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Accra, Ghana

Course or Independent Study


Global Program Summary:

  • Human Rights, Social Justice, Health, and Mental Health Course OR Independent Study (see bottom of page for Independent Study application process)
  • Dates of Course: TBD Summer 2015
  • Location: Accra, Ghana
  • Housing: Site has single-, double-, triple-, and quadruple-occupancy.  Option availability currently pending.
  • Total Credits: 3 credits

Who may participate:

  • 1st and 2nd year MSW students
  • Undergraduates who will be Seniors in Fall 2015
  • 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


  • Tuition and Fees: Graduate tuition and fees: $3,939 (estimated) for 3 graduate credits, paid to the Bursar.  Undergraduate tuition and fees: $4,190 (estimate) for 3 undergraduate credits, paid to the Bursar.  Continuing Education non-credit participants pay 2/3 graduate tuition of $2,232, paid directly to the Office of Global and Lifelong Learning
  • HTH Insurance: $10.50/week.  Enrollment in HTH insurance is required for all students traveling outside of the United States for an NYU course.  The Office of Global and Lifelong Learning will enroll all students in HTH insurance.&
  • Estimated Airfare: $1,500 (estimated, based on departure from New York and subject to change based on booking date).
  • Personal expenses: TBD

Global Course Application and Registration Process

All students wishing to participate in the Accra global course must complete the application on this page.  The application will be reviewed by the course director and instructor(s).  Students will be notified of their application decision by the Office of Global and Lifelong Learning.   Upon notification, each is required required to submit a non-refundable deposit of $150 within two weeks to hold his or her place in the course.   The remainder of the housing and insurance balance due from the student must be paid by the date outlined in the acceptance letter.

Students do not self-register for global courses offered by NYU Silver.  All students admitted to the course will be enrolled by the Office of Global and Lifelong Learning and the Registrar.


Independent Study Application Process

All students wishing to complete a global independent study must first have his or her independent study proposal approved by the faculty member who will sponsor the study.

The form is available at

Once the faculty member signs the form, the student must complete the independent study application for the global course on this page, which requires that the student upload a copy of the signed independent study proposal form.  The student should then submit the original signed form to the NYU Silver Enrollment Office. 


For General Inquiries Contact

Eileen Wolkstein, PhD
Director, Global and Lifelong Learning

Stephanie Kaplan
Coordinator, Office of Global and Lifelong Learning