Radical Traditions and Transformative Practice: Public Health and Social Work
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This course is designed for students who are drawn to community and justice work and are trying to forge career paths that support commitments to social change. Radical social work and radical public health have always sought to support health and confront the disparities that result from systemic oppression and structural violence. Strong traditions exist wherein we have used the professions to draw attention to and organize against problems like police brutality, war, domestic violence, and workplace injustices. These traditions are all the more important as we face not only the pandemic of COVID-19, but also the ways the pandemic has highlighted oppression and inequalities. Accordingly, this introduction to radical, community based social work and public health covers the ethics and transformative traditions of critical social work and public health, focusing in on their relationships to each other and their roles in several important social justice issues, including health and health disparities (using COVID-19 and other diseases as case studies), war, racial justice, class inequality and poverty, neoliberalism, labor, and prisons. We will also consider the terrain of global public health social work, and look at how social workers and public health professionals around the world organize for positive change. Taught by an Evergreen alum ('99) who is now a public health social work scholar-practitioner, this course is ideal for students who want to move into careers focused on organizing and community engagement to promote health and well-being.
Our work will be conducted remotely, using a mixture of synchronous learning (via Zoom) and asynchronous learning (via Canvas). Asynchronous activities will include discussion boards and pre-recorded lessons or webinars. To facilitate remote learning, we will use of small groups of 7-8 students. Small groups will meet during the first half of our regular meeting times, using the breakout feature in Zoom. The instructor will provide questions for the group to discuss to process readings and help prepare for lecture and will roam between break out groups to check in with each group. This will be followed by an hour of lecture from the professor or guest speakers from the field. Our synchronous times will be 1:30-3:00 Tues/Thurs, and the instructor will be available for student consultation with the small groups immediately following (from 3:00-3:30 Tues/Thurs).
The faculty will offer alternative assignments if conditions or illness prevent students from accessing our synchronous meetings, which will allow students to earn comparable credit.
This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:
social work, public health, public administration, education, or related fields
Class Size: 25
Scheduled for: Day
Final schedule and room assignments:
First meeting:Tuesday, June 23, 2020 - 1:30 pm
Located in: Olympia