding of, and commitment to, working with individuals, families, groups and communities to further social justice. It explores theoretical and conceptual approaches to social transformation, political engagement, and personal and public advocacy from an historical and current viewpoint. There is a strong emphasis on developing students¿ practical skills and confidence in advocacy and social action. The changing political landscape and its impact on traditional notions of social work in social action and community work will also be considered. Current practice and contemporary models for practice will be introduced, taking into consideration key aspects such as globalisation, neo-liberalism and post-colonialism.