|Prerequisites:||Foundation Essentials Required|
|Community Change||Global||Interpersonal Practice||Management & Leadership||Policy & Political||Program Evaluation||Older Adults||Children & Families|
This course will engage students in learning core cross-cutting skills needed for engaging in community change. It will use a framework of “ Scan” - “Plan” – “Do” – “Review” to help organize skills. Learning to infuse cross-cutting principles including critical Praxis.
Scan- Assessment and Scanning Skills (individual to community).
Illustrative skills may include: social identity assessments, individual skills assessments, story of self/personal motivational assessments, community power mapping, asset/strength assessments, organizational/community scans, and neighborhood mapping
Plan- Planning Skills.
Illustrative skills may include: participatory community planning, strategy charts, implementation of planning steps, logic charts and theory of change
Do- Action Skills.
Illustrative skills may include: one-on-ones (formal and informal), facilitating participatory meetings, coalition-building techniques and considerations, policy advocacy, program development, intergroup facilitation, and community mobilization
Review- Community reflection and Evaluation Skills.
Illustrative skills may include: critical reflection, program/organizational evaluation, monitoring,
campaign analysis, and participatory evaluation
1. Understand and analyze the changing role of context in community change (EPAS 5, 9)
2. Understand contemporary social and political issues and their relationship to community change strategies and tactics. (EPAS 9)
3. Demonstrate skills in community assessment, leadership and organizational development, planning and conducting campaigns, and evaluating their results. (EPAS 6, 7, 8, 9)
4. Apply advanced skills to promote participation e.g., assessing community conditions, designing the process, representing diverse interests, understanding political dynamics of participation, increasing group dialogue and intergroup relations, building collaborative alliances, and finding common ground. (EPAS 6, 7, 9)
5. Develop group skills needed for increasing intercultural interaction and cross-cultural collaboration at the community level. (EPAS 6, 7, 9)
6. Develop skills for gathering, assessing, and using various forms of community data and practice-informed research. (EPAS 4, 6, 7, 9)
The class will be very hands-on and will also utilize innovative resources in teaching content, including MOOCs, online training, webinars, videos, and simulations. Skills will be learned, practiced, and applied in class-based and project-based experiences.
University of Michigan
School of Social Work
1080 South University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106