An SJSU faculty member in Social Work will be teaching a study abroad class of possible interest to some of you. The class is titled "Exploring Social Change and Social Work in Contemporary Vietnam." A flyer is attached, and more information is available at http://www.sjsu.edu/socialwork/vietnam/.
Credits: 3 (students enrolled in SW 285/180)
Time: July 1 – July 23, 2012
Location: Hanoi – Hue – Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)
Faculty: Huong Nguyen and Tuan Tran (School of Social Work)
Host: School of Social Work (San Jose State University)
Cost: About US$2900, not including air ticket (ranges between US$1100 – 1500 depending on how far ahead you buy the ticket)
Syllabus: Contact the faculty for a copy of the syllabus with detailed activities of each day.
Application deadline: March 1, 2012
In the three decades since the end of the Vietnam War (1975), Vietnam has gone through fundamental political, economic, and social transformations. Specifically, facing high poverty rate in the 1980s, Vietnam decided to abandon a subsidy economy in favor of the market economy and at the same time opened the door to the Western world. Following the normalization of its relationship with the United States (1995) and further integration into the global world, Vietnam enjoyed rapid economic development. Currently the second fastest developing country in the world (after China), Vietnam is an exciting society where traditions and reforms, the newly imported Western values and the old Confucian beliefs, and the older and younger generations constantly negotiate, define and redefine each other. All this, in addition to the breathtaking landscape and friendly people, makes Vietnam an exciting site to observe the daily working of globalization, change, and history. For those who are concerned with social work, Vietnam is an ideal learning site since social work profession and social work education is still in its infancy in the country.
This course, then, aims at introducing students to contemporary Vietnam: its social change, problems, and the situation of social work, all in the context of globalization and in comparison and contrast to the US and other developing countries. Weaving into the study of these foci, the course will also introduce students to the cultural and ecological diversity of Vietnam.
By the end of the trip in Vietnam, the students should:
If you think the class is of interest and that you would like to receive credit for it as an elective towards your MUP requirements, please contact our Graduate Advisor, Professor Hilary Nixon. She will work with you to decide whether the department can grant credit towards your degree requirements.