SASS 502 Change Agent Intensive (CHAI), 1 Credit
The Change Agent Intensive (CHAI) provides an introduction to the practice and profession of social work. It is an initial, immersive experience for students to engage with faculty and their peers to examine the social issues and social problems central to social work. CHAI introduces the values and ethics that guide the social work profession and the dilemmas that social work professionals face. This course centers the learning experience within the context of greater Cleveland so that students will begin to value the importance of community as a means of understanding social work practice at all levels—individual, family, group, organization and community.
CHAI will present students with opportunities to reflect upon the role of privilege, oppression and discrimination in their own lives and the lives of others. The course encourages the development of reflective self-awareness and critical thinking. Students will be challenged to understand and value the worldviews of persons different from themselves and develop the ability to take different perspectives in their work.