SWO 101 - Introduction to Social Work and Human Services

Course Description

This is a one semester introduction to human services and the major policies and practices that are used to understand human strengths and challenges. The course explores the skills, values and knowledge based needed to effectively work as a culturally competent, human service professional in a multidisciplinary setting.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

Explain the historical foundation and current role of the Human Service Worker
Describe the structure and content of a professional helping relationship
Identify interventions based on the major case management and counseling models in the field of human services
Demonstrate the skills necessary for interviewing individuals in a social service or agency setting
Understand the limitations of implementing services in social service systems
Explain the impact of the shift of responsibility for social welfare programs from the federal, to the state, to the local government, in the United States
Demonstrate how knowledge of oppression, privileges, culture, racism, institutional racism, stereotypes, discrimination, and ethnic identity relate to the skills necessary to perform the tasks of a culturally competent human service worker
Plan and design an intervention program targeted to a specific population's need for group services
Evaluate the ethical dilemmas surrounding the concepts of self-determination, mandated treatment, HIV/Aids, child abuse, the right to die and class differences between the worker and the client
Identify the emotional and physical symptoms and causes of professional burnout along with the methods designed to prevent it

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3


Course Prerequisites: ENG 050, REA 050 or pass test