SW 285/180: Social Services and Social Work in South Korea: History, Cultures and Social Changes

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Program Dates

June 15–29, 2014

Program Overview

The course is open for undergraduate and graduate students at SJSU. This course will provide students with a framework for understanding and critically analyzing the important cultural, economic, historical, social, political, and global factors that inform the challenges facing social workers in contemporary South Korea. The program will visit Seoul, the capital city of South Korea. There will be several day trips to several places in Seoul (and vicinity) to understand the history of South Korea (e.g., Reunification Observatory, National History Museum, etc.) and to learn and experience traditional culture and life style. This program will also visit places where students can learn about the contemporary Korean culture (e.g., K-pop) and life. Other site visits may include national and local government agencies, community-based agencies, hospitals, etc.

Academic Program

SW 285/180, Social Services and Social Work in South Korea: History, Cultures and Social Changes (3 units)
This course will:

  • Students will learn and have better understanding of the history, culture, and social development of South Korea.
  • Students will learn and have better understanding of the economic and social changes that have been taking place in South Korea and the social problems associated with these changes.
  • Students will evaluate the effects that such social changes and problems have on the lives of marginalized and disenfranchised populations.
  • Students will learn about emerging social issues related to the newly migrated population to South Korea including migrating workers, biracial families through the arranged marriage in rural areas, and North Korean defectors and their welfare.
  • Students will learn about the major theories and polices underlying social work practice and social development in South Korea.
  • Students will have a better understanding of the social service system and the status of the social work profession in South Korea.
  • Students will have a better perspective about the impact of globalization on Korean society in general and on lives of marginalized and disenfranchised populations.

Accommodations, Safety, and Visas

Seoul, South Korea is a relatively safe and friendly country. However, students are still required to buy basic health insurance before departure. Once in Seoul, they will stay at a hotel located in Seoul. They will be instructed on how to interact with local people and conduct their own explorations during free hours. In addition, the Embassy and Consulates of the US are located in Seoul and can provide additional assistance if needed. Students with a US passport will not need a visa to enter South Korea. Students from other countries may require visas. No prior knowledge of Korean (Korea) language is required.

With help from the faculties of this course, students are expected to arrange their own travel to Seoul, South Korea. Once the group meets in Seoul at the designated place, students will receive an orientation about the local cultures, rules, expectations, foods and traditions and the activities during the trip will be conducted in a group, led by the faculties.

Program Leaders

Meekyung Han, PhD
Associate Professor
School of Social Work
Email: meekyung.han@sjsu.edu
Office: WSQ 217K

Sang E. Lee, PhD
Associate Professor
School of Social Work
Email: sang.lee@sjsu.edu
Office: WSQ 215I

Estimated Costs

SJSU Special Session Tuition (3 units @ $250 each)

750

Administration Fee 200

Program fees, lodging, meals, class materials and local tours approx.*

3,795

Estimated Total

$4,745

*Airfare is not included.

**Please note that these estimated costs do not include personal expenses as this varies among different participants.

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