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SOWK 341

Comparative Racial/Ethnic Analysis I

4 Undergraduate credits
Effective May 5, 2016 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

This is the first of two classes on racial/ethnic analysis that is critical to practice as a culturally competent social worker. This class provides a framework to understand concepts of race, ethnicity, stigma, privilege and discrimination, an appreciation of the influence of social structures on the experience of communities of color in the United States, and an understanding of racial/ethnic communities in the urban Twin Cities. In addition, students will learn theory and practice effective group work using Intergroup Contact Theory.

Special information

Prerequisite: Admission to social work major.

Learning outcomes


  • Understand the influence of discrimination on the resource allocation and stratification of racial/ethnic groups in the United States.
  • Learn the impact that discrimination has on service delivery in communities of color and Native Americans
  • Develop knowledge of Allport's Intergroup Contact Theory and and how it can be applied in group work.
  • Work effectively in a cross-cultural work group.
  • Know the historic development and the current realities of one of the communities of color and Native Americans in the Twin Cities.
  • Be an effective member and participant in a group presentation about a community of color or Native American community.
  • Complete a critical analysis of the discrimination model while comparing a racial/ethnic group to another oppressed group such as such as gays and lesbians, women and the elderly.
  • Learn to assess at a beginner level the ethical implications of social work practice within societal discriminatory structures.
  • Compare the appropriateness of various generalist social work interventions with major racial/ethnic groups.

Spring 2020

Section Title Instructor
01 Comparative Racial/Ethnic Analysis I Davila-Williams, Sonia Metcalf, Nick Richard Books Course details

Fall 2020

Section Title Instructor
01 Comparative Racial/Ethnic Analysis I Eubanks, Donald R Books Course details
02 Comparative Racial/Ethnic Analysis I Davila-Williams, Sonia Books Course details