SOW 150 - Cultural Competence and Diverse Populations
3 Lecture Hours
Prerequisites: Eligible for ENG 100
This course will provide students with the knowledge, values and skills of culturally-competent social work at the foundational level. Emphasis on advocacy, strengths and well-being of diverse individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities will be explored.
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:
- Discuss the impact of race, ethnicity and gender on social work.
- Identify the extent to which a culture’s structures and values may oppress, marginalize, alienate, create or enhance privilege and power.
- Explore historical perspectives of racial and ethnic groups in United States.
- Employ a strengths-based analysis of people of color and how oppression affects individuals across the lifespan within a biological/psychological/social/spiritual/cultural framework.
- Describe from a holistic view how racism impacts human behavior in the dynamic social environment.
- Determine the social and economic impact that unequal access to resources (e.g. housing, education, health, welfare, justice) has on racial and ethnic minority groups.
- Express sensitivity toward “undesirable” populations within our society.
- Summarize the knowledge, values and skill-base necessary to practice culturally-competent social work.
- Diversity key concepts and perspectives
- History of oppressed, underprivileged and disadvantaged populations
- National Association of Social Workers (NASW) standards and indicators for cultural competence in Social Work practice
- Heterosexism, heteronormativity and homophobia
- Discrimination, segregation and prejudice
- Social Activism, advocacy and equality
- Equal opportunity and Affirmative Action
- International and global Social Work
- Racism, ageism and sexism
- Labeling theory
Current textbook, National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics.
Approved By: Johnson, Alex Date Approved: 05/28/2013
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