SOC 321 - Practicum in Facilitating Intergroup Dialogues
Fall 2023, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Sociology (SOC)
Department: LSA Sociology
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Requirements & Distribution:
With permission of department.
Advisory Prerequisites:
PSYCH 310/SOC 320 and permission of instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:
Start/End Date:
Full Term 8/28/23 - 12/6/23 (see other Sections below)
NOTE: Drop/Add deadlines are dependent on the class meeting dates and will differ for full term versus partial term offerings.
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In order to take this course, you must have completed ALA 320: Processes of Intergroup Dialogues Facilitation. This course follows "Training in Intergroup Dialogue Facilitation" and requires applied work in facilitating intergroup dialogues.

Students will be facilitating a dialogue section that meets on Tuesdays,10 am - 12 pm (Sec 001) or 2-4 pm (Sec 002). Students participate in weekly seminars and frequent instructor/coach consultations to: 

  • Discuss and prepare work for weekly dialogue sessions
  • Strengthen facilitators’ own understanding of intergroup relations 
  • Further develop the co-­facilitation relationship and experience 
  • Discuss theory and practice of group observation, conflict intervention, intergroup communication, and community building 
  • Strengthen facilitators’ understanding and participation in liberatory education
  • Continue facilitators’ own personal growth and development in the intergroup dialogue process 

Practicum focuses on helping students develop and improve their skills as intergroup dialogue facilitators and peer social justice educators. This will be done in the context of the belief that facilitation skills can be used throughout life to create positive social change. Effective facilitators are effective social change agents. Moreover, by debriefing their actual dialogue experiences, facilitators can deepen their own learning about identity, discrimination, privilege, and social justice. Ultimately, we believe that individuals with strong intergroup dialogue facilitation skills are one of the key pieces in developing a just and equitable society. This course fulfills the LSA Race & Ethnicity Requirement. 

*An additional two credits can be obtained by simultaneously enrolling in ALA 270. 

Class begins with a required retreat. Please plan to reserve the following day for retreat.

    • Saturday, August 26th

Please see our courses website for more information. Questions regarding this course should be directed to The Program on Intergroup Relations,

Course Requirements:

-Students must complete ALA 320: Processes of Intergroup Dialogues Facilitation in order to take this course.

-Students must complete the application by going to this link: FA23 ALA 321 Application

Intended Audience:

For students who are facilitating Intergroup Dialogues, and who can attend during the scheduled class time.

Class Format:

Students will be expected to attend class during the scheduled meeting times. Accommodations will be made for students with excused absences.


SOC 321 - Practicum in Facilitating Intergroup Dialogues
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
 In Person
Th 9:00AM - 12:00PM
8/28/23 - 12/6/23
Note: This class will have a mandatory retreat on Aug 26.
002 (SEM)
 In Person
Th 1:00PM - 4:00PM
8/28/23 - 12/6/23
Note: This class will have a mandatory retreat on Aug 26.

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