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SOCW 2000

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Credit Hours3
Course TitleIntroduction To Social Work
Prerequisite(s)Exit or exemption from Learning Support reading and all ESL requirements except ENSL 0091
Corequisite(s)None Specified
Catalog Description
This course is designed to provide an introduction to Social Work as a profession committed to planned social change and social justice.  This course will provide a survey of the profession of social work from an historical and contemporary perspective and will examine the values, knowledge and skills that characterize all social work practice with emphasis on the roles and functions of social work generalists.  Emphasis is on major themes in the development of social work practice and social work education; critical examination of the roles and functions of undergraduate social workers; and the explication of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics for professional generalist practice.
Expected Educational Results
As a result of completing this course the student will be able to:

1. Identify the mission and objectives of Social Work.
2. Identify major influences in the development of Social Work practice.
3. Identify key individuals associated with the development of Social Work as a profession.
4. Explain and analyze the values and ethics of professional Social Work.
5. Explain and interpret the roles and functions of the various levels of Social Work practice.
6. Identify critical issues confronting Social Work.
7. Explain the commitment of Social Work to human diversity, social justice, and populations-at-risk.
8. Identify critical issues confronting social work practice across the life span.
9. Explain the commitment of social work to individual human differences and similarities and the meaning of diversity across the life span.
General Education Outcomes
I. This course addresses the general education outcome relating to communications as follows:
A. Students develop their reading comprehension skills by reading the textbook, handouts, and assigned journal articles.
B. Students develop their listening skills by listening to lectures, videotapes, and other students (during group discussions and problem-solving exercises).
C. Students develop their writing skills through written homework assignments, papers, and/or writing essays as part of exams.
D. Students develop their speaking skills by asking questions, through class discussions, and/or through oral reports to the class.
II. This course addresses the general educational outcome of demonstration of effective problem-solving and critical thinking skills by requiring students to apply knowledge gained from the course to analyzing and solving the types of problems that are often encountered in the profession of Social Work.
III. This course addresses the general educational outcome of applying  the knowledge of personal, societal, and cultural development to living and working in a culturally diverse environment by requiring students to identify the needs of diverse populations encountered in the profession of Social Work.
Course Content
1. Introduction to social work
2. History of social work
3. Social work Code of Ethics
4. Social work with special populations
5. Social work with young adults and adolescents
6. Social work with families and children
7. Social work with impoverished populations
8. Social work with elderly
9. Group work and social practice
10. Social work with gay and lesbian populations
11. Social work with Asian Americans
12. Social work with Mexican Americans
13. Social work with American Indians and Alaskan Natives
Assessment of Outcome Objectives
Grades from some combination of the following will be used to determine each student’s final course grade:  class participation, volunteer experience, homework assignments, papers, projects, oral presentations, and exams.  Each student is expected to complete a volunteer experience in a human service agency and write a paper on that experience.  A minimum of fifteen (15) hours of volunteer time at an approved human service agency that is validated in writing by and employee of that agency on its letterhead.  The Exams may be multiple choice, some combination of multiple choice and short answer or essay, or purely essay and/or short answer.  All instructors must give a MINIMUM of two exams for the course, including the final exam.  Individual instructors may determine the relative weightings of each component in determining the grade for the course, and must state the weightings to be used in determining student grades in the course syllabus.

A. This course will be assessed in the spring semester every three years.  Objective questions assessing student mastery of outcomes for this course will be included in either the final exam or unit tests for this course.  Each instructor must include these questions in the appropriate exam.  Each instructor is responsible for reviewing and tabulating the results of these outcome assessment questions and transmitting them to the course or curriculum committee responsible for this course.  Individual instructors should use feedback from assessment in their classes to review and evaluate their own teaching practices.
B. The construction of the outcome assessment questions will be the responsibility of the college-wide Psychology Curriculum Committee.

The Psychology Curriculum Committee will meet in either the summer or fall terms every three years to review the course and to evaluate the results from the prior spring assessment.  The review of the course outcome assessment findings will provide information on success in achieving the desired outcomes for this course on a college-wide basis.  If fewer than 70% of the students perform successfully on questions measuring any particular educational outcome, the committee will examine teaching practices related to that outcome, the assessment instrument, and the desired learning outcomes to determine which, if any, of these need modifying.  The committee will share its findings and recommendations with all faculty members teaching this course, and may make changes to the desired educational outcomes, teaching practices, or assessment instrument as appropriate.

Updated: October 9, 2003
Reviewed:  May 9, 2005
Minor Revisions:  June 24, 2005
Last Revised: Aug. 12, 2011
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