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This course is an elective macro course in the MSW curriculum. The course is 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 its environmental contexts as a partner in practice. This course is particularly relevant to direct practice with and advocacy for diverse disempowered groups in society. The course may use a community-based service-learning pedagogy.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): SOWK 8170 or Master of Social Work student admitted with advanced standing or permission of the Grace Abbott School of Social Work. Not open to non-degree graduate students.