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Dr. Susan Sage Heinzelman, Director 2505 University Avenue, A4900, Burdine Hall 536, Austin Texas 78712 • 512-471-5765

Spring 2005

WGS 440 • ROOTS OF SOCIAL/ECON JUSTICE-ENGLAND

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
46155 -TBA
-TBA--TBA

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Course Description

Course Description This course teaches students about the historical roots of the professionalization of helping others and the profession of social work. The course will also focus on the governmental social services delivery system and the impact on client populations, and the diverse cultures living in London that provide the context for social services. The course will be taught through cultural immersion in ethnic neighborhoods, field visits, and seminars. The purpose of this course is to deepen students' understanding of the rights and responsibilities of being a good citizen in an increasingly global society and to promote cross-cultural learning. There is a 10-hour volunteer component with Toynbee Hall, or other social service agency. Historic Toynbee Hall, established in 1873, is the first settlement home and could be considered the birthplace of social work. Students enrolled in this course will also be required to attend meetings with the professor and orientation in order to prepare them for the study abroad May-Mester course. Meetings will be held in the spring for a total of about 6 hours; schedule is to be announced. Also, this course is cross-listed with HIS 366N, GOV 365N, ANT 324L, PSY341K. Course Objectives By the end of this course students will demonstrate an increase in knowledge of: 1. The English roots of the professionalization of helping others; 2. Social, economic and political forces that have shaped the development of social welfare systems in the United Kingdom; 3. Ways in which social services promote social justice and enhance the well being of people in various, historically oppressed groups; 4. Some of the major issues and trends in various areas of social work practice such as child welfare, domestic violence, immigration, and substance abuse; 5. Intercultural dynamics of the various ethnic and cultural groups and the impact on the social service delivery system. Course Requirements and Grading This study-abroad course is taught by a faculty member of the UT School of Social Work and it is taught in London over a three-week period. Students must live as a group in university-provided housing, participate actively in scheduled field visits, intercultural activities, seminars, and class discussions. Also, a 10-hour volunteer component at Toynbee Hall, or other social service agency, is required. Grading is based on attendance, participation, completion of volunteer service, journals and a Reflection Paper. Volunteer Opportunity Students are required to complete a 10-hour volunteer component at Toynbee Hall, or other social service agency. The historic Toynbee Hall is located in one of London's poorest neighborhoods, referred to as the East End and has served as home to waves of immigrants seeking increased social and economic opportunities. The East End and other neighborhoods in London provide a unique opportunity to experience diverse cultures that form the multicultural fabric of this metropolitan area. Toynbee Hall offers volunteer opportunities in various areas, such as Services Against Financial Exclusion, Free Legal Advice, education, working with children and families, and working with older people. The 10 hours may be completed either in one week or during the course of the three-week period, depending on the needs of the volunteer site and the student. Journals Students will keep a journal on their reactions to and analysis of their overall experiences in the seminar, guest speakers, and field visits. The following questions are used to assist them with this process: 1. What are your thoughts about the English roots of the social work profession 2. What are your thoughts about some of the social, economic and political forces that have shaped the development of social welfare systems in the United Kingdom 3. In what ways do social services in London promote social justice and enhance the well being of people in various, his

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