Introduction to Social Work

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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: 9781337572811


Assignment/course outline:

See first-day handout.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

SS-1 Identify behaviors and social trends, using appropriate research methodologies.

SS-2 Identify global influences on social, behavioral, and historical issue.

SS-3 Examine significant historical events.

SS-4 Identify differences and commonalities within diverse cultures.


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods

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

Recognize the relations of ethics in social work and its function in society.

Recognize the diversity cultures.

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

Identify the role of social worker in addressing the issues of aging, health problems, para-abilities, and emotional health.

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

Unit Tests, Final Exam, Homework


Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

The course instructor will be delivering course content through class discussions on the material using visual aids. Students are expected to read and are encouraged to ask questions. In-class teaching strategies may include: participation, lecture, presentations, and examinations. Student attendance and participation is expected. Students are expected to read all assigned material before class and complete assigned projects in a timely manner.

Office appointments will be made to discuss progress, as needed.

Tutoring will be available through the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE Lab).

On occasion experiential learning may be made available to augment the learning process.


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