SSW102 - Anti Oppressive Practice

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Subject Title
Anti Oppressive Practice

Subject Description
By relying on an anti-oppression framework, this course will invite students to explore the various forms of individual, cultural and systemic discrimination experienced by diverse groups of people in Canada. This course challenges students to use an integrative anti-oppression framework as well as an access and equity analysis to develop their own reflective practice (AWARENESS). The foundation of this course is in social justice and the "belief that understanding the systemic contexts of identities and culture and critically examining one?s own social locations in the web of these power relations is of paramount significance for (helping professionals) to engage meaningfully with people of different and multiple identifications" (Wong, 2004).
This course will also ask students to examine their PRACTICE, both personally and professionally. The concept of ally ship will be threaded throughout the course so students can immediately begin their anti-oppressive practice. A main objective of the course is for students to practice in this way in their work with clients.

Credit Status
One credit

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Identify oppression and privilege to promote inclusion, equity, and social change (VL0 4, 6,9)
  2. Construct and implement a personalized ally ship plan to support diverse needs and experiences of marginalized communities (VL0 7)
  3. Reflect on the history of colonization and the impacts of trauma to become better allies to Indigenous and marginalized communities (VLO 10)
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of one’s own intersecting identities to increase self-awareness of biases, values, social location, power, oppression and privilege (VL0 4, 8)
  5. Identify how to adopt and promote the Truth and Reconciliation’s Calls to Action in both personal and professional life. (VLO 10)
  6. Demonstrate an ability to think critically, act respectfully, and practice with sensitivity and awareness that promotes equity and respect in relational practice (VLO 7)

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Academic Integrity
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Please visit the Academic Integrity website to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.