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CASC - Global Independent Study

CASC minor global opportunities are co-sponsored by the School of Social Work, Office of Global Activities. Experiences provided by the minor emphasize the school’s objective to provide global social work experiences through funding, programs, academic resources, and internationalized curriculum. 

Participating students will enroll in a total of three independent study credits that explore global social work curricular competencies including 

  • Context Setting: Learn about the history, culture, policy, and infrastructure of global placement
  • Community Practice: Develop and engage in a global comparative analysis of grassroots community practice
  • Critical Reflection and Praxis: Practice individual critical consciousness raising and self-awareness through the lens of identity (as well as imperialism and nationalism), power, privilege, and oppression.

Global Independent Study Requirements

Students selected are required to enroll in the SW 415 course number for three credits with CASC faculty. As a component of the global independent study, students will be required to complete assignments and engage in structured activities prior to departure, develop a relevant project of their choosing, and complete post - visit requirements, upon their return.

Funding, Eligibility, and Course Credit

This program is open to declared CASC Minor students.

  • Students are required to enroll in three credits of independent study under SW 415 (1 credit Winter, 2 credits Fall)
  • Participants must be a sophomore, junior or senior at the time of application
    • Stipulation for Seniors: Graduating seniors must enroll in two academic credits during the half or full summer term in order to participate in this program, in place of the Fall credit requirement.
  • Participants will be granted $2,000 in funding toward travel expenses to help partially cover travel costs

Spring/Summer 2020 Global Activities Programs

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Global Independent Study in India

In this opportunity, CASC students will participate in community development work as a part of the Madras Christian College Field Action Program. This experience located in Chennai, India will focus on the principles of community participation and indigenous social work at the intersection of rural development in the region. Students will work alongside local advocates and Madras Christian College faculty and students to support community needs.

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Global Independent Study in Uganda

In this opportunity, U-M social work, nursing, and medical students will travel to Uganda for six (6) weeks after attending lectures focused on Ugandan community health at U-M. Students will be placed in a rural Ugandan community and participate in a training on leadership and management at the Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST).

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