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  • Locations: Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: WUSTL applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:

Community-Based Interventions: Buenos Aires, Argentina (3 credits)

Overview: 

Community-based public health and social work practice seeks to improve the social and economic quality of life for vulnerable populations using multiple methods of community-based interventions. This course, guided by an integrative micro/macro practice framework, will provide students with an overview of global social work and public health community-based interventions.  Assignments, in class discussions, site visits and limit service learning opportunities will offer students the opportunity to identify needed skills in order to address serious global issues affecting individuals, families and communities.  Furthermore, the course will examine the complexities involved in effective and ethical practice across settings, locally and globally.  It will provide space for a comparative analysis of practice approaches and multi-level interventions applicable for Argentina and the United States. 

The course will emphasize the competencies underpinning global, social work and public health practice from a social justice lens. Students will leave the course understanding how power, privilege and oppression operates at different levels; allowing them to develop an anti-oppressive practice approach targeting individuals, families, communities and larger systems.

The course will begin with an overview of global social work and public health, and the influence of social theories guiding global approaches.  It will then dissect identity and social location as base for intentional use of self as providers. Multi-level analyses of poverty, culture and the role practitioners, service organizations, social welfare systems, policy makers and funders of governments in implementation of evidence-based models are reviewed.  This course is co-taught by Dean Mary McKay and Gary Parker and will travel to Buenos Aires, Argentina over spring break. The credit will appear on the spring 2020 registration and will require some pre-departure work in the fall as well as deliverables after the winter break trip. 

Description of Course Activities:

The course will emphasize the competencies underpinning global, social work and public health practice from a social justice lens. Students will leave the course understanding how power, privilege and oppression operates at different levels; allowing them to develop an anti-oppressive practice approach targeting individuals, families, communities and larger systems.

The course will begin with an overview of global social work and public health, and the influence of social theories guiding global approaches. It will then dissect identity and social location as base for intentional use of self as providers. Multi-level analyses of poverty, culture and the role practitioners, service organizations, social welfare systems, policy makers and funders of governments in implementation of evidence-based models are reviewed.

As part of this course, site visits will be scheduled with the following community-based organizations. 
 
Mariposas de Villa Paris
Mariposas is a grassroots organization based in “the villas,” an informal residential area not recognized by the federal government. 
 
Hospital General de Agudos Bernardino Rivadavia
Housing one of the largest social work departments in all of Argentina, Hospital General is a public hospital and will serve as an opportunity to learn about the Argentine health care system, as well as service delivery. 
 
Eva Peron Museum
In order to understand the current socio-political environment, a deeper understanding of the history of Argentina is needed.  The Peronista movement was critical in the development of the modern Argentine government and continues to be an influence on policy and legislative decisions.
 
Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo
During the Dirty War (1974-1983), over 30,000 people disappeared. The Abuelas is an organization of Argentine mothers who searched for their children, protested during the military dictatorship and continue to promote civil and human rights.
 
Parque de la Memoria –
Memory Park: A Memorial to the Victims of Argentina’s Dirty War
This public park displays art that pays tribute to those who disappeared during the Dirty War.  It is an art-based intervention meant to honor those who died as well as allow for reflection and hearing. 

Note: these are subject to change based on scheduling constraints.

Learning Objectives:

As a result of participation in this course, students will:
 
  1. Identify and integrate social work and public health skills and competencies needed to practice in a global context.
  2. Understand core basic principles of social justice and how they intersect with social work values, ethics, and practice in local and global contexts.
  3. Engage in a global analysis to understand how history, politics, cultural and other systems impact the development of policy and delivery of care
  4. Demonstrate the ability to explore the intersections of privilege/oppression and how social determinants impact the well being of individuals and communities.
  5. Define anti-oppressive practice, as well as specify community-based strategies for implementation of both the micro and macro levels interventions. 

Core Competencies:

  • Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior 
  • Advance human rights and social and economic and environmental justice. 
  • Engage in policy practice
  • Engage with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities 

Housing:  

Double occupancy rooms for all students in hostel/hotel.

Eligibility: 

This course is open to all Brown students. Students must apply via this website and the deadline is October 4, 2019. If chosen, you will be required to enroll in the course for the spring. Please note that the actual travel takes places over winter break and there will be some required pre-departure sessions in the fall, but you will register for the course in the spring of 2020. If you are a second year student, your official graduation date will be August, although you will be able to participate in the May graduation ceremony before the course travels.

Cost:

The cost per student is $1500. This will cover flights from Chicago (students are responsible for getting to Chicago), housing, in-country transportation, and some meals. Students are responsible for the costs of any meals, visas, required or recommended immunizations or other expenses not noted.


For questions, please contact Tammy Orahood, Director of Global Programs, Brown School, at orahood@wustl.edu.