SW410 Social Work Practice III: Organizations and Communities

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SW 410 Social Work Practice III: Organizations and Communities


SP 2007 HO


Kisthardt, Walter E.


Associate Professor Chair/BSW Program Director


Ph. D. Social Work University of Kansas
MSW  University of Hawaii
B.A. Sociology/Social Work Elizabethtown College, Pa.

Office Location

225 Underground (Across from Bookstore)

Office Hours

Tues. & Thurs. 8:45 - 10:00 and 12:00-3:00 and Monday by appt.

Daytime Phone




Semester Dates

Jan. 16- May 4 2007

Class Days


Class Time

3:50 - 5:05 PM


SW Practice I

Credit Hours



Generalist Practice with Organizations and Communities (3d ed.) Karen K. Kirst-Ashman and Grafton H. Hull, Jr.
Thompson: Brooks-Cole (3d ed.) 2006

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Course Description:
This course introduces students to knowledge and skills for social work practice with organizations and communities. This includes an introduction to organizational management, acquiring grants for program funding, strategies for organizational transformation and the experience of working in an agency setting under supervision. Community practice includes an introduction to community transformation strategies and methods of evaluation and advocacy. PREREQUISITES: SW 310 and Social Work Major. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The style of teaching in this course is very interactive and experiential. Students are expected to come to class having read the material and lectures will supplement the material. Your presence and active participation in all aspects of classroom learning is encouraged and expected.  

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Recognize and describe theories of organizational behavior and the elements of organizational management.
  2. Demonstrate a basic understanding of fundraising and grant writing.
  3. Explain the fundamental concepts of service evaluation within organizations.
  4. Discuss and design strategies to facilitate organizational and policy change.
  5. Model an understanding of the skills and knowledge necessary for generalist practice within organizations, including working under supervision.
  6. Communicate a working knowledge and understanding of processes and issues related to practice within legal and judicial systems.
  7. Describe a broad awareness of ethical issues associated with practice in organizational settings.
  8. Demonstrate an understanding of strategies of change in communities, including the role of community advocacy organizations.
  9. Describe an effective understanding of legislative advocacy in facilitating community involvement and change.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate understanding of impact of social policy and funding mechanisms on social work practice in communities and organizations.
  2. demonstrate ability to generalize core functions of generalist practice to organizations and communities.
Core Assessment:
  • Exams (LO1-4, 6-9) 
  • Grant Proposal (LO 2,4-9) 
  • Core Assessment Organizational Project & Presentation (LO 1,3,5,7-9)

Class Assessment:

Mid-term exam: Essay Format, Given in Class on March 8. (25 points)  
Term Paper (12-15 pages in length, APA format for citations). We will be focusing on the contents of this paper throughout the entire semester. We will apply the PREPARE and IMAGINE models learned in class to the development of an Organizational Transformation Project that you will undertake at your agency (work or field placement). (35 points).
 I expect at least ten (10) references from journal articles, text, and other sources to support points you make in this paper.
Class presentation of the findings of your project (15 points)
Presentation of the findings of your project at your agency (10 points)
Class Attendance and Participation (15 points).



Your overall grade is based on 100 points

A= 90-100

B= 80-89

C= 70-79

below 70 unacceptable in major

Late Submission of Course Materials:

The mid-term needs to be taken in class on the 8th. The final paper is due on April 26 and there will be no extensions or grade of "incomplete" for this course. 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
I expect that you display professional behavior at all times in class. You are expected to comport yourself just as you would while in your professional role at the agency. respectfully listening, affirming and expressing alternative viewpoints in a professional manner, contributing your insights to the discussion and coming to class prepared.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1: Introduction to course, review syllabus, assignments, expectations. Integrating the Micro, Mezzo,
              and Macro approaches in Generalist Practice. What do we mean when we say that generalist social workers
              possess a "knowledge,value, and skill set" that is generalizable across populations and systems?"
              Read Chapter 1 in text.
Week 2: Dynamics of the Macro Environment: Role of Supervision, Resolving Conflict, Shared Governance,
              Culture of Communication.
              Read Chapter 2 in text.
Week 3: Setting the Stage for the Semester Project/Paper. The PREPARE Model for Organizational
              Come to these classes prepared to identify potential areas that the agency wishes to be the focus of
              your project 
to enhance the efficieny and effectivness of the organization (or community).
              Read Chapter 5 in text.
Week 5: Implementing the Organizational Transformation Project: using the IMAGINE Model.
             gaining support, specifying goals, objecives, recognizing and adjusting to unanticpated events.
             Read Chapter 6 and 7in text.
Week 6: The Politics of Organization: Strategies to Influence Key People to Champion Your Idea. Integrating current
              trends to become an effective Agent for Transformation. 
              Read Chapter 4 in text. Come to this class prepared to share how you have presented your idea to your
 instructor and how this process went.  
Week 7: Putting Together a Project Team. Characteristics of an Effective Leader.
             Read Chapter 3 in text. 
Week 8: Mid-term exam: In class on March 8. This exam will test your ability to tie-in the efforts you have made to date in
              planning and implementing your Organizational Transformation Project with concepts from the reading and
              classroom discussions. 
Week 9: Review exam. Making the case that your project will have a positive impact on the neighborhood and
              Read Chapters 8 and 9 in text.
Week 10: Evaluating the Process and Outcome of your project.
              Read Chapter 10 in text.
Week 11: Ethical Issues in Commiting to attempting to Influence Organizational Transformation.
               Read Chapter 12 in text.  
Week 12: Disseminating the Results of your Project. Meeting the professional mandate to inform our colleagues and
               others in the profession of knowledge generated through our efforts. (You will have already presented at your
               agency by this date or have concrete plans to present next week). I will give you an evaluation form for your
               colleagues and field instructor to complete that you will hand in with your final paper as an appendix. 
Week 13-15: In Class Presentations of your Organizational Transformation Project. Each of you will have the entire class
               time to present your findings and facilitate the discussion. YOUR FINAL PAPERS ARE DUE ON
Week 16: Review Course and Share feedback...AND CONGRATULATIONS GRADUATE!  

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
I expect to see that you have internalized the ethic and skill of crediting all sources for information and ideas that have influenced the content of your project and paper.

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
You are allowed to have three absenses from class with no point penalty. Therefore, I would strongly encourage you to use these judiciously. For every absence after three you will be docked five(5) points from your class participation grade. If you miss five classes after the three "freebies" you lose 25 points and get a score of 0 for your class participation grade. If this policy presents a serious problem for you please be sure to come to see me to discuss your situation. Arriving to class on time and remaining in class is important to the continuity of the lesson. Therefore, if you are going to be more than 15 minutes late for class you will be given 1/2 credit for attending. If you are going to be 1/2 hour late you will not receive credit for attendance. I would prefer that you are not "on call" during class. If this is absolutely necessary I ask that if you decide to respond to the page and leave the classroom that you remain out of class for that particpular session.

Disability Guidelines:
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