Schedule of Classes Course Description

Medgar Evers College
Course Prefix: SW                                     Course Number: 220                                    
Course Title: Introduction to Social Work
Subject: Social Work and Behavioral Sciences
Minimum Credits: 3.0                                     Maximum Credits: 3.0                                     Hours per week: 3.0


This course is an introduction to the profession of social work and the philosophical, societal and organizational contexts within which professional social work activities are carried out. This course provides the opportunity for students to explore their interest in and potential for a career in social work. It introduces the knowledge, skills, and values of social work as a profession and explores the role of social workers within the broad areas of social welfare and social services. Social work practice requires extensive knowledge about the human condition, problems in living, problem solving, the delivery of human services, and the institutions that comprise today?s social welfare system. Cognitive and interaction skills necessary for competent practice are introduced in this course. The course emphasizes the value base of social work practice and its commitment to diversity, social and economic justice. Social work practice and policy in an international setting as well as examples of innovative approaches to social work issues that are common to many countries will also be discussed. Special attention will be given to crisis and trauma counseling of victims of hurricanes, floods, Tsunami, Katrina and Rita and other natural disasters. Students are encouraged to bring to class sessions examples of their work/involvement in disaster relief efforts.

Prerequisite: ENGL 112.
Start Date:    02/03/2010                         End Date: