SW325 Human Diversity & Social Justice
FA 2011 HO
Adjunct Office located in Library
Will arrange a mutually convenient time and palce to meet
August 15, 2011 thru December 9, 2011
2:25pm-3:40pm in MA604
Race, Class, and Gender in the United States, 8th edition, Rothenberg, 2010, ISBN: 1-4292-1788-X
* Each student will have to read ONE of the following books for a major class assignment. Students may request to read a book not listed below but MUST have approval by the instructor, no later than the 3rd week of class.
Between Barack and a Hard Place by Tim Wise ISBN-13: 9780872865006
White Privilege, Essential Readings on the Other Side of Racism, Rothenberg, 2nd edition ISBN: 0-7167-8733-4
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
* I have reserved 2 copies of the class text in the library for your use. You are not allowed to "check them out" of the library but can use them while in the library.
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Ten Core Competencies as set forth in the 2008 CSWE accreditation standards are
infused throughout this course. Emphasis is placed upon advocacy,
diversity, self-reflection and competency (4a-f, 5a-d, 7a-b, ). Students will
demonstrate the ability to identify oppression, how diverse populations are impacted throughout our world and recognize domestic and global social justice issues.
Educational Philosophy: At all times I will strive to model the values and skills that are at the heart of the profession of social work. Just as in the helping process, teaching should be a collaborative, mutually enriching experience. I believe that learning is best achieved in an environment that is respectful, safe, affirming, challenging, and highly interactive.
I understand that every person has wisdom in their lived experience and a unique world view and perspective. I recognize that each of us learns in different ways and I will strive to present concepts in a manner that promotes your learning. If you are having difficulty with any aspect of the class I hope that you will make this known to me. I truly want this class to be enjoyable as well as educational.
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:
Your learning in this course will be assessed via the following:
Class Engagement/Participation (30 classes x 3 pts each = 90 points)
An absolute must in this class. You are expected to fully engage in all aspects of our classroom learning experience. Points will be lost for tardiness, leaving early and absences. I will use the following additional criteria to assess and allocate points in this area:
You are expected to maintain and submit 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 one different incident each week. Your Journal entries are to be submitted on the course e-companion site, in the designated journal drop box. Each weekly entry is to be submitted by Friday, for the previous week. For example, the journal entry for the first week of class (August 16th & 18th) is due by Friday August 19th. You will be expected to present and discuss these observations in class.
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:
Address the following issues in the letter:
You need to follow the guidelines and respond to each point noted above. This letter needs to be typed and in the proper format of a formal letter with address, names and salutations. To be submitted on the course e-companion site, in the designated drop box.
Each of the four following papers are to be 4-5 pages long, using APA citation style.
*NOTE: these assignments are not intended to compel you to accept or lie about lifestyles 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.
Seven books have been identified as additional / "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. Grading 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.
Guideline/framework will be reviewed in class and is available in the course e-companion site in doc sharing.
Grading: It is very important to me that you understand the criteria for grading and that you perceive this process as fair and reasonable. I do not “give” grades... students earn grades through their work and performance.
Class Participation (30 classes x 3 pts each) 90
Reflection E- Journal (15 entries x 3 pts each) 45
Jail Letter 15
Topical Review - Racism 25
Topical Review - Class Issues of Wealth & Power 25
Topical Review - Sexism 25
Topical Review - Homophobia/Heterosexism 25
Analytical Book Report 100
Core Assessment Project 150
A = 500-450 B = 449-400 C= 399-350 D = 349-300 F= below 299
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Assignments are to be submitted in the designated drop box on the course's e-companion site. All assignments are due by the beginning of class on the date indicated on the course schedule. If an assignment is due on a non-class day/date, then it is due by midnight on that date. The student remains responsible for lost, misdirected or incompatible formatting of electronic submissions. In extenuating circumstances (as determined by the instructor) and with timely notification an exception may or may not be granted.
Assignments not submitted on time will receive a deduction of 10% of the possible score, per day late. Please be aware that there is no “extra credit” work in this course.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
In order to maintain a positive learning environment the following ground rules will be the norm for our interactions. Personal perspectives will be valued. Degrading or discriminatory remarks or behaviors are not acceptable. Discussion will reflect an exchange of information, experiences, ideas, and opinions which foster critical thinking, analysis, and synthesis. When you work in groups, it is the responsibility of the group members to delegate work. All members of the group must present on the project and all will receive the same grade. Because of the sensitivity of the subject matter relevant for consideration in social work; respect, sensitivity, and confidentiality must be maintained.
Students need to arrive on time. Students will not hold private conversations when a colleague is speaking. Private conversations include those with others within class, on cell phones and any other form of wireless media. Please turn off your cell phones and any other wireless media devices during class. If a student’s behavior is considered to be disruptive, the instructor will give that person the opportunity to modify the behavior without point penalty. If the student’s behavior continues to be disruptive they will lose all class participation points and be referred to the Office of Academic Affairs.
Week One August 16 & 18
Welcome / Introductions & Check In
Review - SYLLABUS and COURSE EXPECTATIONS
Introduction to “the Faces of Oppression”
Review of the global and domestic nature of human diversity.
Dimensions of Social Justice and Human Rights
Letter from Jail - Due August 26th
Multicultural, multi-ethnic community, what does this mean and how is it implicated throughout our everyday lives?
Opening our eyes to the nature of diversity, that which we often side step or avoid.
The influence of Race on matters of Justice.
Film - Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible
Expanding the dialogue on Racism, taking a closer look at how it impacts our global society.
Topical Review Paper on "Racism" - Due Sept 16th
Expanding the dialogue: injustice in a shrinking world.
Diversity in America, historical and emerging influences. Class Issues of Wealth & Power, where and how do these fit or factor into justice?
Expanding the dialogue on Class Issues of Wealth & Power
Topical Review Paper on "Class Issues of Wealth and Power" - Due October 7th
*** If you have not completed your interviews for your CORE assessment project OR read your books for your analytical book report --- this might be a good time to work on it :)
The influence of Gender on matters of Justice.
Expanding the dialogue on Gender, taking a closer look at how it impacts our global society.
Topical Review Paper on "Sexism" - Due October 28th
Human Diversity influencing the application of the forces of justice with individuals and groups. Who is not affected?
The influence of Sexual Identity on matters of Justice.
Continuing the dialogue on the influences of sexual identity on matters of justice, both domestically and globally.
Topical Review Paper on "Homophobia" – Due November 18th
Human diversity influencing the development and application of social and economic justice in the establishment of law. How does it really work?
Analytical Book Report – Due November 25th
"Pulling it all together and preparing for the road ahead."
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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93
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. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96
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:8/6/2011 1:00:21 AM