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SW 205 Introduction to Social Work
Wesley, Brooke


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

SW 205 Introduction to Social Work

Semester

F2J 2006 PV

Faculty

Wesley, Brooke

Title

Introduction to Social Work Instructor/ Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

Masters in Social Work
BA in Psychology

Office Location

225 Unserground

Office Hours

I will be happy to meet with students before or after class

Daytime Phone

913-940-0258

Other Phone

913-780-7150

E-Mail

brooke.wesley@park.edu

bwwesleyonw@olatheschools.com

Semester Dates

October 23 - December 17

Class Days

---W---

Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Credit Hours

3


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Course Description:
This course introduces students to the profession of social work and provides an overview of the professional knowledge, skills, and values necessary for generalist social work practice. The various settings for social work practice and the types of services provided by social workers are explored. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
Social Work is a helping profession that intertwines with all aspests of diversity. In this class we will be exploring many of the diverse topics and groups Social Workers are involved. Because our enviroment is constantly changing so are the theroies and perspectives from which we work. In this class we will touch on topics that may be sensitive to a peer. Mutual respect is an expectation.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe a beginning understanding of concepts related to generalist  practice.
  2. Identify in basic terms the origins, structure and characteristics of the American social welfare system.
  3. Articulate methods of helping, influencing and assisting people at micro, macro, and mezzo levels within a generalist framework.
  4. Exhibit foundation skills in effective verbal and non-verbal communication, including assertiveness, active listening, constructive feedback and advocacy.
  5. Describe a beginning awareness for ethical behavior and be familiar with the National Association of Social Work “Code of Ethics” and how these principles are applied.
  6. Describe the social work profession as it relates to mental health, health care, public education, public welfare, family & child welfare, corrections, business and industry.


Core Assessment:

·  Mid-term (LO 1,2,3,5,6)


·  Pop Quizzes (LO 1,2,3,5,6)


·  News Review (LO 1,2,3,5,6)


·  Web Site /Search (LO 1,2,3,5,6)


·  Reaction Paper  (LO 1,3,4)


·  Core Assessment: Position Paper:  (LO 1-6)


·  Career Development Pathway  (LO 1,4)


·  Final Exam (LO 1,2,3,5,6)

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

  • Mid-term Exam will include short answer and mutiple choice questions
  • Completed strengths Assesment and personal Wellness Plan
  • Reflection Paper and presentation on interview with a Social Worker in a feild of interest to you
  • Final Exam
  • Class Participation

Grading:

Mid-term = 25 points

Written summery of interview with a Social Worker = 10 points

Reflection paper and presentation over specific feild of Social Work = 15 points

Final Comprehensive Exam = 30 points

Strengths Assesment and Wellness Plan = 10 points

Class Participation = 10 points

 

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Please discuss with instructor prior to the assingment due date. Exceptions will be made at the discretion of the instructor.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

In order to maintain a positive learning environment the following ground rules will be followed:

 

  1. Personal perspectives will be valued. Degrading or discriminatory remarks or behaviors are not acceptable.
  2. Discussion will reflect an exchange of information, experiences, ideas, and opinions that have an educational value
  3. Because of our sensitive subject matter, courtesy needs to be maintained in the classroom at all times.  Students need to arrive on time.  Students will not hold private conversations when another person is speaking.  Students will speak one at a time.
  4. If student's behavior in the classroom is disruptive, the instructor will allow the student an opportunity to correct the behavior without consequences.  If the student's behavior continues to be disruptive, that student may be asked to leave the classroom and will be referred to the Office of Academic Affairs.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Class Dates Class Topics

Activities and

Assingments Due

Assingments

For next Class

Wed. Oct. 25

Review Syllabus

Introduction

Discuss What is Social Work as a Professionand Strengths Perspectives

Write Introduction after hearing instructions in class

Guest Speaker

Chapter 3 - 7
Wed. Nov. 1

Evolution of Social Wellfare

History of Social Work as a

profession.

Purpose od Social Work

Discussion over key concepts in reading

Return & Discuss Introduction completed in first class

Strengths Assessment and Wellness Plan Due Next Week

Guest Speakers

Read Chapters 8 - 11
Wed Nov. 8 The Many Faces of Social Work

Strengths Assessment And Wellness Plan Due

Dicussion of Key concepts from reading

Group exercise on Ethical Issues

Review for Mid-term Evaluation next week

Guest Speaker

Decide on a feild of Social work for your interview and review with instructor.

Read Chapt. 12 - 15

Wed. Nov. 15 Different Settings for Social Work Practice

Social Worker Interview Due

Discuss key concepts in reading

Mid-Term Exam !!

Read Chapters 15 - 18
Wed. Nov. 22

Review test Results

Social Work practice with Special Populations

Discuss Key concepts in reading

Group Exercise

Read Chapters 19 - 21
Wed. Nov 29 Special Populations cont.

Discuss key concepts in reading

Vidio

Presentation and Summery Due next week

Read Chapters 22-26

Wed. Dec. 6

Special populations and School Homicide

Discuss Key Concepts

Presentations

Vidio

Review for final next week
Wed. Dec. 13 FINAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "W".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Competency                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
(3) 85-100
 
(2) 70-84 (1) 60-69 (0) Below 60 
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Critically assesses the two points of views on the selected topic and relates the views to either current practice or conventional thinking Examine 2 points of view on a topic relative to the practice of social work Examines 1 point of view on topic relative to the practice of Social Work No evidence of thorough review of research 
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Goes beyond the minimal requirements and examines 4 or more research articles Identifies and incorporates at least 2 research articles that are appropriate and relevant to the target issue Identifies and incorporates only 1 research article that is relevant to the target issue Research article is only minimally or tangentially relevant 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Is able to develop a novel insight into the relevance and interpretation of the theoretical information Compares and contrasts the information in a fair and objective manner and justifies position Comparison or contrasts are poorly thought through or evidence of personal bias exists Fails to provide meaningful comparison 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Supports position with multiple sources of information or experiences. Summarizes conclusions into a well founded report validating conclusions and/or position Is unable to support conclusions Fails to draw conclusions based on the research 
Content                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Body of paper is 7-10 pages with meaningful content Body of paper is 5-7 double spaced pages, 1-inch margins in 12-point font.  Tiles and reference pages are additional
Prepares a 3-5 minute individual class presentation on topic, methods, and conclusions
 
Body of paper is less than 5 pages or missing title and/or reference pages Body of paper is 3 or fewer pages 
Technical Skills                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
APA style is used throughout the paper with fewer than 3 errors APA style is used with no more than 4-6 errors APA style is utilized, but there are 7 or more errors Failure to use APA style 
1st Literacy                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Outcomes
Liberal Arts Systems                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Clearly understands and articulates the impact of the target issue on society as a whole. Demonstrates an understanding that the target issue may have a broad impact Conclusions are only peripherally related to the impact of the target issue  
2nd Literacy                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Outcomes
Multicultural                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Compares and contrasts cultural issues relative to the target issue. Demonstrates an understanding that there may be cultural differences relative to topic Evidence of only minimal understanding of multicultural issues Fails to successfully address multicultural issues 

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