Educational Policy 2.1.5. Advance Human Rights and Social and Economic Justice
Each person, regardless of position in society has basic human rights, such as freedom, safety, privacy and adequate standard of living, health care and education. Social workers recognize the global interconnections of oppression and are knowledgeable about theories of justice and strategies to promote human and civil rights. Social work incorporates social justice practices in organizations, institutions and society to ensure that these basic human rights are distributed equitably and without prejudice. Social work students will gain understanding into the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination; learn about advocating for human rights and social and economic justice; and engage in practices that advance social and economic justice.
The reading assignments and class discussion relate directly toward learning about the historical and current forces that have created oppression for children and their families. The roles and processes involved in advocating and advancing social justice for children will be discussed.
· Students will be able to trace the history of child welfare services, discuss current trends, and identify future considerations.
· Students will be able to discuss the delivery of child welfare services within a systems theory framework including a myriad of biological, cultural, family, social, economical, political and environmental influences.
· Students will be able to describe a variety of family services relating to child welfare provided by governmental and non-profit agencies including adoption, foster care, W.I.C., Head Start, etc.
· Students will become aware of their own values and history that may affect their perception of child welfare service recipients, as well as their potential client contact.
· Students will learn of various local providers of children’s’ services
· Students will learn of various ways to advocate for and assist children in the community
Measurement of Educational Objectives:
Four exams will be administered during the semester. The exams will be essay, short answer and multiple choice questions. Exam material will be a combination of lecture, text and guest speaker content. Each exam is weighted equally at 25% of the final grade. There are four exams.
EXAM 100 pts x 4= 400 points
360-400 = A 320-359= B 280-319=C 240-279= D 239 or below =F
Work is not an excused absence. After the fourth absence, the student will forfeit 10 points off their final grade. Five or more absences will result in the instructor notifying the dean of students and requesting the student be dropped from the course. The course outline is an idea of how the course will go, but is not permanent or without the possibility of adjustments. This is another reason attendance is important, so that students may be kept aware of any changes. Further, information from guest speakers will be subject for exam material, so class presence is beneficial to the student. If a student is absent on an exam day due to illness, a note signed by a physician must be presented in order to make up the exam.
Disabilities: The instructor will follow the polices of M.W.S.U. regarding students with disabilities. Students requiring special accommodations should visit the D.S.S. office at the Clark Student Center and provide the course instructor with the appropriate letters and documentation regarding provisions from the D.D.S. office.
Students will be asked to leave a class for behavior considered rude or inappropriate by the instructor. If a student is asked to leave a class room for inappropriate behavior more than twice by the instructor, a referral for the student to be dropped from the class will be requested. Rude behavior includes: texting on the cell phone, gross humor, talking while the instructor or a guest speaker is talking, frequent ly entering class late, interrupting others, slamming objects, inappropriate language, passing objects or material around in class not related to the course, being belligerent, any behavior perceived as threatening and other behaviors that disrupt from the course being instructed. During exams, students may not leave the room until the exam is completed. Any student caught cheating on an exam will automatically receive zero points for the exam without an opportunity to make up the exam. Students who enter class tardy on an exam date will not be given extra time to take the exam.
articles, agency material, media reports, etc.) guest speakers, classroom discussions and assignments.