CASC Advising

Students wishing to pursue a minor in Community Action and Social Change should meet with the program's designated advisor. Appointments are scheduled through the School of Social Work Dean's Office CASC Undergraduate Minor Program (email: cascminor@umich.edu or telephone: 734-763-5733); 3833 SSW.

Community Action and Social Change (CASC) Minor

Effective Fall 2014

This multidisciplinary minor is a collaboration between the School of Social Work, the College of Literature, Science and the Arts, the Program in American Culture, Psychology, Sociology, and the Program in Intergroup Relations, the Residential College and the Michigan Community Scholars Program.

The CASC minor uses critical structural thinking to engage students in analyzing types, levels and sources of power to better understand how inequities are manifested, maintained and reinforced in society and how these inequities can be addressed through community action and social change efforts. It will extend opportunities for undergraduate students to:

  1. examine community action and social change concepts using a multidisciplinary framework;
  2. address community action and social change efforts in multilingual and multicultural communities;
  3. integrate, using a multidisciplinary framework, social justice values into the community action and social change processes; and
  4. engage in service learning opportunities to promote community action or social change.

The minor requires 16 credits. See the structure diagram in the upper right.

The courses that comprise this multidisciplinary minor are linked together through a common set of principles. These principles include:

  1. Civic engagement is a critical component of undergraduate education.
  2. Community engagement, action and social change need to incorporate social justice perspectives.
  3. Undergraduate students need the theories and skills to:
    • recognize the importance of contexts on individual, group and interpersonal dynamics;
    • engage in critical socio­political/historical/structural analyses;
    • use a multi-level and multidisciplinary structural analysis and perspective;
    • acknowledge and address the role of power and privilege in community action and social change efforts; and
    • identify goals for community change and the strategies and tactics to work with others towards these goals.

 

Prerequisites to the Minor

None for the minor per se, although individual courses elected to meet the requirements of the minor may have course prerequisites.

Requirements for the Minor

The minor requires at least 16 credits from the following courses:

