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GSSWGraduate School of Social Work

Sustainable Development & Global Practice

Humans need an ecological understanding of their place in the natural environment to promote personal health and well-being, environmental awareness, sense of belonging in a community, sustainability, resilience and advocacy. Students will develop practice behaviors in assessment, community engagement, education, health promotion, mobilization, organizing, poverty reduction, environmental preservation and capacity building strategies. Students in the Sustainable Development and Global Practice concentration will learn about local and global policies and laws relevant to humane treatment of human and animals, human security, sustainable development strategies in countries emerging from conflict, conservation of nature, biodiversity and sustainability, land use, and water use.

Courses and field internships will be guided by the principles of human rights, global justice, and sustainability and will address complex social and economic development, reconciliation and restorative justice, implementation of sustainable development strategies in countries emerging from conflict, conservation of nature, and biodiversity issues to support the systemic interconnections of human-animal and ecosystem health using practice-informed environmental health and capacity-building strategies.

Students learn to partner effectively with families, communities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and institutions by developing competencies in assessment, community engagement, education, health promotion, mobilization, environmental preservation, organizing and developing strategies to reduce poverty and build capacity.

Current students can find additional curriculum information on the GSSW Student Resource Portfolio page.