Course Syllabus

This course is a critical analysis and reflection of oppression, privilege, power, and isms, with attention to self exploration of personal perceptions, and how these conscious and unconscious beliefs influence social interactions, especially between social worker and individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. The purpose of this course is to expand the understanding of a professional social work framework that incorporates a social justice approach with a human dignity perspective which seeks to recognize, challenge, and contest oppression, inequalities, and social inequities. Social work students will engage in critical peer and self-awareness and self-reflection and apply an anti-oppressive lens to practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities that advance human rights and social and economic justice.Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate the following objectives related to CSWE competencies: 1) Understand social work ethics and values related to diversity, oppression and social justice, 2) Recognize the importance of critical self-reflection and self correction, 3) Recognize how the U.S. dominant culture’s systems, structures, and values may oppress and marginalize those from minority cultures or create or boost privilege and power for certain individuals or groups, 4) Develop reflective self awareness skills to critically examine how biased thinking and behavior can influence their work with diverse populations, 5) Learn how to effectively communicate and disagree with those from different cultural backgrounds, 6) Develop skills and practice advocating for human rights and social justice, and 7) Develop and engage in practices that advance human rights and social justice.

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