SW205 Introduction to Social Work

for S2J 2005

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CourseSW 205 Introduction to Social Work DN
FacultyArnold, Connie L.
TitleAdjunct Faculty
Degrees/CertificatesMSW  Social Work
Office Locationclassroom
Office Hours30 minutes prior to class at 5:30
Daytime Phone816-508-3638
Other PhoneCell phone 816-547-1407
Semester DatesMarch 14 thru May 8, 2005
Class Days----R--
Class Time5:30 - 9:50 PM
Credit Hours3

The Social Work Experience: An Introduction to Social Work & Social Welfare, 4th ed. Suppes, M.A. & Wells, C.C. New York: McGraw-Hill Books, (2003)

ISBN 0-07-248597-3

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:
Handouts will be distributed in the classrooms.  Video's may be viewed in the classroom and guest speakers will present.

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 as a profession emerged in response to the many challenges, inequalities and threats to societies and the world's most vulnerable populations.  The demographic of those populations is constantly evolving, as is the nature of challenges that increasingly confront us all.  

It is vitally important that students and new graduates, regardless of their professional identity, be prepared to efficiently and critically consider their environment in order to identify, strategize, and communicate an appropriate response to the matters before them.  This is as true in business, science, education and government service as it is in social work.  

It is the intent of the faculty in the Department of Social Work to facilitate learners in the acquisition of such knowledge as will serve them, their families and their communities, throughout their lives.  Through the semester, world and local events will occur which may influence our academic, personal, or professional pursuits. In light of such circumstances, the instructor reserves the right to amend the schedule of study.

Learning Outcomes:
SW205 Course Objectives:  It is expected that upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
1.      Demonstrate a beginning understanding of concepts related to generalist social work 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.      Demonstrate 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.

Course Assessment:
Further details on a assignments will be distributed in class. Grades will be compiled from:
*Mid-Term Exam and Final Exam: It will cover all reading
materials, lectures, films, handouts and guest speakers.  
*Small  Quizzes: Quizzes may be given at the start of  
class.  It will cover assigned reading for that  
particular class and count toward participation.
*News Review:  Each student will prepare a brief
presentaiton for the class that discusses a current news
item relevant to the social work profession. We will
devise a schedule for presentations in class.  The review
will count toward class participation.
*Position Paper: Select a current political or social
issue that is of interest to you.  Prepare an written
examination of the issue from a perspective that is  
consistent with social work values and ethics.  Get
approval from the instructor for your topic and site at
least two references for this position.
*Participation and Attendance: You should share your
thoughts and be prepared to discuss reading assignments
in each class.  If you do not attend it is
difficult to obtain information needed for grades.
*Reaction Report: The video "Angela's Ashes" will be seen
in class.  A written report of your reaction to this film
from a social work perspective will be due the next class
and discussed in the classroom.
*Career Development Pathway: Career choices, graduate
education, employment opportunities and professional job
skills all reflect materials learned in this coursework.
We will pursue each individuals path and how social work
applies no matter what their major.  
*Perception Papers (2).   One page papers on your
perceptions and opinions about the social work
profession.  Due at beginning and end of the semester.

Every effort will be made to be fair and reasonable in grading your work and participation.  If you have questions or concerns about this, please speak to the instructor in a timely manner.  You are expected to present material that is legible and well considered.  While you will be tested over specific course content, you should do well if you read the material and pay attention in class.   In addition, due to the importance of the expression of the written word in the social work profession and the need for clarity and professionalism in all writings related to the field, appropriate grammar and spelling is expected.  It is important to proofread all your work and to use spell check, grammar check, and/or a third party to ensure no loss of points due to grammatical or spelling errors.

Mid-Term Exam: 25% (125); End of Semester Exam: 25% (125); Position paper: 25% (125); Participation and Attendance: 25% (125)(includes news reviews, small quizzes, reaction report, career developmemnt path, and perception papers  Total 500 points.

Scoring:       A= 90-100    B= 80-89    C= 70-79    D= 60-69    F= 59-0

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Assignments are due at the beginning of the class on the date indicated.  In the event of an absence, assignments may be submitted to the instructor electronically.  The student remains responsible for lost, misdirected or incompatible formatting of electronic submissions.  In extenuating circumstances (as determined by the instructor) and with timely notification an exception may or may not be granted.  Assignments not submitted on time will receive a deduction of 10% of the possible score per day.  If you ever have a question about any assignment or expectation in this course, please contact the instructor in a timely manner.  Please be aware that there is no extra credit work in this course.

Make up exams: Exams are given only on the date specified.  Make-up exams will only be scheduled at the instructor's prerogative under extreme circumstances. Students or an agent of the student must notify the instructor prior to the exam and must be prepared to submit documentation of the circumstances.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
In order to maintain a positive learning environment the following ground rules will be followed:
Personal perspectives will be valued. Degrading or discriminatory remarks or behaviors are not acceptable.
Discussion will reflect an exchange of information, experiences, ideas, and opinions that have an educational value.
If you work in groups, it is the responsibility of the group members to delegate work.  All members of a group must present on the project and all will receive the same grade.
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.
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.

 Reading AssignmentsPapers DueTests
Meeting - 1Chapter 1.What is Social Work?

Chapter 2. Theoretical Perspectives for Social Workers: Ethical Foundations

Chapter 3. Social Welfare Policies and the Birth of the Profession:

Meeting - 2Chapter 4. Poverty and Populations-at-Risk

Chapter 5. Family and Children's Services

Video: "Angela's Ashes".
First Perception 
Meeting - 3Chapter 6. Social Work in Mental Health

Chapter 7. Social Work in Health Care

Chapter 11. Social Work with Older Adults
Reaction Report on  Video  
Meeting - 4Chapter 8. Social Work in the Workplace

Chapter 9. Social Work in the Schools

Social work roles in disaster response.
News review for discussion 
Meeting - 5Chapter 10. Substance Abuse Services

Chapter 12. Criminal Justice Settings

Chapter 13. Developmental Disabilities

Social Work Services in Underserved Areas

Case Management
Meeting - 6Professional Development & Regulation - Social Work: A Maturing Profession

Legal & ethical obligations.
Position Paper
Career Development
Meeting - 7Chapter 14. The future of social work: challenge or opportunity?

Professional Risk & Professional Enrichment: Taking care of yourself,

Your loved ones and peers. Shining bright & burning-out.
Second Perception 
Meeting - 8  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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101

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. <a href="http://www.park.edu/catalog">
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog</a> Page 101

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 "WH".
  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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 100

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. Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners 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 American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent 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:

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