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University of Memphis Division of Social Work School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy SWRK 2910-002 Social Work Profession and Practice Fall 2010 Instructors:   Laura Mathews, MSSW  Office:   112 McCord Hall   Email:   [email protected] Office Hours:   Appointments preferred (901-678-1643) Malrie Shelton, LCSW Email:       [email protected]     Office Hours Appointments preferred  Credit and Prerequisites:   3.0 credit hours, 26 hours towards degree required Class Time:   5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (Mondays ) Manning 202 Required Text:    Social work: An empowering profession  (7th ed.). Boston: Allyn and Bacon.  ISBN-10: 0205841139; ISBN-13: 9780205841134 COURSE DESCRIPTION: This is the first course used to provide an introductory understanding of the history and  development of the social work profession. This course will trace the development of the  profession from its roots in Judeo-Christian philosophy and western European thought.  The course provides information on the many facets of the profession including modes of  intervention (methods); fields of practice; settings in which social work is practiced; the  problem   solving  process;   and   the  many   social   problems   areas  addressed  by   social  workers. Issues around the development of a professional identity and organizations  helpful to social work professionals will also be provided. Important components of  micro,   mezzo,   and   macro   social   work   practice   including   research,   community   and  organization  development,  social  action  and  planning will  be covered.   The  overall  purpose is to introduce both majors and non-majors to the social work profession and to  provide a foundation for generalist practice. It is impossible to discuss the development of the social work profession in American  society without recognition of the disproportionate burden carried by minority and  oppressed   groups   in   society.   Racism,   ethnocentrism,   sexism,   ageism,   homophobia,  discrimination   towards   those   with   physical   or   mental   disabilities,   regionalism,   and  1
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religion (among other forms of prejudice and discrimination) all contribute to the  understanding of social problems (and solutions) and influence social policy which is  established   to   ameliorate   them.   This   understanding   of   social   stratification   and   its  influence on social work is a critical part of this course. The effects of institutional  racism, sexism, and classism are discussed throughout this course. OBJECTIVES:
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