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SOWK 4980 - International Social Work: A British Perspective

Southwell SistersTaught by social work faculty Neely Mahapatra and Carolyn Haney,  this intensive, two-week, three credit, study abroad program in London is allowing students to experience the history, culture, and the richly vibrant environment of London through various site visits, tours, and presentations. 

The twelve students enrolled in this class are learning about the growth and development of social welfare systems in England and understanding their relevance in today’s London: a “living laboratory” of multiculturalism, diversity, technological advances, human migration, and globalization. They are also studying social service systems that promote social justice and the historic, economic and political forces that have shaped the development of social welfare systems in the U.K. as well as their impact on U.S welfare systems.

Here are the students and faculty outside the offices of the Southall Black Sisters, a prominent non-profit established in 1979 in London to provide a variety of services to black (Asian and African-Caribbean) and minority ethnic women experiencing domestic and other gender-related violence.

While visiting the Southwell Workhouse, they had the opportunity to see how Victorian-era poverty programs operated. The workhouse concept was made famous in Charles Dickens’ novels and stories. Southwell was constructed in 1824 as a last refuge for the “deserving destitute.”

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