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Interested in Activism/Community Organizing and Development? Social Work Offering Two Classes This Fall!

Posted by trm7 on May 7, 2018 in Academics, General Education Requirements, UB Curriculum

Interested in activism/community organizing and development? Be a part of the solution! Learn how to help residents build strong communities that are safe, secure, and just. The School of Social Work is offering two classes this fall (and more in the spring, to be announced) that are open to all undergraduate students and majors.

SW 220 Introduction to Community Organizing and Development
M/W, 10-11:20am, 112 Talbert Hall, North Campus
Registration #24465

This course provides a general introduction to the history, organizations, strategies, and practice issues related to community organizing and development. Specifically, this course examines 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 on development initiatives are explored. This course also introduces empowerment, strengths-based, human rights, and trauma-informed perspectives as frameworks for developing, exploring, and analyzing community organizing and development efforts in urban and rural settings.

SW 309 Developing Leadership in Communities

M/W, 6-7:25pm, 250 Park Hall, North Campus

Registration #23986

This course focuses on development of leadership skills and strategies that foster community engagement and strengthen the natural leadership of residents within communities. Students will examine theories of leadership and the ways in which they influence organizational structures that promote community well-being. Central to this course is the acquisition of strategies that can be used to enhance the development of skills as well as the exercise of leadership by community residents. Likewise, they will explore the mechanisms that support opportunities for collaboration across social, political, legal, and financial systems and the communication patterns that influence success.

For questions about whether these courses will count towards your university requirements, please speak to your advisor.