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Human Rights, Social Justice, Health, and Mental Health


Program Summary:

  • Dates of Course: May 27 - July 3, 2014
  • Location: Accra, Ghana
  • Housing: TBA
  • Total Credits: 3 credits

Who may participate:

  • 1st and 2nd year MSW students
  • Undergraduates who will be Seniors in Fall 2014
  • Senior Social Work Undergraduates entering the NYU Advanced Standing Program (this course will be applied to your MSW degree as an elective course)
  • Continuing Education students

Academic Details/Program Curriculum:

  • This course will examine Social Work practice from a human rights perceptive in a local and global context.
  • Students will learn key concepts and theories of Human Rights and how this intersects with core social work values, ethics and principals, practice competencies.
  • The course will apply a human rights framework to three specific topic areas: Health, Mental Health and disabilities and HIV/ AIDS. This will be done via classroom lectures, discussion seminars, sites visits and service learning opportunities in NYC and Ghana.
  • The course will critically examine the impact of health policies, program and practice models in NYC and Ghana through this framework, as well as the core competencies necessary for implementation. Students will explore how promoting and protecting human rights can enhance the well being of individuals and communities.
  • Through this course students will strengthen core social work competencies related to applying ethical principles, critical thinking, understanding structural forms of oppression, advancing human rights and social justice, and responding to context that shape practice.

Program Faculty:

  • Mary McKay, PhD, Professor and Director of McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research
  • Gisselle Pardo, LCSW, MPH, Senior Research Coordinator, McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research
  • Kassia Ringel, Clinical Research Coordinator- Project Step-Up, McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research


  • Graduate tuition: $3,674 (estimated) for 3 graduate credits. $4,190 (estimate) for 3 undergraduatecredits.
  • Continuing Education non-credit participants pay 2/3 graduate tuition of $2,462 (estimate)
  • Estimated Airfare: tbd
  • Personal expenses: tbd

For General Inquiries Contact

Eileen Wolkstein, PhD
Director, Global and Lifelong Learning

Stephanie Kaplan
Coordinator, Office of Global and Lifelong Learning