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SOW 150 - Cultural Competence and Diverse Populations

Credits: 3
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.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Discuss the impact of race, ethnicity and gender on social work.
  2. Identify the extent to which a culture’s structures and values may oppress, marginalize, alienate, create or enhance privilege and power.
  3. Explore historical perspectives of racial and ethnic groups in United States.
  4. 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.
  5. Describe from a holistic view how racism impacts human behavior in the dynamic social environment.
  6. 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.
  7. Express sensitivity toward “undesirable” populations within our society.
  8. Summarize the knowledge, values and skill-base necessary to practice culturally-competent social work.
Listed Topics
  1. Diversity key concepts and perspectives
  2. History of oppressed, underprivileged and disadvantaged populations
  3. National Association of Social Workers (NASW) standards and indicators for cultural competence in Social Work practice
  4. Heterosexism, heteronormativity and homophobia
  5. Discrimination, segregation and prejudice
  6. Social Activism, advocacy and equality
  7. Equal opportunity and Affirmative Action
  8. International and global Social Work
  9. Racism, ageism and sexism
  10. Labeling theory
  11. Microaggression
Reference Materials
Current textbook, National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics.
Approved By: Johnson, Alex Date Approved: 05/28/2013

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