Introduction to Social Work – SOWK 101

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 02/11/2022

Course Description

Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare is a course that gives an overview of the field of social work practice. Topics regarding the ecclesiastical beginnings of the profession, additional historical components, the integration of faith and practice, as well as social work values and ethics will be explored.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

Rationale

Introduction to Social Work offers the student a broad overview of the practice of generalist social work. The student interested in pursuing the attainment of a Bachelor of Science in Social Work, as well as those with interest in learning about the field, will be presented with the foundational knowledge of the field. This course will examine the knowledge, values, and skills of the field of social work from a Christ-centered point of view.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Apply the NASW and relevant laws and regulations to practice situations.
  2. Practice personal reflection and self-regulation to manage personal values.
  3. Apply self-awareness and self-regulation to manage the influence of personal biases and values in working with diverse clients and constituencies.
  4. Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment and person-in-environment in the analysis of the assessment data from clients and constituencies.
  5. Demonstrate professional demeanor in behavior; appearance; and oral, written, and electronic communication.
  6. Apply and communicate understanding of the importance of diversity and difference in shaping life experiences.
  7. Integrate faith and social work practice.

Course Assignment

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each Discussion. Each thread must be 250–350 words, integrate at least 1 biblical principle, and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 100 words. (MLO: B, C, D, E, F, G)

The student will complete a two part assignment consisting of five journal entries (one per day) and a 4-5 page written reflection about the experience for a total of 9-10 pages utilizing the textbooks and Bible as reference points. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F, G)

The student will explore his or her community social service agencies, schools, hospitals, nursing homes, etc., finding where social workers are employed in their area. The student will then write a 3-page, APA-style paper describing his or her community.  The student will share the findings of his or her exploration in a professional communication style.  He or she will discuss his or her community by name and place without the use of possessive pronouns. (MLO: B, E)

The student will be assigned a book of the Bible to research regarding the biblical basis and guidelines for helping the poor and needy. The student will utilize the Bible and at least 3 other sources (books or articles) when developing this project. The reference page must be in current APA format. All sources listed on the reference page must be referred to in the project. (MLO: D, E, F, G)

The student will utilize the information found in his/her research to creatively present the material in a narrated PowerPoint of 6–8 minutes. The presentation must include a discussion of the themes the student found in his/her assigned books of the Bible regarding helping the poor and needy. (MLO: D, E, F, G)

Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the assigned Module: Week. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 10 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a 10-minute time limit. The student will be able to take each quiz two times, with the highest points earned counting toward his or her course grade (MLO: A, D).