SW 305 - Theories and Practices for Community Action and Social Change
Section: 001
Term: WN 2010
Subject: Social Work (SW)
Department: School of Social Work
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
Waitlist Notes:
Students must complete a closed course petition online on the School of Social Work web site ssw.umich.edu/programs/classes/forms.html
With permission of department.
May not be repeated for credit.

This foundations course for the Community Action and Social Change Minor is designed to prepare students to be informed and active participants in the process of community building and social change. The course uses a multidisciplinary framework to develop competencies that will help students envision what community action and social change look like, identify and implement steps towards social change, build on positive sources of power, indigenous knowledge and experiences of individuals, groups, and communities who are engaged in social change efforts. The course is co-taught by a team representing different disciplinary perspectives who will work with student to integrate different ways of thinking based on the various disciplinary perspectives to achieve social change.

The course material covers theories and practices of community action and social change through an interdisciplinary examination of examples in research and practice. The course focuses on individuals, groups and institutions and how they interact. The course examines empirical quantitative and qualitative studies that test social change methods and provides exposure to and experience with qualitative research methods such as ethnographic observation and interviewing and qualitative data-gathering. Students are engaged in a critical and contrasting assessment of community organizing and other social change methods.

Core competencies:

  1. Students will examine their own identity development (race, class, gender, sexual/relational orientation, religion, nationality, ability, other), recognize multiple social identities, and engage in critical analysis of power, privilege and oppression
  2. Exploration and understanding of the meaning of community and social change
  3. Students will develop individual interview skills and relationship-building skills and group facilitation skills
  4. Awareness of historical framework and theory regarding community action and social change
  5. Engagement in policy and structural analysis with regard to community action and social change
  6. Students will develop community building and organizing skills

SW 305 - Theories and Practices for Community Action and Social Change
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
4Fr or So or Jr
3LSA - Sr
MW 9:30AM - 11:00AM
Note: Undergraduate credit only. MSW students should not be enrolling in this course.
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