Social Work | Selected topics in Social Work: Developmental Issues for Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual People
S300 | 6741 | Jean Capler
Gay, lesbian, and bisexual people are an important segment of American
society as reflected in the increasing visibility of GLB people in
positions of power, in entertainment and the media, and the plethora
of political action on GLB issues. Yet this population faces
inequality in legal protections and prejudicial societal attitudes.
GLB people routinely deal with homophobia and heterosexism at
political, legal, and interpersonal levels. Therefore, a familiarity
with issues unique to the GLB population is vitally important for all
individuals who want to provide informed and helpful services to
people in need.
This course explores the developmental issues that impact gay,
lesbian, and bisexual people, using a social work
person-in-environment perspective. It is grounded on a current
understanding of theory and research, and will include topics such as
GLB identity formation, homophobia, heterosexism, history of the GLB
civil rights movement, racial and cultural diversity within the GLB
community, and life span issues.
This course incorporates current events as they relate to and
illustrate course content. Class exploration and discussion of issues
are emphasized. The course is appropriate for students in social
work, education, nursing, med sciences, psychology, health and
recreation, or for any other interested students.