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Master Course Syllabus · Social Sciences · Social Work - SOCW

Introduction to Social Work

  • Master Course Syllabus
  • Section ALL
  • 3 Credits
  • 08/01/2019 to 12/31/2019
  • Modified 08/05/2019

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An overview of the history and development of social work as a profession. The course is designed to foster a philosophical, historical,  and critical understanding of the social work profession, including social work values, ethics, and areas of practice utilized under a Generalist Intervention Model. (SOCW 2361 is included in the Social Work field of study.

Core Curriculum Statement

This course is not a core curriculum course.


Upon successful completion of Introduction To Social Work, students should be able to:


  1. Discuss the historical development of social work in the United States.
  2. Distinguish the profession of social work from other helping professions.
  3. Identify core values of social work as stated in the National Association of Social Worker (NASW) Code of Ethics.
  4. Identify the primary roles and functions of social workers (advocate, broker, facilitator, etc.).
  5. Identify practice settings where social workers function and articulate how these settings influence the roles of social workers.
  6. Describe the Generalist Intervention Model.
  7. Describe how the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners Code of Conduct guides social work practice.
  8. Describe how the NASW Code of Ethics guides social work practice.
  9. Describe social work’s goal of advancing human rights and justice.
  10. Describe social work’s obligation to serve diverse populations.
  11. Articulate the importance of self-care to prevent burnout, compassion fatigue, and secondary trauma.


Introduction to Social Work  2nd edition

by Lisa E. Cox

Sage Publishing Company


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