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Social work students to complete course by traveling to London

Students in the College of Social Work will travel to London May 18 to complete a three-credit class called International Studies, or SOW 4930 for bachelor’s students and SOW 6930 for graduate students.

Twelve students and three faculty members will go on the 10-day trip, which will focus on the history of social work and how it has evolved through the centuries. London was the first city documented in history to administer social work, through the churches that provided support to the poor.

Also, the students will study how issues such as medical care, child abuse and mental health are handled in a different country.

“It’s important to see how different cultures provide services to clients, and for the students to have exposure to the history of our profession,” said social work instructor Arlene Kaplan, program leader for the trip.

The cost is $2,950 per student, which includes airfare, hotel, breakfast, two dinners and a seven-day transportation pass. Also included are several tours, including Windsor Castle, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. Students will be staying at the four-star Holiday Inn near Kensington Palace.

“This is such an exciting opportunity,” said Lyndsi Amirto, an undergraduate student in the College of Social Work. “I think it’s important for us, going into our profession, to get a different perspective on how other places deal with issues in the social work arena.”

Over the weekend, the students will have the opportunity to go out on their own, sightsee in the city, tour the London countryside or travel to any of the surrounding countries, including France, Ireland, Scotland and Belgium.




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