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Introduction to Social Work

SOC 250W

Introduction to Social Work

SOC 250W

Course Description

Prerequisites: Prerequisites: READING LEVEL 3 AND WRITING LEVEL 3 or permission of instructor.

Introduces social work as a helping profession within the field of human services. Explores social work values, practice strategies, and helping skills in the context of the social welfare institution. Requires 45 hours of internship, which meets the experience requirement necessary for admittance to the social work program at transfer institutions. (45-45)

Outcomes and Objectives

Identify the social work mission, defining social work goals and describing practice approaches.

Objectives:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the social work mission
  • Describe the values of social work as identified in the N.A.S.W Code of Ethics.
  • Correctly interpret the goals of social work.
  • Differentiate the various practice approaches used by the generalist social worker.

Identify significant milestones in the development of the social work profession.

Objectives:

  • List and elaborate on how major people, events and motivators have influenced the development of the U.S. welfare system.
  • Trace the history of poverty and articulate on various theories that explain poverty\and populations that are affected by it.
  • Demonstrate and understanding of the societal arrangements in meeting human needs.
  • Demonstrate elements to understanding of social systems approach and how change has affected individual's and family's ability to meet human needs.
  • Describe the major social work professional organizations and the roots of these organizations.

Identify social welfare programs created in response to human needs.

Objectives:

  • Correctly identify and understand programs, organizations, and tangible resources that are available to those in need.
  • Distinguish among the various categories of social programs and link clients to them.
  • Correctly identify and interpret political factors which contribute to societies' desire or refusal to supply needed services.

Define the educational requirements, values, skills and knowledge of the professional social worker.

Objectives:

  • Distinguish between B.S.W. and M.S. and the education required to obtain these degrees.
  • Begin to identify the difference in duties performed by B.S.W.'s and M.S.W.'s.
  • Elaborate on and apply the N.A.S.W. Code of Ethics.
  • Compare the various skills and knowledge base needed by professional social workers within the various fields of practice.

Identify some of the cultural, ethnic, and special groups in society and some of the psycho-social aspects which affect them.

Objectives:

  • Identify selected characteristics of special populations (aged, gays, lesbians, minorities, women)
  • Identify and begin to utilize appropriate social work interventions (family, group, individual therapy) in efforts to enhance or restore functioning.
  • Distinguish among the various policies that address social concerns and needs of special groups in society.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of social work role in empowerment and self determination when working with special groups in society.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of human diversity.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how racism, discrimination and prejudice affects individuals and family's ability to meet their human needs.

Understand how each student's own values, beliefs, life experiences and education affect their role in the social work profession.

Objectives:

  • Develop a high level of self-awareness and self-perception through acknowledgement and discussion.
  • Develop and complete an identity-formation/self-awareness form in order to determine their level of self-awareness.
  • Develop an awareness about his/own personal values and how these values affect his goals.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the values that are dominant in U.S. society.
  • Develop an understanding and be fully aware of the fundamental values of the social work profession.
  • Develop a level of objectivity so that complications with clients will not arise.

Understand the various roles and functions of the professional social worker become familiar with the field of social work practice and the settings for the practice.

Objectives:

  • Describe roles assumed by social workers in social work practice.
  • Discuss and be aware of social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and the community.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and describe educational training for social work practice.
  • Define and be able to demonstrate a knowledge of the eight step change process used in working with clients.
  • Distinguish between social work practice and social work settings.
  • Identify and describe social work practice fields.
  • Identify and describe various social work settings.
  • Explore the breadth of a selected field and setting and know the knowledge, values and skills required to successfully practice within it.

Use writing tasks to promote learning.

Objectives:

  • Practice critical writing skills within the subject.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of subject mattaer.