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SASS India: Global Health and Social Development in India (SASS 375G/575)
Agra, India; Bharatpur, India; Jaipur, India; New Delhi, India; Tilonia, India; Vrindavan, India (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Winter Break 1
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Restrictions: CWRU applicants only
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Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: No
Courses Offered: Applied Social Sciences, Social Work Program Director/Assistant Director: Valerie Rambin, MSASS (
Credit Type: Graduate, Professional, Undergraduate Case Credit Type: Engineering Social Sciences Credit, Global and Diversity Credit, Social Work Minor
Number of Credits: 3 Deposit: $300
Total Program Cost:
$3,395 Included in Program Cost: All meals, Housing, In-country transportation, Insurance
Not Included in Program Cost: Flights, Passport Fees, Tuition, Vaccinations, Visa fees
Program Description:
This 3-credit experiential course will focus on multiple aspects of social welfare, public health, and socio-economic issues of development in a fast-changing India. This course will familiarize students with social development in India and policy issues with multicultural aspects of healthcare, poverty alleviation, and non-formal education. Watch Sarah’s (Sociology, ’18) video journal: Incredible India 2017.
The course includes a yoga and Ayurveda session at the world-renowned Patanjali Yoga Center, where students will learn about alternative healthcare models. Students will also examine the environmental and ecological issues of the lower Himalayas and Ganga River, and learn about the Clean Ganga movement. In addition to visiting various NGOs in India, students will meet with practicing social workers, healthcare professionals, policy advocates, field workers, government officials, and eminent Indian scholars. Students will become acquainted with the history and culture of India, its social, political, and economic development and their effect on the delivery of social services. Students will also have the opportunity to visit world-famous sites, such as the Taj Mahal, Lotus Temple, and Red Fort.
Some project sites include (subject to change):
- Vrindavan: visit Vatsalyagram, a non-profit focusing on child and women empowerment with a unique alternative to women’s shelters and orphanages, and Akshay Patra, an NGO running the world’s largest mid-day meal program to help eradicate malnutrition
- New Delhi: meet with policy makers; visit Goonj Project, a non-profit dedicated to eradicating poverty through civic engagement; visit Hole-In-The-Wall NGO to experience nontraditional, inclusive education for underprivileged children
- Haridwar: practice nontraditional preventative medicine at Patanjali Yogapeeth, one of the world’s largest yoga health centers and participate in a yoga and Ayurveda workshop; visit Divya Sewa Mission, a medical facility and support center for individuals with leprosy; explore the banks of River Ganga for evening prayer ceremony and learn about the Clean Ganga Mission, the river conservation movement
- Rishikesh: spend time in the scenic lower Himalayan city and visit a leprosy eradication program
- Jim Corbett National Tiger Reserve: visit the Tiger Safari and Village, part of the oldest national park in India, to experience forest ecology and traditional rural life in India and the Himalayas

Program Dates: January 2-14, 2018
Pre-Trip and Post-Trip Seminars: October 14 and November 4, 2017, January 27, 2018
Faculty: Dr. Sharon Milligan and Dr. Tej Pareek

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This program is currently not accepting applications.