SW 325 Human Diversity & Social Justice
F2J 2008 PV
Palma, Esther Z.
Park Main Campus
email/voice mail anytime (may be arranged before or after class as well)
October 20, 2008 - December 15, 2008
5:30 - 9:50 PM
Textbook: Rothenberg, Race, Class, and Gender in the United States, 6th edition. ISBN: 0-7167-5515-7
Rothenberg, White Privilege, Essential Readings on the Other Side of Racism, 2nd edition ISBN: 0-7167-8733-4
Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore
Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore
Additional Resources: These additional readings are encouraged:
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman
The Innocent Man by John Grisham
Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson & David Oliver
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
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Educational Philosophy: Social work as a profession emerged in response to many challenges, inequalities and threats to the world's most vulnerable populations. The demographic of those populations is constantly evolving, as is the nature of challenges that increasingly confront us all.
It is vitally important that citizens, regardless of their professional identity, be prepared to efficiently and critically consider their environment in order to identify, strategize, and communicate an effective response to the matters before them. This is as true in business, science, education, and government service as it is in social work.
It is the intent of the faculty in the Department of Social Work to facilitate learners in the acquisition of such knowledge as will sere them, their families and their communities, throughout their lives. Through the semester, world and local events will occur which may influence our academic, personal, or professional pursuits. In light of such circumstances, the instructor reserves the right to amend the schedule of study.
The facilitator's educational philosophy is one
of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, dialogues, videos, websites, writing, student presentations and guest
speakers. The facilitator will engage each learner in
what is referred to as disputations learning to encourage the lively
exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions. The facilitator will
ensure a safe environment for the exploration of topics.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
-Exam (LO 1-3, 6)
- “Letter from Jail” Essay (LO 3,8)
-Article Reviews (4)(LO 1)
-Publishable Article (LO 5,7,8)
-Core Assessment Assignment ;”Faces of Opression” paper
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment: Core Assessment Paper: "Faces of Oppression" guidelines will be distributed in class.
Journal: You are expected to maintain and submit eight weekly "e-journal" entries in which you identify instances where you have observed or experienced some manner of prejudice or discrimination. This can include anything that discriminates against an individual or group of people. Describe the behavior and make note of your personal thoughts and/or reactions. You are to identify at least five different incidents each week. You will be expected to present and discuss these observations in class.
Analytical Book Report: Four books have been identified as "encouraged" readings. You are to read (at least) one of those books. You are then to compose an analytical paper addressing the various types of prejudices and discrimination which impacted the circumstances described in the book. You will be expected to identify and describe examples of "the five faces of oppression" as they occur in the book. Similarly, you will identify and analyze the socio-political constructs impacting actions of the people. Evaluation will consider your skills in writing, clarity, analysis and integration of beliefs, concepts, and information discussed in class and the assigned readings. The paper must be written in APA style and be between 7 and 9 pages in length.
Class Participation: An absolute must in this class. This includes regular and consistent attendance, interactive participation in class, and demonstration of having read materials prior to class. Points will be lost for tardiness, leaving early and absences.
Jail Letter: Imagine that you have been incarcerated following an action of "civil disobedience." Your actions leading to the incarceration were intended on your part to represent your opposition to some unjust aspect in society. This assignment consists of you writing a letter to a family member, close friend, co-worker, public official or the public. Address the following issues in the letter for proper credit:
1. What was the issue you wre protesting. This should be somethign you feel strongly about.
2. What makes this issue so important to you?
3. What did you hope to accomplish with your civil disobedience?
4. Were there other means of protest you did or could have used to get your point across?
5. Do you have a spiritual or ethical element related to your interest in this issue?
6. What further action might you plan to take?
7. Would you ever resort to the use of violence to accomplish your goal?
You need to follow the guidelines and respond to each point noted. This needs to be typed and in the proper format of a formal letter with address, names and salutations.
Topical Reviews (four)
1. Class Issues of Wealth and Power Paper:
1. How do you personally define "class" in America? Citing from the readings, describe how your definition fits or differs from that of any other author. Cite and reference at least two other authors, one of which supports your position and one that does not support your perspective.
2. Using the article by Gregory Mantisios (Race, Class & Gender, p. 193-207) discuss your thoughts regarding the "four myths" as well as any four of the eight "realities about class in America."
