May 28, 2024  
2017-2018 Saint Joseph’s College Online 
2017-2018 Saint Joseph’s College Online [Archived Catalog]

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SW 332 - Social Work Practice with Organizations and Communities

This course, required of all social work majors, has two purposes.  Introduces students, through the framework of social change theory, to macro social work practice at the local, national, and international levels.  Focuses on:  empowerment practice in macro social work, with an emphasis on human rights, through the perspective of social and economic justice. 

Prerequisites & Notes
Pre-Requisite:  SW 209

Assignment Overview
Assignment Overview: 5 Units

Assignments: 100 hr. internship, 1 papers, discussions, journal

Interactivity: high in class and in internship

Final Assessment: Paper, field evaluation

Course Learning Objectives
Course Objectives:

  • Make ethical decisions by applying the standards of the NASW Code of Ethics, relevant laws regulations, models for ethical decision-making, ethical conduct of research, and additional codes of ethics as appropriate to context
  •  Use reflection and self-regulation to manage personal values and maintain professionalism in practice situations
  •  Demonstrate professional demeanor in behavior, appearance, and oral, written, and electronic communication
  • Use technology ethically and appropriately to facilitate practice outcomes
  • Use supervision and consultation to guide professional judgment and behavior
  • Apply and communicate understanding of the importance of diversity and difference in shaping life experiences in practice at the micro, mezzo and macro levels
  • Present themselves as learners and engage clients and constituencies as experts of their own experiences
  • Apply self-awareness and self-regulation to manage the influence of personal biases and values in working with diverse clients and constituencies
  • Apply their understanding of social, economic, and environmental justice to advocate for human rights at the individual and system levels
  • Engage in practices that advance social economic, and environmental justice
  • Apply critical thinking to engage in analysis of quantitative and qualitative methods and research findings
  • Use and translate research evidence to inform and improve practice, policy, and service delivery
  • Identify social policy at the local, state, and federal level that impacts well-being, service delivery, and access to social services
  • Apply critical thinking to analyze, formulate, and advocate for policies that advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice
  • Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  • Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment, person-in-environment, and other multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks to engage with clients and constituencies
  • Use empathy, reflection, and interpersonal skills to effectively engage diverse clients and constituencies
  • Collect and organize data, and apply critical thinking to interpret information from clients and constituencies
  • Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment, person-in-environment, and other multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks in the analysis of assessment data from clients and constituencies
  • Select appropriate intervention strategies based on the assessment, research knowledge, and values and preferences of clients and constituencies
  • Critically choose and implement interventions to achieve practice goals and enhance capacities of clients and constituencies

Credits: 3 credits

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