In the field of Social Work, you may be asked to write in a variety of forms-- research proposals and reports, academic essays, case studies, and reflective writings, for example-- and for a variety of audiences-- for example, your professors, your colleagues, or public agencies. As in any discipline, it is essential to understand the forms of writing common in your field.
This page is dedicated to the types of writing required in Social Work. While many elements of writing in Social Work overlap with other fields (for example, the basic form of the essay) and are addressed elsewhere in this LibGuide, other forms are particular to Social Work (for example, critical reflective writing). The Writing Centre has tutors familiar with the work in your field. If you need help in addition to what you find here, please contact us.
Material on the Social Work page created by Linda Macdonald and Robin Greene
Social Work courses often require writing that combines the use of secondary sources with reflexive writing. This student paper exemplifies many of the qualities of a good paper in Social Work.
The assignment was to look at an author and theory, to apply this theory to a particular group, and to reflect on one's own interactions with that group. The sample is annotated, offering comments on the techniques and organisational strategies the writer employs.