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Share, Explore, Engage, Discover (SEED) Mini-course

SW510, Section 016

During New Student Orientation, varied social work topics, or themes, will be presented as foundation-level mini-courses inviting students to share, explore, engage, and discover the vast world of social work. This course will emphasize experiential, active, and engaged learning components and operationalize the three SEED goals: 1) Strengthen connection and community at the School of Social Work, 2) Explore PODS (privilege, oppression, diversity, & social justice), and 3) Learn foundation-level social work skills. Each theme will begin by attending a shared welcome experience.

Topic Description / Additional Information

Learning, knowing, and being able to powerfully articulate our story of self, our movements, & our organizations is an essential skill used in fundraising, running for office, community organizing, building partnerships, and in various forms of social work practice. Often, our stories are narrated by others, taking away from each of us the opportunity to powerfully and personally articulate them.

This course will provide students with a historic framework of how one's heritage has been impacted by racist policies and sentiment throughout American history. "Othering" & the dominant narrative of native-whiteness renders nonwhite communities feeling disempowered, & leaves whites feeling demonized & homogenized. The course will explore the evolution of typecasting, the ever-evolving definition of “whiteness” & “citizenship,” immigration quotas & how they have shaped the racial/ethnic demographics of our country, & the effect of anti-immigrant sentiment on the acculturation of various ethnic groups. Students will explore and understand that racist policies & sentiment have negatively impacted all of us, & have shaped our stories. Students will also learn about how white supremacy & nativism hinges not only on the oppression of people of color, but also on the over-simplification of whiteness as an ethnically homogeneous group. The necessity to learn your story will be emphasized, & how to share your story to connect with others in social work practice - whether it be your story of self, your organization, or your community - will be a focus of this class.

Semester: Fall 2020
Instructor: Ayesha Ghazi Edwin
Topic: The Power of Telling Your Story in SW Practice
U-M Class #: 28754
Time: Detail
Program Type: Residential
Format: Online
Credits: 1 Credit Hours

Course Codes

O:Online - course is delivered online

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