Social Justice and the Capabilities Approach: Seeking a Global Blueprint for the EPAS

Juliana Carlson, Hoa Nguyen, James Reinardy

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Abstract

The concept of social justice shapes several of the competencies and practice behaviors of the Council of Social Work Education’s Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS). Furthermore, a global perspective guides the social work profession and influences its educational programs. A number of social work scholars have adopted the capabilities approach, as defined by economist Amartya Sen and political scientist Martha Nussbaum, as a globally relevant social justice framework. This article builds on this scholarship, suggesting that the capabilities approach provides a blueprint to rethink and conceptualize the EPAS social justice pedagogy in the global context. Teaching illustrations integrating the capabilities approach in an EPAS curriculum are offered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)269-282
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Social Work Education
Volume52
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2 2016

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