This course will explore key international social welfare issues from the perspective of globalization in social, economic, and political arenas. Students will be exposed to a variety of global social issues related to social welfare and social development. Engaging in critical thinking and analysis of global social welfare issues, students will explore how political, economic, cultural, religious, historical, and environmental factors impact the delivery of sustainable, effective, and humane services in different regions of the world. We will give special attention to issues in countries on the Semester at Sea Spring 2019 itinerary. Emphasis will be placed on the need for reciprocity in international collaboration. Students will gain practical experience in working within multi-disciplinary teams. Students will have the opportunity to acquire knowledge of international social welfare activities as well as the analytical skills to address and debate complex international issues. The course will examine the emerging Global Agenda on Social Work and Social Development and other key international policies (e.g. Universal Declaration of Human Rights and UN Millennium Development Goals) that underpin humanitarian and development work.
This course is also offered as SOWK 450, through the CSU School of Social Work.
Field WorkCountry: Ghana
Date: April 3, 2019
SOS Children’s Villages 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. SOS Children’s Villages has been working in Ghana since 1974 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 visit one of the SOS villages 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 Village, we will engage in a service project of the Village’s choice. Observations and interactions will be directed towards meeting specific goals identified prior to the visit. The class will also visit Lancaster University to exchange with students and faculty to learn from their unique experiences living, working, and studying in Ghana.
1. To learn about SOS Villages in Ghana and the services they provide for children and teenagers from impoverished neighborhoods.
2. To interact and work with a group young people from Ghana.
3. To examine SOS Villages in Ghana as an opportunity for international involvement working with children and/or youth.