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KEY FEATURES: • Realistic cases with engaging fictional stories prepare students for the types of issues and situations they will confront in their social work careers. • A foundational section midway through each case provides critical background information needed to better understand relevant social issues so students are prepared to consider the dilemmas from an informed position. • Discussion questions challenge students to think critically about vital issues, weigh the advantages and disadvantages of competing solutions, explore policy alternatives, and grapple with realities such as the unintended consequences of any decision. • A critical analysis writing assignment accompanying each case requires students to demonstrate an understanding of the issue, take a stand on it, and back up their position with evidence from the case.


I have been a fan of using case studies since I started teaching 18 years ago, in part because as a student I enjoyed them. My experience, which is consistent with research on case studies, is that students are more invested when teaching methods require them to be engaged in figuring out how to deal with challenging dilemmas. This is exactly what cases do and why the case method is widely used in social work education. If you like hands-on, active learning, being able to relate concepts to your personal and future professional life, provocative examples that make you think, and gaining a deeper understanding of issues that challenges how you think about them, this is the book for you.

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