Jul 25th 2017

Social Work Practice in Community Organization, Management and Policy/Evaluation (edX)

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Learn about macro social work and how to have large scale impact on entire communities and systems of care. In this social science course we will discuss various methods, strategies and skills within macro social work practice, used to help identify and address needs on a larger scale. You will gain knowledge and skills in the areas of community organizing, management, and policy advocacy, and learn about the various roles social workers play within these areas.

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.

We will focus on:

- understanding the context of macro practice;

- identifying community and organizational interventions to address social needs and problems;

- organizing and building relationships within communities and organizations;

- organization-based and community-based policy making, planning, and program development.

You 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.

This course is part of the Social Work: Practice, Policy and Research MicroMasters Program offered by MichiganX.

What you'll learn

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

1. Describe the historical, social, political and economic forces that have shaped and continue to shape macro practice in social work.

2. Identify community organization, management, and policy-advocacy strategies for dealing with contemporary social work and social welfare problems.

3. Demonstrate beginning level community organization, management, and policy advocacy skills in promoting social work values.

4. 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.

5. Demonstrate the ability to utilize selected macro assessment tools to develop client-centered interventions.

Course Syllabus

Week 1: Introduction: The History and Components of Macro Practice

The values, history and components of macro practice

The challenges of macro practice in a multicultural society

Week 2: Advocacy as a Form of Social Action

Models of advocacy

Policy advocacy

Week 3: Models of Community Organization Practice and Their Implications

Understanding Communities: Their Problems & Their Populations

Defining the community

Different conceptualizations of community and their implications

Typologies of community organization

Empowerment theory and community organization practice

Week 4: Organizing and Mobilizing Communities

Roles of the organizer

Group skills in community work

Selecting appropriate strategies and tactics

Social capital and community mobilization

Week 5: Assessing Community Needs and Strengths

Constructing a community profile: Frameworks for community analysis

Conducting a community needs assessment

Asset mapping: Identifying community strengths

Week 6: Understanding Community-Based Organizations

The structure, mission & goals of nonprofit community-based organizations

Management theories

Decision-making, power, authority, and politics of nonprofit organizations

Week 7: Human Resources Management: Managing Staff in Organizations

Inter-Organizational Practice Visioning and Strategic Planning in Community-Based Organizations

Personnel Policies/Supervisory Roles and Functions

Staff Development

Assessing Organizations

Issues of power

Inter-organizational practice in multicultural communities

Week 8: Ethical and Legal Issues in Macro Practice

The meaning of ethics and ethical analysis in macro practice

Ethical issues in macro practice

Legal foundations of community-based nonprofit organizations

Program Development, Implementation, Monitoring, and Evaluation Social Policy and Community Practice

Policy development & implementation at the community level

Analyzing the community impact of social policies

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