Course Descriptions

Henry Ford College

Core Courses

POLS/SOC 100: Introduction to Community Leadership

POLS 101: American Government: Democratic Participation & Civic Engagement

POLS/SOC 102: Foundations of Community Leadership

POLS 155: State and Local Government

POLS/SOC 295: Community Leadership Internship

SOC 131: Introduction to Sociology

SOC 251: Ethnic and Racial Diversity in Society

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Macomb Community College

Core Courses

POLS-1500: Leadership, Organizing, and Conflict Resolution (4 credits)

Students in this course will learn theories, ideas, and practical strategies for organizing and leadership development. Students will learn how to identify and coordinate leaders in teams, build community and commitment around that leadership, build power from the resources of that community, and how to use that power strategically to make concrete change.

SOCY-1210: Introduction to Social Work (4 credits)

This is an introductory behavioral science course that covers the historical, theoretical, and methodological systems that produced social welfare services and the social work profession. Students will participate in Service Learning during class time.


The University of Michigan-Dearborn

Core Courses

Organizing and Leadership (3 credits)

This course introduces students to the theory and practice of local democratic action. In collaboration with local community partners, students learn about effective methods of civic engagement and leadership, as currently practiced in metropolitan Detroit.

Capstone Seminar (3 credits)

The focus is on developing case studies of local, national and international social movements and grassroots activism. The goal is to develop skills in designing, conducting and presenting participatory community-based research.

Internship (3 credits)

The internship offers students the opportunity to learn and apply concepts learned in CCS coursework to real world settings in municipal and regional government offices, non-profit and community organizations, or businesses.

Students studying at the University of Michigan-Dearborn have three options for pursuing Community Change Studies (CCS).

  1. Academic Minor in CCS within the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters (CASL).
  2. Area of specialization in Urban and Regional Studies degree program.
  3. Area Focus in Bachelor of General Studies degree program. This option is specifically designed for community college graduates. Students may transfer up to 62 credits (of 120 required for graduation).

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