The SAA is so new that two of our courses are still in development. Please check back in late spring of 2022 for updates.
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Social problems exist in every community on the globe. Perspective, local norms, religious beliefs and other ideologies are among the many considerations that contribute to the underlying complexity of each issue. Using Atlanta's many challenges as a case study, this course provides a theoretical and empirical analysis of selected major social problems confronting American society.
At the center of every social action movement are people who collectively align with a common goal to do good and achieve progress. Still, collaborating with others is hard work. It first requires developing oneself as an active listener, guided by empathy and effective communication. This course provides tools to develop emotional intelligence to better collaborate with others to solve some of society’s most wicked social problems. The magic starts with the course’s retreat over MLK Day weekend.
Today’s global problems require innovative solutions from individuals, nonprofits, businesses and governments. This course deploys personal strengths and communication skills to innovate and take action using design thinking to tackle a community challenge. Team management, project management and professionalism are developed throughout the course, as well as the entrepreneurial, human-centered method of problem solving and pitching solutions.
The final course in the certificate emphasizes the importance of engaging with mentors, stakeholders and community leaders. It invites partners from the public, nonprofit, and private sectors into the classroom to guide teams collaboratively as they address a local problem. The engagement of all sectors undergirds the community partnership framework and a mission to address issues of economic and social justice through community building.
14 Marietta St
Atlanta, GA 30303