Migrant Student Services

MSW

Master of Social Work
International Social Policy and Practice in Mexico

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This is a collaborative project of the MSU School of Social Work and Migrant Student Services, with support from the Desarrollo Integral de la Familia (DIF) of Mexico. This faculty-lead Spring semester, short-term study abroad program blends semester-long, on-line course work (SW822/3 credits & SW891/1 credit) with a 9-day study abroad experience. Short-term time abroad with more extensive on-line coursework is designed to optimize student learning opportunities and increase access to study abroad for graduate and non-traditional students. SW822 investigates areas of comparative and applied social policy, practice, and international social work in the context of Mexican social services provision at federal, state, and municipal levels. SW891 course work relates to program, safety, and cultural orientation. Students may pursue an additional 1-2 credit hours of SW891—independent faculty mentored study—to support their personal research or practice agendas. (Graduate students only.)

Program Description

The International Social Policy & Practice: Mexico program is a collaborative project of The Michigan State University School of Social Work and Migrant Student Services, with support from the Desarrollo Integral de la Familia (DIF) of Mexico. This faculty-lead Spring semester, short-term study abroad program blends semester-long, on-line course work (SW 822 & 891) with a brief (9 day) study abroad experience. Short term time abroad with more extensive on-line coursework is designed to optimize student learning opportunities and increase access to study abroad for graduate and non-traditional students. The study abroad component of this program takes place between two cities in Mexico- Mexico City and Puebla.

PROGRAM GOALS:

To facilitate students professional development and growth by:

  • • promoting attention to and standards for international social work and increased global presence in social work education
  • • providing the opportunity to (re)evaluate values, vocation, and personal ethics, facilitated by reflective journaling assignments and structured reflection sessions
  • • enhancing students’ self-awareness and understanding of their own culture and context by providing opportunities to compare and contrast host country customs, values, and traditions with their own
  • • reflecting on issues of personal identity, professional identity and interdependence in a global context
  • • developing a sense of social and professional responsibility and capacity through engagement with local communities
A minimum of 4 credit hours is required.
Course prerequisites may apply; see Course Descriptions(on the MSU Website) or program leader for details.
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