This course will examine key issues affecting the well-being of children and youth from a global perspective. Serious challenges to global child well-being include lack of access to education, family violence, war and displacement. We start with concepts of healthy development and developmental risk from an American perspective, examining key issues from ecological and human rights perspectives. We consult available child welfare indicators, and identify cultural and societal factors that create developmental risk and also opportunities for protection. The theme of risk and resilience will be integrated throughout the course as major challenges are examined. Models of effective interventions to promote positive development for at risk youth will be identified from the perspective of a range of countries visited.
Field WorkCountry: China
Date: February 5, 2017
To expose students to child welfare issues in a Chinese context, and to review with Chinese social work faculty and students the programs and policies to assist children at risk. The field class will meet with Chinese social work students and faculty from New York University China Program in Shanghai, and visit one or more agencies/programs
1. Learn from local hosts about child welfare challenges in China
2. Observe program and learn about policies to address child welfare challenge
3. Critically evaluate strategies to promote child development/address child need