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For students who are interested in
working internationally, working with international communities in the
USA, or simply seeking to expand their perspective, the Social Work
Program at Seattle University offers many opportunities to globalize
their educational experience. Opportunities to enhance cross-cultural
and experiential learning range from the traditional study abroad, a
combined academic and service immersion program, or working with a
global population in a local setting.
The University, the College of Arts and
Sciences and the Social Work Program encourage students to study abroad.
Incorporating a study abroad experience requires early planning in
consultation with the student’s faculty adviser, so all program
requirements can be met. Social work students may participate in these
programs offered by Seattle University’s Study Abroad. International Development Intern Program (IDIP) or those offered by Augsburg College’s Center for Global Education.
All students who wish to study abroad in any offered programs must
obtain the University’s approval and file all required paperwork with Seattle University’s Study Abroad Office.
The University offers study abroad fairs
during the academic year, to further advance the opportunities
available for students. We recommend that students complete their study
abroad prior to the winter quarter of the junior year or during the
summers. Our students have traveled to such interesting places as India,
Guatemala, Belize, Africa, France and South Africa.
The Social Work Program, in collaboration
with other University departments, offers two interdisciplinary service
immersion programs. One course, with the College of Nursing, goes to
Belize and the second, with Sociology goes to New Orleans, La. These
programs consist of a spring quarter academic course and in June the
students and faculty travel to their site to do service immersion work.
The service immersion placements are in agencies selected by faculty
that will allow students to use their social work knowledge and
developing skills with populations and communities-at-risk. Included in
the service learning work are opportunities for cross-cultural learning.
A third opportunity, offered by Biology is to study Biology 101 (a
social work program required course) in Costa Rica during the summer.
For students who wish to concentrate
mainly on the academic context of international social work, our courses
are infused with international aspects of the subject and we offer an
elective on international social work.
Students may also choose to work with
international communities locally through service learning and their
field placements. Several placement sites have specific programs that
provide services to refugee and immigrant populations. While the field practicum
does not currently offer international placements, we do place students
in local agencies that are involved with local/ global issues.
For more general information about international social work, click here for International Federation of Social Workers.
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Gary Perry presented a paper at the 2012 meetings of the Association of Black Sociologists titled “Class, Take Out Your iPhones: Teaching Urban Sociology with New Media.”
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