SWK3200 Basic Skills for Social Work Profession

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Dana Knighten

Course Description:

This course provides an overview of professional social work. It examines the historical development of the profession of social work; introduces the professions values, ethics, and practice principles; examines the major intervening methods of social work practice; identifies the generalist base of social work practice; and explores the social service delivery networks which comprise the social welfare system in urban environments. This course will provide a framework of knowledge, values, skills and experiences for culturally competent, ethical, and spiritually-sensitive social work practice.

How This Course Benefits Students:

After successful completion of this course, student will be able to: 1) Demonstrate knowledge and an ability to apply major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and historical trends within the social work field; 2) Demonstrate through written class assignments an understanding of reflective practice and critical thinking through self-reflective writing, responding to critical feedback, and demonstration of critical thinking in class assignments; 3) Begin to understand standards of the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics and apply strategies of ethical reasoning to arrive at principled decisions. As well as understand both the limits and the possibilities of the role of the social worker with particular attention to professional boundaries.

Why This Course Is Important:

Students will consciously and purposefully start to examine their use of self in the ongoing effort to integrate a systematic, responsible and accountable approach to professional practice