The Rhetoric is Easier than the Reality: A Case Study in International Social Work Education

By Kerry Brydon and Maxwell John Liddell.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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In 2003 the Department of Social Work from an Australian University embarked on the delivery of an offshore educational programme in collaboration with an offshore agent. While there were compelling reasons according to the University mission statement for undertaking this venture, it soon became evident that the mission statement reasons about the merits of international education offered little guidance for the reality of providing an educational programme specifically targeted at an offshore audience. There are dilemmas about a range of pedagogical issues as well as inherent tensions from the perspective of offering a professional degree. This paper will highlight some of these issues with a view outlining some of the learning to date.

Keywords: International Student Experiences, Offshore Education

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp.87-102. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.201MB).

Kerry Brydon

Lecturer, Department of Social Work, Monash University, Melboourne, Victoria, Australia

Ms. Brydon is a qualified social worker with many years in direct practice. For the past four years she has been the coordinator of the offshore degree offered by the Department of Social Work. Through this, and her higher degree studies, she has developed a keen interest in the area of international education and the experience of both students and academics engaged in international education.

Dr. Maxwell John Liddell

Associate Professor, Department of Social Work, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

I have been a social work academic for 17 years. Before that I had extensive experience as a practitioner, manager, researcher and lobbyist in family and children’s services. Currently I teach social work students from undergraduate to PhD level. My research is into the history of child welfare in Australia, current child welfare policy developments, and community development at the local level.


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