SSW102 - Diversity: Awareness and Practice

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Last revision date May 6, 2019 1:30:30 PM
Last review date May 6, 2019 1:30:30 PM

Subject Title
Diversity: Awareness and 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 begin their anti-oppressive practice right away. Of course, 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:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the complex nature of social and economic power and oppression and their relationship to human services work
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the anti-oppression/anti-racism practice framework for human services work and settings
  • Demonstrate an understanding of one’s own social locations and how they relate to power and privilege; and exploration of your own values, identities, and ideological perspectives
  • Demonstrate an ability to think critically, act respectfully, and practice with sensitivity and awareness that promotes equity and respect

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.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

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.