Syllabus -Social Justice & Equity for Multicultural Populations

Austin Peay State University Department of Social Work SW 6110 - Social Justice and Equity for Multicultural Populations Term: Spring 2023 3 Credits Class Meeting Pattern: Online Time: Instructor : Philip Kwasi Elike, PhD Semester : Spring 2023 Office hours: Thursdays 12.30-1.30. Room CL107 Email : [email protected] Telephone : 931-221-7505 The instructor may revise the syllabus anytime and inform the class accordingly. Required Text(s) Appleby, A. G., Colon, E., & Hamilton, J., (2010). Diversity, Oppression, and Social Functioning: Person-In-Environment Assessment and Intervention 3rd Edition. Sloan, L., Joyner, M., Stakeman, C. & Schmitz, C. (2018). Critical Multiculturalism and Intersectionality in a Complex World, 2 nd Edition . ISBN: 978019090424 Other Readings Other course readings will be posted on D2L for students to access. Students are encouraged to read the articles especially when they are listed as required in the course outline. COVID-19 Syllabus Supplement We should all continue to take steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Masks are recommended for all faculty, staff, and students while indoors. To help keep our university community safe, vaccination and boosters are strongly encouraged and readily available, including at APSU's Boyd Health Services. Contact them at (931) 221- 7107. Any student exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 should seek a test. If any student tests positive for COVID-19, or if an unvaccinated student is exposed to someone who has tested positive, that student is required to fill out the COVID-19 Self-Reporting Form and isolate for five days from the onset of symptoms. If fever-free without medication, and if other symptoms are improving, the student can return to normal activities on Day 6. The student is strongly encouraged to wear a mask through Day 10. To help prevent further spread, students who test positive should notify anyone with whom they were within six feet for more than fifteen minutes. Students missing class should email their instructors when possible. The COVID-19 vaccine, booster, and testing are still free and widely available through Boyd Health Services. Visit the APSU Coronavirus Dashboard webpage for more information. CoBHS Diversity Statement: The College of Behavioral and Health Sciences values human diversity in all its richly complex and multi-faceted forms. Elements of diversity may be expressed through race and ethnicity, culture, political and social views, religious and spiritual beliefs, language and geographic characteristics, gender, gender identities and sexual orientations,
learning and physical abilities, age, and social or economic classes. Every student will be treated fairly and with respect. Students will be valued and encouraged to share their unique perspective as an individual, not as a representative of any group. Course curriculum will respect diversity of thought, background, and experience within materials and student activities. These values are consistent with the mission of the Office of Equity, Access, and Inclusion . Students with Disabilities : A student with a documented disability may be entitled to accommodations. Students should register with the Office of Disability Services at the beginning of each semester. Course Description: This course is an overview of the professional commitment of social work to oppressed people. The course focuses on issues of diversity, oppression, and social justice as they all intertwine with age, class, color, culture, disability, ethnicity, family structure, gender, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, and sexual orientation. This course is to engage students at the graduate level in exploring their own personal values, beliefs, and behaviors that may limit their ability to practice effective social work with people of diverse backgrounds, particularly, disadvantaged, and oppressed populations. This course is designed to enable students to develop a critical knowledge and awareness-based dimension of social justice issues in practice and policy. While this course is not for the development of techniques such as those developed in a practice course, it provides the foundation upon which such techniques are built. The course will take into consideration the dynamics of social oppression, diversity, and social functioning through the lens of social, political, and cultural processes. The effect that these processes have on inter-group and intra-group relations for oppressed populations will also be examined. Students will learn about the influence of dominant culture on these diverse groups and will examine their adaptive capabilities and strengths and how such capabilities and strengths can be used in effective social work practice. Course Objectives: 1. Critically assess client systems (individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities) and evaluate cultural norms and behaviors that are strengths as opposed to those that are problematic or symptomatic behaviors. 2. Understand the ethical implications in working with diverse populations. 3. Understand the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination and apply strategies of advocacy and social change that advance social and economic justice.
4. Utilize theoretical frameworks to analyze the relationships among power, privilege, and oppression among marginalized and non-marginalized populations. 5. Develop skills to create strategies to advocate for social, political, legal, and economic justice for oppressed populations. 6. Develop multicultural and social justice case conceptualization skills. 7. Understand and apply the intersectional knowledge of human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice to advocate for human rights and justice at the individual and system levels. 8. Engage in advocacy and other practices that advance social, economic, and environmental justice across local, regional, and global environments. 9. Apply and communicate understanding of the importance of diversity and difference in shaping life experiences in practice at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels; and 10.Demonstrate cognitive and affective skills in self-awareness and self-regulation and to manage the influence of personal biases and values in promoting the dignity and worth of all persons. Competencies Addressed in this Course There are nine competencies that the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) requires for social work practice. CSWE approaches social work education through a holistic perspective, which includes the following four dimensions for each of the competencies: (1) Values; (2) Knowledge; (3); Skills; and (4) Cognitive/Affective Processes. For more detail about the CSWE competencies, information is available at EPAS/2015EPAS_Web_FINAL.pdf.aspx The main CSWE competencies covered in this course include Competency 2: Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice; Competency 3: Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice; and Competency 5: Engage in Policy Practice. Assessment: This course assesses two competencies - Competency 2 (Knowledge), specifically -intersectionality of multiple factors including, race, ethnicity, gender, culture, sexual orientation, immigration status; and Competency 3 (Knowledge), specifically - international and domestic instruments such as laws, mechanisms, protecting and promoting human rights and justice. ASSIGNMENTS All assignments must be double-spaced, and citations and references must be written in APA style. Late Assignments: Assignments need to be completed and turned in when they are due. Extensions for assignments are generally not given, except at the instructor's discretion for extenuating circumstances. Late work will not be accepted without a
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