The UNC School of Social Work is hosting a study abroad trip to India, Dec. 26, 2011 to Jan. 7, 2012.
This Winter Study Abroad Course in India will examine social problems, social policies and the delivery of social services in India. There will be a special emphasis on considering world view, both American and Indian, and in thinking about how each country approaches social concerns.
Through lectures, interactions with Indian students and practitioners, and visits to governmental, non-governmental, neighborhood and community grassroots organizations in Mumbai, Pune and Ahmednagar, participants will deepen their understanding of societal responses to social issues such as aging, mental health, substance abuse, homelessness, domestic violence, and poverty. Lectures, discussions and field visits will provide opportunities for analysis, reflection and collective learning. Students will stay overnight in Pune at a choice of two community service organizations and have an opportunity to interact with clients.
Tourism, shopping and recreational excursions will be provided in the cities of Mumbai, Pune, Ahmednagar and Aurangabad. Through these visits participants will develop a deepened understanding of Indian culture, history and people.
This course is open to all graduate and upper division undergraduate students, as well as social work, public health, education, public policy, religion, medicine and individuals in related fields who want to learn more about Indian social issues and culture. Friends and family members of participants are also welcome; however, priority will be given to students and social work educators and practitioners. There are no prerequisites for this course.
Trip information sessions are scheduled for Sept. 20, 23 and Oct. 4. The application deadline is Oct. 19.