MSW Course Offering with a Focus on International Social Work
International Social Work (3) - Explores international social work, past and present, and the application of social work to vulnerable groups within the global context of today. Students will learn about different social services delivery systems around the globe and initiatives aimed at reforming systems of care (with an emphasis on developing countries). Students will explore their international career goals through the focused exploration of a specific development issue within a country or region of the globe.
Social Work with Immigrants and Refugees (3) - Explores the ever-changing dimensions facing social workers who work with refugee and immigrant clients. The social work profession was founded on aiding the cultural adjustment of newcomers to the United States. Topics include becoming a refugee, the international experience before arrival in the United States, the refugee experience, cultural adjustment, culture shock, posttraumatic stress, and war and refugee trauma. Special groups will be discussed including survivors of torture, victims of human trafficking, detainees, and asylum seekers. Special attention will be paid to family issues, intergroup conflict, and intergenerational issues. Post 9/11 issues facing refugees and immigrants will be discussed as well as the role that social workers can play in the fight against anti-immigrant policies, sanctions, and discriminatory practices