Equity and Diversity

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Equity and Diversity

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Multicultural Studies, Social Work

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    This course enables students to consider human services work with people from diverse cultural and minority group backgrounds. By studying, in depth, a culture other than their own, students are able to delineate cultural difference across a range of dimensions, including history, religion, family patterns and child rearing practices, perceptions of responsibility and obligation, health and illness, ageing and death. The course examines points of tension between the norms and traditions of other cultures and those of Australian society, with particular emphasis on the impact of policies and institutional practices.

    Course Introduction
    There is huge diversity in the human population. Each individual person represents a truly unique combination of traits, cultures, experiences, and backgrounds. Within this diversity, some identities and ways of seeing, being, and acting come to be socially, culturally, and politically privileged and accepted as "normal" while others are marginalised and oppressed. This creates significant gaps in marginalised persons' experiences of equity, health, wellbeing, and social justice. Practioners hence require a high level of awareness of diversity, privilege, oppression and equity to ensure that their work acknowledges diversity and challenges existing inequitable, oppressive, and socially unjust practices. Through this course, students will develop an understanding of diverse groups who currently experience social marginalisation in Australia and elsewhere. Students will also develop skills in self education and awareness around diversity and ways of practising in anti-oppressive and culturally sensitive ways. Students will also be supported to explore self-care techniques that they can use to support themselves and others when working for social change and social justice.

    Course Aims
    Diversity, privilege, and oppression shape the lives of all individuals. Practioners hence require a high level of self and other-awareness and critical approaches that explore difference and diversity and their impact on wellbeing. This course will help students to develop a deep understanding of equity and social justice issues and skills in practising in anti-oppressive and culturally sensitive ways. The course will also encourage students to explore and develop self-care strategies that will assist them in building sustainable careers that promote social justice.

    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1 Utilise knowledge, resources and specific human service tools to undertake complex tasks relevant to working with people whose experience and background is different from your own;
    2 Identify significant areas of oppression and difficulty for people who are marginalised from mainstream society on the basis of beliefs and practices which are seen to contravene social norms;
    3 Describe and debate the complexities of social privilege, oppression, diversity, and equity;
    4 Use a number of human service practice skills relevant to anti-oppressive and culturally sensitive work with people from other cultures and minority groups;
    5 Critically examine your own assumptions and social constructs in order to approach working with individuals, families, and communities in a non-ethnocentric way.

    Assessment Plan
    Portfolio - evidence - Reflective journal 30%/30
    Assignment - Written Assignment - Research essay 50%/100
    Test or quiz - Quiz 20%/20

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.