SW 325 Human Diversity & Social Justice
F2T 2009 DL
Palma, Esther Z.
Park Main Campus
email/voice mail anytime (may be arranged before or after class as well)
10/19/09 through 12/13/09
Textbook: Rothenberg, Race, Class, and Gender in the United States, 7th edition. ISBN: 0-7167-5515-7
Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore
Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore
Additional Resources: Students will be given a choice of reading one of these books for their book report.
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
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
*Students may request to read a book not listed here but the book must be approved by the instructor.
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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
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: Weekly Discussions
postings are expected every week, and the postings must include: (1)
main response (responding to a posted question) (2) a peer review
(responding to another student’s answer to a question)
Participation is demonstrated through
discussion. Grading will be based on clarity and completeness of
thought, ideas supported by facts, logical arguments or research. You
must mention your readings in all of your posts and cite the work.
Comments should be substantial and relevant to the topic, and
contribute to further thought or reflection. The instructor will
provide responses individually or to the class as a whole.
For additional information on online participation and netiquette, please visit:
Due very week. Materials for quizzes and the final exam will come from discussion, readings, and lecture.
Email / Student Introduction
very first week of the class you will be required to do make sure you
can use PirateMail to send and reply to emails between you and me. You
will also be required to "post" a Student Introduction using the
Virtual Cafe link on the Course Home menu so all of us can get to know
you a bit better. There are no points for this assignment, BUT if it is
not completed in a timely manner, 20 points will be taken off your
final point total at the end of the semester.
postings are expected every week. The postings must include: (1) a
weekly "e-journal" entry 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. The second (2) entry must be a responds to a
peer’s "e-journal" entry.
Analytical Book Report:
A few books have been listed under “Additional 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
discriminations, which impacted the circumstances described 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 papers must be written in APA style and be between 2 and
three pages in length.
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:
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 (three)
1. 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 2 and 3 pages long.
2. 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.
This paper must be written in APA style and be between 2 and 3 pages long.
3. 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.
*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.
Proctored Final Exam: The exam will be a comprehensive, proctored exam. It will consist of multiple choice questions and essay questions.
The exam will be taken in a proctored
testing environment during the 8th week at one of the Park University
sites around the country or at an alternative location. For proctored
examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test.
Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park
Other Information on proctored exams:
Here are the key things to keep in mind regarding your Core Assessment Assignment:
CORE ASSESSMENT - DETAILS
Section I - Social Inequality in Your Life
In this section, I would like you to
cover your social location and the issues that describe you. From
there, I would like you to expand and discuss areas such as social
class, gender, ethnicity, race, and educational level, etc. This
could be about both the past and present. What was your upbringing
like? How have these areas affected your life in terms of inequality?
This area may be a great place for you to discuss your life chances.
Section II - Interview
Select a person who differs from you
on several of the dimensions that you wrote about in the above
section. Describe their life much like you have your own. Then
compare and contrast your social locations and life chances.
In this section, you should write your
thoughts on what the future holds for both you and the person you
interviewed. What have you based your opinions on? What could cause a
change in these results? What could even out those life chances? How
likely are they to happen? If others knew what you now know how could
this affect change?
As a social worker how does learning
about inequalities that others face affect you work? Why is it
important to know how inequality has affected you?
The final course
grade will be based on discussions, quizzes, writing assignments, the
core assessment, and the final exam as follows:
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:
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: Please print a copy of the Course Schedule as soon as you log into the course as this will give you the schedule for the class.
Week I - This week’s readings and discussions will cover the concept of Social Construction (Rothenberg).
Week 2 - This
week’s readings and discussions will cover the concept of Understanding
Racism, Sexism, Heterosexualism and Class Privilege (Rothenberg).
Week 3 – This week’s readings and discussions will cover the concepts of Complicating Questions of Race and Ethnicity (Rothenberg).
Week 4 – This week’s readings and discussions will cover the concepts of Discrimination in Everyday Life (Rothenberg).
Week 5 - This week’s readings and discussions will cover the concepts of
Economics of Race, Class, and Gender in the U.S. (Rothenberg).
Week 6 - This
week’s readings and discussions will cover the concepts of Some
Consequences of Race, Class and Gender Inequality (Rothenberg).
Week 7 - This
week’s readings and discussions will cover the concepts of, How it
Happened and Maintaining Race, Class and Gender Hierarchies
Week 8 - This
week’s readings and discussions will cover the concepts of Social
Change: Revisioning the Future and Making a Difference (Rothenberg).
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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95
Disability Guidelines:Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .
Last Updated:10/6/2009 4:43:23 PM