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Diversity and Social Justice in Social Work

SW504, Section 008

This required foundation course is designed to increase students’ awareness, knowledge, and critical skills related to diversity, human rights, social and economic justice. The topics of this course include developing a framework for 1) engaging diversity and differences in social work practice and 2) advancing human rights and social and economic justice. We will explore the knowledge base that underlies skills needed to work towards justice. These include types and sources of power, multiple social locations, social constructions, social processes, social identities, conflicts, and how all these interact. A major emphasis is on developing skills in critical contextual thinking and analyses, and in praxis, learning to use knowledge and theory to recognize and critique underlying assumptions and paradigms, and inform working for change. Multiple kinds of boundaries are especially important—across groups, between organizations and system levels, and within and between people, related to intersecting social locations.

Topic Description / Additional Information

This section of will be taught as hybrid course which means that sometimes you will have a combination of web-based class sessions and face to face class sessions. Please consider this when choosing a section in which to enroll.

This section will meet in person, in class the first and last 3 weeks of the term. Other dates that may be on-line will be shared by the course instructor.

Semester: Fall 2017
Instructor: Spencer, Michael
Category: HBSE
U-M Class #: 25903
Time: Tue 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: 2609 SSWB

Other SW504 Offerings

* The course listings below are provided for reference only. These offerings may be subject to change or cancellation.


Term Section Days Time  
Fall 2018 001 Mon 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM View Course
Fall 2018 002 Mon 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM View Course
Fall 2018 003 Tue 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM View Course
Fall 2018 004 Tue 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM View Course
Fall 2018 005 Tue 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM View Course
Fall 2018 006 Tue 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM View Course
Fall 2018 007 Tue 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM View Course
Fall 2018 009 Tue 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM View Course
Fall 2018 010 Tue 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM View Course
Fall 2018 011 Tue 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM View Course
Fall 2018 012 Tue 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM View Course
Fall 2018 013 Tue 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM View Course
Fall 2018 014 Wed 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM View Course
Fall 2018 015 Wed 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM View Course
Fall 2018 016 Wed 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM View Course
Fall 2018 017 Tue 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM View Course

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