Course Details

Power, Privilege and Oppression

Course Code SSWR-101
Lecture hours per week 3
Lab hours per week
Course Availability: Open
Description:

The purpose of this course is to understand social inequality in Canada and how it relates to social service work. We will examine the social, political and economic forces that are evident in the interplay among power, privilege and oppression. This relationship helps to explain why certain groups are more likely to be poor and become clients of social service workers. We will also reflect upon, understand, and explain how the social construction of inequality relates to the purpose of social service work. We will explore the role of social institutions and systems and the role of the media in the creation and maintenance of social inequality.  We will investigate through the use of reflective and deconstructive skills the role of systemic inequalities. We will also learn to understand the importance and integration of principles of a critical reflective perspective in the formation of an anti-oppressive practice approach to social service work.

Course Learning Outcomes:

  1. Explain how political, economic and socio-cultural factors shape power, privilege, and oppression in society.
  2. Articulate their awareness of how language, social meaning, and culture contribute to personal and social bias.
  3. Assess the difficulties experienced when trying to critique a system of which you are part.
  4. Develop and implement strategies that respect differences among students in the class as merits rather than deficits.
  5. Explain the importance of participating in an ongoing process of critical self-reflection on their own social location and how it may influence and maintain power imbalances.
  6. Identify and explain transformative anti-oppressive strategies.