  1. Required Core Foundation Course:
    SW 305:
    Theories and Practices for Community Action and Social Change
  2. Electives. One course (minimum 3 credits) from each cluster and an additional 3 credits from any cluster
    1. Context Cluster Electives (minimum three credits).
      These electives provide students with a range of context, theories and multidisciplinary perspectives to support understanding of various community action and social change efforts:
      • AAS 303/SOC 303: Race and Ethnic Relations
      • AAS 330/RCSSCI 330: Urban and Community Studies 1 (section titled "Historical and Theoretical Perspectives")
      • AAS 434/SOC 434: Social Organization of Black Communities
      • AMCULT 311: Topics in Ethnic Studies (section titled "Race and Mixed Race")
      • AMCULT 348/HISTORY 346: History of American Radicalism
      • AMCULT 374/HISTORY 374: The Politics and Culture of the Sixties
      • AMCULT 399: Race, Racism and Ethnicity
      • AMCULT 421/SOC 423: Social Stratification (section titled "Gender, Sexuality, Disability, and Animal Inequality in America")
      • ANTHRCUL 370/LING 370: Language and Discrimination
      • ANTHRCUL 447: Culture, Racism and Human Nature
      • ASIAN 259/HISTORY 255: Gandhi's India: The History of Modern South Asia
      • ENTR 599: Special Topics in Entrepreneurship (section titled “Educational Entrepreneurship”)
      • ENVIRON 203/ORGSTUDY 203: Activism
      • ES 445: Base of the Pyramid – Business Innovations for Solving Society’s Problems
      • ES 444: Introduction to Microfinance
      • GEOG 145/INTLSTD 101/UC 145: Introduction to International Studies
      • HISTORY 255/ASIAN 259: Gandhi's India: The History of Modern South Asia
      • HISTORY 344/RCSSCI 344: The History of Detroit in the 20th Century
      • HISTORY 346/AMCULT 348: History of American Radicalism
      • HISTORY 374/AMCULT 374: The Politics and Culture of the Sixties
      • INTLSTD 101/GEOG 145/UC 145: Introduction to International Studies
      • LING 370/ANTHRCUL 370: Language and Discrimination
      • MO 314: Managing Change
      • MO 321: Leadership in Organizations
      • ORGSTUDY 203/ENVIRON 203: Activism
      • POLSCI 489: Advanced Topics in Contemporary Political Science (section titled "Citizenship and its Modern Challenges")
      • PSYCH 498/WOMENSTD 498: Gender and the Individual
      • RCSSCI 330/AAS 330: Urban and Community Studies 1 (section titled "Historical and Theoretical Perspectives")
      • RCSSCI 344/HISTORY 344: The History of Detroit in the 20th Century
      • SOC 303/AAS 303: Race and Ethnic Relations
      • SOC 345/WOMENSTD 345: Sociology of Sexualities
      • SOC 423/AMCULT 421: Social Stratification (section titled "Gender, Sexuality, Disability, and Animal Inequality in America")
      • SOC 434/AAS 434: Social Organization of Black Communities
      • SOC 447/WOMENSTD 447: Sociology of Gender
      • SOC 454: Law and Society
      • SOC 458: Sociology of Education
      • SOC 461: Social Movements
      • SW 300: Leadership in the Nonprofit Section
      • SW 400: Social Problems and Social Work Today
      • UC 145/INTLSTD 101/GEOG 145: Introduction to International Studies
      • WOMENSTD 345/SOC 345: Sociology of Sexualities
      • WOMENSTD 447/SOC 447: Sociology of Gender
    2. Diversity Learning Cluster Electives (minimum three credits).
      These electives provide students with skills and learning opportunities to facilitate diversity learning to support community action and social change efforts:
      • AMCULT 321/PSYCH 325: Practicum in the Multicultural Community
      • AMCULT 363/WOMENSTD 363: Asian/Pacific American Women
      • AMCULT 390: Internship in Arab American Studies,
      • EDUC 390/ELI 390/LING 386/RCSSCI 390: Community Service and Language, Education, and Culture
      • ELI 390/LING 386/EDUC 390/RCSSCI 390: Community Service and Language, Education, and Culture
      • HISTORY 346/AMCULT 348: History of American Radicalism (section titled "From the Abolitionists to the Battle of Seattle")
      • LING 386/ELI 390/EDUC 390/RCSSCI 390: Community Service and Language, Education, and Culture
      • PSYCH 122/UC 122/SOC 122: Intergroup Dialogues
      • PSYCH 310/UC 320/SOC 320: Processes of Intergroup Dialogues Facilitation
      • PSYCH 311/UC 321/SOC 321: Practicum in Facilitating Intergroup Dialogues
      • PSYCH 312/UC 375/SOC 375: Intergroup Conflict and Coexistence: Religion, Ethnicity and Culture
