Engaging in critical consciousness in social work education: reflections from a student-academic international refugee activist project

Diane Jones, Vanessa Page, Hannah Patterson, Emily Streener, Ruth Hamilton, Sofia Dedotsi

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Engaging in critical consciousness has been central for anti-oppressive practice in social work education. This article presents reflections on migration and (anti-) oppressive social work practices based on a student-academic activist project beginning in the North-East (NE) of England. The project involved MA social work students and two academics from a NE university, organizing a series of events aimed at raising awareness in relation to the refugee crisis. In addition, the project crucially involved a study trip to Athens, Greece, where the discussions with frontline professionals, refugee activists and social work students were utilized as an opportunity for co-learning and anti-oppressive praxis. Using Freire’s (1970, 1994) analysis for oppression and critical consciousness, understandings of social work across international boundaries and contexts of practice were developed, revealing the need for social work education to undertake a more activist and politicized approach.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalSocial Work Education
Early online date28 Feb 2023
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 28 Feb 2023

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