SSWK110 Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Social Work

I. Course Number and Title
SSWK110 Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
2250
IV. Prerequisites
None
Corequisites
None
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course provides an overview of the historical, economic and political foundations of social work and social welfare. Emphasis is on the structure and functions of the social welfare delivery system. Students examine core concepts, theories, skills, values, and ethics in the field of social work.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. examine the historical, economic, and political foundations of social welfare;
    2. describe the structure, functions, and services of the social welfare delivery system;
    3. demonstrate an understanding of the Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers; and
    4. demonstrate an understanding of the core concepts, theories, skills and values of social work.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. History of social welfare
    2. Core concepts and values of social work
    3. Social work theories and techniques
    4. The Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers
    5. Influences of diversity on people and communities
    6. Personal assessment of strengths and needs
    7. Exploration of various social work fields
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    The assessment of course learning goals is based on classroom discussions, written exams, assignments, papers, and projects.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date - 10/98; Revised 12/13; New Core 8/2015