When I first began this blog during my Social Work Masters, I was motivated to explore social issues through the double lens of sociology and social work, and to employ a critical lens to taken-for-granted norms and normative practices that perpetuate inequality. After fervently contributing to my blog for a whole year (while studying!), I… Continue reading Discourses of dementia: dismantling deficit-based narratives
Recently I have become re-inspired by sociology. Despite studying a Masters of Social Work, I have not explicitly sought to read sociological theory since my undergrad finished in 2014. However, currently I am researching for my Child Safety field placement in Queensland, and have stumbled across, and become fascinated by, sociologist Ulrich Beck’s theorizing on reflexive modernity… Continue reading Mechanisms of Managerialism in a Risk Society
This semester, one of my units is Social Work Across the Lifespan, a particularly useful class that assesses the ways in which humans develop from birth to end of life. The course has thus far focused on a multidimensional framework for social work, with the apt assigned textbook: Understanding Human Development: A Multidimensional Approach, by Louise Harms.1 Harms is… Continue reading Understanding Human Development – Louise Harms
The following is a guest post by Melanie Ralph, a high school English and Drama teacher in Brisbane, Australia. You can also read her blog, Lustre Education, here. When reminiscing back to your sexual education experience in school, what images and emotions come to mind? At my regional Queensland high school in the late-1990s, sexual education… Continue reading No Hidden Agenda: ‘Safe Schools’ Simply Promotes Safer Schools.
I have a love/hate relationship with magazines. They allure me so, and I cannot help myself from buying at least one when I’m in a magazine store. Admittedly, I often leave with two. I’m like a kid in a candy store who can’t pick which lolly they like the most, ogling the aisles in indecisive turmoil. Yet,… Continue reading -isms con’t: Kylie Jenner, Lego and Ableism
Violence against women goes by many monikers: domestic violence, dating violence, spousal abuse, intimate partner violence, family violence, wife battering and rape, to name a few. So what is the unifying feature between the various forms of violence against women? According to the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW), gender inequality is at the core of violence against… Continue reading Contributing to the Conversation re: Violence Against Women
When I decided to do my Masters of Social Work, I had nightmarish recollections of the burnout I’d experienced during my undergrad. I spent semester after semester toiling over assignments, years sacrificing weekends, and repeatedly asked the universe if my degree would ever end. I was determined to enjoy being a grad student and still… Continue reading Self Care: Keeping Burnout at Bay