- Dates of Course: May 18-31, 2019 (with two pre-departure classes in NYC on May 14 and May 17)
- Location: Shanghai, China, with trips to Chengdu and Guangzhou, China
- Housing: Students will stay in double rooms
- NOTE: Summer abroad programs count toward summer credit. This may affect your financial aid needs for the year, and for graduating seniors may affect your graduation status. Make sure to check with financial aid and your academic advisor early on.
- Total Credits: 3 credits
- Available for: MSW students and related fields; rising junios in social work and related fields
- Note for 16-month students: Students in the 16-month program are unable to be absent from field or class in the summer session; given the compressed nature of the program there is insufficient time available to make up missed field hours.
Social work profession and practice have presented a significant progress in China in the last decade. China has adopted social work as a means of sustaining economic development and actualizing a “harmonious society.” Given that social work practice skills (clinical and community) have been used in a different context, the focus of the course is to learn the different practice models, approaches and perspectives in China, and investigate how local practice can help promote human well-being and social development. It is expected that students would be able to develop a critical and analytical understanding of cross-cultural practice.
In addition to common social issues, each year, the course will have a specific theme; in the year 2019, lectures, readings, and sites selection will reflect the theme of Children, Youth and Child Welfare.