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Understanding Human Rights
An Exercise Book

First Edition

Courses:
Social Welfare

May 2006 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Understanding Human Rights: An Exercise Book provides a concise, hands-on roadmap for learning about human rights within a social work context. By illustrating the importance of human rights to the social work profession with understandable explanations and exercises, author Elisabeth Reichert highlights why social workers need to embrace the concept of human rights.  

Key Features:
  • Recognizes the importance of human rights: Recent policy statements by the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) and National Association of Social Workers (NASW) emphasize the need to educate social work students and professionals about human rights. This is the first book to incorporate a broad-based approach to the teaching of human rights, without lengthy, academic discussions of human rights principles.
  • Applies human rights principles: An accessible discussion of human rights topics and themes is provided to help students translate human rights concepts into social work practice. This book helps students identify human rights, recognize the value of human rights, analyze human rights, and take action to realize human rights.
  • Provides analytical tools: Each chapter begins with a major human rights theme, followed by exercises to assist students in understanding the discussion. The book aims to make human rights concepts real and adaptable to everyday circumstances. An interactive approach to learning about human rights is offered to generate true enthusiasm to and give students a working knowledge of this extremely important topic. 
 

Intended Audience: This book is an ideal supplemental text for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses on policy, practice, and advanced generalist practice in the field of social work, as well as an excellent resource for social work practitioners.

 
Introduction
Why Human Rights and Social Work?

 
Human Rights and Law

 
Purpose of This Book

 
Outline of Book

 
Teaching Human Rights and Social Work

 
 
Ch. 1: What Are Human Rights?
Definition of Human Rights

 
Three Sets of Human Rights

 
Human Rights Terms

 
Enforcement of Human Rights

 
Exercises

 
 
Ch. 2: Beginnings of Human Rights
Evolution of the Human Rights Framework

 
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

 
Social Workers and Development of Human Rights

 
Exercises

 
 
Ch. 3: Building the Foundation: Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Opening Statement

 
Summary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

 
Exercises

 
Taking the Human Rights Temperature of Your Community

 
 
Ch. 4: Beyond the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights

 
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

 
Conclusion

 
Exercises

 
 
Ch. 5: Human Rights and Vulnerable Groups
What is a Vulnerable Group?

 
Women as a Vulnerable Group

 
Children as a Vulnerable Group

 
Victims of Racism as a Vulnerable Group

 
Persons With Disabilities as a Vulnerable Group

 
Persons With HIV-AIDS as a Vulnerable Group

 
Older Persons as a Vulnerable Group

 
Gays and Lesbians as a Vulnerable Group

 
Conclusion

 
Exercises

 
 
Ch. 6: Cultural Relativism
Guidelines for Analyzing Cultural Relativism

 
Cultural Relativism - This Era's Facism?

 
Exercises

 
 
Ch. 7: Human Rights and Ethics
NASW Code of Ethics

 
IFSW and Ethics

 
Human Rights and Ethics

 
Exercises

 
 
Ch. 8: Social Work Practice and Human Rights
Preliminary Foundation for Applying Human Rights

 
Exercises

 
 
Ch. 9: The International Side of Human Rights and Social Work
International Human Rights Issues

 
Exercises

 
 
Conclusion
 
Appendixes
 
References

"In Understanding Human Rights: An Exercise Book, Elisabeth Reichert has written a basic introduction to human rights specifically for social workers and faculty who teach in this field. The book is clearly written and has a very practical orientation towards the subject of human rights that will engage many readers."

Debrah L. DeLaet
Drake University
Key features

 

 

This book will help students in:

 

a.        Defining human rights;

b.        Understanding why human rights is more encompassing than social justice;

c.        Relating articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to social work and human service practice;

d.        Understanding the history of human rights;

e.        Comprehending human rights documents and connecting them to current situations (e.g., Convention of the Right of the
   Child);

f.         Understanding the tension between cultural relativism and human rights;

g.        Connecting ethics to human rights and how these areas translate into practice;

h.        Understanding social development and human rights; and,

i.         Understanding how different cultural approaches and political motives can lead to dilemmas within human rights.

 

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Chapter 3

Chapter 5


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