Professional Education Programs
Social Work and the "New Jim Crow"
The United States now has the highest rate of incarceration in the world -- higher than Russia, China and Iran, with 5% of world’s population and 25% of the world’s incarcerated population. There are more African Americans under correctional control today -- in prison or jail, on probation or parole -- than were enslaved in 1850, a decade before the Civil War began. How did this happen? What is the role of social work in changing this? This course provides the opportunity for participants to find answers to these questions. This includes understanding the historical forces contributing to the emergence of the mass incarceration of African Americans in the later part of the 20th century, the scope of the crisis and its psychosocial impact, and the challenge it presents to 21st century social work in the United States. Teaching methods will include exploration of primary sources, documentary film, and social science research through interactive lecture and critical conversations. This course is particularly designed for social workers who practice in the wider social welfare system and at those points where it intersects with the criminal justice system. It aims to build both commitment and competence for racial justice social work that can meet the demands of the Civil Rights struggle of our time.
Phillipe Copeland, PhD., LICSW, Clinical Assistant Professor; Director, Dual Degree Program in Social Work and Theology, BUSSW
November 14, 2014// 9am-4:00pm// 6 CECs//$110