      • PSYCH 324/SOC 324/UC 324: Advanced Practicum in Intergroup Relations
      • PSYCH 325/AMCULT 321: Practicum in the Multicultural Community
      • RCCORE 409:Study Off-Campus (section titled "Political Struggles in Mexico: Seminar and Field Study
      • RCSSCI 360:Social Science Junior Seminar (section titled "Political Struggles in Mexico: Seminar and Field Study")
      • RCSSCI 390/ELI 390/LING 386/EDUC 390: Community Service and Language, Education, and Culture
      • SOC 122/UC 122/PSYCH 122: Intergroup Dialogues
      • SOC 218/UC 218: Foundations of Intergroup Relations
      • SOC 320/UC 320/PSYCH 310: Processes of Intergroup Dialogues Facilitation
      • SOC 321/UC 321/PSYCH 311: Practicum in Facilitating Intergroup Dialogues
      • SOC 324/PSYCH 324/UC 324: Advanced Practicum in Intergroup Relations
      • SOC 375/UC 375/PSYCH 312: Intergroup Conflict and Coexistence: Religion, Ethnicity and Culture
      • UC 122/PSYCH 122/SOC 122: Intergroup Dialogues
      • UC 218/SOC 218: Foundations of Intergroup Relations
      • UC 320/PSYCH 310/SOC 320: Processes of Intergroup Dialogues Facilitation
      • UC 321/PSYCH 311/SOC 321: Practicum in Facilitating Intergroup Dialogues
      • UC 324/SOC 324/PSYCH 324: Advanced Practicum in Intergroup Relations
      • UC 370:UC Special Topics (section titled "Intergroup Conflict & Coexistence: Religion, Ethnicity & Culture")
      • UC 375/PSYCH 312/SOC 375: Intergroup Conflict and Coexistence: Religion, Ethnicity and Culture
      • UC 470: UC Special Topics (section titled "Social Justice in the Real World"
      • WOMENSTD 363/AMCULT 363: Asian/Pacific American Women
      • WOMENSTD 420: Group Facilitation in Women's Studies
      • WOMENSTD 443/CAAS 443: Pedagogy of Empowerment: Activism in Race, Gender and Health
    3. Action Service Learning Cluster Electives (minimum three credits).
      These electives provide students with opportunities to engage in service learning opportunities to promote community action and social change initiatives:
      • AMCULT 301: Topics in American Culture (section titled “The Cody High School Project”)
      • AMCULT 305: Asian Pacific American Community Service and Learning
      • AMCULT 306/PSYCH 317: Community Research
      • AMCULT 319/PSYCH 319: Empowering Families and Communities
      • AMCULT 321/PSYCH 325: Practicum in Multicultural Community
      • AMCULT 390: Internship Opportunities in Arab American Studies
      • ARTDES 312: Art Workshops in Prisons
      • ARTDES 314: Change by Design
      • EDUC 360: Partners is Authentic Learning in School
      • EDUC 390/ELI 390/LING 386/RCSSCI 390: Community Service and Language, Education and Culture
      • ELI 390/LING 386/EDUC 390/RCSSCI 390: Community Service and Language, Education and Culture
      • ENGLISH 310: Discourse and Society
      • ENGLISH 319: Literature and Social Change (section titled "Theater and Social Change")
      • ENGLISH 326: Community Writing and Public Cultures (section titled “The Portfolio Project)
      • ENGR 355 & 455: Multidisciplinary Engineering Design I & II (section titled “Engaged Urban Design”) [students must participate in both semesters]
      • ENTR 390: Special Topics in Entrepreneurship (section titled “Leading Innovation through Social Entrepreneurship”)
      • LING 386/ELI 390/EDUC 390/RCSSCI 390: Community Service and Language, Education and Culture
      • POLSCI 389: Topics in Contemporary Political Science (section titled "Theory and Practice of Community Organizing")
      • PSYCH 211 (excluding any sections about career exploration)
      • PSYCH 306: Project Outreach Group Leading
      • PSYCH 317/AMCULT 306: Community Research
      • PSYCH 319/AMCULT 319: Empowering Families and Communities
      • PSYCH 325/AMCULT 321: Practicum in Multicultural Community
      • RCHUMS 334: Topics in Humanities (sections titled "Community Empowerment Through the Arts: An Introduction to Theory and Practice" and “The Atonment Project")
      • RCSSCI 390/ELI 390/LING 386/EDUC 390: Community Service and Language, Education and Culture
      • SOC 325: The Sociology of Service Learning
      • SOC 389: Project Community (all sections)
      • SOC 489: Organizing: People, Power and Social Change
      • THTREMUS 399: Topics in Drama (section titled “The Atonment Project”)
      • WOMENSTD 350: Nonprofit Management, Community Engagement, and Feminist Practice

