The University of Michigan is offering a free online course on Diversity and Social Justice in Social Work. In this eight-week course, applicants will increase their knowledge and critical thinking skills related to diversity, human rights, and social justice and injustice.
Applicants will learn how multiple kinds of boundaries are especially important—across groups, between organizations and system levels, and within and between people, related to intersecting social locations. This course is Self-Paced.
Course At A Glance
Length: 8 weeks
Effort: 8-10 hours pw
Subject: Social Science
Institution: University of Michigan and edx
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $199
The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.
About This Course
In this social sciences course, you will develop a framework for:
- Engaging diversity and differences in social work practice.
- Advancing human rights and social and economic justice.
- We will explore the knowledge base that underlies skills needed to work towards justice. You will learn about types and sources of power, multiple social locations, social constructions, social processes, social identities, conflicts, and how all these interact.
Why Take This Course?
Students will develop skills in critical contextual thinking and analyses, and in praxis, learn to use knowledge and theory to recognize and critique underlying assumptions and paradigms and inform working for change.
- Demonstrate knowledge and skills for working for justice, enacting critical consciousness, and engaging and addressing issues of power and diversity.
- Demonstrate knowledge of social locations, constructions, processes, and identities and the diversity within these.
- Demonstrate skills in critical contextual thinking, applying multiple theories and frameworks to illuminate underlying assumptions, biases and possible opportunities, and engaging in praxis.
- Demonstrate awareness of the sources of power, how to mobilize power towards positive change, and ways to challenge oppressive assumptions, biases, and prejudices.
Jamie is an assistant professor of social work and co-director of the Gender and Health Research Lab at the University of Michigan. She received her MSW from the University of Tennessee and her Ph.D. from Ohio State University in Social Work.
How To Join This Course
- Go to the course website link
- Create an edX account to SignUp
- Choose “Register Now” to get started.
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