SOWK 2500 Community Organizing for Social Change: Theories and Methods

This course employs an interdisciplinary approach to the practice of community organizing. Drawing on classical and contemporary texts, students will engage in the works of Alinsky, Freire, Pharr, Piven and Cloward and others. Narratives of people of color and other oppressed groups organizing for social change will be emphasized. Student learning includes applying community organizing theories and methods through practical engagement in the most current issues in post-Katrina New Orleans such as environmental problems, housing advocacy, race relations, education and other issues pertinent to community development.