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Social Work Course Descriptions

MCC Campus(es): MCC-Longview
Contacts: 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 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 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.

SOWK 275 - Dynamics of Drug and Alcohol Abuse - 3.00 credits

Prerequisites: SOWK 100. This introductory course is designed to help students better understand the variables of substance abuse, dependence, prevention, intervention, and treatment. This course will look at the effects of substance abuse on individuals, families, groups, and society. Students will develop an understanding of the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to effective treatment approaches as well as the multi-faceted aspects associated with drugs/alcohol use abuse and dependence. Students will understand how the multi-discipline field of Social Work is used in the treatment of substance abuse.