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Introduction to Social Work Minor

Hours — 12 Credit Hours
Effective Sep. 2017
Last Revised 9/19/2022
Holokai Category: Professional Studies
Sponsoring Program: Social Work
Faculty Unit Assignment: Faculty of Education & Social Work

Program Requirements


Required — 12 Credits

Course Number Title Semesters Offered Credit Hours Prerequisites
SOCW 160 Introduction to Social Welfare and Social Work F, W, S 3.0
SOCW 357 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I F, W, S 3.0 SOCW 160
SOCW 362 Social Work Practice with Individuals F, W, S 3.0 SOCW 160
SOCW 468 Community Mental Health F, W, S 3.0 SOCW 160


Additional Program Requirements

All passing grades will be accepted in fulfilling minor or certificate requirements.


Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completing a major in Social Work, students will:

  1. Be able to ask questions that demonstrate critical thinking skills within the context of professional social work practice.
  2. Know the value base of the profession and its ethical standards and principles, and practice accordingly.
  3. Be able to role play practice without discrimination and with respect, knowledge, and skills related to consumer’s age, class, color, culture, disability, ethnicity, family structure, gender, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, and sexual orientation.
  4. Be able to discuss the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination and the strategies of advocacy and social change that advance social and economic justice.
  5. Be able to discuss the history of the social work profession and its contemporary structures and issues.
  6. Know the knowledge and skills of generalist social work practice with systems of all sizes.
  7. Be able to discuss the theoretical framework supported by empirical evidence to understand individual development and behavior across the life span and the interactions among individuals and between individuals and families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  8. Be able to analyze, formulate, and influence social policies.
  9. Be able to evaluate research studies, apply research findings to practice, and evaluate their own practice interventions.
  10. Be able to demonstrate communication skills differentially across consumer populations, colleagues, and communities.
  11. Be able to work under supervision and consultation for appropriate social work practice.
  12. Be able to function within the structure of organizations and service delivery systems and seek necessary organizational change.
  13. Be able to discuss the profession of social work in Asia and the Pacific within the global context.