International Perspectives on Social Policy and Social Work Practice

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This course will situate social, economic and policy considerations and challenges in the context of a globalizing world. The course introduces students to theoretical, conceptual and practice models as they relate to the social policies, programs and services in industrialized countries, transitional economies and poor developing countries. The course will investigate the major trends, issues and opportunities in relation to international social development and will examine how global poverty, social injustices, and health disparities are addressed in different nations. History and trends in international relief and development policy, the role of international organizations in shaping the nature of social development and social problems and how interdisciplinary approaches fit into broader relief and development policies, programs, and practice will be examined. Students will learn to critically examine and evaluate major theoretical models and approaches to social services and health programs in different cultural, socio-economic, and political contexts. Emphasis will be also placed on cultural competence and ethics of participating in international development practice, including the dangers of exporting programs and solutions from most developed nations to least developed countries. Using case examples, the course will provide opportunities for students to deepen their understanding of the complex social, economic, political, national and international factors that influence responses to migration and refugee resettlement, poverty and income inequality, low status of women and gender discrimination, health disparities and public health crises, conflict and violence and other social issues.
This course fulfills the Human Diversity Requirement.
This course is one of SSA's global and international course offerings.

Courses are subject to change at any time. Please check mySSA for the quarters, days, and times that courses will be held, as well as room numbers.