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 Dismantling Anti-Blackness: On Becoming Antiracist (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.*

Review by Anonymous Junior

Before taking this class, I had never really stepped out of the 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, not just people of color.

Schedule:

August 29, 2022 - December 9, 2022

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 3:20 p.m.

Location: 352 Academic Center, North Campus
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 23683
Instructor: Josal Diebold

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.*

Schedule:

August 29, 2022 - December 9, 2022

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 7:20 p.m.

Location: 108 Baldy Hall, North Campus
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 23684
Instructor: Matthew Schwartz

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, but not limited to 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.

Course Dates:

August 29, 2022 - December 9, 2022

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. 

Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 18530
Instructor: Michael Lynch
Format: Synchronous Tuesday Classes, with Asynchronous Content on Thursdays 

SW 225 Perspectives on Child Maltreatment & 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.*

Schedule:

August 29, 2022 - December 9, 2022

Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 10:20 a.m.

Location: 351 Academic Center, North Campus
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 18516
Instructors: Patricia Logan-Greene

SW 245 Global Child Advocacy Issues (Seated)

The course is designed to increase student 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.*

Schedule:

August 29, 2022 - December 9, 2022

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.

Location: 106 Baldy Hall, North Campus
Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 22215
Instructors: Sarah Richards-Desai

SW 380 Negotiation, Mediation, and Conflict Resolution (Remote)

This course is designed to provide 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.

Schedule:

August 29, 2022 - December 9, 2022

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 7:20 p.m.

Credit Hours: 3
Registration # 23685
Instructors: Kathleen Heim
Format: Synchronous Class Dates Live via Zoom