Romania’s [R]Evolution: Community Care for Vulnerable Groups in Romania
This global service-learning experience provides students the opportunity to study and learn first-hand about the profession of social work and social services within the Romanian and European contexts. Students will complete a guided internship with a community-based social service agency, working with a range of vulnerable groups including children, adults with disabilities, at-risk adolescents, children who have been abused and/or neglected, adults with mental illness, children with autism, and the elderly. Some of the field placement will be done with a Romanian or visiting European social work student.
Social Welfare System in China: Processes and Challenges
Beijing is the capital of the People’s Republic of China. Due to rapid industrialization, enormous and continuous urban sprawl, the city is home to an increasing number of migrants from the Chinese countryside as well as ethnic minorities from other parts of East Asia. These circumstances make Beijing a fascinating environment to study the expanding demands of Chinese social welfare systems.
This intensive, two-week, three-credit course begins with an online pre-departure orientation and preliminary readings. The in-country instruction will be based at Renmin University of China in Beijing. Students will take classes in the morning and participate in field visits in the afternoon to national and local social welfare departments and social work agencies. China social work educators, researchers, and practitioners will join the program for both didactic and field experiences.