SWK2210EN - Professional Social Work in Contemporary Society

Course description

Professional Social Work a Contemporary Society is preparatory course for entry into the Social Work BSW program. It will provide students with a beginning understanding of social work interventions and students will be introduced to different models and perspectives that will guide their work toward social justice with vulnerable people. This course will also 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 and overviews of those phenomena that influence service delivery including, but not limited to, social work values, ethics, racism, oppression, individual, family, community and societal characteristics.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Social Work
Educational level
Associate
Learning type
Instructional
Prerequisites
None
Upcoming terms*
  • 2023-02 (Oct. 23, 2023 - Dec. 17, 2023)
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Certificates

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

1 Peter 3:8 States “Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.” This course will discuss today’s relevant trends and issues and how we as practitioners can be non-judgmental when working with others.

Missionally driven

Students will understand theories of human behavior and the social environment, and critically evaluate and apply this knowledge in evaluating outcomes. Students will understand qualitative and quantitative methods for evaluating outcomes and practice effectiveness.

Contextually informed

Apply the problem-solving process to social work practice with diverse population groups such as women, people of color, the poor, transgender persons, gays and lesbians etc, and become agents of change.

Interculturally focused

It will stimulate students’ interest in the lives of others. It cultivates values and dispositions such as curiosity, care, empathy, reciprocity, respect and responsibility, open-mindedness and critical awareness, and supports new and positive intercultural behaviors

Practically minded

Apply the problem-solving process to social work practice with diverse population groups such as women, people of color, the poor, transgender persons, gays and lesbians etc, and become agents of change.

Experientially transformed

In this course students will cultivate and appreciation for clients and colleagues who are differentiated by race, ethnicity, culture, geography, religion, spirituality, social class, sexual orientation, age, gender, and physical and mental abilities