PROGRAM OBJECTIVES ADDRESSED IN THIS COURSE:
Students will apply critical thinking skills, and empirical knowledge of a generalist social work practice in the initial assessment through goal setting, implementation, evaluation and termination.
Students will be able to practice with the values, ethics and principles of the social work profession.
Objective A- 4
Students will be able to utilize the skills and knowledge of a generalist social work perspective to work with systems of all sizes.
Objective A- 5
Students will utilize the use of supervision and consultation appropriate to social
Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to practice without discrimination and with respect, knowledge and skills related to client’s age, class, color, culture, disability, ethnicity, family structure, gender, material status, national origin, race, religion, sex and sexual orientation
Objective B- 2
Students will be able to identify the forms and mechanisms of historical and current discrimination and oppression and apply strategies of advocacy and social change that advance social and economic justice.
Objective C- 2
Students will be able to analyze, formulate and influence social policy.
Students will be able to evaluate research to practice, apply research to practice and be able to evaluate own practice.
Students will be able to communicate differentially across client populations, colleagues, and communities.
OBJECTIVES OF PRACTICE III:
4. Provide content about the social work roles of advocate, activist, and barterer for clients in larger social systems.
Students should be able to:
Letter to your legislature:
Each student will write a letter to his or her legislature about a social issue or social problem.
The topics need to fall under one of the following categories:
Child Welfare Economic Equity
Mental Health Social Services Funding
Civil Rights Education Faith Based Initiatives
Health Care Social Justice
These are to be placed in an addressed/stamped envelope and given to the instructor for mailing. Do not seal the envelope. These letters will be mailed after being evaluated. Any student that does not turn in a letter will be dropped one letter grade for the semester. Please have a stamp on the envelope or I will not accept your letter. I WILL NOT ACCEPT MONEY IN PLACE OF STAMPS.
Technological Advances: Each student will find two online advocacy websites based on the same topic that you utilized for your letter. You are to analyze the website for content, who is on the board of directors, how it receives its financial support and effectiveness of its advocacy position.
Measurements of Outcomes: There will be four major exams, one written assignment, and a class presentation. The exams will cover lectures, videos, guest speakers, textbook material and any other material presented in class. Students will complete the educational objectives with a grade of AC@ or better at the end of this course.
Exam I = 100 points A= 520-468
Exam II = 100 points B= 467-415
Exam III = 100 points C=414-362
Final Exam = 100 points D= 361-309
Letter to Politician = 20 points F=309-0
Agency presentation = 50 points
Website analysis = 50 points
Total Points = 520
DESCRIPTION: This course unifies social work generalist practice knowledge and skills and applies them to diverse client groups at the community and organizational level. Foundation knowledge of human behavior, social work values, and skills for practice with individuals within groups and communities is integrated with the various roles social workers take as they work in each of these areas. As the third practice course based on the generalist model of social work practice, the course builds on the knowledge and skills presented in Practice I and Practice II. The course expands the options of intervention strategies available to the practitioner by applying system theory with an ecological approach and problem solving to the community and organizational context. The course is taken concurrently with Field Practicum I. This allows students a social work practice setting to bring to the classroom on which to develop a consortium/coalition project to demonstrate social work knowledge and skills. In addition, the overall classroom learning experience is conducted from a group problem-solving model.
Any assignment not completed, will result in the final grade being dropped one (1) letter grade.
For more than five (5) absences, the student will lose twenty (20) points per day.
Since this is a class for students that are in professional training, all students are expected to attend all classes, complete all assignments, and participate in class discussions. Attendance is critical to the accomplishment of the learning objectives. When the professor starts speaking, the class members will become quite. Rude or inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated. With the exception of an occasional tardiness, students are expected to be in class and on time. Students shall not arrive late on days when there are speakers.
Students are expected to abide by the N.A.S.W. code of ethics. And behave in a respectable manner to fellow students and faculty. Students behavior maybe discussed among social work faculty.
A student may be dropped from class with a W-F if the students behavior is disruptive in class.
After five absences a student alert will be sent to the Dean of Students. At that time the student may be dropped from the class or the student will loose 20 points for each absence over 5 days. Tardiness will be considered an absence.
There will be no make-up exams UNLESS the student provides a written medical or other significant excuse. A student leaving the classroom for any reason during an exam, will turn-in the exam as completed. Any late papers will be lowered one letter grade (A to B) each day late, including non-school days. On Scantron sheets mark hard and erase well as there will be ABSOLUTELY NO CHANGES after exams are scored!
Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Anyone caught plagiarizing will be asked to hold a conference with the instructor and proper disciplinary action will be taken to the discretion of the instructor.
The instructor support the Midwestern State University policy regarding students with disabilities provided the instructor is aware of the situation. Any student with a disability that interferes in their ability to participate in the provided classroom experience is requested to bring the situation to the attention of the instructor and/or the Counseling Center. Confidentiality will be upheld.
ASSIGNMENTS: Students are expected to do the assigned readings in preparation for each class. Only in that way will the student is prepared adequately to participate in active listening and in discussion.