Social Work Macro Practice – SOWK 410

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 11/01/2021

Course Description

This course provides a generalist social work perspective of social work with communities and organizations. Topics include engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation as well as advocacy in regards to social and economic justice.

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

Rationale

Social workers interact with communities and organizations on a daily basis. This course aids the student in developing competency in the areas of engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation when working with communities and organizations. It prepares the student with the foundational knowledge necessary for effective practice in macro settings.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior (CSWE Competency 1)
    • Demonstrate professional demeanor in behavior, appearance, oral, written, and electronic communication.
    • Negotiate, mediate, and advocate with and on behalf of diverse clients and constituencies.
  2. Diversity (CSWE Competency 2)
    • Use empathy, reflection, and interpersonal skills to effectively engage diverse clients and constituencies.
  3. Advance Human Rights and Social, Environmental, and Economic Justice (CSWE Competency 3)
    • Use inter-professional collaboration as appropriate to achieve beneficial practice outcomes.
    • Develop mutually agreed-on intervention goals and objectives based on the critical assessment of strengths, needs, and challenges within communities and organizations.
    • Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment, person-in-environment, and other multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks in interventions with clients and constituencies.
    • Engage in practices that advance social, economic, and environmental justice to advocate for human rights at the macro level.
  4. Engage in Practice-Informed Research and Research-Informed Practice (CSWE Competency 4)
    • Collect and organize data, and apply critical thinking to interpret information from clients and constituencies.
    • Engage in practices that advance social, economic, and environmental justice.
    • Use and translate research evidence to inform and improve practice, policy, and service delivery.
  5. Engage in Policy Practice (CSWE Competency 5)
    1. Apply critical thinking to analyze, formulate and advocate for policies that advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice. Integrate faith and social work practice.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Discussions (2)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt. Each thread must be 350-450 words 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 150-250 words. The discussion assignment assesses Competency 2-Diversity (knowledge), Competency 3-Justice (values, knowledge, cognitive/affective processes), Competency 4-Research (knowledge), & Competency 5-Policy (knowledge, values, cognitive/affective processes).

Needs Assessment Assignment

The purpose of the Needs Assessment Assignment is to understand neighborhoods and communities and the theoretical underpinnings involved.  Students will employ community asset mapping and apply the NASW Code of Ethics to organizational and community practice.

Using the Kirst-Ashman & Hull text, each student will complete a 3-5 page Community Needs Assessment of their local community.  The purpose of this assessment will be used to gather local data about your community (use statistics that provide an overview of the demographics), identify key challenges that your community faces, identify both causes and contributing factors to these unique challenges, recognize local assets within the existing community to overcome identified challenges, and finally, identify gaps in resources that prevent individuals within the local community from getting the help they need.  The needs assessment will need to define the scope and problem, identify both strengths and challenges, determine key stakeholders (including the local church) that will be involved, data to support the needs and findings, and finally, develop a step-by-step action plan to address the identified gaps in resources. At least 5 scholarly references, using APA formatting, are required.

The paper will assess Competency 1-Ethics/Prof. Behavior (values, cognitive/affective processes), Competency 2-Diversity (knowledge), Competency 3-Justice (values, knowledge, cognitive/affective processes), Competency 4-Research (knowledge), & Competency 5-Policy (knowledge, values, cognitive/affective processes).

Non-Profit Organization Development Assignment

The purpose of the Non-Profit Organization Development Assignment is to use the macro-change process to evaluate and establish a culturally competent and empowering organization.  This assignment will apply professional skills to groups, organizations, and communities.

Using your Needs Assessment Assignment, please establish a Non-Profit Organization.  

Please develop a non-profit company name, its mission and vision statement, 3 specific services it will provide to address the needs of the community, and a mock Board of Directors that includes 5 roles and responsibilities of theirs in the organization. The paper must be at least 350 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. 

The paper will assess Competency 1-Ethics/Prof. Behavior (values, cognitive/affective processes), Competency 2-Diversity (knowledge), Competency 3-Justice (values, knowledge, cognitive/affective processes), Competency 4-Research (knowledge), & Competency 5-Policy (knowledge, values, cognitive/affective processes).

Grant Proposal Assignment

The purpose of the Grant Proposal Assignment is to identify key steps in securing grants and differentiating them from contracts. Students will employ leadership skills and engage in networking and empower client systems to improve social, economic, and environmental justice.

Using the Kirst-Ashman & Hull text, as well as, the information on SMART Goals, you will complete a 3-5 page grant proposal for your non-profit organization.  Using the template provided, the grant will need to identify a funding agency that relates to the community needs identified in the action plan, clearly articulates that the non-profit organization developed understands the demographics of the community, has identified goals and objectives that will promote a desirable end, how each objective will be accomplished with the funding received, and how those involved in implementing the will evaluate the success.  At least 5 scholarly references, using APA formatting, are required.

Grant writing and proposals are dependent upon the funding agency as they stipulate the requirements for submission.  With this knowledge, please use these instructions and the grading rubric as a guide to direct your decision-making with this assignment.  Please be creative in this process as this is based on your non-profit organization.

Prof. Behavior (values, cognitive/affective processes), Competency 2-Diversity (knowledge), Competency 3-Justice (values, knowledge, cognitive/affective processes), Competency 4-Research (knowledge), & Competency 5-Policy (knowledge, values, cognitive/affective processes).

Community Collaborative Presentation Assignment

The purpose of the Community Collaborative Presentation Assignment is to utilize advocacy, social action, lobbying, and empowerment activities.  The students will intervene and evaluate changes in a community and use the macro-change process to evaluate and establish a culturally competent and empowering organization.

As a Non-Profit Organization, you will develop a 5 – 15-minute presentation using PowerPoint with voice-over for current stakeholders and the community at large to advocate for your organization. There must be 5 – 10 slides. The purpose of this presentation is to advocate for the Non-Profit Organization, review the services provided, review the funding obtained through the grant, provide insight into the referral process, and reinforce how this organization will have a positive impact on the community as a whole; therefore you are looking for stakeholder and community buy-in.

In the presentation, please consider the following scenario:

While preparing for the Community Collaborative Meeting, several stakeholders from the community have sent emails to the CEO specific to concerns surrounding the budget and when this was ratified by the board, the communities uneasiness that the services will only highlight problems and give the community a bad name, and finally, how the organization will even know if the services are successful?  In an effort to address these concerns before they become community complaints, you decided that this information will be addressed in the presentation itself.  At least 5 scholarly references, using APA formatting, are required.

The presentation assesses Competency 1-Ethics/Prof. Behavior (values, cognitive/affective processes), Competency 2-Diversity (knowledge), Competency 3-Justice (values, knowledge, cognitive/affective processes), Competency 4-Research (knowledge), & Competency 5-Policy (knowledge, values, cognitive/affective processes).

Quizzes (7)

Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the module: week in which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contains multiple-choice and true/false questions, and has a 15-minute time limit.  The quizzes assess Competency 2-Diversity (knowledge), Competency 3-Justice (values, knowledge, cognitive/affective processes), Competency 4-Research (knowledge), & Competency 5-Policy (knowledge, values, cognitive/affective processes).

Quiz: Final

The Quiz: Final covers the textbook material from Module 1: Week 1 - Module 8: Week 8. This quiz contains 50 multiple-choice and true/false questions and has a time limit of 1 hour and 30 minutes. The Quiz: Final assesses Competency 2-Diversity (knowledge), Competency 3-Justice (values, knowledge, cognitive/affective processes), Competency 4-Research (knowledge), & Competency 5-Policy (knowledge, values, cognitive/affective processes).