Social Structures and Institutions are the formal institutions composed from our government which are supposed to assist and enhance our lives. In many ways they provide essential services for us. However, they can also impair or hinder our development as many are full of racism, sexism, ageism, etc. We will also learn about social movements in this module which are large scale, collective efforts to bring about social change. Women’s right to vote, the fight for equal rights for people of all races are two examples of social movements. Can you think of other recent examples?
How important are social movements in the U.S. with regard to social justice, equality, rights, etc.? How can professional social workers engage in social movements to effect change at the macro level? Explain.