Denmark May ’18

Course Name: To Denmark and Beyond: Child and Family Well-Being in Workfare and Welfare States
Professor: Dr. Paula Sheridan & Lisa Ibanez
Credits: 3
Lib Ed.:  Culture 5
GPS [Global Poet Scholarship] Eligible: Yes!
GPS: Students who started in Fall 2016 can subtract $2000 from course fee total.
Cost/Fees: $3700 (estimated)

Travel dates: 5/22/18-6/8/18

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This course explores social work policy and practice of services to children, youth and their families in both welfare and workfare states of Denmark and the US. Students participate in agency analysis of service delivery in both countries, collaborate with social work professionals and students in Denmark, and analyze similarities and differences in need and services. We will also examine the gaps in service delivery and resources in both settings. Course instruction is located at Whittier College and Metropolitan University School of Social Work, Copenhagen, DK.

Whittier and Metropol Students working on collaborative projects, Courtesy Sonia Chaidez
Whittier and Metropol Students working on collaborative projects, Courtesy Sonia Chaidez

This class is designed in collaboration with Metropolitan University School of Social Work. Our students will participate in the international course, Youth and Families, with English as the language of instruction. Metro students represent EU countries and their respective social service delivery systems. Togethe we will examine systems that enhance or deter the well-being of children and families through class and field experiences.

Nyvaven in Copenhagen. Courtesy Wikimedia
Nyvaven in Copenhagen. Courtesy Wikimedia

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  • Walking tours of Copenhagen
  • Visit to Rosenborg Castle
  • Various museums
  • Agency analyses
  • Visit to Royal Library Garden


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The Faculty-Led Program fees include the following for the dates of the program.  It is important to note that fees and costs are always subject to change due to the nature of international travel (new visa requirements, new travel regulations, etc.) as well as changes to the itinerary.

–  Accommodations (double occupancy)
–  Lodging.
–  Course-related site visits.
–  HTH health and natural/political disaster evacuation insurance or program vendor insurance if it is more comprehensive.
–  Some Meals
–  Service-learning and volunteer activity costs.

*Note: Due to international travel requirements, varying exchange rates and other factors, prices are always subject to change.

The Faculty-Led Tuition Fee includes:

–  3 Semester Credits.
–  Whittier Students only pay course fees as May term tuition is waived. Non-Whittier students should inquire with our office about WC tuition for May-Term classes.

Costs Not Included:

–  Meals not indicated on the itinerary
–  Airfare and transport other than indicated above
–   Visa
–  Expenses of a personal nature
–  Optional international cell phone/SIM card rental and usage charges
–  Passport expenses
–  Single supplement fee, if  a participant wishes to have a single room for hotel/hostel accommodations and if available.


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[su_spoiler title=”What students have to say about our trips…” style=”fancy”]”This study abroad experience was absolutely wonderful. The various locations we visited during the trip were not only relevant to our studies but also very enjoyable as we were able to explore the country. We also had a clear and well thought out itinerary. The aspect of the trip I enjoyed the most was spending time…volunteer [ing] to help improve the community. It was a very rural and different environment that I had never previously experienced.”

“I loved working closely with my peers and my professor. There was a huge sense of community even though we were all from different walks of life.”

“I loved that we were able to really explore the country, visiting big cities, little cities and tiny villages, to really get an idea of the culture.”[/su_spoiler]