SWK1100EN - Introduction to Social Work

Course description

Course provides a bird's eye view of professional social work--its development, values, ethics, and principles. Students are introduced to intervening methods of social work practice, delivery processes, and professional/practice environments. The elements of practice exhibits competence within framework of knowledge, values, skills and experiences for culturally competent, ethical, and spiritually-sensitive social work practice.

How this course benefits students

At the conclusion of this course, students: 1) demonstrate the knowledge of major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and historical trends within the social work field; 2) develop an understanding of social work related careers; 3) become familiar with standards of the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics.

Why this course is important

Spiritually sensitive social workers can apply faith to practice and produce environments in which the Mission of God is reflected in the secular profession.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Social Work
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Dr. Abiola Olagbami, Professor of Christian Social Work

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

The Mission of God is a historical core value of social work practice. It is to "bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners (Is. 61: 1)".

Missionally driven

Meeting the needs of the "least of these" is being about the Mission of God.

Contextually informed

A spiritually aware practice professional integrates faith and witness while involved in the challenges of others.

Interculturally focused

Just as needs are universal, meeting needs is a universal language.

Practically minded

Students learn how faith can be integrated in the core principles of social work practice.

Experientially transformed

Students learn through practice, presentations, papers, and questioning perceptions of practice.