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Essential Theory & Intervention Practice in Community Organization

CORG 5301 - Essential Theory & Intervention Practice in Community Organization

This course builds on content covered in micro and macro foundations of social work practice and reviews in greater depth community organization history, values and assumptions, Rothman models of organizing, roles of the community social worker, and strategies used by community organizers to bring about change. The course promotes in-depth understanding of the various types of communities and enhances skills for community analysis. Essential information for grassroots organizing and community and coalition building is covered. It incorporates content on providing community based services to oppressed population groups, including leadership development and advocacy. Furthermore, it highlights the importance of power theory and dynamics in selecting models and strategies for intervention. The importance of relationship building and attention to process tasks and goal achievement are covered.Required course for students in the Community Organization concentration.

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CORG 5302 - Theory and Practice of Social Movements For Community Organizers

This course will integrate Community Organization foundation and advanced method practice knowledge, values and skills. Students will be asked to select an agency-based Community Organization assignment that they have been working on during the academic year as the basis for a capstone assignment. An outline for this assignment will be distributed and discussed in class. Appropriate literature that will help students in conceptualizing and writing their capstone assignments will also be distributed and discussed. The course will concentrate on addressing social movement theory and implications for social change and community social work. A minimum of two social movements will be analyzed and one or more social movement related projects will be selected as an in-class project(s). Required course for students in the Community Organization concentration.

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CORG 5353 - Field Education in Community Organization III.

Focuses primarily on the student’s major method, emphasizing preparation for competent, advanced specialized practice. Required course for students in the Community Organization concentration.

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CORG 5354 - Field Education in Community Organization IV.

Focuses primarily on the student’s major method, emphasizing preparation for competent, advanced specialized practice. Required course for students in the Community Organization concentration.

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CORG 5355 - Block Placement in Community Organization.

Field Education in Community Organization for well-prepared students who have completed all course requirements except the second year of field education and the appropriate method course. . Required course for students in the M.S.W. program completing a Block Field Placement.

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CORG 5370 - Grassroots Neighborhood Organizing.

Provides intensive instruction for students who wish to become practitioners or trainers in grassroots neighborhood model of organizing. Examines Alinsky’s model of organizing and the refinement of that model.Elective course for Substantive Area: Focused Area of Study on Urban Issues in Social Work .

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