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The course uses a community-based service-learning pedagogy designed to help students develop an analytical and empirical approach to empowering communities. The course builds on the social work "person-in-environment" perspective by focusing on the client system and their environmental contexts as a partner in practice. This course is particularly relevant to direct practice with and advocacy for diverse disempowered groups in society.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): SOWK 8170 or Advanced Standing or permission of the school. Not open to non-degree graduate students.