2018 HPA 499 / LER 497 Sweden Trip

Jönköping, Sweden

HPA 499/LER403, Human Resource Management and Healthcare in a Social Welfare Context: The Swedish Experience will be offered as an embedded program at Jönköping University in Sweden. The embedded program will be a Maymester course with two credits being offered during the spring and one credit for the study tour. The dates for the course are May 9-19, 2018. However, students will need to make travel arrangements so that they arrive on Wednesday, May 9 and depart on May 20. The course ends on May 19. The Learning Objectives for this embedded program are for students to: 1) demonstrate knowledge of HRM applied in a range of organizations in a social welfare context; 2) Compare and contrast the institutional and cultural contexts of the U.S. and Sweden; and 3) Demonstrate intercultural competencies that can be applied throughout a later career life.

If you would like to apply for the trip, HPA students should email Dr. Diane Spokus at dms201@psu.edu with a one-page statement on why they are interested in taking this class. GPA should be 3.0 or higher and for LER students, they should contact Dr. Elaine Farndale at euf3@psu.edu . A maximum of 14 students will be admitted, based on motivation for the class and academic achievement. Once all places are filled, no more applications will be considered.

Sweden is a particularly interesting country for students to study from an HRM perspective as well as a healthcare perspective. The social welfare society stands in contrast to many of the approaches taken to HRM in the USA. It is also an ideal setting in which to study HRM from a healthcare perspective, again because of the interesting systems they have in place that differ from the US approach. Students arrive in Gothenburg first and after three days, travel to Jönköping.

Jönköping is a very attractive city of 130,000 people, located approximately midway between the two major cities of Stockholm and Gothenburg in Sweden, allowing easy access for visits. It is a very historical area, famous for its matchstick industry! Jönköping University is based in the city center, and is a highly international private university. It offers a three-year undergraduate human resource management program housed jointly in the School of Education and Communication and the School of Psychology. It also has as strong School of Health Sciences in which is housed the Institute of Gerontology. The last leg of our trip is when we travel from Jönköping to Stockholm where we visit the Karolinska Institute.

On this trip, students will learn about Sweden culture and history as compared with USA and other cultures; Swedish social welfare business contexts; Traditions of HRM in Sweden and across Scandinavia; and preparing for the visit through etiquette, and background of the various sites. In addition, a trip to Stockholm is also planned.

Applications for the trip are now being accepted. Please deposit your one-page statement on why you are interested in taking this class in Dr. Spokus’ mailbox located on the 6th Floor of the Ford Building. Once you have been accepted on the trip, you will need to enroll under HPA 499/LER 403: Human Resource Management in a Social Welfare Context: The Swedish Experience to obtain the two and then one credit course credits. The costs of the trip can be discussed during individually appointments. In-country costs are paid by students as well as the cost for airfare. Students are encouraged to apply for the $1000  Commonwealth Scholarship which is based on financial need to help support their trip.  Please visit http://hhd.psu.edu/cms/hpa/sweden#.