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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

Social Work students may apply for this course using the PSI application system ( November 2-15, 2020.

This class is an interdisciplinary problem solving class offered at the Law School through the Problem Solving Initiative (PSI). Police use tools like facial recognition and predictive algorithms to track, identify, and arrest people despite evidence the technology is flawed and disparately impacts people of color. Use of such tools poses a danger to privacy and contributes to mass incarceration of Black people. Multi-disciplinary teams will meet stakeholders, learn how police use technology to monitor and target, acquire problem solving skills, and apply insights from social work, law, policy, information, and other fields to develop solutions to reduce targeted surveillance of Black Detroiters.

This class is open to all University of Michigan graduate and professional students. Please note: Non-Law students are responsible for checking with their own schools, colleges, or units to learn if a PSI class will count toward graduation or other departmental requirements. SOCIAL WORK students - This will count as elective credit toward the MSW.

Non-law graduate/professional students may apply for the course using the PSI application system ( November 2-15, 2020. After the initial application period, students seeking to apply can contact
After the initial application period, students seeking to apply can contact

Semester: Winter 2021
Instructors: Ryan Fielder, Kitaba (Kitabu) Bonsitu, Bridgette A. Carr
Topic: Ending Targeted Surveillance of the Black Community in Detroit
U-M Class #: 33178
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 Change
Interpersonal PracticeElective
Mgmt & Leadership
Policy & PoliticalElective (Host)
Program EvaluationElective
Older Adults
Children & Families

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 2023 001 Wed 3:15 PM - 6:30 PM View Course

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