      The School of Social Work will also offer one-credit mini-courses that are led by community leaders and social work faculty that will provide students additional elective opportunities linked to the core cluster areas.
  3. Capstone.

    SW 401: Community Action and Social Change Capstone.

    When students have completed the core course and electives, a capstone one-credit community action and social change experience will complete the minor requirements. This involves students in the minor working closely with social work faculty advisors or other steering committee members to engage in integrative learning tasks to support e-portfolio development and further service learning opportunities.

Preferred Admission to Social Work for Community Action Social Change Minor

Students who are completing a CASC minor may apply to the Office of Student Services in the School of Social Work for the Preferred Admission Program leading to a Master of Social Work (MSW) during the fall of their junior year.

Community Action and Social Change (CASC) Minor (F'13-Su'14) +

Effective Fall 2013-Summer 2014

 

This multidisciplinary minor is a collaboration between the School of Social Work, the College of Literature, Science and the Arts, the Program in American Culture, Psychology, Sociology, and the Program in Intergroup Relations, the Residential College and the Michigan Community Scholars Program.

The CASC minor uses critical structural thinking to engage students in analyzing types, levels and sources of power to better understand how inequities are manifested, maintained and reinforced in society and how these inequities can be addressed through community action and social change efforts. It will extend opportunities for undergraduate students to:

  1. examine community action and social change concepts using a multidisciplinary framework;
  2. address community action and social change efforts in multilingual and multicultural communities;
  3. integrate, using a multidisciplinary framework, social justice values into the community action and social change processes; and
  4. engage in service learning opportunities to promote community action or social change.

The minor requires 16 credits. See the structure diagram in the upper right.

The courses that comprise this multidisciplinary minor are linked together through a common set of principles. These principles include:

  1. Civic engagement is a critical component of undergraduate education.
  2. Community engagement, action and social change need to incorporate social justice perspectives.
  3. Undergraduate students need the theories and skills to:
    • recognize the importance of contexts on individual, group and interpersonal dynamics;
    • engage in critical socio­political/historical/structural analyses;
    • use a multi-level and multidisciplinary structural analysis and perspective;
    • acknowledge and address the role of power and privilege in community action and social change efforts; and
    • identify goals for community change and the strategies and tactics to work with others towards these goals.

 

Prerequisites to the Minor: None for the minor per se,although individual courses elected to meet the requirements of the minor may have course prerequisites.

