SW205 Introduction to Social Work

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SW 205 Introduction to Social Work


S1T 2013 DL


Green, Amber J.


Adjunct Faculty


Masters of Social Work
Bachelors of Social Work
Public Administration Certificate

Office Location

Spokane, WA (PST Time)

Office Hours

T, TH, F, Sat. & Sunday  4PM-10PM Pacific Standard Time

Daytime Phone

(509) 999-3207



Semester Dates

January 14, 2013- March 10, 2013

Class Days


Class Time




Credit Hours



No text required. 

Suggested Text: 
Social Work: A Profession of Many Faces.
Armando T. Morales, Bradford W. Sheafor, and Malcom E. Scott

11th edition. Pearson:Allyn and Bacon  ISBN 0-205-47772-0

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Suggested Text: 

Social Work: A Profession of Many Faces.
Armando T. Morales, Bradford W. Sheafor, and Malcom E. Scott
11th edition. Pearson:Allyn and Bacon  ISBN 0-205-47772-0
The NASW Code of Ethics is a vital resource to you learning.

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Course Description:
SW205 Introduction to Social Work : 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.

Educational Philosophy:
The facilitator’s educational philosophy is learning through experience.  Students will interact with the community to research values attitudes, and beliefs are held within our local community. We will have journaling assignments in this class so we can evaluate our personal and professional growth.

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:
Your grade will be determined by your classroom interaction. You are expected to sign in to the class and participate in discussions, journaling, weekly reviews, and other activities at least four time per week.  You should expect to spend a minimum of 5-6 hours per week spent online the same amount of time you'd spend in the physical classroom so please plan your daily/weekly activities accordingly. You will be sending and receiving Email, performing online research and interacting socially and professionally with your classmates.

205 Grading Scale:

A = 90-100% = 630-700
B = 80-89% = 560-629
C = 70-79% = 490-559
D = 60-69% = 420-489
F = 0-59% = 0-419

Each of your assignments will be graded according to the course rubric. Read the course rubric for each assignment for guidelines on how to write your papers, weekly journal entry, weekly discussion responses, weekly reviews, Strengths Assessment Plan, and complete your Service Learning Project. If you do not follow the rubric for the assignment you cannot be given full credit for the assignment.


Weekly Reading/Lecture (0 points) Materials for exams will come from weekly readings and discussions. It is critical that you read the lectures, additional reading materials and links in order to prepare for weekly discussion questions, reviews, assignments and exam.

You will be expected to complete the weekly classroom readings and read the lecture. If it becomes apparent to me that you are not doing your reading you will be graded down for participation during that week.

Weekly E-Journals (16 postings {2 each week x 8 weeks} x 5 each pts = 80)

A minimum of two postings are required every week. These include:

1. Your "E-Journal" entry

Describe, in detail, and then reflect on a behavior or observation related to social work that you either directly or indirectly experienced during the week. Grading will be based on clarity and completeness of thought. Comments should be substantial and relevant to the topic, and contribute to further thought or reflection.

2. A peer review (responding to another peer’s "e-journal" entry)

This peer review should be more than a one-statement answer. Provide constructive feedback/reflection and follow the guidelines listed above. You required to do weekly e-journaling which will be part of your grade as well as your self exploration learning process.

Weekly Discussions (16 postings {2 each week x 8 weeks} x 5 each pts = 80) 

 A minimum of two postings are expected every week. These include:

1. Choose one of the three listed question sets to answer. In your response identify the question you are answering (for example: Q1, Q2, Q3). Participation is demonstrated through discussion. Answer all components of the question set. Provide specific examples to demonstrate your understanding. You must mention your readings in your posts. Remember, if you are using any material that is not your own, you MUST cite the work. This does not have to be a formal citation. You may provide a web link at the end of your answer OR merely report the source within your answer (for example: the book states; the lecture mentioned or per NASW Code of Ethics, etc…).

Grading will be based on clarity and completeness of thought, ideas supported by facts, logical arguments or research. Comments should be substantial and relevant to the topic, and contribute to further thought or reflection. The instructor will provide responses individually and/or to the class as a whole.

1. Respond to another student’s answer to a question set. This peer review should be more than a one-statement, short answer. Provide constructive feedback and follow the guidelines listed above.

Weekly Reviews: This is a review of the week’s information. You Do Not have to post anything here.

Person-Centered Strengths Assessment & Personal Wellness Plan (100 points) - Due Week 2

This is a 2 part paper. Both Strengths Assessment and Personal Wellness Plan are to be completed. In the project you will use yourself as the client. Answers are to be more than one complete sentence and provide personal information in order to fully assess the systems that are involved in the client’s life. The strengths perspective will be a focal point of the assessment.   Clear goals and timelines will be used in the Wellness Plan to assist the client in determining their progress. Your responses to the questions should create a 7-9 page paper. (See course rubric at the bottom of syllabus for instructor basis for grading)

Interview with a professional Social Worker
(paper 125 points)-Due Week 4

You will interview a professional Social Worker. This is someone who meets the following requirements: is currently working in the Social Work field; has their Bachelor’s in Social Work (BSW) or Masters in Social Work (MSW); is licensed as a Social Worker. See grading rubric for length and material requirements.

