International Student Placements: working with the challenges and opportunities

Deborah West, Daniel Baschiera

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    Abstract

    Charles Darwin University offers a Bachelor of Social Work and a Bachelor of Humanitarian Studies. The two are closely linked with a clear focus on cultural competence and social justice within a humanitarian paradigm. Both provide the opportunity for students to undertake placements overseas. The Bachelor of Humanitarian Studies in particular, has created unique opportunities for student placements in a variety of environments, many of which have limited infrastructure and can change rapidly in terms of political stability. 
    These placements offer fabulous learning environments but also create some challenges and risks for students and the University. This chapter explores both the challenges and opportunities of organising, administering and undertaking international placements from the perspectives of students, supervisors/agencies and academic staff. It provides an overview of the guiding philosophy, the elements that have been embedded within the program and the processes put in place to address student safety and security.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSocial work field education and supervision across Asia Pacific
    EditorsC. Noble, M. Henrickson
    Place of PublicationSydney
    PublisherSydney University Press
    Chapter5
    Pages89-114
    Number of pages26
    ISBN (Print)9781920899691
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

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