This course will highlight social work’s special obligation to address the needs of the poor and oppressed, especially as linked to issues of prejudice and discrimination. Social workers must exhibit cultural considerations in working with minority populations including, but not limited to, Native Americans, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and women. Students will be introduced to patterns which emerge as individuals and members of groups interact.

SW 401 Practice I is a basic course in which students receive a comprehensive introduction to the knowledge, principles, values, and skills of social work for practice with individuals and families. The course focuses on broadening the overall knowledge base and appreciation for client systems and services, human diversity, the interface of people and the development of the practice skills of engagement, problem assessment, intervention, evaluation and termination. Ethical and legal parameters of practice are incorporated. Students demonstrate through role-play the integration of theoretical concepts, practice skills, and professional values. Throughout the exercises, students are required to evaluate the outcome of the interaction and progress toward goals that have been jointly determined by worker and client. Readings, lectures, role playing, and assignments provide students with knowledge and skills for interaction with clients at a basic level.

This course provides a framework for successful change agents in today’s challenging practice environments. It provides an understanding of the core concepts of macro practice in the social work field. It addresses the cognitive, assessment, and evaluation components of practice with regard to the derived skills used when helping people. The course also evaluates the distinct dynamics of communities, organizations, and populations.

Exploration of person-in-the-environment through examining biological, psychological, social, and spiritual development over the life span; resources and obstacles in meeting crises at various points in life cycle; systems approach to integration of individual, group and societal needs; understanding and acceptance of human diversity; integration of theories of human behavior from various disciplines; introductory research methodology.

Survey of historical and philosophical dimensions of the social work profession, social problems, issues and trends, and social agencies; introduction to the professional knowledge, skills and values necessary for generalist social work practice.

This course is an introduction to the logic and the techniques of research in social science. Emphasis is placed on measurement, sampling techniques, research design and data analysis.

This course is a survey of historical and philosophical dimensions of the social work profession, social problems, issues and trends, and social agencies. Students will be introduced to the professional knowledge, skills and values necessary for generalist social work practice.