University of Michigan
Community Organizing for Social Justice
University of Michigan

Community Organizing for Social Justice

Taught in English

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Gain insight into a topic and learn the fundamentals

Barry Checkoway

Instructor: Barry Checkoway


(307 reviews)

Beginner level
No prior experience required
7 hours to complete
3 weeks at 2 hours a week
Flexible schedule
Learn at your own pace

What you'll learn

  • Examine core concepts of social justice.

  • Develop practical steps to set goals and priorities, assess community assets and needs, develop action plans, and build support for implementation.

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There are 6 modules in this course

In this module, students will be introduced to the core concepts of the course, as well as hear from organizers around the country. Students will learn common language in the field of social justice and community organizing that will allow them to navigate the course.

What's included

9 videos6 readings1 quiz3 discussion prompts

In this module, students will dig into heavy topics of stereotypes, discrimination, and social identity. Students will be prompted to explore their own identities and reflect on how they see stereotypes and discrimination in their community.

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7 videos2 readings1 quiz2 discussion prompts

In this module, students will learn about communication styles, as well as gain skills on how to navigate difficult conversations.

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6 videos3 readings1 quiz2 discussion prompts

In this module, students will learn 7 steps to creating change. They will be taken through each step, starting with people and ending with participatory evaluation, and they will be encouraged to create their own action plan along the way. Students will gain tools for creating change within their own community or school, as well as hear the stories and experiences from those who have executed community action projects before.

What's included

9 videos1 reading1 quiz1 discussion prompt

In this module, students will learn crucial steps to using strategy as they work to create change. They will learn about some of the most important factors of strategy, such as targets and allies, and instructed to think about how their projects and their strategy go hand in hand. Students will gain tools for implementing strategy, as well as adapting it to their own community and project.

What's included

9 videos1 reading1 quiz1 discussion prompt

In this module, students will reflect on some of the main concepts of the course, such as social justice, community, organizing, planning, strategy, and believing in change. Students will be encouraged to think about which lessons mean the most to them.

What's included

5 videos2 readings1 quiz2 discussion prompts1 plugin


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4.7 (91 ratings)
Barry Checkoway
University of Michigan
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