Understanding of community context and organizational behavior. Role of social worker in preparing for change, developing strategies and using appropriate tactics that promote empowerment for individuals and communities.
Textbook Reference:
Community Context & Organizational Behavior

Netting, Kettner, McMurtry, & Thomas (text)
​Understanding the Problem and the Target Population
​Chapter 9 Building Support for the Proposed Change
​Chapter 10 Selecting Appropriate Strategies and Tactics

Rational Planning & Prescriptive Approaches to Change
Netting, Kettner, McMurtry, & Thomas (text)
Chapter 11 Planning and Implementing the Intervention
Chapter 12 Monitoring and Evaluating the Intervention

Lesson Approach:
In order to eliminate oppression in the social welfare workplace, the social workers, in their pursuit of social change, must have a competent understanding of the theory around racism and oppression

Social workers are often on the forefront in the fight against any form of oppression as against the marginalized society. These demanding but oftentimes unappreciated efforts are often addressed through the conscious use of skills and knowledge of the problems being solved against.

Article: 12 Types of Social Oppression

Read the article (as cited) and discuss four (4) types of Social Oppression. You will submit a written document that will include:
Sexism, or the belief that cisgender men are superior to cisgender women on the basis of sex, has been an almost universal condition of civilization. Whether rooted in biology or culture or both, sexism tends to force women into subservient, restrictive roles that many do not want, and to force men into dominant, competitive roles that many do not want.

Heterosexism describes the pattern in which people are assumed to be heterosexual. Since not everybody is not heterosexual, the outliers may be punished with ridicule, restriction of partnership rights, discrimination, arrest, and even death.
Cisgenderism or Cisnormativity
Cisgender refers to people whose gender identity is typically associated with the sex they were assigned at birth. Cisgenderism or Cisnormativity is a form of oppression that assumes that everyone that is assigned male at birth exists as a man and everyone that is assigned female at birth exists as a woman. Cisgenderism discriminates against and does not take into account people who do not identify with their assigned sex at birth and the gender roles associated with them or those who do not have clearly defined or binary gender roles (binary transgender people or non-binary transgender people).
Classism is a social pattern in which wealthy or influential people congregate with each other and oppress those who are less wealthy or less influential. Classism also establishes rules about whether or not and under what circumstances members of one class may cross over into another class—for example, via marriage or work.
Whereas bigotry means having an intolerance for people of other races, religions, etc., racism assumes that those from other races are actually genetically inferior human beings and acts on this belief with political, systemic, social, and institutional power. Power is necessary to operationalize racism. Without it, beliefs of genetic inferiority are simply prejudice. Racism has prevailed throughout human history as a justification for a host of oppressive actions.
Colorism is a social pattern in which people are treated differently based on the amount of visible melanin in the skin. A number of studies show that lighter-skinned African Americans or Latinos receive preferential treatment over their darker-skinned counterparts. Colorism is not the same thing as racism, but the two tend to go together.
Ableism is a social pattern in which people who are disabled are treated differently, to an unnecessary degree, than those who are not. This could take the form of either not accommodating those with physical or mental disabilities or treating them as if they are unable to live without assistance.

Lookism is a social pattern in which people whose faces and/or bodies fit social ideals are treated differently from people whose faces and/or bodies do not. Standards of beauty vary from culture to culture, but just about every human society has them.
Sizeism or Fatphobia is a social pattern in which people whose bodies fit social ideals are treated differently from people whose bodies do not. In contemporary Western society, people with a slender build are generally considered more attractive than people who are heavy.
Ageism is a social pattern in which people of a certain chronological age are treated differently, to an unnecessary degree, than those who are not. One example is Hollywood’s unspoken “expiration date” for women, a date beyond which it is difficult to get work because a person is no longer considered young and/or attractive.
Nativism is a social pattern in which people who are born in a given country are treated differently from those who immigrate to it, to the benefit of natives.
Colonialism is a social pattern in which people who are born in a given country are treated differently from those who immigrate to it, usually to the benefit of a specific identifiable group of powerful immigrants. This involves a process of powerful immigrants overtaking the country and holistically exploiting its resources.
Assignment: This assignment should be typed. Times New Roman 12 font. Double spaced.
Respond to each of points below. Minimum of 2 pages (per type).

A. Introduction of each of the types of Social Oppression. (Select 3). Define and include an example of this behavior.
B. Population data (what population, gender or race, etc.) is identified or impacted from this type of oppression.
C. How does this/these types of Social Oppression impact Social Workers? Or have your experienced this type of Social Oppression?
D. What types of Social Oppression do you find will be a challenge for you as a Social Worker? Why?
E. Which type was a new learning for you? What did you learn about this type?
F. Summary: What is your opinion on Power, Privilege and Oppression on each type?

Head, Tom. (2020, November 23). 12 Types of Social Oppression. Retrieved from

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