SOWK 330 - International Community Service Learning
(3cr) This study abroad program is designed to familiarize students with social issues and the provision of social services in Central America (e.g., Guatemala, Nicaragua) and the role of social work and social policy within the context of each country. Students will gain an understanding of the history, language, customs and culture in the designated country. They will be challenged to analyze the various ideologies of oppression (i.e., sexism, racism, etc.) within the social structure as compared to that of the U.S.
As part of the course experience, participants will complete a building project for families connected with an established NGO. Participants will also partner with professionally educated social workers to complete home visits. Students will have the opportunity to visit other social service and advocacy organizations. Students will participate in language study in the afternoons and experience immersion through home stays with local families. The program is an intense small group experience in living, learning, traveling, and studying. Prerequisites: SOCI 203 .
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