Practice III: Organizations and Communities
Deborah Rinehart, MSW
Office Hours: MF
9-11 and by appointment
(816) 584-6503 or (816) 753-5171
Faculty E-Mail :
Dates of Semester:
January 10-April 29
Class days and
times: MF 11-12:15
Social Work Major.
Credit Hours: 3
The mission of Park University, an
entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic
excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate
effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.
Park University will be a renowned international
leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the
This course introduces students to knowledge
and skills for social work practice with organizations and communities. This
includes an introduction to organizational management and evaluation, grants for
program funding, strategies for organizational change, and the experience of
working in an agency setting under supervision. Community practice includes an
introduction to community change strategies and methods of advocacy.
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
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.
Generalist Practice with Organizations and Communities,
2nd edition. Karen K. Kirst-Ashman and Grafton H. Hull. Wadsworth
Publishing Company. 2000.
Program Planning and Proposal Writing. Expanded
Version. The Grantsmanship Center. 1980.
Note: A Copy of
each text is on reserve in the McAfee Library.
Management of Human Service Organizations, 3rd
Ed. Judith A. Lewis, et al. Brooks/Cole Publishing Company, 2000.
Missouri’s Long Road to Social Justice. Roland
Meinert. Published by Missouri Association for Social Welfare. 2000.
Academic Honesty: “Academic Honesty is required of
all members of a learning community. Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or
plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments. Students
who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from
Plagiarism: “…the appropriation or imitation of the
language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original
work—sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance. Students who are
uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their
Attendance Policy: “Instructors are required to
keep attendance records and report absences. The instructor may excuse absences
for cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up within the term of
enrollment. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within
the term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties. 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." A Contract for Incomplete will not be issued to a student who has
unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course. Students receiving
Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veterans Administration (VA) educational
benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the term of enrollment.
Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in
a monetary penalty to the student. Reports of an F grade (attendance or
academic) resulting from excessive absence for students receiving financial
assistance from agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate
agency.” Regular classroom attendance is both expected and essential for the
attainment of course objectives. Material not found in the text will be
presented and discussed in class. Absences detract from your learning as well
as that of others.
Late Submission of Coursework: 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
Course Assessment: Two Exams, Grant Proposal,
Organizational Project & Class Presentation. Further details on these
assignments will be distributed in class. Written assignments are to be double
spaced, 12 font size, typed or word processed. CO refers to course objectives
met, noted in parenthesis.
Organizational Project will be graded according to the following:
bibliography and appropriate use of citations
implications of the information obtained
clarity of the thesis, body and conclusion
the paper—heading, transitions, and etc. 10%
spelling, sentence structure and punctuation
Classroom Rules of Conduct: In order to maintain a
positive learning environment the following ground rules will be followed:
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 American with Disabilities
Act of 1990, regarding students 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:
Kirst-Ashman and Hull, Chapter 1
A. What is generalist social work practice?
B. Generalist Practice with
Organizations and Communities
C. Values and Ethics in Social
Work Macro Practice
Week 2 Readings: Kirst-Ashman
and Hull, Chapter 14
02/07-11 Readings: Kirst-Ashman
and Hull, Chapters 5, 6
A. Assessment in Generalist Macro Practice
B. Assessment of Community Needs; Community
C. Program Planning
02/21-02/25 Grant Proposal due
02/28-03/04 Readings: Kirst-Ashman
and Hull, Chapters 7
A. Solving Social Problems
03/07-03/11 SPRING BREAK
Ch 24 Self-Disclosures and Client
03/28-4/1 Readings: Kirst-Ashman
and Hull, Chapter 4
A. Skills for Organizational and
B. Roles in Organizational and
4/11-4/15 Kirst-Ashman and Hull, Chapter 9
4/25-4/29 Readings: Kirst-Ashman
and Hull, Chapters 11 and 15
A. Advocacy in Social Work Practice
Brokering in Generalist Social Work Practice
Week 16 Final Examination
Grading: 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.
Two Exams: 20% each; Grant Proposal: 10%; Organizational
Project & Class Presentation: 40%; Attendance and Participation: 10%.
Scoring: A= 90-100 B= 80-89 C= 70-79 D=
60-69 F= 59-0