INTERNATIONAL SOCIAL WELFARE - DENMARK
Arrival Date: May 18, 2016
Departure Date: May 29, 2016
Estimated program Budgets can be found above in the "Budget Sheets" box or by clicking the links below:
Summer 3 Credits
Summer 3 Graduate Credits
Originally a Viking fishing village founded in the 10th century, Copenhagen
became the capital of Denmark in the early 15th century. During the 17th century, under the reign of Christian IV, it developed into an important regional centre, consolidating its position as capital of Denmark and Norway with its institutions, defences and armed forces. Since the turn of the millennium, Copenhagen has seen strong urban and cultural development, facilitated by investment in its institutions and infrastructure. The city is the cultural, economic and governmental centre of Denmark and one of the major financial centres of Northern Europe with the Copenhagen Stock Exchange.
Undergraduate students will be granted three upper division credits. Graduate students will also be granted three credits. This course is accepted as an elective in the Department of Sociology at SUNY New Paltz and in both the BSW and MSW programs at SUNY Albany.
Students wishing to participate in the program must be students in good academic standing. An interview with the faculty director is required prior to registering for the course.
The purpose of this international program is to study the Danish social welfare system by immersing ourselves into the Danish culture. Our base will be at a college educating social pedagogues/educators (human services professionals) and we will visit a variety of human services organizations, including programs providing services to young children, people with disabilities, children in foster care, people faced with addiction and sex-workers. We will also visit Denmark’s first Rainbow Home for the elderly, i.e., a home supporting elderly people identifying as LGBTQ. Finally, we will visit a community program for youth with “other ethic” background and learn about how Denmark is transitioning into a multi-cultural society. There will be time for sightseeing in the world’s oldest monarchy and one of Europe’s quaintest capitals. It is also possible to visit other Scandinavian countries.
Students will be housed in groups in hostels centrally located in the city, breakfast will be included at the hostel.
Mette has provided services in both Denmark and the USA to a variety of populations, including children and youth in foster care, children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities, adults in the criminal justice, mental health and substance abuse systems, and Deaf children, youth, and adults. In addition, she has provided individual, group, and family therapy and consulted to agencies seeking to improve their quality of services.
Mette began her academic career at SUNY Dutchess as a Fieldwork Supervisor and Adjunct and has since 1997 been at SUNY New Paltz teaching in the Department of Sociology. Mette became the Director of the Concentration in Human Services in 2003.
In collaboration with colleague Donna Chaffee, Mette teaches courses in the Concentration in Human Services as well as the International Social Welfare course to Denmark, Italy, and South Africa during the summer. Mette's teaching is inspired by her extensive international practice experience working with various populations and a commitment to professionalizing the field of human services.
Areas of research and professional interest include: professionalization and educational socialization of human services and social workers and international social welfare.
For further information, please contact Mette Christiansen, LMSW
The Concentration in Human Services in the Department of Sociology at SUNY New Paltz at (845) 257- 3697 (office: Jacobson Faculty Tower 506).