GLOBALIZATION, SOCIAL MEDIA & TECHNOLOGY, AND SOCIAL JUSTICE: IMPLICATIONS FOR SOCIAL WORK EDUCATORS, RESEARCHERS AND PRACTITIONERS

D. Brooks, S. Maarsen, J. Holten

University of Southern California (UNITED STATES)
This presentations revolves around themes of globalization, social media and technology, and social justice from a social work perspective. The course is particularly interested in the ways in which sexual orientation, gender, ethnicity, and other aspects of cultural diversity (or “sexual orientation diversity”) intersect with one another to contribute to oppression, poverty, marginalization, and alienation as well as privilege, power, and acclaim around the world.

Participants will explore sexual orientation diversity first-hand within various contexts around the globe—contexts that are sometimes similar to one another and the U.S., and at other times very different. Participants will also experience sexual orientation diversity problems and challenges in various global contexts. Finally, participants will engage in activities geared toward enhancing their ability to use social media and technology to engage diverse individuals, families, groups and communities in social solutions.

Enhancing Students’ Intercultural Competence through Virtual and Global Immersions: An Innovative Approach to Teaching Students to Use Social Networks, Media and Technology to Promote Social Justice