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Associate in Arts

Social Work - Course Descriptions

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LV-Gerald Palmer, 816.604.2113


SOWK 100 - Introduction to Social Work - 3.00 credits

This course provides an introduction and overview of the profession of social work. Students will be introduced to the terms, concepts, people and critical events that shaped the profession. Emphasis is on the structure and functions of the social welfare delivery system. The course focuses on the values, ethics, and methods of generalist social work practice with an emphasis on diversity. Students will learn about basic social welfare policies, community agencies, and at-risk populations Additional topics that will be covered include: the role of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) in maintaining and strengthening social work education and profession standards; the importance of human service agencies in fostering and not diminishing the quality of services; and developing an understanding of social justice.

SOWK 160 - Foundations of Youth Work - 3.00 credits

Prerequisites: SOWK 100. main components will be stressed in this course. First, students are introduced to the philosophy of and research on the positive youth development perspective. Second, students will learn the principles of adolescent growth and behavior. Third, students will become familiar with social policies related to youth and their families.

SOWK 167 - Special Issues in Social Welfare - 3.00 credits

Prerequisites: SOWK 100. Topics related to the field of social welfare that explore areas of concern related to service to particular populations, agency needs, and student professional development.

SOWK 190 - Community Mental Health - 3.00 credits

Prerequisites: SOWK 100. Analysis of community mental health from a sociological and clinical social work perspective. It is designed to give students an overview of various dimensions of mental illness which include assessment, intervention strategies with diverse groups, types of treatment facilities, and special issues.

SOWK 220 - Social Welfare: Past and Present - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: SOWK 100. This course examines the present and past of Social Welfare locally and nationally, the structure of Social Service Agencies, and the problems of welfare in an industrialized society.


Last Modified: 10/17/19