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Introduction to Social Welfare
Course: SWU171

First Term: 2003 Fall
Lecture   3 Credit(s)   3 Period(s)   3 Load  
Subject Type: Academic
Load Formula: S

Description: Analysis of contemporary social welfare services and professional social work

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Describe social work in the broader professional framework. (I)
2. Describe the role of values in social work practice. (I)
3. Examine social work in the broader social welfare framework. (I)
4. Identify three models of social work practice. (I)
5. Describe social work practice from the perspectives of systems theory and the generalist model. (I)
6. Examine the role of the social worker within the social policy context. (II)
7. Summarize the role of social work in social control and social change. (II)
8. Explain the dynamics of ethnic diversity, gender issues, and other facets of human diversity in social work practice. (II)
9. Summarize the broad range of practice settings for social workers. (III)
10. Describe the history, values, functions, knowledge base, policy, and social work roles in different practice settings. (III)
11. Describe the impact of fund sources, bureaucracies, government, and general oversight requirements on the practice of social work. (III)
12. Explain the impact of institutional racism, sexism, and ageism on social work practice. (IV)
13. Identify the social, economic, and political stratification of our society. (IV)
14. Analyze the effects of poverty and discrimination. (IV)
MCCCD Official Course Competencies must be coordinated with the content outline so that each major point in the outline serves one or more competencies. MCCCD faculty retains authority in determining the pedagogical approach, methodology, content sequencing, and assessment metrics for student work. Please see individual course syllabi for additional information, including specific course requirements.
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. The Profession of Social Work
   A. Overview of the profession of social work
   B. Social work practice
   C. Social welfare and social work
   D. Community practice
II. The Context of Social Welfare and Social Work
   A. Society and social welfare
   B. Social policy
   C. Social control and social change
   D. Dynamics of ethnic diversity and gender
III. Fields of Practice
   A. Practice settings for social workers
   B. History, values, and functions of social work
   C. Bureaucratic structure and regulations
IV. Human Diversity and Special Population Considerations
   A. Racism, sexism, and ageism
   B. Social, economic and political stratification
   C. Poverty and discrimination
   D. Advocacy
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date:  6/17/2003

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