HHS 320 Cultural Awareness In The Human Services


The assignment for this course is a Research Paper. The purpose of  the Research Paper is for you to culminate the learning achieved in the  course. 

Focus of the Paper
For your Paper, select one aspect of cultural diversity from the following list that you would like to study: 
* (For improved memory and increased awareness, remember the mnemonic, GARREACS.)

Sexual Orientation
Once you have chosen one aspect of cultural diversity to study in depth, prepare a Research Paper with the following components:

Summarize the pertinent historical, political, social, economic and cultural factors related to your chosen aspect of diversity.
Consider and summarize any relevant developmental theory models related to your chosen aspect of diversity.
In regard to your chosen aspect of diversity, identify and evaluate  the relevant laws or programs that have either helped or restricted  access to care and support.
Evaluate how your chosen aspect of diversity, in combination with  two other aspects of diversity, can lead to increased needs or issues.  For example, if someone is female, African American, and lesbian, will  there be additional challenges? Select any combination of 3 aspects of  diversity to discuss.
Describe at least two resources currently available in your area for  someone needing special services related to your chosen aspect of  diversity.
Explain how your personal characteristics will either complement or  conflict with this diversity issue. Consider your own biases and  prejudices or those of your family of origin.
Discuss relevant concerns, cautions or insights necessary for you to be a culturally competent human service professional.
Writing the Paper
The Paper:

Must be eight- to ten double-spaced pages in length, and formatted  according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
Must include a title page with the following:

Title of paper
Student’s name
Course name and number
Instructor’s name
Date submitted
Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement.
Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.
Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis.
Must use at least seven scholarly sources.
Must document all sources in APA style, as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
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