Fall 2020 Course Syllabus
Course: SOCW-2361- Section: 71
Introduction to Social Work
|Description||Development of the philosophy and practice of social work in the United States, survey of the fields and techniques of social work.|
Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
1. Discuss the historical development of social work in the United States.
2. Distinguish the profession of social work from other helping professions.
3. Identify core values of social work as stated in the National Association of Social Worker (NASW) Code of Ethics.
4. Identify the primary roles and functions of social workers (advocate, broker, facilitator, etc.).
5. Identify practice settings where social workers function and articulate how these settings influence the roles of social workers.
6. Describe the Generalist Intervention Model.
7. Describe how the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners Code of Conduct guides social work practice.
8. Describe how the NASW Code of Ethics guides social work practice.
9. Describe social work’s goal of advancing human rights and justice.
10. Describe social work’s obligation to serve diverse populations.
11. Articulate the importance of self-care to prevent burnout, compassion fatigue, and secondary trauma.
* Communication skills: Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.
* Critical Thinking Skills: Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.
* Empirical and Quantitative Skills: Students will demonstrate applications of scientific and mathematical concepts.
* Teamwork: Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal and consider different points of view.
* Social Responsibility: Students will demonstrate intercultural competency and civic knowledge by engaging effectively in local, regional, national and/or global communities.
* Personal Responsibility: Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.
|Program Student Learning Outcomes||
PSLO ALPHA: Reading skills - Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material.
PSLO 1: Identify major counseling theories, key figures, their philosophy, and key
SLO 1: Students will identify major counseling theories, key figures, their philosophy, and key
PSLO 2: Define and explain techniques relevant to the various theories of counseling.
SLO 2: Students will define and explain techniques relevant to the various theories of counseling.
PSLO 3: Identify major approaches to treatment
SLO 3: Students will identify major approaches to treatment.
PSLO 4: Identify the attitudes and skills that are essential to becoming an effective
SLO 4: Students will identify the attitudes and skills that are essential to becoming an effective
Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.
Cox, Lisa E., Carolyn J. Tice, and Dennis D. Long. 2019. Introduction to Social Work: An Advocacy-based Profession. Second Edition, Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.
Student Study Site: http://edge.sagepub.com/cox
Read Chapter 2 & 3
Advocacy in Social Work
Poverty & Inequality
Family and Child Welfare
Health Care & Health Challenges
Physical, Cognitive & Developmental Challenges
Mental Health & Substance Abuse Addiction
Chapter 9 & 10
Helping Older Adults
Communities at Risk & Housing
The Changing Workplace
Veterans, Their Families, & Military Social Work
Environmentalism & International Social Work
Week 1 08-24-20 Introduction
Week 2 08-31-20
Read Chapter 2 & 3 Identify core values of social work as stated in the National Association of Social Worker (NASW) Code of Ethics.
Week 3 09-07-20
Advocacy in Social Work
Chapter 4 Identify the primary roles and functions of social workers (advocate, broker, facilitator, etc. Chapter 4
Week 4 09-14-20 Poverty & Inequality
Chapter 5 Case Study
Week 5 09-21-20 Family and Child Welfare
Chapter 6 1. Describe services and programs designed to help children and families.
2. Describe the belief systems that underpin opinions about child and family services.
Week 6 09-28-20 Health Care & Health Challenges
Chapter 7 Describe health challenges and the American health care system.
• Racism is Literally Bad for Your Health
Discrimination can lead to measurable negative health effects.
Week 7 10-05-20 Physical, Cognitive & Developmental Challenges
Chapter 8 Identify three main categories of physical, cognitive, and developmental challenges, and types of challenges within those categories.
Week 8 10-12-20 Mental Health & Substance Abuse Addiction
Chapter 9 & 10 1.Explain why substance use and addiction occur and why they are so hard to overcome.
2. Understand social workers roles in substance use and addiction.
Week 9 10-19-20 Helping Older Adults
Chapter 11 List at least three ways the aging population is changing American society.
Week 10 10-26-20 Criminal Justice
Chapter 12 Describe and explain the differences and tension between social work and criminal justice perspectives concerning criminal behavior.
Research Paper Instructions
Week 11 11-02-20 Communities at Risk & Housing
Chapter 13 List the major forms of housing.
Quiz # 2
Week 12 11-09-20 The Changing Workplace
Chapter 14 Define the concept of the “changing workplace.”
Week 13 11-16-20 Veterans, Their Families, & Military Social Work
Chapter 15 Understand military culture, values, and beliefs.
Week 14 11-23-20 Research Paper Draft Research paper
Week 15 12-30-20 Environmentalism & International Social Work Define the terms person-in-environment perspective and ecological social welfare and practice.
Research Paper Due
Week 16 12-07-20 Finals Week
|Final Exam Date||December 7, 2020 - 5:00 PM Through December 10, 2020 - 5:00 PM|
90 - 100 = A 80 - 89 = B 70 - 79 = C 60 - 69 = D Below 59 = F
Discussion Board 20%
Research Paper 20%
Final Exam 30%
|Instructor Policies||I will not discuss your grades over the phone or by email. If you want to discuss your grades, you must come to my office, in person.|
Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. Students with more than three absences from the course will receive an academic penalty (which is spelled out by the instructor).
|Academic Honesty||Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.|
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|HB 2504||This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.|