The Social Work Emphasis (SWE) is designed for social work majors who are interested in conducting their junior or senior level field placement in an immersive, cross-cultural context. SWE students live on campus at Uganda Christian University and take part in other valuable components of USP, including urban and rural homestays with Ugandan families, a 10-day trip to Rwanda, and the USP core course, Faith & Action in the Ugandan Context. The social work field experience and accompanying seminar discussions shed light on the rewarding and challenging nature of international social work, while simultaneously helping students to translate and apply their professional growth to a Western context.

The SWE offers a wide variety of field placement opportunities for both junior and senior level social work students (see practicum site descriptions below).  

Students will learn the value of being present with a patient with HIV/AIDS, helping a pregnant teen reconcile with family members, and how consistent visits to the home of a child struggling in school can change the course of their life. While integrating CSWE's Social Work Competencies, students will experience first-hand how the values of the social work profession are truly universal in empowering people to improve their lives. The African culture provides an invaluable training environment for the next generation of social workers to learn about diversity, the micro and macro causes and solutions to poverty and injustice, and the beauty of community as a change agent in society.

Download the Social Work Emphasis At-A-Glance Handout 

Download the Social Work Practicum Site Descriptions

Find out more about the field placement process here. 

 

Junior Level SWE

Junior Level SWE students take Faith & Action in the Ugandan Context, Social Work Practicum for Junior Level, Junior Social Work Seminar for the Ugandan Context, and at least one African Context Course. 

 

Faith & Action in the Ugandan Context 4
Social Work Practicum for Junior Level 6
Social Work Seminar for the Ugandan Context 2
African Context Course 3
Elective/African Context Course (optional) 0-3
Total Credits 15-18

 

Social Work Practicum and Seminar for Junior Level

The junior level field experience provides students with opportunities to integrate social work theory and practice in a cross-cultural setting. Students will complete a minimum of 150 hours of practice at an approved service location in Uganda. Each student will be on-site 2-3 days per week under the supervision of her/his field supervisor and the USP Social Work Coordinator (Lisa Tokpa, MSW).

Download the Social Work Practicum/Seminar for Junior Level Syllabus

Download the Learning Agreement and Field Evaluation Form

 

Senior Level SWE

Senior Level SWE students take Faith & Action in the Ugandan Context, Social Work Practicum for Senior Level, and Senior Social Work Seminar for the Ugandan Context for a total of 16 semester credits.

 

Faith & Action in the Ugandan Context 4
Social Work Practicum for Senior Level 10
Social Work Seminar 2
Total Credits 16

 

Social Work Practicum and Seminar for Senior Level

The senior level field experience provides the same learning opportunities as the junior level field experience (see above) but with greater intensity and debrief/supervision to match. It requires more proficient social work skills, and develops increased cultural humility. Students will complete a minimum of 400 hours of practice at an approved service location in Uganda. Each student will be on-site 3-5 days per week under the supervision of her/his field supervisor and the USP Social Work Coordinator (Lisa Tokpa, MSW).

Download the Social Work Practicum/Seminar for Senior Level Syllabus

Download the Learning Agreement and Field Evaluation Form


 

Questions about the Social Work Emphasis?

Lisa Tokpa, MSW (Washington University), coordinates the Social Work Emphasis and practicum placements. For more information, contact her directly at uspsocialwork@gmail.com.