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Understanding Social Issues of Our Time

SW200, Section 001

The following seminar will feature a close reading and discussion of up to five contemporary bestsellers, with students choosing from a list including $2 a Day, Hillbilly Elegy, March, Hidden Figures, American Born Chinese, Persepolis, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Tuesdays with Morrie, and Just Mercy.
How does the content of these books inform the public discourse on social issues such as poverty, rural America, civil rights, diversity, loss and grief, and the death penalty?
Can the values, theories, and practices of Social Work broaden and deepen our understanding of these social issues, and if so, in what specific ways?
Students will also be introduced to the concept of integrative learning and develop an ePortfolio over the course of the semester.

Semester: Fall 2020
Instructor: Joseph A. Galura
U-M Class #: 28444
Time: Tu/Th 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: SEB1202
This course is not taught within the SSW building.
Program Type: Residential
Format: Hybrid
Credits: 3 Credit Hours

Course Codes

H:Hybrid - a combination of web-based and face to face in person sessions
J:Undergraduate course-MSW students are not to enroll

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