This course will examine key issues affecting the well-being of children and youth from a global perspective. The interface of cultural values with dominant areas of social concern will be considered within the contexts of family, school, and community. Childhood socialization during an era of rapid global change will be explored, and particular attention will be given to gender issues. The theme of risk and resilience will be integrated throughout the course as major challenges and opportunities for children and youth are addressed. Models of effective intervention for at-risk youth will be explored, and factors related to positive development will be identified. In addition, current initiatives and resources in global education will be introduced. Students will have opportunities to observe and interact directly with children and youth from diverse cultures during field experiences.
Field WorkCountry: Ecuador
Day: 1 - Thursday, 1 December
“Aldeas SOS” is an independent organization of social development, which works with thousands of children at risk around the world. They seek to give them the opportunity to enjoy a happy childhood characterized by positive experiences. “Aldeas SOS” has been working in Ecuador since 1963 and has helped to transform the life of many children and families. They work for the rights of children, specifically for the right of children to live in a family. They work on behalf of abandoned children or whose families are unable to care for them. They give these children the opportunity to build lasting relationships within a family. Our field class will occur in Guayaquil, Ecuador. We will visit one of the Aldeas (villages) SOS and learn about the ways in which they work with children and teenagers from impoverished neighborhoods. We will have an opportunity to discuss how these issues are similar and different from the issues in the home country of the students in the class. A translator will be provided to enable students to interact, have conversations and/or interview children and their “mothers”. While we are at the Aldea, we will engage in a service project of the Aldea’s choice. Observations and interactions will be directed towards meeting specific goals identified prior to the visit. Each student will write a reflection paper about his or her time at the center. The paper will be 3 pages double spaced and follow an outline given in class. This reflection paper will be due on B22. Learning objectives:
- To learn about Aldeas SOS in Ecuador and the services they provide for children and teenagers from impoverished neighborhoods
- To interact and work with a group of children and teenagers of Ecuador
- To examine Aldeas SOS in Ecuador as an opportunity for international involvement working with children and/or youth.