Service Learning Project
(200 points) - Due Week 7 by Friday :

Assignment: Service Learning Project

I. Service Learning Experience (40 pts)Students are expected to contact the volunteer coordinator at a local social service agency, set up an appointment for an interview, and complete at least five hours of face to face contact with an individual or family that is currently receiving assistance.

Student is required to have the agency representative email (on agency letterhead) a Service Letter of Attendance to the online instructor detailing the assigned role/experience and number of hours completed. The Service Letter of Attendance verifies your experience and is 40 points.

Please see more details on this project listed in the document labeled Service Learning Project, found under doc sharing.

II. Paper (160 pts) - Write a summary of your reaction and impressions of the Service Learning experience, include the following aspects of your experience.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
All assignments will be due on the dates listed in your e-college weekly course schedule. You are expected to organize and manage your time so that you are able to meet the expectations of this class. No assignment will be accepted after the due date unless there are extenuating circumstances that you have discussed with me prior to the due date.


It is the STUDENT'S RESPONSIBILITY to contact the instructor to discuss the situation and seek approval for submission of late work.  If the instructor agrees to accept the late work, 10 points will be deducted per day that the assignment is late. 



Assignments not submitted on the due date or without prior approval from the instructor to be submitted late, will receive a grade of "zero."

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Treat peers and professor with dignity and respect.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

 A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday. The first week begins the first day of the semester (Monday, January 14th) and ends at midnight Pacific Standard Time (PST) the following (Sunday, January 20th). Assignments scheduled for completion during a class week MUST be completed by midnight (PST) Sunday of the week assigned in order to receive any credit whatsoever. Writing assignments must be completed and successfully submitted to the Discussion thread or Drop Box (as directed by me). If you ever have problems posting your assignments, contact me immediately by Email or by phone and we'll get the problem solved.
SW 205 Assigment Week Due Special Due Date
1- Self Introduction Week 1 Sunday
1- Discussion Questions Week 1 Sunday
1- E-Journal - Week 1 Sunday
2- Person-Centered Strengths Assessment  Week 2 Sunday
2- Personal Wellness Plan  Week 2 Sunday
2- Discussion Questions Week 2 Sunday
2- E-Journal - Week 2 Sunday
3- Discussion Questions Week 3 Sunday
3- E-Journal - Week 3 Sunday
4- Interview with Social Worker  Week 4 Sunday
4- Discussion Questions Week 4 Sunday
4- E-Journal - Week 4 Sunday
5- Discussion Questions Week 5 Sunday
5- E-Journal - Week 5 Sunday
6- Discussion Questions Week 6 Sunday
6- E-Journal - Week 6 Sunday
7- Service Learning Project  Week 7 Due Friday   
7- Discussion Questions Week 7 Sunday
7- E-Journal - Week 7 Sunday
8- Final Week 8 March 4th-8th
8- Discussion Questions Week 8 Sunday
8- E-Journal - Week 8 Sunday

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  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".
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  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.
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Hello, my name is Amber Green. 

My educational background includes an Associate’s Degree from Wenatchee Valley College, Bachelors of Social Work from Eastern Washington University and an Advanced Standing Masters of Social Work from Eastern Washington University.  I also have a Public Administration Certificate at the Masters level.

My professional background is diverse. I have experience working in homeless shelters for women and children. I have experience in writing grants for several non-profit agencies. I worked one and a half years as a Life Skills Specialist for Developmentally Disabled adults. I then went on to work for the Department of Social and Health Services. I had many roles in my 2 ½ year stint with the state. I was a pregnancy to employment Temporary Assistance for Needy Families social worker, Social Security Facilitator, General Assistance Unemployed Social Worker, Planner/Manager of TANF SMART MOMS group, and teen family’s coordinator.  I also worked with state/federal offenders in residential reentry centers as a Case Manager. I am currently employed with (WIC) Women Infant & Children. This program provides pregnant moms and children under 5 yrs access to healthy food.

I prescribe to all the principles, which includes the value of service to your community.“Social workers’ primary goal is to help people in need and to address social problems. Social workers elevate service to others above self ­interest. Social workers draw on their knowledge, values, and skills to help people in need and to address social problems. Social workers are encouraged to volunteer some portion of their professional skills with no expectation of significant financial return (pro bono service).”

Source: NASW code of ethics.


CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
(3) 85-100
(2) 70-84 (1) 60-69 (0) Below 60 
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 
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 
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 
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 
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
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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