Academic Minor Program. The minor requires at least 16 credits from the following courses:

  1. Required Core Foundation Course:

    SW 305:
    Theories and Practices for Community Action and Social Change

  2. Context Cluster Electives (minimum three credits).
    These electives provide students with a range of context, theories and multidisciplinary perspectives to support understanding of various community action and social change efforts:
    • AAS 303/SOC 303: Race and Ethnic Relations
    • AAS 330/RCSSCI 330: Urban and Community Studies 1 (section titled "Historical and Theoretical Perspectives")
    • AAS 434/SOC 434: Social Organization of Black Communities
    • AMCULT 311: Topics in Ethnic Studies (section titled "Race and Mixed Race")
    • AMCULT 348/HISTORY 346: History of American Radicalism
    • AMCULT 374/HISTORY 374: The Politics and Culture of the Sixties
    • AMCULT 399: Race, Racism and Ethnicity
    • AMCULT 421/SOC 423: Social Stratification (section titled "Gender, Sexuality, Disability, and Animal Inequality in America")
    • ANTHRCUL 370/LING 370: Language and Discrimination
    • ANTHRCUL 447: Culture, Racism and Human Nature
    • ASIAN 259/HISTORY 255: Gandhi's India: The History of Modern South Asia
    • CICS 101/GEOG 145/UC 145: Introduction to International Studies
    • GEOG 145/CICS 101/UC 145: Introduction to International Studies
    • HISTORY 255/ASIAN 259: Gandhi's India: The History of Modern South Asia
    • HISTORY 344/RCSSCI 344: The History of Detroit in the 20th Century
    • HISTORY 346/AMCULT 348: History of American Radicalism
    • HISTORY 374/AMCULT 374: The Politics and Culture of the Sixties
    • LING 370/ANTHRCUL 370: Language and Discrimination
    • ORGSTUDY 203: Activism
    • POLSCI 489: Advanced Topics in Contemporary Political Science (section titled "Citizenship and its Modern Challenges")
    • PSYCH 498/WOMENSTD 498: Gender and the Individual
    • RCSSCI 330/AAS 330: Urban and Community Studies 1 (section titled "Historical and Theoretical Perspectives")
    • RCSSCI 344/HISTORY 344: The History of Detroit in the 20th Century
    • SOC 303/AAS 303: Race and Ethnic Relations
    • SOC 345/WOMENSTD 345: Sociology of Sexualities
    • SOC 423/AMCULT 421: Social Stratification (section titled "Gender, Sexuality, Disability, and Animal Inequality in America")
    • SOC 434/AAS 434: Social Organization of Black Communities
    • SOC 447/WOMENSTD 447: Sociology of Gender
    • SOC 454: Law and Society
    • SOC 458: Sociology of Education
    • SOC 461: Social Movements
    • SW 300: Leadership in the Nonprofit Section
    • SW 400: Social Problems and Social Work Today
    • UC 145/CICS 101/GEOG 145: Introduction to International Studies
    • WOMENSTD 345/SOC 345: Sociology of Sexualities
    • WOMENSTD 447/SOC 447: Sociology of Gender
  3. Diversity Learning Cluster Electives (minimum three credits).
    These electives provide students with skills and learning opportunities to facilitate diversity learning to support community action and social change efforts:
    • AMCULT 321/PSYCH 325: Practicum in the Multicultural Community
    • AMCULT 363/WOMENSTD 363: Asian/Pacific American Women
    • AMCULT 390: Internship in Arab American Studies,
    • EDUC 390/ELI 390/LING 386/RCSSCI 390: Community Service and Language, Education, and Culture
    • ELI 390/LING 386/EDUC 390/RCSSCI 390: Community Service and Language, Education, and Culture
    • HISTORY 346/AMCULT 348: History of American Radicalism (section titled "From the Abolitionists to the Battle of Seattle")
    • LING 386/ELI 390/EDUC 390/RCSSCI 390: Community Service and Language, Education, and Culture
    • PSYCH 310/UC 320/SOC 320: Processes of Intergroup Dialogues Facilitation
    • PSYCH 311/UC 321/SOC 321: Practicum in Facilitating Intergroup Dialogues
    • PSYCH 312/UC 375/SOC 375: Intergroup Conflict and Coexistence: Religion, Ethnicity and Culture
    • PSYCH 324/SOC 324/UC 324: Advanced Practicum in Intergroup Relations
    • PSYCH 325/AMCULT 321: Practicum in the Multicultural Community
    • RCCORE 409:Study Off-Campus (section titled "Political Struggles in Mexico: Seminar and Field Study
    • RCSSCI 360:Social Science Junior Seminar (section titled "Political Struggles in Mexico: Seminar and Field Study")
    • RCSSCI 390/ELI 390/LING 386/EDUC 390: Community Service and Language, Education, and Culture
    • SOC 218/UC 218: Foundations of Intergroup Relations
    • SOC 320/UC 320/PSYCH 310: Processes of Intergroup Dialogues Facilitation
    • SOC 321/UC 321/PSYCH 311: Practicum in Facilitating Intergroup Dialogues
    • SOC 324/PSYCH 324/UC 324: Advanced Practicum in Intergroup Relations
    • SOC 375/UC 375/PSYCH 312: Intergroup Conflict and Coexistence: Religion, Ethnicity and Culture
    • SOC 389: Project Community (section titled "Jail Men/Women Dialogue on Multiculturalism")
    • UC 218/SOC 218: Foundations of Intergroup Relations
    • UC 320/PSYCH 310/SOC 320: Processes of Intergroup Dialogues Facilitation
    • UC 321/PSYCH 311/SOC 321: Practicum in Facilitating Intergroup Dialogues
    • UC 324/SOC 324/PSYCH 324: Advanced Practicum in Intergroup Relations
    • UC 370:UC Special Topics (section titled "Intergroup Conflict & Coexistence: Religion, Ethnicity & Culture")
    • UC 375/PSYCH 312/SOC 375: Intergroup Conflict and Coexistence: Religion, Ethnicity and Culture
    • UC 470: UC Special Topics (section titled "Social Justice in the Real World"
    • WOMENSTD 363/AMCULT 363: Asian/Pacific American Women
    • WOMENSTD 420: Group Facilitation in Women's Studies
    • WOMENSTD 443/CAAS 443: Pedagogy of Empowerment: Activism in Race, Gender and Health
  4. Action Service Learning Cluster Electives (minimum three credits).
    These electives provide students with opportunities to engage in service learning opportunities to promote community action and social change initiatives:
    • AMCULT 305: Asian Pacific American Community Service and Learning
    • AMCULT 306/PSYCH 317: Community Research
    • AMCULT 319/PSYCH 319: Empowering Families and Communities
    • AMCULT 321/PSYCH 325: Practicum in Multicultural Community
    • AMCULT 390: Internship Opportunities in Arab American Studies
    • EDUC 360: Partners is Authentic Learning in School
    • EDUC 390/ELI 390/LING 386/RCSSCI 390: Community Service and Language, Education and Culture
    • ELI 390/LING 386/EDUC 390/RCSSCI 390: Community Service and Language, Education and Culture
    • ENGLISH 310: Discourse and Society
    • ENGLISH 319: Literature and Social Change (section titled "Theater and Social Change")
    • ENGR 390: Special Topics in Engineering (section titled "Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship)
    • LING 386/ELI 390/EDUC 390/RCSSCI 390: Community Service and Language, Education and Culture
    • POLSCI 389: Topics in Contemporary Political Science (section titled "Theory and Practice of Community Organizing")
    • PSYCH 211 (excluding any sections about career exploration)
    • PSYCH 306: Project Outreach Group Leading
    • PSYCH 317/AMCULT 306: Community Research
    • PSYCH 319/AMCULT 319: Empowering Families and Communities
    • PSYCH 325/AMCULT 321: Practicum in Multicultural Community
    • RCHUMS 334: Topics in Humanities (section titled "Community Empowerment Through the Arts: An Introduction to Theory and Practice")
    • RCSSCI 390/ELI 390/LING 386/EDUC 390: Community Service and Language, Education and Culture
    • SOC 325: The Sociology of Service Learning
    • SOC 389: Project Community (all sections)
    • SOC 489: Organizing: People, Power and Social Change
    • WOMENSTD 350: Women in the Community to the Action Service Learning Cluster

