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Theories and Practices for Community Action and Social Change

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SW305, Section 003

This foundations course for the Community Action and Social Change Minor is designed to prepare students to be informed and active participants in the process of community building and social change. The course uses a multidisciplinary framework to develop competencies that will help students envision what community action and social change look like, identify and implement steps towards social change, build on positive sources of power, indigenous knowledge and experiences of individuals, groups, and communities who are engaged in social change efforts.

The course material covers theories and practices of community action and social change through an interdisciplinary examination of examples in research and practice. The course focuses on individuals, groups and institutions and how they interact. The course examines empirical quantitative and qualitative studies that test social change methods and provides exposure to and experience with qualitative research methods such as ethnographic observation and interviewing and qualitative data-gathering. Students are engaged in a critical and contrasting assessment of community organizing and other social change methods.

Semester: Fall 2020
Instructor: Diana W. Seales
U-M Class #: 23367
Program Type: Residential
Format: Online
Credits: 3 Credit Hours

Course Codes

O:Online - course is delivered online
J:Undergraduate course-MSW students are not to enroll

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