Catalogue 2019 - 2020

SW 383 Women's Issues


3 cr.

Course Description

This course is designed to give students an understanding of the nature of the difficulties that women bring to social workers. Topics such as incest, rape, eating disorders, alcoholism, woman battering, poverty, ageism, sexual harassment, and other forms of violence against women are explored from individual, family, and societal systems perspectives. Sociocultural theories of female development are contrasted with traditional theories of personality development. The unique problems of special populations of oppressed women, such as women of color and lesbians, are explored as are issues related to women outside the United States. The course gives students a framework for understanding women's oppression and addresses women's human rights as well as focusing on women's strengths.