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New Elective for Fall 2019 on Addressing Structural Oppression


A new elective (SOWK 699) will be offered this fall from 9am-noon on Mondays. "Structural Oppression: Implications for Social Work Practice" will encourage its members to interrogate the causes, manifestations, impacts, and means of overcoming structural oppression in its myriad faces and forms.

We will explore social identity in the context of a complex web of structural oppression – and the ways that dominant narratives influence the way we see ourselves and others. We will examine how some human differences are given social meaning, and how these differences have been used to divide people and hide and justify systems of exclusion, exploitation, and marginalization.

Throughout, as we seek to question constructs often considered natural and inevitable, we will challenge ourselves to envision and create more liberatory, equitable, and just ways to practice social work and organize social life.

Please contact Adam Schneider ( if you would like to learn more about this class.

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