HSCO 509 Multicultural Issues in Human Services

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.

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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.

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Discussions (4)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will create a thread of at least 400 words. The thread must include at least one citation from our textbook. The student will then reply with at least 200 words each to 2 of his/her classmates’ threads. Each reply must cite and reference our textbook for support. All citations for the forums must follow current APA Professional Standards. (CLO: A, B, H)

The student will pick three cultural topics from a provided list to research and discuss local resources that would meet or specifically cater to this need. The student will explain the services provided by each resource. The student will also reflect on the cultural orientation he/she sees in his/her local area. Cite and reference the three local resources identified in the paper. Follow current APA Professional Standards in a 3-5 page paper. (CLO: A, B, C, E, F, G, H)

The student will define his/her personal culture and worldview and the saliency of each item. The student must cite and reference Cultural Engagement to support his/her work. Follow current APA Professional Standards in a 4-5 page paper. (CLO: A, C, D, E, G, H)

The student will complete and submit results of the Moral Foundations Questionnaire, and explore the findings. List potential value differences and conflicts using a fictional case example and collaborative discussion. Follow current APA professional standards for this 4-5 page paper. Cite and reference Cultural Humility and Cultural Engagement as support for this paper. (CLO: A, C, D, E, G, H)

The student will develop a personal plan for being a multiculturally oriented human services professional, including limitations and strengths, plan for seeking feedback, and plan for addressing limitations. Cite and reference Cultural Engagement and Cultural Humility as sources used for support in this paper. Cite and reference a website or document used in describing one potential cultural training course, and one peer-reviewed journal article from the last 5 years. This paper must be 4-5 pages, follow current APA Professional Standards, and include a title page and reference page. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H)

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