This course is an exploration of historical and current economic, social, cultural and political forces that affect a wide range of minorities. Focus is on development of ethnic-sensitive, culturally competent practice skills. Self-awareness and attitudes towards self, others and differences are explored. No prerequisites.

Social Work Practice with Diverse and Vulnerable Populations is a course designed to provide students with a theoretical as well as a social work practice oriented understanding of racial/ethnic/cultural, gender and sexual diversity, and inter-group relations. The course considers fundamental building blocks critical in understanding and appreciation of racial, ethnic and cultural diversity.

The major areas of exploration and knowledge building include the individual's self-awareness in terms of her/his own racial/ethnic cultural identity, major theories and concepts involved in inter-group relations and social work practice, patterns and dynamics of discrimination, economic deprivation and oppression.

Focus of the course is on historically oppressed ethnic/racial cultural groups with primary focus on African Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, and Hispanic Americans. It will also focus on gay and lesbian persons and those with disabilities. The course will explore major social, political and economic forces (historic and current) and their impact on these groups. This is a required foundation practice course for graduate social work students. The course provides content on historically oppressed cultural/ethnic/racial groups. It supports and elaborates on content, which is incorporated throughout the social work curriculum, e.g., Social Policy, HBSE, Practice, and Research. Emphasis is placed on the utilization on course content to illuminate and inform culturally competent social work practice. This course is an integral part of the foundation curriculum.