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Political Social Work

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SW640, Section 001

This course will introduce students to political social work, which is social work practice, theory, and research that focuses on the use of policy and politics to create social change. Students will gain an understanding of how politics impacts their lives as well as the lives of those served by social workers on both a micro and macro level. This course will prepare students for work in political settings, such as on advocacy and electoral campaigns, as staff for elected officials, and running for office themselves. Students will develop practice skills for policy advocacy and engaging with policymakers, influencing policy agendas, and empowering clients to become politically engaged. Students will critically examine the role of social workers in politics throughout history and the ethics that govern practice in political settings. Finally, students will develop a political engagement plan to facilitate their continued involvement.

Semester: Winter 2022
Instructor: Justin D. Hodge
U-M Class #: 36769
Program Type: Residential
Format: In-Person
Credits: 3 Credit Hours

Pathway Associations

Community ChangeElective
Interpersonal Practice
Mgmt & Leadership
Policy & PoliticalRequirement (Host)
Program Evaluation
Older Adults
Children & Families

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