Social Welfare in Metropolitan Los Angeles
This course will focus on the unique history and culture of the Los Angeles metropolitan area, and the innovative social services provided to its residents. Students will gain a more comprehensive and complex view of Los Angeles as a diverse, vibrant, and culturally rich region. They will also discover how the social, economic, and environmental context shapes the hopes and dreams of the population who live there.
An experiential learning experience, students will explore unique historical and cultural sites as well as tour state-of-the-art social service organizations in both Los Angeles and Long Beach that focus on social, economic, and environmental justice issues in these areas. They will have the opportunity to interact with consumers and providers from a variety of social services including those that focus on child welfare, mental health, services to the homeless, formerly gang-involved and previously incarcerated men and women, older adults, veterans, the LGBT community, and other vulnerable, at-risk populations.
Some agencies will provide trainings and students will have the opportunity to engage in service learning projects with the objective that students will develop insight, knowledge, and skills applicable to their eventual social services practice in their home communities.