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SWK 1206 Introduction to Social Work

Explore how historical events have shaped the social work profession. Recognize personal values in the context of one's practice as social worker and identify roles and knowledge base required. Recognize social, cultural and economic justice issues related to vulnerable groups and the impact of inequality. Describe social work settings and various fields of practice. Service Learning opportunities available.

Division: Liberal Arts, Communication and Social Sciences
Department: Social Work
Repeatable Credit: No
Offered Online: Yes

Prereqs: DEV 0035 


  • Begin to recognize how personal values relate to and influence one's practice as a social worker, according to NASW Code of Ethics.
  • Identify major historical events and people that have influenced the social work profession and social welfare.
  • Describe the knowledge base and skills required for generalist social work practice.
  • Describe the variety of social work settings and fields of practice.
  • Describe strategies to promote social, economic, and environmental justice and human rights at individual and systems levels.
  • Identify and describe the various roles and responsibilities of social workers.
  • Recognize social and cultural diversity issues in generalist social work practice.
  • Identify the impact of inequality on at-risk an oppressed populations.

Credit Hours: 3

Classroom Hours: 3