Child Welfare Policy/Practice

Course Details

Course Number: 3453  Section Number: 101

Fall 2012

Location: Martin Hall

Classroom Number: 106

Days & Times:

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8:00-9:20



Course Attachments

Textbooks

MSU Faculty Member
Leigh Anne Hope   
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Course Objectives

Core Competencies
Educational Policy  2.1.5. Advance Human Rights and Social and Economic Justice

Each person, regardless of position in society has basic human rights, such as freedom, safety, privacy and adequate standard of living, health care and education.  Social workers recognize the global interconnections of oppression and are knowledgeable about theories of justice and strategies to promote human and civil rights.  Social work incorporates social justice practices in organizations, institutions and society to ensure that these basic human rights are distributed equitably and without prejudice.    Social work students will gain understanding into the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination; learn about advocating for human rights and social and economic justice; and engage in practices that advance social and economic justice.

The reading assignments and class discussion relate directly toward learning about the historical and current forces that have created oppression for children and their families.  The roles and processes involved in advocating and advancing social justice for children will be discussed.

Educational  Objectives:

·         Students will be able to trace the history of child welfare services, discuss current trends, and identify future considerations.

·         Students will be able to discuss the delivery  of child welfare services within a systems theory framework including a myriad of biological, cultural, family, social, economical, political and environmental influences.

·         Students will be able to describe a variety of family services relating to child welfare provided by governmental and non-profit agencies including adoption, foster care, W.I.C., Head Start, etc.

·         Students will become aware of their own values and history that may affect their perception of child welfare service recipients, as well as their potential client contact.

·         Students will learn of various local providers of children’s’ services

·         Students will learn of various ways to advocate for and assist children in the community

 

 


Grading Standards

Measurement of Educational Objectives:

Four exams will be administered during the semester.  The exams will be essay, short answer and multiple choice questions.   Exam material will be a combination of lecture, text and guest speaker content.  Each exam is weighted equally at 25% of the final grade.  There are four exams.

EXAM 100 pts x 4= 400 points

360-400 = A             320-359= B          280-319=C               240-279= D                             239 or below =F

 


Final Exam12/13/2012  FINAL EXAM is set for 8am-10am

Submission Format PolicyNote: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Attendance

Work is not an excused absence.   After the fourth absence, the student will forfeit 10 points off their final grade. Five  or more absences will result in the instructor notifying the dean of students and requesting the student be dropped from the course.  The course outline is an idea of how the course will go, but is not permanent or without the possibility of adjustments.  This is another reason attendance is important, so that students may be kept aware of any changes.    Further, information from guest speakers will be subject for exam material, so class presence is beneficial to the student.  If a student is absent on an exam day due to illness, a note signed by a physician must be presented in order to make up the exam.

 


Other Policies

Disabilities:  The instructor will follow the polices of M.W.S.U. regarding students with disabilities.  Students requiring special accommodations should visit the D.S.S. office at the Clark Student Center and provide the course instructor with the appropriate letters and documentation regarding provisions from the D.D.S. office.

Attendance

Work is not an excused absence.   After the fourth absence, the student will forfeit 10 points off their final grade. Five  or more absences will result in the instructor notifying the dean of students and requesting the student be dropped from the course.  The course outline is an idea of how the course will go, but is not permanent or without the possibility of adjustments.  This is another reason attendance is important, so that students may be kept aware of any changes.    Further, information from guest speakers will be subject for exam material, so class presence is beneficial to the student.  If a student is absent on an exam day due to illness, a note signed by a physician must be presented in order to make up the exam.

Conduct

Students will be asked to leave a class for behavior considered rude or inappropriate by the instructor. If a student is asked to leave a class room for inappropriate behavior more than twice by the instructor, a referral for the student to be dropped from the class will be requested.  Rude behavior includes: texting on the cell phone, gross humor, talking while the instructor or a guest speaker is talking, frequent ly entering class late, interrupting others, slamming objects, inappropriate language, passing objects or material around in class not related to the course, being belligerent, any behavior perceived as threatening and other behaviors that disrupt from the course being instructed. During exams, students may not leave the room until the exam is completed.  Any student caught cheating on an exam will automatically receive zero points for the exam without an opportunity to make up the exam.  Students who enter class tardy on an exam date will not be given extra time to take the exam.

 

articles, agency material, media reports, etc.) guest speakers, classroom discussions and assignments.

Disabilities:  The instructor will follow the polices of M.W.S.U. regarding students with disabilities.  Students requiring special accommodations should visit the D.S.S. office at the Clark Student Center and provide the course instructor with the appropriate letters and documentation regarding provisions from the D.D.S. office.

Attendance

Work is not an excused absence.   After the fourth absence, the student will forfeit 10 points off their final grade. Five  or more absences will result in the instructor notifying the dean of students and requesting the student be dropped from the course.  The course outline is an idea of how the course will go, but is not permanent or without the possibility of adjustments.  This is another reason attendance is important, so that students may be kept aware of any changes.    Further, information from guest speakers will be subject for exam material, so class presence is beneficial to the student.  If a student is absent on an exam day due to illness, a note signed by a physician must be presented in order to make up the exam.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at http://academics.mwsu.edu/wpr, or call 397-4131.