Introduction to Social Work

Course Code: SOW2020

Credit Hours: 3

Effective beginning: Fall 2020


Course Description:
This course is a survey of the Social Worker profession for its historical roots to the present. Emphasis is placed upon introducing students to the field, practice standards, issues in social welfare, and the social work process and practice settings. Specific emphasis will be placed upon the role of social workers enhancing the human condition. Students will be afforded the opportunity to learn about the role that professional social workers play in attaining equality empowerment of humans to attain societal goals. Core societal problems such as incomes inequality, racism, sexism and inequality of opportunity will also be addressed. Students will also be exposed to generalist practice modalities that are designed to effect positive change in the individual and society.

Course Details


Kassandra Starrine



Required textbooks/ course materials:

Kirst-Ashman, Karen. Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare. 5th ed. Boston: Cengage Learning, 2017. Print. ISBN: 9781337572835


Assignment/course outline:

See your Instructor First Day Handout for individual instructor assignment schedule.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

SS-1 Identify theories, hypotheses and research methodologies that behavioral scientists use to explain, investigate and predict behaviors and social trends.

SS-2 Use appropriate social and behavioral science investigation techniques to analyze contemporary social issues.

SS-3 Identify and investigate interdisciplinary courses in the social and behavioral sciences, such as, history, criminal justice, economics, etc. and establish how these courses are inter-related from a global perspective.

SS-4 Create and utilize current technologies in developing oral and written presentations on topics relevant to subject matter under the auspices of social and behavioral sciences.

SS-5 Identify fundamental modalities used to promote understanding of differences and commonalities within diverse cultures.


Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods

Identify basic theories and principles regarding the foundation of social work.

Understand ethics in relation to social work and its function in society.

Develop a comprehension of other diverse cultures.

Understand factors that contribute to crime, juvenile delinquency and drug abuse in our society.

Understand the process of aging, health problems, physical disabilities, mental disabilities and the role of social worker in addressing these issues.

SS-1, SS-2, SS-4

SS-2, SS-3, SS-4

SS-1, SS-2 , SS-3, SS-4

SS-1, SS-2, SS-3, SS-4

SS-1, SS-2, SS-3, SS-4, SS-5

Unit Tests, Final Exam, Homework



  • Read all assigned materials.
  • Attend and participate in class discussions.
  • Complete study guides and notes from class discussions and lectures.
  • Courses taught under the auspices of the Social and Behavioral Sciences will include an oral component, oral presentations and or classroom discussions. Note: Online and Distance Learning courses will not contain the oral component.

Chapters are as follows:

  1. Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare
  2. Social Work Values and Ethics
  3. Empowerment and Human Diversity
  4. The Process of Generalist Practice
  5. Practice Settings
  6. An Overview of Social Welfare and Social Work History
  7. Policy, Policy Analysis, Policy Practice, and Policy Advocacy: Foundations for Service Provision
  8. Policies and Programs to Combat Poverty
  9. Social Work and Services for Children and Families
  10. Social Work and Services for Older Adults
  11. Social Work and Services People of Disabilities
  12. Social Work and Services in Health Care
  13. Social Work and Services in Mental Health
  14. Social Work and Substance Use, Abuse and Dependence
  15. Social Work and Services for Youths and in the Schools
  16. Social Work and Services in the Criminal Justice System

College-wide policies and resources

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