Social Work Macro Practice – SOWK 410

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

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.

Prerequisites

 (SOWK 294 or Social Work Gate 1 with a score of 3) and SOWK 325 (may be taken concurrently)

Rationale

Social workers interact with communities and organizations on a daily basis. This course aids the students in developing competency in the areas of engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation when working with communities and organizations. It prepares students 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 Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. 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 board 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).

Community Assessment: Topic and Sources

The student will provide a 1−2-page outline using the SWOT Analysis Table to prompt a general analysis of the local community including at least 1 local church. The student must provide at least 3 references using current APA formatting. 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).

Community Assessment: Final

The student will write a 3-5 page research-based paper in current APA format that focuses on strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats assessment (SWOT) of their community of origin based on Community Assessment: Topic and Sources created in Module/Week 2. This written summary of the SWOT analysis will be used as an advocacy tool for planning and implementing changes in the local community. The paper must include at least 3 references, including assigned text, and provide a detailed focus specific to how local churches have or have aided in the community based upon the assessment. The paper 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).

Global Presentation: Topic and Sources

The student will provide a 1-2 page outline on a global social problem that is currently impacting our world and at least 2 strategies of change that can advance social and economic justice. At least 1 paragraph that addresses the general demographics of the community (i.e. population, race/ethnicity, etc.) must be included, as well as at least 5 references using current APA formatting. The paper 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).

Global Presentation: Final

The student will provide a 5–10-minute presentation using Kaltura. The presentation will discuss a global social problem that is currently impacting our world and strategies of change that can advance social and economic justice using a biblical perspective. The student must demonstrate an understanding of the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination that influence this issue. 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 Reading & Study material for the module/week in which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 10 multiple-choice, and have 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).

Final Exam

The Final Exam will cover chapters 1-14 and the required articles. This exam will contain 50 multiple-choice questions and have a time limit of 1 hour and 30 minutes. The final exam 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).