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Simmons SSW Uganda - Human Services in Developing Countries
Kampala, Uganda (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
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COF Program Category:
Faculty Led Short Term
Program Provider:
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Program Description:

Uganda 2014

SW 558: Human Services in Developing Countries - Uganda
Open to Simmons SSW graduate students only

Dates: July 16- August 6, 2014

Program Price:  $5250
A $800 non-refundable deposit is required by March 3, 2014.
The remaining $4450 is due by May 1, 2014.
Price includes international roundtrip airfare, accommodations, in-country transportation, some meals, cultural activities and international health insurance.

Course Information: (3 credits)
There are no prerequisites
This course examines the impact of social problems with focus on HIV/AIDS in Uganda and the role of the social work.  It explores the utilization of various professional methods to promote self-sufficiency, social integration, social change, and justice in a developing country.  Key concepts examined include the Health Belief Model, the Social Change Communication theory and micro-empowerment economic theory. The focus is to learn how social work practice skills (micro and macro) can be indigenized in a developing country. Ultimately, the course seeks to explore ways of integrating such learning in the context of social work and social action.  The students will take a 3 week study tour in the country in order to study social problems and learn about the cultural context of delivery of human services in a developing country.

Program Description:
The course activities include orientation meetings before the trip, visits to health and social welfare agencies in urban and rural areas of Uganda, attendance at social work classes and seminars at Makerere University (Uganda Christin University and St. Lawrence University) and the development of peer partnerships with various human service providers.

This course is designed to introduce students to the provision of human services in a developing country. Attending to both local and global issues, the course addresses issues of social justice, human rights,  and socio-economic development in the context of social action. Social action as major component of social work practice is addressed in service learning while in Uganda. Students will have the opportunity to work with the local populations of Uganda as well as interact with various stakeholders and constituencies in the country.

For more information:
Prof Hugo Kamya

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2015 11/15/2014 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Summer 2015 Travel Dates To Be Announced

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.