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Skills and Strategy for Community Change

SW653, Section 001

This course will engage students in learning core cross-cutting skills needed for engaging in community change. It will use a framework of “ Scan” - “Plan” – “Do” – “Review” to help organize skills. Learning to infuse cross-cutting principles including critical Praxis.

Scan- Assessment and Scanning Skills (individual to community).
Illustrative skills may include: social identity assessments, individual skills assessments, story of self/personal motivational assessments, community power mapping, asset/strength assessments, organizational/community scans, and neighborhood mapping

Plan- Planning Skills.
Illustrative skills may include: participatory community planning, strategy charts, implementation of planning steps, logic charts and theory of change

Do- Action Skills.
Illustrative skills may include: one-on-ones (formal and informal), facilitating participatory meetings, coalition-building techniques and considerations, policy advocacy, program development, intergroup facilitation, and community mobilization

Review- Community reflection and Evaluation Skills.
Illustrative skills may include: critical reflection, program/organizational evaluation, monitoring,
campaign analysis, and participatory evaluation

Semester: Winter 2021
Instructor: Maureen M. Okasinski
U-M Class #: 34860
Time: Mon 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Program Type: Residential
Format: Online
Credits: 3 Credit Hours

Pathway Associations

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

Other SW653 Offerings

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


Term Section Days Time  
Fall 2021 002 Fri 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM View Course
Winter 2022 002 Mon 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM View Course

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