K431 – Collective Action for Social Justice
All social workers practice within complex, interacting contexts. Therefore in this class we will engage in critical reflective practice about working with(in) two key settings: organizations and communities. In particular we will concentrate on seeking out, understanding, and mobilizing the capacities, resources, and assets possessed by human collectives for social justice (an idea that we will interrogate). Towards these aims, we foreground the questions, “What is social justice and who gets to decide what is just?” as we explore themes of democratic participation, “community empowerment,” and (un)intended consequences of professionals’ actions. Throughout the course, personal narratives, case examples, and field experiences will be used to investigate “macro” practice issues and skills that are foundational to generalist social work practice.