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SOWK 3340 Anti-Oppressive Social Work (3 credits)

The purpose of this course is to critically examine societal issues generated by systemic discrimination and explore methods for reducing discrimination. Particular focus is on social work practice with a variety of diverse populations, and strategies that generalist practitioners can employ to decrease oppression on all system levels. The course is designed to provide students with the skills required for culturally competent practice with diverse communities. Theories of oppression and discrimination will be reviewed. Historical forms of oppression will be analyzed with a connection to present-day forms of discrimination and oppression. Students will learn a process of career-long learning about culture and difference, including strategies to address systemic issues of oppression. Finally, emphasis will be placed on personal values and the complexities of integrating social work values, as well as ethical practice in working with diverse populations. Prerequisite(s): Junior and Senior Standing or instructor consent
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