ERIC Number: ED237390
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Applied Sociology and Social Work.
During the early decades of social science in the United States, the strong applied emphasis in sociology and the mutual interest of sociology and social work in social reform made these disciplines nearly indistinguishable. The dissolution in 1909 of the American Social Science Association began a period of divergence between the two disciplines that continued until recent decades, when the two disciplines began converging again. The trend in undergraduate education today toward applied sociology curricula should increase the advantages of cooperation for both sociology and social work. For example, social work students will be more effective practitioners if they are exposed to sociological theories and concepts that can be translated into terms usable in social work practice. Four obstacles to cooperation are conceptions of differences between the two disciplines, overlapping interests of the two disciplines which blur disciplinary boundaries, competition for students, and departmental politics which impede cooperation in combined departments. Alternative paths to cooperation include merging applied sociology and social work into a single program, making social work courses available as options for applied sociology students, and incorporating social work courses as electives in the applied sociology program. (RM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Applied Sociology
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (Detroit, MI, August 31-September 4, 1983).