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University of Michigan Free Online Course on Social Work Practice

University of Michigan is offering free online course on Social Work Practice in Community Organization, Management and Policy/Evaluation. This course is part of the Social Work: Practice, Policy and Research MicroMasters Program offered by MichiganX.

In this eight week course, applicants will learn about macro social work and how to have large scale impact on entire communities and systems of care. This course will start on July 25, 2017.

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Course At A Glance 

Length: 8 weeks
Effort: 8-10 hours pw
Subject: Social Sciences
Institution: University of Michigan and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $199
Session: Course Starts on July 25, 2017

Providers’ Details

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

Students will also learn concepts and practice skills involving assessment, problem solving and intervention planning at the macro level, and strategies to work effectively with communities and organizations. Content includes reflective practice and utilizing interpersonal skills in macro practice.

Why Take This Course?

This course will provide an appreciation of the historical and contemporary importance of these social work methods and the relevance of these methods for diverse populations and identities.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the historical, social, political and economic forces that have shaped and continue to shape macro practice in social work.
  • Identify community organization, management, and policy-advocacy strategies for dealing with contemporary social work and social welfare problems.
  • Demonstrate beginning level community organization, management, and policy advocacy skills in promoting social work values.
  • Apply NASW’s Code of Ethics and other professional codes to the selection of action strategies, and in particular applying them to those situations which affect disadvantaged/discriminated against populations.
  • Demonstrate the ability to utilize selected macro assessment tools to develop client-centered interventions.


Barbara Hiltz

Barbara Hiltz is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan School of Social Work. She received her MSW from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.



How To Join This Course

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