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2022-2023 Course Catalog 
2022-2023 Course Catalog
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HSV 185 - Discrimination and Diversity

Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 0
Practicum Hours: 0
Work Experience: 0
Course Type: Open
This course will address theoretical and historical perspectives on racism, sexism and other forms of discrimination; applications to social work, culturally competent practice, change strategies, and intercultural communication strategies. Students will explore and process their own personal prejudices and biases in class. Students will learn skills to increase cultural competency and work effectively with persons from diverse backgrounds.
  1. Demonstrate awareness of individual cultural experiences and cultural heritage.
    1. Describe personal culture.
    2. Share family cultural stories, legends, & tales.  
    3. Explore personal environment, family dynamics, and values.
    4. Describe the personal lens through which we view the world.
    5. Explain unconscious ethnocentrism and ways to prevent it.
    6. Define and describe intersectionality in relation to self.
    7. Discuss and engage in cultural humility.  
  2. Apply awareness of media literacy.
    1. Identify overt and covert discrimination in the media.
    2. Present examples of covert discrimination in media.
    3. Describe the effects that media can have in individuals and institutions.
    4. Develop strategies to counter the oppressive narrative.
  3. Analyze stereotypes, assumptions, and labels present today.
    1. Identify personal assumptions, stereotypes, or biases.
    2. Give examples of stereotypes, assumptions, and labels regarding the following areas: race, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, religion, age, ability and culture.
    3. Define implicit bias and identify within oneself.  
    4. Identify microaggressions and macroaggressions and the long-term effects of both.
    5. Give examples of ways to overcome personal biases in order to work effectively with diverse populations.
  4. Critically examine majority group domination of minority groups.
    1. Explore the following: able-bodied privilege, male privilege, economic privilege, cisgender privilege, heterosexual privilege, Christian privilege, and White privilege.
    2. Describe difference in power based on race, gender, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, age, ability, etc.
    3. Define white supremacy.
    4. Explore white settler colonization.
    5. Generate strategies to dismantling white supremacy.
    6. Define systemic racism/oppression and identify examples within our local community.
    7. Generate strategies to dismantling systemic racism and oppression.
    8. Explore historical and intergenerational trauma and its current day effects on a variety of populations including refugees to the United States. 
  5. Increase cultural knowledge of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Persons of Color) groups.
    1. Read text and hear from persons with disabilities.
    2. Read text and hear from persons from the LGBTQIA community.
    3. Read text and hear from persons from the Black community.
    4. Read text and hear from persons from the Latinx community.
    5. Read text and hear from persons from the First Nations community.
    6. Read text and hear from persons from the Asian and South Asian community.
    7. Read text and hear from persons from the Pacific Islander community.
    8. Read text and hear from persons from the Muslim community.
    9. Read text and hear from persons from the Jewish community. 
  6. Develop culturally-sensitive practice skills.
    1. Identify questions to ask client in order to gather important cultural information.
    2. Demonstrate how to properly work with interpreters.
    3. Perform assessments that ask culturally-inclusive questions.
    4. Develop a case plan that addresses cultural needs of client.
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of intercultural counseling/communication strategies.
    1. Read about counseling techniques for various populations of people.
    2. Describe how to effectively work with individuals and their families who are culturally different from themselves.
    3. Define and identify the difference between ally and co-conspirator in relation to oppressed groups.

Competencies Revised Date: 2020

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