SW 641 Dismantling White Supremacy
This course examines the work of dismantling white supremacy, predicated on the professional social work value of social justice with the accompanying ethical principle "social workers will challenge injustice" to which all social workers should aspire. White supremacy, defined here as an ideology of white superiority and entitlement that is embedded in political, economic, and cultural systems across a broad array of institutions and social settings. The study of the systemic and institutional forms of white supremacy will be the major focus of the course. Topics will include the history of the concept of white supremacy, what it is and isn't, manifestations such as disproportionality and disparities in child welfare, incarceration, poverty, and other social work focused social problems. Additionally, students will examine the conceptualization of white supremacy at the organizational level and seek to identify the role social workers have in dismantling it within their multi-system practice. Prerequisite: Successful completion of SW 500 level coursework.
Bachelor of Social Work Program The School of Social Welfare provides the education and experience necessary for a career in social work. By helping shape students’ capacity for anti-racist, anti-oppressive, and socially-just practice, the School prepares social workers to carry out the unique purposes of the profession — to develop human potential, to promote individual well-being, and to bring about a more just society. Social work is a major professional discipline in the Social Sciences. The term social welfare denotes organized public or private social services pertaining to human needs: adequate nutrition and safe housing, health and mental health, education, economic security, social participation, dignity, and civil and political rights for disadvantaged people. The undergraduate program prepares graduates for generalist social work practice. The program defines generalist practice as maintaining focus on practice and advocacy, based on ethical principles, scientific inquiry, and best practices at the interface between systems (i.e., individual, family, groups, organizations, and communities), with particular emphasis on: The strengths inherent in these systems. The need to understand the role of gender, age, race/ethnicity, class, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, disability, and culture in all phases of the social work process. The promotion of human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice for those disenfranchised on the basis of the attributes listed above. The assumption of a critical perspective regarding different ways of knowing. Beginning generalist practice uses multilevel prevention and interventions methods, depending on the needs of the client system, and incorporates a knowledge, value, and skill base that is transferable between and among diverse contexts and locations. The BSW program is offered on the Lawrence and Edwards campuses. Advising