This course examines the phenomena of power, privilege and oppression and their effect on individuals, families, and communities in the context of the values of social and economic justice within the social work profession. This course is intended to increase awareness of the intersectionality of multiple oppressions with a focus on race/ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, and sexual orientation. Students will gain a self-awareness to identify the influence of personal biases and values that impact practice with diverse groups. Through this awareness they will understand their role as leaders and change agents when working with diverse populations. Formerly titled: Difference, Diversity, and Privilege (3 credits)
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Demonstrate skills for engaging and addressing issues of diversity and social justice.
- Understand the power dynamics associated with difference and dominance/oppression, and their impact on human functioning and social relations within and across diverse groups.
- Understand how structural inequities in society are shaped by historical, psychological, social, and political factors.
- Demonstrate knowledge of social identities and the diversity within identities, as well as an understanding of the many ways that our multiple identities intersect at the individual and institutional levels.
- Demonstrate awareness of oppressive assumptions, biases, and prejudices that facilitate a stance of dominance, as well as identify where these biases, prejudices, and assumptions rest in institutions.
- Develop methods for continuing this lifelong process of recognizing our biases, learning how to change oppressive systems, and building a more socially just, equitable multicultural society.
Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) / Competencies
- Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior
- Advance Human Rights and Social, Racial, Economic, and Environmental Justice
- Engage Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ADEI) in Practice
- Engage in Practice-Informed Research and Research-Informed Practice
- Engage in Policy Practice
- Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
- Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
- Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
- Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
Course Activities and Grading
Discussions (Weeks 1-8)
Weekly Quizzes (Weeks 1-8)
Weekly Assignments (Weeks 1-8)
Oppression and Social Injustice Project (Week 8)
Available through Charter Oak State College's online bookstore
- Cengage Unlimited - Access (12 months)
The Social Work Program has partnered with Cengage to provide all e-texts, MindTap activities, and other resources through the Cengage Unlimited Yearly Subscription. All Social Work courses will use Cengage Unlimited and MindTap content activities. You will only need to purchase this product one time for the year. Please do not purchase this product multiple times within a subscription year.
In addition, this subscription allows students to rent textbooks through the Cengage website for $9.99 per book.
Students will have access to all materials for their social work courses from the day of purchase. The subscription expires 365 days after students access and opens their first e-text link.
- The textbook used for this course obtained through Cengage Unlimited is:
Diller, J. (2019). Cultural Diversity: A Primer for the Human Services, 6e. ISBN: 978-1-337-56338-3
Readings and Exercises
Topics: Introduction & What it Means to be Culturally Competent
Topics: Working with Diverse Clients & Understanding Racism, Prejudice, and White Privilege
Topics: Understanding Culture and Cultural Differences & Working with Culturally Diverse Parents and Families
Topics: Culturally Sensitive Treatment with Children & Working with Latino/a Clients
Topics: Working with Native American Clients & Working with African American Clients
Topics: Working with Asian American Clients & Working with Arab and Muslim American Clients
Topics: Working with South Asian American Clients & Working with White Ethnic Clients
Topics: Working with American Male Clients & Working with Deaf Clients
COSC Accessibility Statement
Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.
COSC Policies, Course Policies, Academic Support Services and Resources
Students are responsible for knowing all Charter Oak State College (COSC) institutional policies, course-specific policies, procedures, and available academic support services and resources. Please see COSC Policies for COSC institutional policies, and see also specific policies related to this course. See COSC Resources for information regarding available academic support services and resources.