Content with Disciplines : Social Services

Visual Art & Social Entrepreneurship SL Course

COURSE UNDERPININGS Social entrepreneurs are innovators who focus on designing and creating concrete products and services that address social needs and problems. Unlike scalable startups the goal of a social entrepreneur is to seed awareness of organizer collaboration and effective business models for creating micro-enterprise. The Chesapeake Arts Center (CAC) located in the middle of the community will serve as a secure place to foster, stimulate and sustain the “culture” of place through the management of an accessible maker-space and workshop. The culture of Brooklyn-Curtis Bay (southeast Baltimore City) and northeast Anne Arundel County is fragmented and complicated by the…

CBPR with service providers: Arguing a case for engaging practitioners in all phases of research

This literature review focuses on ways that professional service providers (those with specialized skills, training, and knowledge) have engaged in CBPR, experienced benefits from their engagement, contributed to health promotion research, and faced challenges in collaboration. The authors discuss the implication of these topics on policy and practice. Spector, A.Y. (2012). CBPR with service providers: Arguing a case for engaging practitioners in all phases of research. Health Promotion Practice, 13 (2), 252-258. Full Text.

Involving urban planning, social work, and public health faculty members in the civic renewal of the research university

What are some strategies for involving urban planning, social work, and public health faculty members in the civic renewal of the research university? At a time when citizens have “disengaged from democracy,” and universities have deemphasized their civic mission, this article examines ways in which these faculty members might join together and formulate strategies which complement their shared professional and public purposes on campus and in the community. Checkoway, B. (2008). Involving urban planning, social work, and public health faculty members in the civic renewal of the research university. Journal of Planning Education and Research, 27(4), 507-511.

Community Development

Course Description This course examines methods of community development for a diverse democracy. It assesses the ways in which people join together, take initiative, and develop community-based programs, with or without assistance by outside agencies. It analyzes core concepts of community development, steps in the process, and perspectives on future practice in a society which values diversity as an asset. The course assumes that community members are active participants and competent citizens who mobilize resources and build upon strengths, rather than problems in society or passive recipients of services. Emphasis is placed on increasing involvement of traditionally underrepresented groups in…

Rebuilding the Mississippi Gulf Coast

Course Overview: The purpose of this course is to engage students in the rebuilding process, including the principles, concepts, processes and practice related to disaster recovery currently used in the United States. Course Objectives: You should upon completion of this course: Gain an understanding of post-disaster planning; Understand the key elements of comprehensive planning; Engage in effective service-learning; Organize and participate in large-scale community meetings, stakeholder meetings, and meetings with individuals; Be able to communicate in a collaborative work team and; Improve your research and writing skills. Assigned Reading Daniels, Thomas, John Keller, Lapping, Mark, Daniels, Katherine and James Segedy….

Policies and Services that Enhance Community Participation and Well-Being

Course Description This course will analyze those policies and services that promote or inhibit the development of civil society, enhance or deny human rights, and contribute to the attainment of social justice or sustain the existence of social injustice. Emphasis will be placed on those policies and services which serve to enhance social participation, economic security, respect for diversity, voluntary action, and community and corporate responsibility. The course will also integrate an intensive focus on how policies and services, particularly at the local level, maintain or diminish the existence of oppression and privilege in U.S. society. Programs provided by various…

Rebuilding the Mississippi Gulf Coast

Course Description Consumer problems related to production and allocation of housing, especially for low-income households. Includes service-learning experience related to data collection, analysis and reporting in the context of neighborhood development. Course Prerequisites: ECON 200 and FmResM 340 Objectives When finished with this course, the successful student will be able to (1) Understand importance of housing in US society; (2) Identify institutions and special interests involved in the production, maintenance, regulation and distribution of housing; (3) Compare and evaluate alternative solutions to housing problems; (4) Collect, interpret, and report housing data. Course Reading Materials Medoff, P., & Sklar, H. (1994)….

Working for Global Justice

Overview: Goal of the course: to assist you to integrate a commitment to social justice into your lives and careers. You will learn: to advocate for social justice to use your professional skills and knowledge to work for social justice. As a result of all SEM 300 courses … You will learn the difference between doing charity and working for justice through systemic change. You will show that you understand this difference by producing projects and participating in advocacy work that has long-term goals. You will demonstrate a sustained commitment to the practice of social justice through community-driven projects designed…

Poverty and Homelessness in America

Course Description This two quarter course will combine formal academic study on the topic of poverty and homelessness in the United States with an internship experience in a shelter-providing agency either in Santa Clara County or San Mateo County. Students will read weekly selections of articles and books relating to analyses of and personal experiences with poverty and homelessness in American cities. Perhaps the most important part of the course is the internship each student will be involved in at a local homeless shelter. Students will engage in a directed social service-type internship and will be expected to devote about…

