Law, Social Work, and Social Justice in Practice and Theory

Section 1ZO, Fall 20

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 14/16
Credits: 3

Course Description

In the past, law and social work have been treated as distinct professions whose practitioners serve clients in different contexts, for distinct purposes, using different skills, methods, and ethical codes. For many lawyers, however, the line between their work and social work is not a clear one, as lawyers in a range of contexts work with clients whose problems require “social” as well as “legal” solutions. In the arenas of community organizing and policy-making, actors are increasingly relying on methodologies and research from both disciplines to inform their social justice activities. The seminar will trace the genealogy of the two disciplines, the places where they converge, as well as the places where they continue to diverge. It will examine a range of essential practice techniques with an emphasis on critical social justice issues involving the recognition of gender identities and racial differences. The course will explore the forms of economic and systemic social oppression that condition the experiences of individuals, families, and communities. In order to push the boundaries of our thinking about alternative social structures and forms of engagement, we will study literary works and other cultural artifacts.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Midterm Type (if any): None
Description: None

Final Type (if any): None
Description: None
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Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Over the course of the semester, students will write 3 short (6-8 page) papers (deadlines and procedures to be announced).

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: No
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the Writing Requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

General Information

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Cross Listed: No
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Public Syllabus Link: None
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