SWK1100EN - Introduction to Social Work

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) Identify and develop skills and experience related to aspiring social work related career goals; 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; 4) Apply to practice a framework of knowledge, theory, values, and skills for spiritually-sensitive social work.

Why this course is important

This course provides an introduction to the knowledge, skills, and values necessary for generalist social work in a contemporary society. Students will be provided with assignments and learning experiences, which will foster the development of important core competencies in developing social work into a ministry

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Social Work
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms*
  • 2023-01 (Aug. 21, 2023 - Oct. 15, 2023)
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Dr. Abiola Olagbami, Professor of Christian Social Work