Social Work with Burn-injured Children: A Service-Learning Experience

  Social Work with Burn-injured Children: A Service Learning Experience Course Overview: This course is designed to provide students with an intensive leaming experience working with an organization that serves children of families from diverse socio economic, racial and cultural backgrounds who have been bum injured within an unique organizational and community framework. Students will actively participate in a strengths-based, non-traditional setting to provide services that support the well-being of these children along with a diverse community of allied helping professionals outside of the field of social work. Students will learn about the process of bum recovery, gain understanding of…

Mediation and Conflict Resolution

Mediation & Conflict Resolution (Community Building, Peace, Conflict & Alternative Dispute Resolution) Robert N. Hansen, Ph.D. #5 Westminster Hall Home Phone: 573-491-3344 Cell: 573-645-3344 Office: x5362 or 5361 Email: hansenr@oaynet.wcmo.edu Fax: 573 592 5180 Office Hours: Monday/Wednesday 11:00 12:00 Noon Course Description & Objectives: This course provides an introduction into the concepts, theory and practice of community building, peacemaking, and conflict resolution. Topics will include: a) community development theory; b) conflict theory; c) peacemaking; d) principles of five types of ADR strategies (negotiation, arbitration, adjudication, conciliation, and mediation); d) the application of these concepts, theories and strategies to historical and…

Principles and Methods in Human Services

Ext. 6459 Alamance 213 D kiserp@elon.edu Office Hours: MWF 11:00-1:00, TT 1:00-2:30 In addition to the above hours I am generally in my office from about 8:00 until at least 3:00each weekday. While I make a special effort to guard the above office hours from the intrusionof other activities, I have found this to be impossible due to various meetings and administrativeresponsibilities. I encourage you to drop by any time but also feel free to schedule anappointment with me to be sure that you will find me in. Texts: Kozol, J. (2000). Ordinary Resurrections. New York, NY: Crown Publishers. Neukrug,…

Introduction to Service, Citizenship, and Community

Introduction to Service, Citizenship, and Community General Studies 137 Professor Meta Mendel-Reyes, Spring 2001 Tuesday 6-8 pm, Bruce Building Classroom 4 hours community service placement, plus class project. Introduction, Objectives, Texts. Format and Assignments, Syllabus Introduction At the turn of the 21st century, we see a resurgence of community service, a decline in political participation, and the persistence of the urgent social problems that both seek to address. For example, a recent survey conducted by Harvard University s Kennedy School of Government reported that 60% of college students polled said that they were currently involved in community service. Yet only…

Introduction to Community Organizing

COURSE DESCRIPTION The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to community organizing; specifically, the knowledge, skill and value base underpinning community organizing, planning, development and change. It will emphasize the myriad roles, goals, and strategies used by community organizers in effecting social change. It will examine the history of organizing as a context of analyzing contemporary issues and organizations in the country and in New York City. Models of community organizing including mass mobilization, social action, grass roots empowerment, leadership development and advocacy, as well as newer community building approaches will assessed for effectiveness in the current…

Volunteer Experience

Course Description: Beginning experience in a social service setting to acquire skills in relationships building and to develop understanding of social work ethics, values and roles in a diverse society. Focus of seminar meetings is the exploration of self in relationship to helping. Prereguisites: Sophomore standing. Required for social work pre-majors. Completion or concurrent enrollment in Introduction to Social Work and Social Work Institutions, SW230 is desirable. Objectives: Students will: (1) become aware of how their personal needs and beliefs may influence a helping relationship. (2) distinguish between being a “friend” and a “helper.” (3) identify some of the core…

“Violence and Youth Gangs”

Course and Project Overview The purpose of this 4-credit class is to involve students in a series of readings and discussions that explore the causes and consequences of youth violence and gang behavior. Solutions to the problems of youth violence and juvenile gang activity are reviewed through required readings. In addition to classroom participation, students are required to meet with a troubled youth in the community for a minimum of three hours per week. Student-youth interactions occur in the context of a project being conducted by the University of Utah (Graduate School of Social Work and Lowell Bennion Center), the…

Methods of Policy Analysis and Presentation

GOAL: Develop skills required in gathering, analyzing, and presenting information to assist public service agencies in the formulation, implementation, and evaluation of policies. SKILLS YOU WILL DEVELOP: Negotiating with a client to determine the goals and structure of a research project. Working with supervisors, clients, colleagues and experts in designing and implementing a research project. Using statistics and graphs to help clients understand the information collected. Managing time and understanding what it takes to produce a professional product. Developing an understanding of how government and non-profit organizations try to improve society. Examine the role of research methods in the formulation,…