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Social Justice and Diversity in Social Work




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Course level: Undergraduate

Students learn to advocate for human rights and social justice, exploring diverse strategies for working with groups that may be oppressed due to race, ethnicity, culture, age, gender, sexual orientation, ability, economic status, or other factors. Students learn to recognize how a society's structures and values may oppress, alienate, or marginalize diverse segments of the population.



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Social Justice and Economic Status

  • Determine ethical requirements of social workers related to advocacy and social justice
  • Analyze the elements that contribute to social justice
  • Determine strategies to manage personal values and biases related to social justice
  • Determine social justice needs related to economic status

Health and Ability

  • Determine the social justice needs of populations experiencing issues related to health and ability.
  • Assess how social welfare and economic policies impact the delivery of and access to social services related to health and ability. 

Criminal Justice and Ethnic Background

  • Determine the social justice needs of individuals involved with the criminal justice system.
  • Identify the challenges faced by people of color
  • Gender, Age, and Sexual Orientation
  • Identify social justice issues related to gender, age, and sexual orientation regarding discrimination and oppression.
  • Determine strategies for working through issues related to gender, age, and sexual orientation.
  • Describe advocacy practices for specific populations


  • Identify diverse strategies for working with different populations in relation to social justice.
  • Evaluate how society’s structures and values may oppress, alienate, or marginalize different populations.
  • Demonstrate advocacy for social justice for a specific population


Why take courses at University of Phoenix

Accreditation that matters

We’ve been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( for more than 40 years.

Real-world instructors

Learn from instructors who bring an average of 25 years of working experience to the classroom.

Affordable and potentially reimbursable

Our tuition and fees are competitive and fixed. Also, check to see if your employer will cover you for this course.

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