Globalization and its effects on social welfare

Social work doesn’t stop at national borders. An increasingly globalized world means social workers must adopt an international perspective. This requires creating a robust set of activities and engagements that

  • enrich the curriculum and provide international experiences for students;
  • infuse international perspectives into the broader intellectual life and scholarly exchanges sponsored by the school;
  • enhance cross-national collaborations;
  • promote opportunities for cross-national and comparative research; and
  • attract top students and faculty.

A globalized student body

A steadily growing number of international students from Asia, Europe, and Latin America, as well as domestic students with past experiences working abroad or with refugee or immigrant populations, is stimulating the development of SSA courses on international social work and social welfare, cross-national comparative perspectives, and the implications of global processes on social work practice. In addition to providing all students with opportunities to incorporate international perspectives across concentrations, SSA has established a specific international social welfare program of study grounded in scholarship and practice. Specialized field placements at home and abroad have students learn about socioeconomic and geopolitical forces transforming social welfare structures while directly serving the families living through these transformations.

A global network of partnerships

Your support will allow SSA to strengthen its connections with international partners. SSA now offers exchange programs with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai, India as well as Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Peking University in China. Students in these institutes examine the dynamics of, and state response to, social exclusion in comparative perspective and conduct site visits in Hong Kong and Kunming (western China). These programs leverage the new infrastructure available through the University’s global centers in Beijing, Delhi, and Hong Kong.

The global impact of giving

SSA continues to build curriculum and dynamically adjust to the rapidly changing contexts in China and India while mounting more symposia, seminars, and guest lectures that bring top international scholars to share their expertise with SSA faculty and students. Alumni and friends of SSA can help to grow such robust programs, support students’ financial aid, and pioneer transnational social welfare research. Their generosity can also help to recruit and retain educators with specialized teaching and research skills, as well as the vision to continue meeting the demands of the international social welfare field.