May Term 2012 — Mandeville, Jamaica

SWK3880-01/SWK6880-01Travel/Study: International Children's Rights

3 semester hours

This course will provide students with a hands-on experience in understanding children's rights in an international context. Prior to leaving for Mandeville, Jamaica, students will gain a solid understanding of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and an introduction to the human rights field. The students will have the opportunity to make a contribution to children's rights by providing service to local child-care centers in Jamaica; in this context, students will be working at their sites Monday to Friday for six to eight hours a day, which are established with Projects Abroad. The students will meet with social workers in Jamaica and learn how they try to uphold the children's participation, survival, developmental and protection rights. Students will be treated as interns and have the opportunity to work directly with children at the community center, after-school programs, etc.  Students will be staying with host families in the Mandeville, Jamaica, area. Recreational activities will be planned on the weekends.

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

Instructor:
Dr. Jeff Bulanda

Course Dates/Times:
On-campus class meetings May 5 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. in addition to meetings during the spring semester.

Trip dates:
May 7-19, 2012

Trip costs:
$3,265 to include airfare, board and lodging, ground transportation and weekend trips in addition to undergraduate tuition of $1,425 or graduate tuition of $1,695.

Trip deposit: 
$500 due December 1, 2011.