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(SOCW 160) Introduction to Social Welfare and Social Work

Introduction to the nature of social work and evolution of social welfare. Generalists practice approach is applied to various client systems, including oppressed and disenfranchised populations.

Credit Hours 3.0 Lecture
Prerequisites None
Offered Fall, Winter, Spring
Programs Social Work (BSW), Introduction to Social Work Minor

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the historical background of the U.S. social welfare system and its function in society.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the historical development of the social work profession including its philosophy, mission, and values.
  3. Understand social work values and the profession’s commitment to social justice for historically-underserved populations, including but not limited to older adults, children, people of color, people with disabilities, and all walks of life.
  4. Demonstrate a knowledge of the organized profession of social work within the social welfare system as it responds to the wide-range needs of people in society.
  5. Demonstrate an awareness of professional values and ethics and their personal values, with an understanding and appreciation for the breadth of human diversity.
  6. Understand the knowledge and skills required to work creatively, collaboratively, and across interdisciplinary service systems to meet the needs of multiple generations.
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of the role of the social work profession including various levels and fields of practice.
  8. Recognize the range of knowledge and skills necessary for the generalist practice of social work in view of the diversity of practice and client populations.
  9. Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of oppression and discrimination on at-risk populations, as well as strategies to advance social and economic justice.
  10. Apply course concepts to case studies and in-class exercises
  11. Explore his/her personal fit for the practice of social work.