Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare
This course is designed as an introduction into the nature of social welfare,
its history and current practice and the development of the Social Work
Profession as a response to human need. The course will examine the nature of
the Social Work Profession, the range of social problems confronting the United
States, and social and institutional responses to those problems. The ecosystems
perspective and the concept of generalist social work practice will be
The student will be expected to achieve:
- An historical understanding of the nature of the American Welfare system
- An ability to identify the role of the American government and its
institutions and programs which provide social and health services to the
populations in need.
- An understanding of the profession of social work, its knowledge, value
and skill base.
- An ability to identify the social problems which require social work
- An increased sensitivity to cultural/social diversity and oppression,
especially issues pertaining to: gender, aging, sexual
orientation/variation, handicapping conditions, racism, and economically
- An understanding of the generalist approach to social work practice.
- Familiarity with the
NASW Code of
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