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Global Social Work Practice

The Global Social Work Pathway is for those social work students interested in dedicating themselves to global issues. The pathway addresses topics, such as migration, displacement, poverty, climate change, indigeneity, etc. from a perspective that recognizes an imbalance of power and cultural differences within a global context.

Students will engage with culturally diverse communities, domestically and abroad; they will become part of a global community of social workers who use their knowledge, skills, and values to work with communities in promoting social change, empowerment and supporting the liberation of people. Students will develop a critical understanding of how their own assumptions, values, biases, positionalities (gender expression, age, race/ethnicity, etc.) affect their practice of global social work. Students will examine issues of power, privilege, oppression, social justice, and the processes and impact of the global capitalist project - acts of war, colonization, extraction, international aid and development, and democratization. 

Implications for global social work policy and practice will be explored by evaluating programs and policies, co-developing training with agencies in international settings, advocating and organizing in collaboration with diverse communities, and by participating in field-based projects, global independent studies, and courses and lectures by local and international experts, community leaders and practitioners.

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Careers

Examples of career (job) titles and positions relevant to this pathway include but are not limited to:

  • Academic Advisor/Student Affairs Advisor (provide international student support)
  • Capacity Building Specialist
  • Case Manager (resettlement and immigration)
  • International Family Development Specialist (i.e. international adoption)
  • International Development Worker
  • Health Educator
  • Human Rights Advocate
  • Policy Advisor
  • Program Assistant (international or research grants)
  • Program Development (international or research grants)
  • State Department or U.S. Embassy Worker
  • Study Abroad Program Manager

     

Field Experience

Types of agencies and settings where students in this pathway may engage in field learning:

  • Michigan-based placements that focus on global issues/populations 

  • National based placements that focus on global issues/populations

  • Field placements outside the US with U-M partners

Global Opportunities

Global Field Placements

Global field placements offer students who are committed to global social work in the Advanced Standing, MicroMasters MSW, or out-of-sequence, 16-month curriculum track the opportunity to complete a spring/summer field placement in a global location. The Office of Global Activities also works with the Office of Field Education to provide domestic field placements that address cross-cultural and global social work issues. If you are interested in a field placement outside the U.S., please make sure to reach out to the Office of Global Activities by emailing ssw.oga@umich.edu.

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Global Independent Study

The global independent study option offers students in all curriculum tracks the opportunity to work with a social work faculty sponsor to develop a project to explore or research a particular social work issue in a global context. Travel occurs during the spring/summer term.

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Peace Corps

The Masters International Volunteer Program offers 20-month and advance standing students in any practice area or concentration the opportunity to incorporate 27 months of Peace Corps service into their MSW program. The Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows Program provides Returned Peace Corps Volunteers the opportunity to earn a Master in Social Work at the University of Michigan.

Learn more about Peace Corps related programs »

Program Details

Choose all (6 credits)

  • Power in the Global Context, 3 credits   

  • Critical Reflexive Global Practices, 3 credits

Choose 1 course (3 credits)

  • Policy and Political Social Work Pathway

    • Methods for Socially Just Policy Analysis, 3 credits

    • Political Social Work, 3 credits

  • Management and Leadership Pathway

    • Frameworks for Understanding Social Impact Organizations, 3 credits

  • Community Change Pathway

    • Skills and Strategy for Community Change, 3 credits

    • Multicultural, Multilingual and Global Organizing, 3 credits

  • Program Evaluation and Applied Research Pathway 

    • Qualitative Methodologies for Socially Just Inquiry, 3 credits

    • Quantitative Methodologies for Socially Just Inquiry, 3 credits

    • Data Visualization Applications, 3 credits

  • Interpersonal Practice in Integrated Health, Mental Health, and Substance Use Pathway

    • Applied Assessment Skills in Integrated Health, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse, 3 credits

  • Social Work Practice with Older Adults and Families from a Lifespan Perspective

    • Interpersonal Practice Methods with Aging, 3 credits

  • Welfare of Children and Families Pathway

    • Culturally Responsive and Evidence-Informed Practice and Policy with Children, Youth, and Families (Macro), 3 credits

Choose 3 credits

  • Global Social Work Pathway Elective Courses

    Fall 2020 Offering
    • Global Independent Studies, 3 credits 

    • Immigration, Forced Migration, and Transformative Social Work Practice, 3 credits

    • Understanding and Organizing Against Inhumane Immigration Policy, 1 credit

    • Advanced Global Topics in Social Work, 3 credits

    • Faculty-Led Global Course Extension (GCE), 1 credit

    • Language Translation and Interpretation, 1 credit

    Developing after Fall 2020

    • Evaluation in Global Social Work, 1 or 3 credits

    • Comparative MH and Health, 1 or 3 credits

    • Global Perspectives in Social Work Research, 1 credits

  • Other Pathways Courses
    • Gender-Based Violence: Community, System, and Policy Responses in the Global Context, 3 credits

    • Using Art for Social Change, 1 credit

    • Environmental Justice Organizing, 1 or 3 credits

    • HIV/AIDS Programs, Policies, Services, 1 credit

    • Child maltreatment assessment and treatment, 3 credits

    • Death, Loss, and Grief, 3 credits

    • Religion, Spirituality, Mental Health and Social Work, 3 credits

    • Spirituality in Social Work Practice, 3 credits

Faculty Pathway Leads

  • Cristina B. Bares

    Cristina B. Bares

    PhD, MSW, MBA

    Associate Professor of Social Work

    University of Michigan School of Social Work

    Examines biological, psychological and social determinants of child and adolescent health and the interactions that give rise to adaptive and maladaptive behavior
  • Kathleen L. Lopez

    Kathleen L. Lopez

    Director, Office of Global Activities and Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Rogério Meireles Pinto

    Rogério Meireles Pinto

    Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Social Work
    Implementation Science; HIV prevention; Oppressed Groups; Practitioners; International Research
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