INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL WORK
Social Work 11000.12— Fall Semester 2011
3 semester hour credits
: Carla Mueller, LCSW
MWF 11—11:50 a.m.
201 Memorial Arts Building
1-3:00 p.m. M,W,R,F
or by appointment
Introduction to the field of social work as a helping profession at the micro (individual), mezzo (groups and family), and macro
(organization, community) levels. The role of the generalist social worker in a variety of service settings with a focus on at–
risk populations is presented. An overview of social work history, theories, values, ethics and skills necessary for the best
practices of social work services is presented.
Co- and/or Prerequisites, and Relationships to Other Courses
This course is required for full admission to the major in Social Work.
Assumptions of Co-requisites and Prerequisites
This is an introductory course to familiarize students with the profession of social work; upon course completion, students will:
demonstrate a basic knowledge of generalist social work practice and social policy (6, 8, 10)
differentiate the perspective of social work as different from others in the helping professions (6, 7, 10, 12)
recognize the uniqueness of social work history and the emergence of social work as it relates to social welfare
and services to those in need (5)
identify at-risk populations across the life span in U.S. society (3, 4)
develop critical thinking skills, assess personal values, beliefs and ethics so as to integrate those into best
practices of social work services (1, 2, 6)
gain an appreciation of the diversity of social work in its many settings and environments (6, 12)
Suppes, Mary Ann and Wells, Carolyn Cressy. The Social Work Experience: An Introduction to Social Work and Social
This course will be a combination of lecture from the text and supplemental materials (to be supplied by instructor) in addition
to interactive exercises, role plays, and group discussion. Audio-visual aids will also be utilized to enhance the text
information. All are considered to be testable material.