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(SOCW 371) Social Work Value and Ethics

This course will introduce students to the Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers and its international equivalents. Students will be taught various models for ethical decision making and be exposed to real world ethical dilemmas which they will have to work through.

Credit Hours 3.0 Lecture
Prerequisites SOCW 160, admission to major
Offered Fall, Winter, Spring
Programs Social Work (BSW)

Course Learning Outcomes

Each student who passes this course will be able to do the following:

  1. Students will learn the various value orientations in social work practice, and how social workers put these values in action within the framework of ethics theory.
  2. Students will have a firm understanding of the NASW Code of Ethics and be able to explain the application of the code of ethics in various levels of social work practice.
  3. Students will learn the application of ethical decision making.
  4. Students will be able to apply ethical standards as applied to case studies in the text and presented by the instructor.
  5. Students will be able to research journal articles related to social work ethics theory and be able to express their understanding in writing in a clear and concise manner.
  6. Students will be able to work effectively in groups to discuss, process, debate, and present the concepts learned in the text and from the instructor.
  7. Students will have an understanding of self-determination vs paternalism as relating to their role as professional social workers.
  8. Students will learn and be able to demonstrate the concepts of professional boundaries, confidentiality, privacy, privileged information.
  9. Students will demonstrate the ability to synthesize the above objectives in relation to their personal histories, cultures, and places of origin.
  10. Students will understand the role and application of risk management within the framework of ethics theory and social work values.