Social Work Practice with Diverse Populations – SOWK 450

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 05/30/2022

Course Description

This course provides the student with the opportunity to develop an understanding of theories, knowledge, values, and skills in relation to generalist practice with diverse populations. This course also provides the forum for students to gain an understanding of cultural values of individuals and the impact of those values on human relationships. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of respecting and valuing diversity.

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

Rationale

Social workers interact with diverse populations in the areas of engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation when working populations on a daily basis. This course aids the students in developing competency with diverse populations. It prepares students with foundational knowledge necessary for effective generalist 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.

The Course Requirement Checklist assesses Competency 1 (Ethical/Prof. Behavior).

Discussions (3)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each thread must be 250–300 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge and a biblical worldview. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 150 words. 

Discussions assess Competency 1 (Ethical/Prof. Behavior), Competency 2 (Diversity), Competency 4 (Research), Competency 6–(Engage), Competency 7 (Assess), and Competency 8 (Intervene).

Minority Experiential Exercise Plan Assignment

The student will engage in a learning experience which will expand his/her boundaries. The student will be in an unfamiliar setting in which he/she is a racial minority. The student will do this assignment independently. The student’s plan for this project completion must be submitted and approved by the instructor prior to completion.

The Minority Experiential Plan assesses Competency 1 (Ethical/Prof. Behavior), Competency 2 (Diversity), Competency 4 (Research), and Competency 6–(Engage). 

Minority Experiential Exercise Reflection Paper Assignment

The student is required to write an effective account of this experience in current APA format. Points will be deducted for poor spelling and grammar. The student will give a written summary of his/her experiences to the rest of the class. 

The Minority Experiential Exercise assesses  Competency 1 (Ethical/Prof. Behavior), Competency 2 (Diversity), Competency 4 (Research), and Competency 6–(Engage). 

Cultural Fact Sheet: Draft Assignment

The student will prepare a cultural fact sheet on a particular population group studied in the course. This fact sheet will demonstrate the value the identified population adds to society. It will also explain the way culture’s structures may oppress or alienate the population group. The student will research and share knowledge, values, and skills that would aid in effective social work practice with a particular population group. The student will be evaluated by his/her peers as well as the instructor. 

The Cultural Research Fact Sheet assesses Competency 1 (Ethical/Prof. Behavior), Competency 2 (Diversity), Competency 4 (Research), Competency 6–(Engage), Competency 7 (Assess), and Competency 8 (Intervene).

Case Study Paper Assignment

The student will write a response to a provided case study. The student will provide a bio-psycho-social-spiritual assessment of the case suggesting possible interventions. The student will consider a biblical worldview and how it might influence his/her assessment of the case.

The Case Study assesses Competency 1 (Ethical/Prof. Behavior), Competency 2 (Diversity), Competency 4 (Research), Competency 6–(Engage), Competency 7 (Assess), and Competency 8 (Intervene).

Cultural Fact Sheet: Final Assignment

The student will make any necessary corrections to their fact sheet draft to be submitted as their final submission.   The cultural fact sheet must focus on a particular population group studied in the course. This fact sheet will demonstrate the value that the identified population adds to society. It will also explain the way culture’s structures may oppress or alienate the population group. The student will research and share knowledge, values, and skills that would aid in effective social work practice with a particular population group. The student's fact sheet will also be evaluated by peers in the final discussion.  

The Cultural Research Fact Sheet assesses Competency 1 (Ethical/Prof. Behavior), Competency 2 (Diversity), Competency 4 (Research), Competency 6–(Engage), Competency 7 (Assess), and Competency 8 (Intervene)

Quizzes (8)

The student will take quizzes over the assigned reading and course presentations. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 10 multiple-choice questions, and have a 20-minute time limit. There will be 8 quizzes in the course, totaling 80 points of the final course grade.

Quizzes assess Competency 1 (Ethical/Prof. Behavior), Competency 2 (Diversity), Competency 4 (Research), Competency 6–(Engage), Competency 7 (Assess), and Competency 8 (Intervene)