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47-210 Social Work and Diversity

This course examines oppression and anti-oppressive social work practice from a broad ecological framework as they relate to social inequality and life circumstances. Various forms of oppression such as racism, ableism, anti-semitism, heterosexism, and sexism are analyzed at the individual, cultural, and institutional level while applying the professional values and ethics of social work practice. The experiences, needs, and responses of populations that have been historically excluded, marginalized, and disadvantaged are examined. Students develop analytical and self-reflective skills as they relate to social work practice which fosters inclusion, participation, advocacy, and social justice.

(Prerequisites: 47-117 and 47-118 or permission of instructor.)