    The School of Social Work will also offer one-credit mini-courses that are led bycommunity leaders and social work faculty that will provide students additional elective opportunities linked to the core cluster areas.

  5. Capstone.
    When students have completed the core course and electives, a capstone one-credit community action and social change experience will complete the minor requirements. This involves students in the minor working closely with social work faculty advisors or other steering committee members to engage in integrative learning tasks to support e-portfolio development and further service learning opportunities.

Community Action and Social Change (CASC) Minor (W'12 - Su'13) +

Effective Winter 2012 - Summer 2013  

 

Prerequisites to the Minor: None for the minor per se,although individual courses elected to meet the requirements of the minor may have course prerequisites.

Academic Minor Program.  The minor requires at least 16 credits from the following courses:

  1. Required Core Foundation Course:

    SW 305:
    Theories and Practices for Community Action and Social Change

  2. Context Cluster Electives (minimum three credits).
    These electives provide students with a range of context, theories and multidisciplinary perspectives to support understanding of various community action and social change efforts:
    • AAS 303/SOC 303: Race and Ethnic Relations
    • AAS 330/RCSSCI 330: Urban and Community Studies 1 (section titled "Historical and Theoretical Perspectives")
    • AAS 434/SOC 434: Social Organization of Black Communities
    • AMCULT 311: Topics in Ethnic Studies (section titled "Race and Mixed Race")
    • AMCULT 348/HISTORY 346: History of American Radicalism
    • AMCULT 374/HISTORY 374: The Politics and Culture of the Sixties
    • AMCULT 399: Race, Racism and Ethnicity
    • AMCULT 421/SOC 423: Social Stratification (section titled "Gender, Sexuality, Disability, and Animal Inequality in America")
    • ANTHRCUL 370/LING 370: Language and Discrimination
    • ANTHRCUL 447: Culture, Racism and Human Nature
    • ASIAN 259/HISTORY 255: Gandhi's India: The History of Modern South Asia
    • CICS 101/GEOG 145/UC 145: Introduction to International Studies
    • GEOG 145/CICS 101/UC 145: Introduction to International Studies
    • HISTORY 255/ASIAN 259: Gandhi's India: The History of Modern South Asia
    • HISTORY 344/RCSSCI 344: The History of Detroit in the 20th Century
    • HISTORY 346/AMCULT 348: History of American Radicalism
    • HISTORY 374/AMCULT 374: The Politics and Culture of the Sixties
    • LING 370/ANTHRCUL 370: Language and Discrimination
    • POLSCI 489: Advanced Topics in Contemporary Political Science (section titled "Citizenship and its Modern Challenges")
    • PSYCH 498/WOMENSTD 498: Gender and the Individual
    • RCSSCI 330/AAS 330: Urban and Community Studies 1 (section titled "Historical and Theoretical Perspectives")
    • RCSSCI 344/HISTORY 344: The History of Detroit in the 20th Century
    • SOC 303/AAS 303: Race and Ethnic Relations
    • SOC 423/AMCULT 421: Social Stratification (section titled "Gender, Sexuality, Disability, and Animal Inequality in America")
    • SOC 434/AAS 434: Social Organization of Black Communities
    • SOC 447/WOMENSTD 447: Sociology of Gender
    • SOC 454: Law and Society
    • SOC 458: Sociology of Education
    • SOC 461: Social Movements
    • SW 400: Social Problems and Social Work Today
    • UC 145/CICS 101/GEOG 145: Introduction to International Studies
    • WOMENSTD 447/SOC 447: Sociology of Gender
  3. Diversity Learning Cluster Electives (minimum three credits).
    These electives provide students with skills and learning opportunities to facilitate diversity learning to support community action and social change efforts:
    • AMCULT 321/PSYCH 325: Practicum in the Multicultural Community
    • AMCULT 363/WOMENSTD 363: Asian/Pacific American Women
    • AMCULT 390: Internship in Arab American Studies,
    • EDUC 390/ELI 390/LING 386/RCSSCI 390: Community Service and Language, Education, and Culture
    • ELI 390/LING 386/EDUC 390/RCSSCI 390: Community Service and Language, Education, and Culture
    • HISTORY 346/AMCULT 348: History of American Radicalism (section titled "From the Abolitionists to the Battle of Seattle")
    • LING 386/ELI 390/EDUC 390/RCSSCI 390: Community Service and Language, Education, and Culture
    • PSYCH 310/UC 320/SOC 320: Processes of Intergroup Dialogues Facilitation
    • PSYCH 311/UC 321/SOC 321: Practicum in Facilitating Intergroup Dialogues
    • PSYCH 312/UC 375/SOC 375: Intergroup Conflict and Coexistence: Religion, Ethnicity and Culture
    • PSYCH 324/SOC 324/UC 324: Advanced Practicum in Intergroup Relations
    • PSYCH 325/AMCULT 321: Practicum in the Multicultural Community
    • RCCORE 409:Study Off-Campus (section titled "Political Struggles in Mexico: Seminar and Field Study
    • RCSSCI 360:Social Science Junior Seminar (section titled "Political Struggles in Mexico: Seminar and Field Study")
    • RCSSCI 390/ELI 390/LING 386/EDUC 390: Community Service and Language, Education, and Culture
    • SOC 218/UC 218: Foundations of Intergroup Relations
    • SOC 320/UC 320/PSYCH 310: Processes of Intergroup Dialogues Facilitation
    • SOC 321/UC 321/PSYCH 311: Practicum in Facilitating Intergroup Dialogues
    • SOC 324/PSYCH 324/UC 324: Advanced Practicum in Intergroup Relations
    • SOC 375/UC 375/PSYCH 312: Intergroup Conflict and Coexistence: Religion, Ethnicity and Culture
    • SOC 389: Project Community (section titled "Jail Men/Women Dialogue on Multiculturalism")
    • UC 218/SOC 218: Foundations of Intergroup Relations
    • UC 320/PSYCH 310/SOC 320: Processes of Intergroup Dialogues Facilitation
    • UC 321/PSYCH 311/SOC 321: Practicum in Facilitating Intergroup Dialogues
    • UC 324/SOC 324/PSYCH 324: Advanced Practicum in Intergroup Relations
    • UC 370:UC Special Topics (section titled "Intergroup Conflict & Coexistence: Religion, Ethnicity & Culture")
    • UC 375/PSYCH 312/SOC 375: Intergroup Conflict and Coexistence: Religion, Ethnicity and Culture
    • UC 470: UC Special Topics (section titled "Social Justice in the Real World"
    • WOMENSTD 363/AMCULT 363: Asian/Pacific American Women
    • WOMENSTD 420: Group Facilitation in Women's Studies
    • WOMENSTD 443/CAAS 443: Pedagogy of Empowerment: Activism in Race, Gender and Health
  4. Action Service Learning Cluster Electives (minimum three credits).
    These electives provide students with opportunities to engage in service learning opportunities to promote community action and social change initiatives:
    • AMCULT 305: Asian Pacific American Community Service and Learning
    • AMCULT 306/PSYCH 317: Community Research
    • AMCULT 319/PSYCH 319: Empowering Families and Communities
    • AMCULT 321/PSYCH 325: Practicum in Multicultural Community
    • AMCULT 390: Internship Opportunities in Arab American Studies
    • EDUC 360: Partners is Authentic Learning in School
    • EDUC 390/ELI 390/LING 386/RCSSCI 390: Community Service and Language, Education and Culture
    • ELI 390/LING 386/EDUC 390/RCSSCI 390: Community Service and Language, Education and Culture
    • ENGLISH 310: Discourse and Society
    • ENGLISH 319: Literature and Social Change (section titled "Theater and Social Change")
    • LING 386/ELI 390/EDUC 390/RCSSCI 390: Community Service and Language, Education and Culture
    • POLSCI 389: Topics in Contemporary Political Science (section titled "Theory and Practice of Community Organizing")
    • PSYCH 211 (excluding any sections about career exploration)
    • PSYCH 306: Project Outreach Group Leading
    • PSYCH 317/AMCULT 306: Community Research
    • PSYCH 319/AMCULT 319: Empowering Families and Communities
    • PSYCH 325/AMCULT 321: Practicum in Multicultural Community
    • RCHUMS 334: Topics in Humanities (section titled "Community Empowerment Through the Arts: An Introduction to Theory and Practice")
    • RCSSCI 390/ELI 390/LING 386/EDUC 390: Community Service and Language, Education and Culture
    • SOC 325: The Sociology of Service Learning
    • SOC 389: Project Community (all sections)
    • SOC 489: Organizing: People, Power and Social Change
    • WOMENSTD 350: Women in the Community to the Action Service Learning Cluster

