Expect the unexpected: International short-term study course pedagogies and practices

Ross Velure Roholt, Colleen Fisher

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Given the United States' population changes and the increasing impact of globalization, international context and experience in the MSW curriculum are essential. Gaining popularity as a vehicle for such experience are short-term international courses, defined as educational trips outside the United States lasting from 1 to 3 weeks. To achieve desired outcomes, courses must include both strong course curriculum and pedagogical approaches that support learning from experience and critical reflection. In this article, we describe our short-term international MSW school-supported course methodology. We use three critical incidents to illustrate tensions and challenges inherent inMSWstudy abroad programs. Finally, we offer three pedagogical approaches to deepen and enhance learning in short-term international courses: experiential learning, transformative learning, and decolonizing pedagogy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)48-65
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Social Work Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2013


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