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SW 636 Social Work Across and Among Borders: International SW and SW with Immigrant Populations

SW 636.  Social Work Across and Among Borders: International SW and SW with Immigrant Populations.  1.5 Credits.     

Social work encompasses practice across and among geographic/nation-state borders. This course's purpose is twofold. First, it will provide students with a review of social work from a global context, including the topics of social and economic development, the capability approach based on the writing of Sen and Nussbaum, and the values of the International Federation of Social Work. Second, it will seek to understand the trends of immigration along with the unique experiences of people who migrate across borders to the US. Students will learn about social workers' past and present opportunities to engage in social work globally and with immigrant populations, including examining the pitfall of "saviorism" and acting as agents of social control, as well as the possibility of supporting community and individual directed change, advocacy, and support. Prerequisite: Successful completion of SW 500 level coursework.

Bachelor of Social Work

Bachelor of Social Work Program The School of Social Welfare provides the education and experience necessary for a career in social work. By helping shape students’ capacity for anti-racist, anti-oppressive, and socially-just practice, the School prepares social workers to carry out the unique purposes of the profession — to develop human potential, to promote individual well-being, and to bring about a more just society. Social work is a major professional discipline in the Social Sciences. The term social welfare denotes organized public or private social services pertaining to human needs:  adequate nutrition and safe housing, health and mental health, education, economic security, social participation, dignity, and civil and political rights for disadvantaged people. The undergraduate program prepares graduates for generalist social work practice. The program defines generalist practice as maintaining focus on practice and advocacy, based on ethical principles, scientific inquiry, and best practices at the interface between systems (i.e., individual, family, groups, organizations, and communities), with particular emphasis on: The strengths inherent in these systems. The need to understand the role of gender, age, race/ethnicity, class, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, disability, and culture in all phases of the social work process. The promotion of human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice for those disenfranchised on the basis of the attributes listed above. The assumption of a critical perspective regarding different ways of knowing. Beginning generalist practice uses multilevel prevention and interventions methods, depending on the needs of the client system, and incorporates a knowledge, value, and skill base that is transferable between and among diverse contexts and locations. The BSW program is offered on the Lawrence and Edwards campuses. Advising