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Diversity and Social Justice in Social Work

SW504, Section 011

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 on the following dates:
Sept 6, 20, Oct 4, 25, Nov 1, 15, 29, Dec 6, 12-optional. Other dates will be on-line.

Semester: Fall 2017
Instructor: Jamie Mitchell
Category: HBSE
U-M Class #: 25906
Time: Wed 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: 2752 SSWB

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