The purpose of this course is to assist students in understanding the link between social work theory and beginning-level generalist social work practice. Theoretical information appropriate for beginning-level generalist social work practice is also presented. This course will provide opportunities for students to experience practice situations through role plays, simulations, case vignettes, and other experiential activities. The theory-based material, activities, and assignments in this course are designed to support students in understanding the vital connection between theoretical orientation and stages of the helping process. (3 credits)
- ENG 101: English Composition 1
- ENG 102: English Composition 2
- SWK 101: Introduction to Social Work
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Apply theories and knowledge of biological, sociological, cultural, psychological and spiritual development across the life span, including attachment theory, role theory, cognitive theory, learning theory, and theories of moral development.
- Recognize individual and family developmental stages and the reciprocal interaction between the individual and larger systems.
- Use the person-in-environment perspective and other theoretical models to describe and examine the development of systems and social work practice.
- Evaluate theories of human behavior with an understanding of their implicit value base and their relevance to social work practice.
Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) / Competencies
- Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior
- Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice
- Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice
- Engage in Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice
- Engage in Policy Practice
- Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
- Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
- Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
- Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.
Course Activities and Grading
Discussions, Blogs, Wikis (Weeks 1-3)
Essays (Weeks 1 and 3)
PowerPoint Presentation (Week 2)
Quiz (Week 3)
Research Papers (Weeks 4-8)
This course uses Open Educational Resources (OER). OER are openly licensed, educational resources that can be used for teaching, learning and research. OER may consist of a variety of resources such as textbooks, videos and software that are no cost for students.
- Video links assigned by the instructor.
Readings and Exercises
Topic: Person in Environment
Topic: The BioPsychoSocial Dimension
Topic: The Sociocultural Dimension
Topics: Racial and Ethnic Inequality
Topics: Heredity, Prenatal Development, & Birth
Topics: Development in Infancy and Toddlerhood
Topic: Development in Early Childhood
Topic: Development in Middle Childhood
COSC Accessibility Statement
Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.
COSC Policies, Course Policies, Academic Support Services and Resources
Students are responsible for knowing all Charter Oak State College (COSC) institutional policies, course-specific policies, procedures, and available academic support services and resources. Please see COSC Policies for COSC institutional policies, and see also specific policies related to this course. See COSC Resources for information regarding available academic support services and resources.