By: Candis Hardin
Entering a new country opened my eyes to a whole new world. Along with a new area from an international social work perspective, it is important to look at the culture and history of a particular area. In Spain, there is a major influence of the Catholic religion and Gothic architecture from years ago which still stand and help make up the beautiful country that stands here today.
Today, we as a group were able to view Santa Maria del Mar, a cathedral in Barcelona that embodied history and culture all in one structure. The 14th century Catalan Gothic architecture of the Santa Maria also had historical roots in how much Catholicism has influenced the people of Spain. In the past, people belonging to the Catholic belief believed the closer you were buried to the church, the closer you would be to entering Heaven once Christ had risen. In Santa Maria del Mar, there are still graves that lay beneath the church as you tour within. From the events today, I feel that we were able to see the importance of the social development perspective as part of the international social work practice model.