ALA 429 - IGR Senior Capstone: Social Justice in the Real World
Fall 2022, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Applied Liberal Arts (ALA)
Department: LSA UG: Curriculum Support
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With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
UC/SOC 320/321/PSYCH 310/311 or CASC Foundations and 2 related courses in social movements or activism.
May not be repeated for credit.
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By senior year, many students in the Intergroup Relations minor have managed to find places where they can learn about social justice work and engage in it collaboratively on campus. But how does this translate to life beyond campus? How can they translate these commitments to lives of meaning and purpose?

This course supports students as facilitative leaders in campus and community organizations throughout their undergraduate years at U-M and beyond. Specifically, this course will focus on self-care and community-care as necessities for effective facilitation. By connecting facilitation to traditions of social justice education and activism, we’ll illuminate methods of care that past and present facilitators employ[ed] to create group cohesion, guide groups through challenging processes, and maintain and support their own wellness, as well as that of the community.  

Students will gain an understanding of:

  • Facilitation as a part of the lineage of social justice education
  • Self and community care as part of the lineage of social justice education
  • The importance of Individual and group value-identification  to effective facilitation
  • The importance of Individual and group boundary-setting to effective facilitation
  • Accountability as a resource for individuals and groups seeking to create social change

Please see our course website for more information. Questions regarding this course should be directed to The Program on Intergroup Relations,

Course Requirements:

Attendance in our community classroom is mandatory. A weekly journal and final project will also be required.

Intended Audience:

This course is intended for juniors or seniors who have taken the IGR course sequence, are involved in the Community Action and Social Change minor or who have had other coursework about social change at the University of Michigan.

Class Format:

The course meets in person for 1.5 hours twice a week in seminar format. This is a highly participatory setting in which students will engage in exercises to develop their knowledge of social justice concepts and facilitation skills.


ALA 429 - IGR Senior Capstone: Social Justice in the Real World
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001 (SEM)
 In Person
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM

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