SOCIAL WORK 4.0? THE FOURTH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION AND SOCIAL WORK EDUCATION: A SOUTH AFRICAN PERSPECTIVE

  • Mohamed Safodien University of the Western Cape
Keywords: digital era, e-social work, Fourth Industrial Revolution, social work education, social work informatics, social work profession

Abstract

The First and Second Industrial Revolutions created significant disruptions in the social life and economic activities of human societies globally. Traditionally, social work practice has had a strong “face-to-face” foundation. Emerging technologies in the Third and Fourth Industrial Revolutions such as computers, mobile technologies, big data, internet of things, artificial intelligence and virtual reality are now creating a potential disruption in the traditional practice of social work. The emergence of e-social work and social work informatics broadens the scope of practice of social work in the 21st century. This article will examine the implications for social work education.

Author Biography

Mohamed Safodien, University of the Western Cape
Department of Social Work
Published
2021-08-29
Section
Articles