International Social Work – SOWK 425

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

Course Description

This course is designed to introduce students to the theoretical perspectives, values, and skills associated with contemporary international social work. Social, political, cultural, economic, organizational, religious, and technological advances that affect societal dynamics in various regions of the world will be explored.


SOWK 101 and SOWK 270 and GLST 220


The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to practice and policy aspects of global social work. Biological, psychological, social, and spiritual factors will be considered from a strengths perspective as they relate to global social work.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Recognize the extent to which a culture’s structures and values may oppress, marginalize, alienate, or create or enhance privilege and power. (CSWE ,Competency 3).
    2. Discuss self-awareness in order to eliminate the influence of personal biases and values in working with diverse groups. (CSWE ,Competency 3).
    3. Discuss his/her understanding of the importance of difference in shaping life experiences.(CSWE, Competency 1)
    4. Understand the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination. (CSWE, Competency 3).
    5. Use conceptual frameworks to guide the processes of assessment, intervention, and evaluation. (CSWE Competency 7).
    6. Appraise changing locales, populations, scientific and technological developments, and emerging societal trends to provide relevant services. (CSWE, Competency 9).
    7. Explain the importance of providing leadership in promoting sustainable changes in service delivery and practice to improve the quality of social services. (CSWE, Competency 1).

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 (4)

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 250–350 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to at least 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 200–250 words. The thread and replies must contain at least 1 reference in current APA format and use biblical integration where appropriate.

(CSWE, Competency 1, 2, and 3).

Theory and Concept Paper

The student will write a 2–3-page research-based paper on a current theory or concept surrounding global social work. The paper must include at least 1 current reference, published within the last 5 years, in current APA format.

( CSWE, Competencies: 6, 7 and 8).

Book Review

The student will read the Smreck text and complete a 2–3-page Book Review in current APA format. The review must contain at least 2 references to the book as well as the course textbook or Bible.

(CSWE, Competencies 2 and 3).

PowerPoint Presentation

The student will submit a narrated PowerPoint presentation of 10–15 slides that focuses on a special topic related to international social work. The topic must be cleared by the instructor in advance via email. The presentation must include at least 4 references to the course textbook, scholarly journal articles, and/or the Bible. Colorful graphics and themes must be used on 4–8 slides, and the presentation must be 5–10 minutes. References must be in current APA format.

(CSWE, Competencies: 1, 2, and 3).

Disaster Plan

The student will locate and review a disaster response plan for his/her community or organization in the event of terrorism or armed conflict. Based on his/her findings, the student will write a 2–3-page response paper outlining the disaster plan and how social work plays a role in the plan. At least 1 reference is required.

(CSWE, Competencies: 7, 8, and 9).


The student will answer 4 short-answer questions on the topic of social work.

(CSWE, Competency 9).