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Program Description:
Social work is a global profession. Global interdependence, the transnational nature of issues such as poverty and violence, the movement of people across borders, advances in communications and information technology, and the development of the social work profession around the world, make a global perspective an essential part of social work education. 

In this course, students travel to Finland to learn about how social work is understood and practiced in different parts of the world. Together with students and faculty from other countries, we explore social issues, social work responses to those issues, and ways of communicating across cultural and language differences. We also consider how our common identification with the social work profession connects us and might enable us to work together to improve the lives of people worldwide. Finally, we learn about the progressive social welfare system and cultural treasures of Finland.

The first week of the course takes place at the University of Lapland in Rovaniemi, Finland. Students attend lectures by participants from different countries and participate in small group discussions on topics germane to global social work. We begin the second week with a field trip to Utsjoki, near Finland's norther border with Norway. As the only municipality where indigenous Sami people are the majority population, Utsjoki offers a unique opportunity to learn about Sami culture and the provision of social services in a remote, sparsely populated locale. During the visit, the group stays at Kevo, a sub-artic research station run by the University of Turku. While at Kevo, students experience and learn about the northern Lapland environment and how it influences the lives of people living in this region of the world.

The second excursion is to Helsinki, Finland's capital and largest municipality. In Helsinki, the group visits social service organizations and sample some of Helsinki's many cultural offerings. 

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Travel Sem- May 2020 01/15/2020 01/15/2020 TBA TBA