Final major research paper – 30%
Select an “ism” that you are familiar with for this assignment. The purpose of this assignment is
to iden:fy an area that you need to know/learn more about. As an emerging social worker, we
may feel that we are not ready to fully engage in a situa:on with service users/clients, as a
result of this, we may feel we are lacking in knowledge and skills.
Selected “ism” – RACISM
The essay is related to the concepts of oppression and an:-oppression. The analy:c paper
must be 8 pages long, and the APA wri:ng format is to be integrated. You will be assessed
based on your ability to:
Select a challenging work situa:on that you experienced in the past. Iden:fy the ‘ism”
you would like to cri:cally explore and analyze. Provide a contextualized descrip:on of
the situa:on. Describe why the situa:on is oppressive and how this par:cular “ism” is
related to the power rela:ons that exist in the societal structure? Describe why this
‘ism’ is most challenging for you?
Describe how this certain type of oppression may also include intersec:ons with other
forms of oppression, and including the ideas and ideologies that drove the oppression;
What are the implica:ons of the oppressions on the individual(s), and what are your
immediate thoughts on this?
As an instrument of social change, what would you do to try and create ‘concrete’
change for the individual(s) at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels?
What new knowledge and skills would you need to develop to support the process?
What are some of the lesson you have learned and how are they going to guide your
future social work prac:ce?
The essay must be supported with evidence from readings, discussion, and the literature.
ASSIGNMENTS FORM AND STYLE: All wriWen assignments must be typed and double-
spaced, and include a cover page containing the :tle, student’s name, student number,
email address and date. Number all pages (including cover page as per APA). Paper and
cita:on formats must comply with the current 7th edi,on of the American Psychological
Associa,on Publica,on (APA) Manual. When submiYng, students should keep a spare copy
All written assignments should not exceed word limit; exceeding word limit creates unfair
disadvantage to those students who keep to the word limit. If a paper exceeds the word limit, it
won’t be read by the instructor.
Course Material – Baines, D. (Ed.). (2017). Doing anti-oppressive practice: Social justice social work (3rd edition). Fernwood Publishing.