    The School of Social Work will also offer one-credit mini-courses that are led bycommunity leaders and social work faculty that will provide students additional elective opportunities linked to the core cluster areas.

  5. Capstone.
    When students have completed the core course and electives, a capstone one-credit community action and social change experience will complete the minor requirements. This involves students in the minor working closely with social work faculty advisors or other steering committee members to engage in integrative learning tasks to support e-portfolio development and further service learning opportunities.

Community Action and Social Change (CASC) Academic Minor (Winter 2010-Fall 2011) +

Effective Winter 2010 - Fall 2011 

Students wishing to pursue an academic minor in Community Action and Social Change should meet with the program's designated advisor, Dr. Katie Richards-Schuster. Appointments are scheduled  through the School of Social Work Dean's Office CASC Undergraduate Minor Program (email: cascminor@umich.edu or telephone: 734-763-5733); 3815 SSW.

This multidisciplinary academic minor is a collaboration between the School of Social Work, the College of Literature, Science and the Arts, the Program in American Culture, Psychology, Sociology, and the Program in Intergroup Relations, the Residential College and the Michigan Community Scholars Program.

The CASC academic minor uses critical structural thinking to engage students in analyzing types, levels and sources of power to better understand how inequities are manifested, maintained and reinforced in society and how these inequities can be addressed through community action and social change efforts. It will extend opportunities for undergraduate students to:

  • examine community action and social change concepts using a multidisciplinary framework;
  • address community action and social change efforts in multilingual and multicultural communities;
  • integrate, using a multidisciplinary framework, social justice values into the community action and social change processes; and
  • engage in service learning opportunities to promote community action or social change.

The academic minor requires 16 credits. See the structure diagram in the upper right.

The courses that comprise this multidisciplinary academic minor are linked together through a common set of principles. These principles include:

  • Civic engagement is a critical component of undergraduate education.
  • Community engagement, action and social change need to incorporate social justice perspectives.
  • Undergraduate students need the theories and skills to:
    • recognize the importance of contexts on individual, group and interpersonal dynamics;
    • engage in critical socio-political-historical-structural analyses;
    •  use a multi-level and multidisciplinary structural analysis and perspective;
    • acknowledge and address the role of power and privilege in community action and social change efforts; and
    • Identify goals for community change and the strategies and tactics to work with others towards these goals.

