Provides an introduction to the field of social welfare, primarily in the United States and major social movements. Examines the history of the social welfare system and social work profession, in the context of societal factors with particular attention to the intersectionality of race, class and gender. Explores the impact of values and beliefs on the development of the modern U.S. social welfare system. Investigates the dynamics of privilege and oppression as part of the political, economic and social factors that influence the policies and services provided by social work practitioners. Prerequisite: SOWK 200 or permission of the instructor. Four hours per week.
SOWK 420 FIELD INSTRUCTION IN SOWK I (Fall 2019)
Supervised experience in a social welfare agency with emphasis on methods and techniques of generalist social work practice. Opportunity to apply theory and develop skills in delivery of social work services. Successful completion of the two-course sequence requires a student to fulfill a minimum of 440 hours of field instruction within the same social welfare agency accumulated across the fall and spring semesters. Attendance and participation in seminar required. Prerequisites: SOWK 302, 320, admission to the professional program. Corequisites: SOWK 416, 400.