3. Describe your understanding of the wage gap relative to sex, race and education. Provide examples from the text (or other referenced sources) to support your ideas for each of item.
4. Briefly discuss how the media portrays images of the wealth and class in America. Do you feel this is a valid and realistic portrayal? Please cite specific examples that support your position. If you use any citations, even from the text, they must be properly cited. The paper must be written in APA style and should be between 4 and 5 pages in length.
2. Review on Racism: Provide four definitions of racism including your own. Discuss your feelings regarding each definition. Discuss the concept of White privilege based on your readings and personal experience. Give examples and discuss your feelings about each. Describe two examples of racism from your personal experience and two examples of institutional racism that you are aware of personally or that you are aware of from readings. Referring to Beverly Tatum's article on page 127 of "White Privilege", what is the distinction she makes between racist and racism? Do you agree or disagree? Discuss this. Provide and discuss three examples of how language perpetuates racism. According to Feagi and Vera (Race, Class and Gender), how do anti-racists come to recognize their own racism? Based on all your various readings, what are your suggestions to overcoming racism?
This paper must be written in APA style and be between 4 and 5 pages long.
3. Sexism: Describe the concept of sexism from at least three differing sources, including one of your own. These perspectives may be contradictory. Document at least one published source that explains, defends, justifies, or rationalizes each perspective. Discuss gender roles in our society. Discuss the popular image of men and women and how this contributes or distracts from your own opinion. What do you believe is the solution to sexism in our society? Describe from your own life at least two examples of sexism that you have personally experienced or observed.
4. Homophobia/Heterosexism: Define homophobia and heterosexism. Use your opinion plus another source. Discuss your opinion as to how people become homophobic. Describe at least one rationalization of justification for homophobia. Describe a realistic response that may diminish one's rationalization or justification for homophobia. Based on your own life experiences, what are some of the stereotypes of gays and lesbians? Describe some means of refuting or diminishing these stereotypes. How do these stereotypes or images of GLBT related to how they are treated? Describe two examples of the obstacles other than violence that confronts GLBT in seeking civil equality and justice. Discuss two examples of the obstacles other than violence that confront GLBT in seeking equality and justice. Discuss what you personally can or will do.
This paper must be written in APA style and be between 4 and 5 pages long.
*NOTE: this assignment is not intended to compel you to lie about or accept a lifestyle that may be contrary to your personal values. It is intended to compel you to think about how we treat others in a civil and just manner.
Grading: Core Assessment 20 pts.
Jail Letter 5 pts.
Journal 10 pts.
Class Issues of Wealth and Power 10 pts.
Racism 10 pts.
Sexism 10 pts.
Homophobia/Heterosexism 10 pts.
Attendance/Participation 10 pts.
Analytical Book Review 15 pts.
Total points possible- 100
Late Submission of Course Materials: The
instructor will not accept late assignments. Assignments not submitted
on the due date will receive a grade of "zero." There are few
exceptions to this policy. Extreme circumstances may be discussed with
the instructor to make other assignment arrangements. It is the
STUDENT'S RESPONSIBILITY to contact the instructor in advance to
discuss the situation and seek approval in a timely fashion. If the
instructor agree to the submission of late work, 10 points will be
deducted per day that the assignment is late. Arrangements for work to
be turned in on time if a student will not be present for class must be
made by the student.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: This
class is one that the subject matter can be very sensitive at times.
It is important that student's respect the opinions of others. I do
not anticipate any problems with regard to rudeness in our class. I do
want everyone to know that the classroom is a safe place to discuss
varying opinions. It is only through safe expression of thoughts and
ideas that learning occurs. This is a university class and everyone
deserves our respect and understanding when they share their opinions
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: Week One - October 20
First day of class-Intro to class and assignments
Introduction of "the Faces of Oppression"
Week Two - October 27
Letter from Jail Due
Week Three - November 3
"Class Issues of Wealth and Power" paper Due
Week Four - November 10
"Racism" paper due.
Week Five - November 17
"Sexism" paper due.
Week Six - November 24
"Homophobia" paper due.
Week Seven - December 1
Book Analysis paper due.
Week 8 - December 8
Last Day of Class
Core Assessment Paper Due
Presentation of Core Assessment Paper
* Course Reading Assignments will be provided on the first day of class.
Academic Honesty:Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87
Plagiarism:Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90
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Last Updated:9/25/2008 11:18:40 AM