SW410 Social Work Practice III: Organizations and Communities

for SP 2011

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SW 410 Social Work Practice III: Organizations and Communities


SP 2011 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

Wednesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM and by appointment

Daytime Phone


Other Phone




Semester Dates

Jan. 10 - April 29, 2011

Class Days


Class Time

8:45 - 10:00 AM MA 812


SW Practice I, SW Practice II (may be taken concurrently)

Credit Hours



Generalist Practice with Organizations and Comunities: Kirst-Ashman and Hull. Fourth edition, 2009.

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

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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 3 (25 points)  
OTP 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.
The final paper is due on or before Thursday, April 21! A complete draft of the OTP paper is due Thursday April 7th. If this draft is not handed in on this date you will lose five (5) points. It is important to know that no "incompletes" will be given in this class unless there are serious extenuating circumstances that have been discussed with me prior to April 1, 2010. The OTP is the core assessment of your learning in the BSW program at Park University, and as such, must be given your utmost attention and priority.     
Class and agency presentation of the findings of your project (25 points: 15 class/10 agency): If you present at the Field Colloquium on Friday, April 23 it is worth 25 points and you do not need to present in class or at your agency.
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 March 3. The final OTP paper is due on April 21. I expect you to hand in a full working draft of the OTP paper by Thursday, April 7. If you do not hand in this working draft you will be docked five points from your final grade.  
There will be no "incompletes" given in this class. Therefore it is imperative that you organize your time to Prioritize this paper which demonstrates your learning and skills you have gained in the BSW Program at Park University.   

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. I expect you to be on time for class and to come prepared to remain in class for the entire period. if there are circumstances that prevent you from meeting these expectations please discuss these with me as soon as they arise.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

JAN. 11-13: 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?"
              The rationale and intended outcome of the Organizational Transformation Project. Please come to class on
              Thursday with one-page executive summary of your plan for the OTP. The Framework to Guide your OTP!
JAN. 18-20: Dynamics of the Macro Environment: Role of Supervision, Resolving Conflict, Shared Governance,
              Culture of Communication, gaining "buy in" for a desired and/or needed innovation. Characteristics of an effective
               leader. (Review "Working definition" of Shared Governance at Park University Website and "Nine Behavioral
               Indicators to Ensure Fidelity" See attachments. Power and Decision making in organizations.
JAN. 25-27: Setting the Stage for the Semester Project/Paper. The PREPARE Model for Organizational
             Change/Transformation. Asset-Based Community Deveopment
FEB. 1-3: Blending the IMAGINE and PREPARE models.
             gaining support, specifying goals, objectives, recognizing and adjusting to unanticipated events.
FEB. 8 -10: The Politics of Organization: Strategies to Influence Key People to Champion Your Idea. Integrating current
              trends to become an effective Agent for Transformation. Consolidating gains...sustaining the momentum. Theoretical
              basis for innovation and transformation.
FEB. 15-17: The critical role for Policy in Organizational Transformation. 
FEB. 22-24: Models of Program Evaluation/integrating the Research competency
MARCH 2-4: Review for mid-term and take mid-term in class on March 3.             
MARCH 15 - 17: Review Mid-term: Ethical Considerations in Commiting to Influence Organizational Transformation.
MARCH 22- 24: Responding Creatively and Effectively to Changes in Circumstances and Unanticipated Consequences. 
March 29 - April 21: In Class Presentations of your Organizational Transformation Project. Your attendance at these classes is very impotant so that you may ask questions, provide feedback and offer suggestions to your colleagaues.     
Wednesday, April 20 is the Spring Colloquium. Please ask you field instructors, preceptors, and other key people in your OTP to reserve this date to attend this important event. 

Thursday April 28. last class. Evaluate this class and BSW program overall. Endings and Transitions. 

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92
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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93

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 "F".
  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 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96
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:
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 .

Framework for OTP

Shared Governance


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