Advising. Advising responsibilities primarily reside with the School of Social Work. Core faculty from the other disciplines may also participate in advising. The faculty advisors work with students on  academic minor course selection, career planning and integrative learning processes. The questions regarding curricular requirements for the academic minor will be handled by the Associate Dean for Educational Programs at the School of Social Work.

Prerequisites to the Academic Minor: None for the academic minor per se, although individual courses elected to meet the requirements of the academic minor may have course prerequisites.

Academic Minor Program. The academic minor requires at least 16 credits from the following courses:

A. Required Core Foundation Course:

SW 305: Theories and Practices for Community Action and Social Change

B.   Context Cluster Electives (minimum three credits).

These electives provide students with a range of context, theories and multidisciplinary perspectives to support understanding of various community action and social change efforts:

  • AMCULT 399: Race, Racism and Ethnicity
  • ANTHRCUL 370/LING 370: Language and Discrimination
  • ANTHRCUL 447: Culture, Racism and Human Nature
  • ASIAN 259/HISTORY 255: Gandhi's India: The History of Modern South Asia
  • CICS 101/GEOG 145/UC 145: Introduction to International Studies
  • POLSCI 489: Advanced Topics in Contemporary Political Science (section titled "Citizenship and its Modern Challenges")
  • PSYCH 498/WOMENSTD 498: Gender and the Individual
  • RCSSCI 330: Urban and Community Studies 1 (section titled "Historical and Theoretical Perspectives")
  • RCSSCI 334/HISTORY 344: The History of Detroit in the 20th Century
  • SOC 423/AMCULT 421: Social Stratification (section titled "Gender, Sexuality, Disability, and Animal Inequality in America")
  • SOC 434/CAAS 434: Social Organization of Black Communities
  • SOC 454: Law and Society
  • SOC 458: Sociology of Education
  • SOC 461: Social Movements

C.   Diversity Learning Cluster Electives (minimum three credits).

These electives provide students with skills and learning opportunities to facilitate diversity learning to support community action and social change efforts:

  • ELI 390/LING 386/EDUC 390/RCSSCI 390: Community Service and Language, Education, and Culture
  • HISTORY 346/AMCULT 348: History of American Radicalism (section titled "From the Abolitionists to the Battle of Seattle")
  • RCCORE 409: Study Off-Campus (Section title "Political Struggles in Mexico: Seminar and Field Study
  • RCSSCI 360: Social Science Junior Seminar (Section title "Political Struggles in Mexico: Seminar and Field Study")
  • SOC 389: Project Community (MCSP sections)
  • UC 218/SOC 218: Foundations of Intergroup Relations
  • UC 320/PSYCH 310/SOC 320: Processes of Intergroup Dialogues Facilitation
  • UC 321/PSYCH 311/SOC 321: Practicum in Facilitating Intergroup Dialogues
  • UC 370: UC Special Topics (section titled "Intergroup Conflict and Coexistence: Religion, Ethnicity and Culture")
  • WOMENSTD 420: Group Facilitation in Women's Studies

D.   Action Service Learning Cluster Electives (minimum three credits).

These electives provide students with opportunities to engage in service learning opportunities to promote community action and social change initiatives:

  • AMCULT 306/PSYCH 317: Community Research
  • AMCULT 319/PSYCH 319: Empowering Families and Communities
  • AMCULT 321/PSYCH 325: Practicum in Multicultural Community
  • ELI 390/LING 386/EDUC 390/RCSSCI 390: Community Service and Language, Education and Culture
  • ENGLISH 310: Discourse and Society
  • ENGLISH 319: Literature and Social Change (section titled "Theater and Social Change")
  • POLSCI 389: Topics in Contemporary Political Science (section titled "Theory and Practice of Community Organizing")
  • PSYCH 306: Project Outreach Group Leading
  • RCHUMS 334: Topics in Humanities (section titled "Community Empowerment Through the Arts: An Introduction to Theory and Practice:)
  • SOC 325: The Sociology of Service Learning
  • SOC 389: Project Community (section titled "Organizing for Social Justice")
  • SOC 395: Directed Reading or Research (section titled "The Sociology of Service Learning")

 

The School of Social Work will also offer one-credit mini-courses that are led by community leaders and social work faculty that will provide students additional elective opportunities linked to the core cluster areas.

E.   Capstone.

When students have completed the core course and electives, a capstone one-credit community action and social change experience will complete the  academic minor requirements. This will involve students in the  academic minor working closely with social work faculty advisors or other steering committee members to engage in integrative learning tasks to support e-portfolio development and further service learning opportunities.


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