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2022-2023 Catalog 
2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

HUMS 270 - Multicultural Practice

PREREQUISITES: HUMS 101 - Introduction to Human Services .
PROGRAM: Human Services

This course examines, from a theoretical and experiential social work perspective, the personal behaviors and institutional factors that have led to oppression of ethnic minorities, persons of color or other oppressed populations and those practices that serve to maintain intergroup tensions. Attention is given to discriminatory practices as related to gender, age, religion, disablement, sexual orientation, culture, etc. It will explore the strategies that the various groups have employed to deal with discrimination. Implications to the individual, society and the profession are explored.

MAJOR COURSE LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Upon successful completion of this course the student will be expected to:

  1. Expand the level of awareness of attitudes toward human diversity including race, ethnicity, class, gender, religion, and sexual orientation, physical or mental limitations.
  2. Explain the dual/multiple perspective frame of reference and its importance for social work practice.
  3. Explicate the concepts of stigma, stereotypes, prejudice and racism, minority, classism, homophobia, etc.
  4. Obtain a historical and contemporary perspective on ethnicity in American society.
  5. Explain the significance of ethnicity, race, gender, class, and sexual orientation in human development and family life.
  6. Discuss the strengths of various groups as evidenced in survival strategies.
  7. Understand the significance and impact of human diversity on social work practice.
  8. Obtain a frame of reference for examination of issues and practices as related to diversity, economic and social justice and the social work profession.
  9. Utilize a research perspective in the study of ethnicity, race, gender, class, sexual orientation or other differences that impact society.
  10. Develop a commitment to empowerment strategies.
  11. Learn ways in which to operationalize a personal and professional commitment to the eradication of racism, classism, sexism, disablement, homophobia, etc.
  12. Demonstrate critical thinking skills in examination and application of the course content.

COURSE CONTENT: Topical areas of study include -  

  • Understanding diversity.
  • Define culture.
  • Determine need for culturally diverse human service practice.
  • Explore changing demographics, White privilege, and culturally diverse values.
  • Understand socially constructed concepts for diversity
  • Develop strategies for effective cross-cultural relations.
  • Discuss stress management and culture shock adaptation.
  • Explore social interaction and communication rules.
  • Discuss value orientation and history of ethnic communities in America.
  • Understand the importance of immigration, gender, and religion and sexuality differences in America.
  • Develop culturally sensitive practice skills to promote empowerment.

93-100 = A
83-92 = B
75-82 = C
70-74 = D
0-69 = F

Course Addendum - Syllabus (Click to expand)