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Diversity and Social Justice in Social Work

SW504, Section 020

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.

Semester: Fall 2020
Instructor: Jennifer K. Towns
Category: HBSE
U-M Class #: 33657
Time: Thu 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: B780 SSWB
Program Type: Residential
Format: Hybrid Gp B
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Credits: 3 Credit Hours

Course Codes

H:Hybrid - a combination of web-based and face to face in person sessions

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