On this program, students learn the historical roots of the professionalization of helping others and the profession of social work. The first Charity Organisation Society, established in London in 1869, worked to bring order and scientific methods to the giving of charity and introduced the concept of treatment in an effort to assuage the effects of poverty. The modern and esteemed profession of social work grew from these roots.
This Maymester focuses on governmental, social and health services and their impact on the client populations and diverse cultures of London that provide the context for these services. Through cultural immersion in ethnic neighborhoods, field visits and seminars, this course aims to promote cross-cultural learning and deepen students’ understanding of the rights and responsibilities of being a good citizen in an increasingly global society. The program also includes an in-depth project in conjunction with local social service agencies.
London offers many sites from which to gain a perspective on the current systems of social welfare. One of the most famous is the historic Toynbee Hall, the first settlement home and a site that could be considered the birthplace of social work. Established in 1873, Toynbee Hall’s aim is to build bridges between seemingly disparate groups: the rich and poor, powerful and powerless, and different religions, ethnic groups and cultures.
- SW 460K / SW 495K / WGS 440 | Roots of Social and Economic Justice: An International Perspective
This course meets the global cultures flag. May meet major requirements in social work.
Professor Barbara Anderson, LCSW, has been the faculty co-director since 2007. She is a member of the Clinical Faculty and has been part of the School of Social Work since 1997.
Professor Anderson has taught social work practice, human behavior, and field education at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Social work history, social justice, diversity, cultural competency, social policy and agency practice are themes of her courses taught at UT.
Professor Vicki Packheiser, LCSW, will be joining the London Maymester as a faculty co-director. She is Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs and a Clinical Associate Professor at the School of Social Work where she has been teaching since 1994.
Professor Packheiser has taught a variety of social work courses at the graduate and undergraduate level and served as an international faculty liaison for social work students completing internships internationally. She is excited to share social work's rich history and commitment to social justice with students in London, one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world.
Program and Application Details
For full program details and information on how to apply, go to the Program Page.
Questions? Email: Ellen Aoki.