University of Washington School of Public Health

Winter Course 2018: SOC W 536 - Building Community, Building Power logy


Winter 2018 Course Offering: Soc W 536: Building Community, Building Power with Jim Diers

SLN: 20164; 3 credits

Lecture meets: Thursdays, 6-8:50pm

Location: SWS B014

Instructor: Jim Diers


Community organizing has proven that it can be an effective vehicle for mutual support, neighborhood revitalization, and social change. Through direct-action organizing, low-income neighbors and communities of color are demanding justice from external forces. Meanwhile, practitioners of asset-based community development are strengthening their communities by mapping and mobilizing internal resources.


The course will explore these two models of community organizing and their variations. Through case studies found in readings, lectures, videos, slides, and their own experience and research, students will gain inspiration about the change that is possible when individuals come together as a community, build democratic organizations, mobilize their resources, and demand justice. The students will also acquire tools and learn skills that will better equip them to work as organizers and leaders for social change in their careers and in their daily lives.