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Advanced Topics in Macro Social Work

SW799, Section 005

This course presents advanced topics in macro social work practice. The topics may include emerging
macro practice issues and advanced application of specific methods.

Topic Description / Additional Information

This course will provide a quick overview of traditional and contemporary organizational theories relevant to understanding human service organizations. Using multiple theories and perspectives, students will analyze their field placement experiences and behaviors of their organizations, including but not limited to organizational survival and adaptation to environmental changes, power asymmetry/dynamics between service providers and users, relationships between staff diversity and user’s representation opportunity, and informal tactics providers develop to legitimatize their practices while satisfying multiple stakeholders’ expectations. Beyond recognizing how various environmental, organizational, and individual attributes shape human service organizational practices, this course will help students to identify complex and systemic relationships between those factors—feedback structures that reflect underlying assumptions and beliefs behind organization’s and providers’ behaviors. Leveraging lessons from the course, students will propose a plan for improving their field placement organization’s practices—a small but immediate step toward a larger social change.

Semester: Spring / Summer 2020
Instructor: Sunggeun (Ethan) Park
Topic: Frameworks for Understanding Social Impact Organizations
U-M Class #: 63068
Time: Sat Saturdays June 6 and 20, 2020 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: TBA
Program Type: Residential
Credits: 1 Credit Hours

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