Throughout my time at McGill the topics that have caught my attention the most have been centred on international social work, trauma and stressor-related disorders (which I learnt more about in the Mental Health and Illness and International Social Work courses...
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...equality, marginalization, and oppression at a structural level by using structural understandings of social problems” (Mattsson, 2014, p.8), this is also related to the World System theory that demonstrates how poverty is not individualistic but caused by a broader system that has been put in place to concentrate power into the hands of a few resulting in poverty that leads to strains on social services (and tax payers). (Palumbo-Liu et al., 2011). Which is also related to Mattsson’s view on the affects globalization has on economic standardization (Mattsson, 2014). I believe that by understanding why and how social issues exist and how intersectionality (gender, sexuality, class, and race) play into power imbalances that are embedded in social issues (Mattsson, 2014) we are better prepared to defend human rights and liberate individuals from government dependency.
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