SW 205 Introduction to Social Work
SP 2009 HO
Kisthardt, Walter E.
Associate Professor Chair/BSW Program Director
Ph.D. Social WorkMSWBA Sociology/Social Work
Tues. Thurs all day by appointment: Wed. 9:00 AM - 11:00 and 2:00-5:00PM
Jan. 12 - May 1, 2009
2:25 -3:40 PM
Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore
Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore
Walter E. Kisthardt, Ph.D. (2009) The Opportunities and Challenges of Strengths-Based, Person-Centered Practice. Chapter 3, pp. 47-71 in D. Saleebey (ed.) The Strengths Perspective in Social Work Practice. Allyn & Bacon: Boston. On reserve in Library
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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. The seven core functions of generalist practice are explored within the context of the emerging Strengths Perspective in Social Work.
At all times I will strive to model the values and skills that are at the heart of the profession of social work. Just as in the helping process, teaching should be a collaborative, mutually enriching experience. I believe that learning is best achieved in an environment that is respectful, safe, affirming, challenging, and highly interactive.
I understand that every person has wisdom in their lived experience and a unique world view and perspective. I recognize that each of us learns in different ways and I will strive to present concepts in a manner that promotes your learning. If you are having difficulty with any aspect of the class I hope that you will make this known to me. I truly want this class to be enjoyable as well as educational. As there is no "required text" for this class I expect you to be active in researching the topics for the day through your own on-line investigations using the multitude of resources on the internet. For example, if the topic for the day is "the history of social work" you can find many references by typing these key words into a serch engine.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
· 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)
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Classroom Rules of Conduct:
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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87
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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90Remeber that I expect you to come prepared to ask questions and engage in the discussion. Class attendance does not automatically translate into class participation. If you miss a significat number of classes, for whatever reason, your class participation grade will be affected.
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Last Updated:1/12/2009 10:38:10 AM