SWK5200EN - American Social Welfare History & Social Work Profession

Course description

This course provides an overview of professional social work. It examines the historical development of the profession of social work; introduces the profession’s 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

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Social Work
Educational level
Master
Learning type
Instructional
Prerequisites
None
Upcoming terms
Pending
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Professor
Dr. Dana Knighten, LCSW, Professor of Social Ministry

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

In Acts 2, God inspired humans into the knowledge of Him and everything else; sons of Abraham; dust of the earth. In this course students will gain a foundation of concepts through biblical as well as historical and current theorist

Missionally driven

Students will select and use appropriate methods for evaluation of outcomes; and apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment, person-in-environment, and

Contextually informed

Develop awareness of how personal attitudes influence professional practice; develop and monitor professional use of self, consistent with the professional value base.

Interculturally focused

It develops students’ abilities to communicate and empathize with others and to analyze intercultural experiences critically.

Practically minded

Develop awareness of how personal attitudes influence professional practice; develop and monitor professional use of self, consistent with the professional value base.

Experientially transformed

Students will be exposed to societal factors that influence diverse client vulnerability. This course will examine the effects of institutional racism and other contemporary issues in social work practice