Community Organization and Development Courses

These courses are open to all majors and can be taken as electives, even if you are not enrolled in the minor.

SW 130 Black Lives Matter: Building Racial Justice and Solidarity (Seated)

This foundational course examines historic and contemporary anti-Black racism and white supremacy in the United States. Students will analyze policies and strategies to identify, challenge and transform the values, structures and behaviors that perpetuate systemic racism, white supremacy and anti-blackness. Students will also engage in self-reflection, develop self-awareness and participate in critical analysis of systems of privilege and oppression, as well develop personal strategies for becoming antiracist and facilitating change in communities and society. Course with a racial justice focus.

Student Review

Before taking this class, I had never really stepped out of passive allyship into active allyship. I had always had this idea that as long as I support the cause morally, that is enough. However, I was wrong. As a person with white privilege, I have the ability to use that aspect to further challenge anti-Blackness. This class has provided me with the tools necessary to go out into the world and use that attribute for good. One of the sayings that stuck out to me the most was, “If the pool is empty, no one can use it." If racism continues to persist, everyone will suffer eventually.

SW 150 Social Media in Social Change (Seated)

The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with social media and social networking as they influence community change. Specifically, students will be introduced to the fundamental terms and concepts of social media and networking, including various interfaces, tools and platforms that may be leveraged to promote community change and development. Students will also explore existing scholarship and best practices, as well as issues of social justice, burdens of adversity, social disadvantage and human rights as they apply to the democratization of technology. Students will examine and evaluate the challenges, opportunities and future applications of social media and networking related to community change. Course with a racial justice focus.

SW 220 Introduction to Community Organizing (Hybrid)

This course provides a general introduction to the history, organizations, strategies and practice issues related to community organizing and development. Specifically, this course will examine different types of community organizing and development approaches, including workforce development, neighborhood revitalization, and arts and culture. Current trends and strategies for organizing residents and collaborating with community-based organizations are explored. This course also will introduce empowerment, strengths-based, human rights and trauma-informed perspectives as frameworks for developing, exploring and analyzing community organizing and development in urban and rural settings.

SW 225 Perspectives on Child Maltreatment and Advocacy (Seated)

This course provides the foundational knowledge to understand and recognize child maltreatment in diverse settings. The course covers the historical and comparative perspectives, including a trauma-informed and human rights perspective, on child maltreatment, with an emphasis on improving outcomes for children and families. This course is designed for, but not limited to, students who are interested in public health, social work, human services, nursing and other health professions, sociology, psychology, law and education. Course with a racial justice focus.

SW 245 Global Child Advocacy Issues (Seated)

The course increases students' understanding of the adverse experiences of children growing up in various countries. The purpose of this course is to expose students to considerations of socioeconomics, health, culture, religion and politics and how these affect the welfare and well-being of children across the world. This course examines advocacy efforts using a trauma-informed, human rights framework. Course with a racial justice focus.

SW 380 Negotiation, Mediation and Conflict Resolution (Remote)

This course provides students with practical and theoretical knowledge and skills for addressing and resolving conflict through the use of mediation and negotiation strategies and tactics. Students will explore the ways in which power operates in a variety of approaches, theories and perspectives, including conflict theories and styles, strategies for empowering relevant parties in managing conflict through negotiation, and techniques and frameworks for third party intervention. Students also will critically analyze methods of conflict management integrating concepts of human rights, trauma and restorative practice within various contexts.