SPRING 2018 COURSE SYLLABUS Instructor: Gayle Ellis, LCSW Email:email@example.com
Office: MB 3250
Mon. / Wed. 2:00pm—4:00pm
: Or by appointment
Class Time Mon/Wed: 4:15pm – 5:30pm Class Room: MB 3247
Required TextStephenson, Bryan (2014). Just mercy: A story of justice and redemption. 978-0-8129-8496-7
This course is based the following assumptions: 1) membership in a population-at-risk group (e.g., people of color, women, gay and lesbian persons) increases risk factors for exposure to discrimination, economic deprivation, and oppression; 2) professional social work and counseling ethics and values demand culturally competent practice; 3) it is necessary for students to learn to apply social justice approaches to influence assessment, planning, access to resources, intervention, and research; and 4) have strategies to critically analyze distributive justice, human and civil rights, and global interconnections of oppression. There is an emphasis in this course on the impact of discrimination and oppression by individuals and society on people of culturally diverse backgrounds and orientations.
Course Objectives Demonstrate familiarity of the United States of American Governmental structure and general function: i.e. Civics
Critique and apply social justice approaches to influence assessment, planning, access of resources, intervention and research;
Assess the impact of discrimination (e.g., racism, sexism, homophobia), and oppression on public policy, institutional structure, service delivery, and one's own role in promoting social and economic justice.
Demonstrate familiarity with biological, psychological and, sociological aspects of oppression and discrimination and the history/heritage of pop-at-risk groups;
Examine the personal and professional use of self in ethical, culturally competent, and socially just social work practices including case management and clinical focuses.
Due to the tendency that course content will be emotionally charged we will follow guidelines, established collaboratively by students and the instructor, to create a respectful, safe and challenging learning environment. The instructor has the ultimate responsibility to manage differences and conflict that arise in the course. A variety of teaching methods will be used including: readings; lectures; discussions; student research, audiovisual materials, and experiential learning exercises.
Students will be evaluated on the following required assignments, as well as in-class participation and contribution.
Reading: Just Mercy by Bryan Stephenson will be the stimulus for class Courageous Conversation Groups. There will also be Handouts and Videos providing information in class discussion
Courageous Conversations is a Group discussion process in which Group members learn to discuss difficult topics in productive ways. These trainings are deemed highly important in teaching the skills necessary for our conversations to be productive They are being lead by an outside facilitator and must be taught sequentially. Therefore, missing missed training cannot be made up and will lead to lessen skill levels on the students’ part in actual group discussions which could lead to lower grades in the class.
3. Just Mercy Journalswill be written after the class has discussed each section of Just Mercy assigned for that week. Each Journal will be divided into sections based on the various ways in which the trauma of Oppression impacts individuals lives. The instruction for the Journals will be discussed in class.
There will be Two (2) exams in this class. Check the schedule for dates. Both Exams will be essay and will be submitted through the Online Social Justice Course Shell. See the Schedule for dates.
Attendance. Preparation. Contribution
Class attendance is expected. Missing more than 2 weeks of class (4 classes) will result in the loss a letter grade for participation. Your grade relies on your being present. Be aware of this when setting priorities about class attendance.
However, life does happen, therefore the class policy allows for all students to miss up to four (4) class sessions without penalty, which is roughly 10% of the course.This will allow for sport team activities, serious illness/hospitalization and deaths of loved ones.
Missing 5 classes will cost ½ letter grade (i.e. would take an A to a B+), missing 6 classes will cost another ½ letter grade. That’s the loss of a full letter grade in participation. Missing more than 7 classes will result in the loss of a second letter grade in participation.
Also, Class participation is based on your observable attentive behavior and positive verbal involvement that promotes class and group discussion.
Cell Phones make professional life unmanageable
All cell phones must be turned off during class.
Do not come and go from the class to answer phone calls.
Infractions of cell phone rules will result in absence designations for that day.
When cell phones become a class problem, all students are required to place cell phones on desk, insight, and turned off.
Grades will be assigned according to the cumulative and weighted number of points the student has earned on the required assignments:
Journals 1-4 25%
Courageous Conversation Training 25%
Class Participation/Attendance 20%
You will receive a numerical grade on each of the above items completed. You will receive a -0- for non-completion of these items. A letter grade will be given at the end of the course based on the following grading system: A=90-100; B=80-89; C=70-79; D=60-69; F=59 and below.
Extra credit may be offered on a class wide basis only at the instructor’s discretion. Extra credit will not be offered on an individual basis because of low performance or poor attendance during the course of this class.
Changes in the Course Schedule
Assigned readings and journals should be completed prior to class, and students should be ready for discussion. Please be aware that this schedule is TENTATIVE, and thus dates for quizzes and assignments may change. All changes will also be posted in the Online Course Shell for this class. If you are not in class when changes are announced, you are still responsible for knowing of the changes and meeting the due dates. niversity Policies
Academic Dishonesty/Plagiarism/Cheating: The academic community regards academic dishonesty as an extremely serious matter, with serious consequences. Any effort to gain an advantage not given to all students is dishonest whether or not the effort is successful. Any suspicion of academic dishonesty will be reported and investigated. A student who engages in scholastic dishonesty that includes, but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, and collusion will receive an “F” for the course.
All persons involved in academic dishonesty will be disciplined in accordance with University regulations and procedures. For complete information on UTPB student conduct and discipline procedures consult the university’s handbook at: http://ss.utpb.edu/dean-of-students/scholastic-dishonesty/
Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, falsifying academic records, misrepresenting facts, the submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, taking an examination for another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student such as, but not limited to, submission of essentially the same written assignment for two courses without the prior permission of the instructor, or the attempt to commit such acts.
Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to the appropriation of, buying, receiving as a gift, or obtaining by any means material that is attributable in whole or in part to another source, including words, ideas, illustrations, structure, computer code, other expression and media, and presenting that material as one's own academic work being offered for credit.
Disability: Any student who feels that he or she may require assistance for any type of physical or learning disability should consult with me as soon as possible. To request academic accommodations for a disability contact Leticia Madrid Director of the PASS Office in the Mesa Building Room 1160, 432-552-2631 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Students are required to provide documentation of disability to PASS Office prior to receiving accommodations.
Reasonable Accommodations: The University offers a number of services for disabled students that can help overcome the effects of disabilities on academic performance. Please see me if you have a documented disability (e.g., visual, hearing, or motor impairment, dyslexia, learning disability, etc.) that may affect your ability to perform at your potential on class requirements, and we will identify reasonable accommodations for that difficulty. The purpose of the class is to increase your knowledge of the course content, not to test your physical skills.
Changes in the Course Schedule
Assigned readings and journals should be completed prior to class, and students should be ready for discussion. Please be aware that this schedule is TENTATIVE, and thus dates for quizzes and assignments may change. All changes will also be posted in the Online Course Shell for this class. If you are not in class when changes are announced, you are still responsible for knowing of the changes and meeting the due dates.
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