Social Work Practice: Advocating Social Justice and Change

Social Work Practice: Advocating Social Justice and Change

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Week 1: What is Social Work?
Introduction to social work as a profession and key roles social workers perform across system levels (individual, family, community, organization, policy). Focus on core social values and perspectives. Week 2: Cross-Cutting Themes that Guide Social Workers
Introduction to key cross cutting themes (e.g., systems theory, strengths based approach, empowerment, evidence-informed practices and social justice). Explore these themes through case examples and interactive exercises. Week 3: History of Social Work as Profession in the United States
Examine the history of social work as a profession using an issue oriented approach. Learn unique contributions of social workers over the years. Week 4: Addressing Issues of Privilege, Oppression, Diversity and Social Justice
Learn strategies that social workers use to effectively make a difference in addressing privilege, oppression, diversity and social justice in their work. Explore current challenges and advocacy needs through case applications. Week 5: Preparing to Practice Social Work – The MSW Learning Process
This week explores topics related to entering an MSW program at the University of Michigan and the tools needed to be successful and maximize learning.


College-level maturity.


Mary Ruffolo
Professor, School of Social Work
University of Michigan

Barbara Hiltz
Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Social Work
University of Michigan

Katie Richards-Schuster
Assistant Professor, School of Social Work
University of Michigan


The University of Michigan is an American university located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It also has two regional campuses in the same state, in Dearborn and Flint.

Founded in 1817, it was Michigan's first university, established even before the State of Michigan joined the Union. Also known as UMich or UM, it is renowned as one of the best public universities in the United States.


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