ACA-ACES Syllabus Clearinghouse

The ACA Syllabus Clearinghouse is a joint project of ACA and The Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES). We will maintain syllabi on many topics from may different learning institutions. Our database will be updated continually with new and exciting courses and will provide a valuable resource to all counselors. If you have questions or need assistance please contact the ACA librarian at 800-347-6647 ext. 281 or

Social Justice / Advocacy

Introduction to Social Justice and Advocacy

The format of the course will consist of two primary components: (a) lecture/discussion, and (b) practical application/experiential activities. The lecture discussion component will be didactic in nature and will focus on various key theoretical dimensions of the major conceptual systems and theories of counseling. Discussions will be based on lecture information, outside reading assignments, and relevant topics that are raised during class. The discussions place primary responsibility on each student to critically read and reflect upon the assigned reading material, to raise questions and constructively discuss issues relevant to the readings, and to discern differences between one’s knowledge and one’s beliefs and opinions. The course also incorporates guest speakers, who will share their knowledge and expertise with advocacy and change in educational and community settings. The practical application/experiential activities component is designed to help students bridge the gap between theory and practice through exercises, roleplays, and the use of organizational case studies. In addition, this component will help students apply philosophical and theoretical aspects of the major conceptual systems and theories of social justice to real-life situations and clinical cases.
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