Social Work racial justice-focused courses offered this fall

Published July 23, 2020


The UB School of Social Work's curriculum offers a wide variety of courses with different themes. In light of the current social climate in support of Black Lives Matter and other social justice movements, we wish to highlight courses that have a significant racial equity/justice focus in the course description. These courses help students improve understanding of structural racism, anti-racist practice strategies and diversity. 

In Fall 2020, the courses that emphasize racial equity/justice include both undergraduate and graduate options.

Undergraduate options:

  • SW150: Social Media in Social Change
  • SW199: When We Fight We Win – Activism and Paths to Social Justice
  • SW220: Intro to Community Organizing and Development
  • SW225: Perspectives on Child Maltreatment & Advocacy

Graduate options:

Foundation Courses:

  • SW500: History and Policy
  • SW505: Theories of Human Behaviors and Development

Advanced Interventions:

  • SW523: Social Action for Community Change

Advanced Topics:

  • SW560: Nature and Treatment of Alcohol and Other Drug Problems
  • SW563: Advanced Policy Development and Analysis
  • SW566: Social Services with Children, Youth, Families
  • SW569: Community Social Work


  • SW576: Child Abuse and Neglect
  • SW722: Restorative Justice Certificate (2-credit)
  • SW725: Reproductive Justice
  • SW997: Special Topics – Community Social Work in Action (1-credit)