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Engaging Social Justice, Diversity, and Oppression in Social Work

SW505, Section 801

This required essentials course is designed to increase students’ awareness, knowledge, and critical skills related to diversity, human rights, social and economic justice. The course focuses heavily on engaging diversity and differences in social work practice and advancing human rights and social and economic justice, through understanding power and oppression across micro, meso, and macro levels. 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 self reflexivity and developing skills in critical contextual thinking and analyses, as well as learning to use knowledge and theory to recognize critique, and engage underlying assumptions, and inform working for change. Multiple kinds of understanding are especially important—across groups, between organizations and system levels, and within and between people, related to intersecting social locations.

Semester: Winter 2023
Instructor: Laura J. Yakas
U-M Class #: 30895
Time: Tue 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Program Type: Part-time Online
Format: Online
Credits: 3 Credit Hours

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