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Interdisciplinary Problem Solving (Law)

SW741, Section 002

Through a team-based, experiential, and interdisciplinary learning model, small groups of U-M graduate and professional students work with faculty to explore and offer solutions to emerging, complex problems. This course is offered through the Law School’s Problem Solving Initiative and the topics vary by semester.

Topic Description / Additional Information

Each year, roughly 250,000 children enter the foster care system. Studies show lengthy stays in foster care harm children, yet they continue to languish in the system for too long. Kids who leave the system often experience instability in the homes of their birth parents and others, or on their own if they age out of the system. In this class, multidisciplinary student teams will hear from leading state and national foster care experts, and they will incorporate insights from law, social work, policy, and other fields. Students will also examine systems that contribute to the problem, including courts and child welfare agencies. At the conclusion of the course, students will present identified solutions to key stakeholders who can implement reforms.

Semester: Fall 2020
Instructors: Vivek S. Sankaran, Joseph P. Ryan, Bridgette A. Carr
Topic: Fixing Foster Care
U-M Class #: 34079
Time: Wed 3:15 PM - 6:30 PM
Program Type: Residential
Format: Online
Credits: 3 Credit Hours

Course Codes

W:Social Work is not the home dept; home dept in parenthesis, contact home dept with questions
T:PSI - Problem Solving Initiative course

Pathway Associations

Community ChangeGlobalInterpersonal PracticeManagement & LeadershipPolicy & PoliticalProgram EvaluationOlder AdultsChildren & Families
ElectiveElective (Host)Elective

Other SW741 Offerings

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


Term Section Days Time  
Fall 2022 001 Wed 3:15 PM - 6:30 PM View Course
Fall 2022 003 Wed 3:15 PM - 6:30 PM View Course
Fall 2022 004 Thu 3:15 PM - 6:30 PM View Course

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