Multicultural Issues in Human Services – HSCO 509

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course examines contemporary scholarship on race/ethnic relations and addresses issues of racial/ethnic identities, gender inequality, and disability discrimination. It will examine social stratification by looking at various public policy arenas, social institutions, and the history of group marginalization. The course employs case studies, various readings, and theoretical and empirical literature on racial/ethnic relations, gender, and disability issues.




This course is helpful if the student plans on living, ministering, or working in the U.S. It explores the dynamics of the multicultural paradigm and provides a Christian perspective on what the role of the church of Jesus Christ should be. The course fundamentally assumes two things: first, all Christians are called to be the “Salt and Light” of the world and this responsibility is not limited to those that look and act like us and, second, changing population demographics is rapidly creating a “look and feel” to the U.S. that is representative of all people groups.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Explain how American society has been and continues to be shaped by the interaction of diverse groups.
  2. Integrate and critically evaluate the literature on multicultural diversity, including an understanding of the unique worldviews of diverse groups.
  3. Identify behaviors, whether overt or covert, which create a hostile environment for any member of a people group recognized as oppressed.
  4. Develop a biblical rationale and a strategy of diplomacy as it relates to divisive issues such as affirmative action, white privilege, role of women, and disability accommodations.
  5. Explain how various minority communities preserve and express their culture of origin as well as processes of acculturation by which they incorporate aspects of the broader U.S. culture.
  6. Explain the impact disability has on the social context, family, race, and ethnicity and how to serve the needs of this population.
  7. Analyze the role government, laws, and movements have on the disability community.
  8. Demonstrate an understanding of how to present reasoned discussion of multicultural issues in a manner consistent with current formatting guidelines.
  9. Identify concerns and strategies for counseling multicultural clients considering the unique characteristics of multicultural clients.

Course Assignment

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will create a thread of at least 400 words. The thread must include 1 cited, academic resource. The student will then reply with at least 200 words to at least 2 of his/her classmates’ threads. Each reply must interact with a minimum of 1 academic resource. All citations for the forums must be completed in current APA formatting.

The student will create a research paper for this course. For this assignment, the Title Page and Topic Rationale for the paper are to be completed. The title page must conform to current APA formatting guidelines and will serve as the title page for the Final Paper. The topic rationale must be a 1/2 to 1 page rationale explaining the reasons the topic was chosen.

The student will submit an Abstract of his/her Final Paper. The Abstract must be a 1-paragraph summary of the Final Paper that consists of 150–250 words. The student will also submit a tentative outline beneath the abstract.

The student will submit an Annotated Bibliography for his/her Final Paper. The Annotated Bibliography will be a collection of 1-paragraph summaries of the articles the student plans to use in the Final Paper. The Annotated Bibliography must include at least 10 peer-reviewed journal resources. The annotations must include the full and current APA format and must be listed in alphabetical order.

The assignment provides 3 scenarios from which the student may choose 1 to develop into a Case Study. The student will discuss how he/she would proceed with the client. Interaction with at least 3 peer-reviewed resources in the discussion is required. The sources must be cited according to current APA format in the body of the paper as well as on the reference page. This paper must be 5-7 pages, use current APA format, and include a title page and reference page.

The Final Paper must be 8-10 pages on the topic previously submitted. The paper must include a title page, abstract page, and reference page. This paper must be supported with at least 10 peer-reviewed journal resources. Current APA format must be used for this assignment.