SWK 373: Social Work Seminar 2

Course Description

This is the second seminar course for Practicum Education. The weekly seminar course allows students to process their practicum experiences. This course is designed to integrate theory with practice, to gain information about community resources, to monitor student progress in the agency, and to process these experiences on practical, conceptual, and ethical levels. A strong emphasis is on engaging students to support one another's personal-professional growth in understanding their roles as leaders and change agents in the social work profession. Additionally, a fundamental understanding of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Code of Ethics will be integrated with course discussions. (2 credits)

Prerequisites

  • ENG 101: English Composition 1
  • ENG 102: English Composition 2
  • SWK 370: Social Work Practicum Experiences 1
  • SWK 371: Social Work Seminar 1
  • SWK 372: Social Work Practicum Experiences 2*

* May be taken concurrently.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Implement human rights and system levels.
  2. Use practices that advance human rights to promote social, racial, economic, and environmental justice.
  3. Describe research findings to inform and improve practice, policy and programs.
  4. Summarize ethical, culturally informed, anti-racist, and anti-oppressive strategies that address inherent biases for use in quantitative and qualitative research methods to advance the purposes of social work.
  5. Practice social justice, anti-racist, and anti-oppressive lenses to assess how social welfare policies affect delivery of and access to social services.
  6. Develop critical thinking to analyze, formulate, ad advocate for policies that advance human and social, racial, economic, and environmental justice.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) / Competencies

  1. Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior
  2. Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice
  3. Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice
  4. Engage in Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice
  5. Engage in Policy Practice
  6. Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  7. Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  8. Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  9. Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

Course Activities and Grading

20%

AssignmentsWeight

Discussions (Weeks 1-8)

15%

Chapter Quizzes (Weeks 1-8)

20%

Weekly Assignments (Weeks 1-8)

20%

Annotated Bibliography and Discussion (Weeks 7 & 8)

30%

Weekly Seminar Participation** (Weeks 1-8)

15%

Total

100%

**Weekly Seminar Participation is required from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM ET, Wednesday of each week via Blackboard Class Collaborate Ultra.

  • Note: Absence from 2 or more consecutive weekly seminar sessions will result in course failure.

 

Required Textbook

Available through Charter Oak State College's Book Bundle

  • Cengage Unlimited - Access (12 months)
    • Vitalsource Rentals (2018)
  • The Social Work Program has partnered with Cengage to provide all e-texts, MindTap activities, and other resources through the Cengage Unlimited Subscription. All Social Work courses will use Cengage Unlimited and MindTap content activities. You will only need to purchase this product one time for the year. Please do not purchase this product multiple times within a subscription year. In addition, this subscription allows students to rent textbooks through the Cengage website for $9.99 per book. Please refer to your course syllabus for the required textbook information. Students will have access to all materials for their social work courses from the day of purchase. The subscription expires 365 days after students access and opens their first e-text link. Optional hardcopy textbook purchase can be independently. 
  • The textbook used for this course obtained through Cengage Unlimited is:
    • Segal, Elizabeth A. (2020). Social Welfare Policy and Social Programs - with MindTap Access. 4th ed. ISBN-13: 978-0-357-26620-5

Additional Resources

  • Additional reading materials, assignments or activities can be determined by Practicum Agency.  For example, Agency training about documentation and client files.

Course Schedule

Week

PLOs

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

2,4,5

1-6

Topic: Introduction to Social Work Seminar 2 and Delivery of Social Welfare Services

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 5
  • Review Course Materials
  • Review Course Policies
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review NASW Video
  • Participate in Weekly Seminar
  • Participate in discussions
  • Submit the following assignments:
    • Chapter 5: Polling Activity
    • Chapter 5: Exercise
    • Chapter 5: Quiz

2

2,4,5

1-6

Topic: Social Justice and Civil Rights

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 6
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review NASW Video
  • Participate in Weekly Seminar
  • Participate in discussions
  • Submit the following assignments:
    • Chapter 6: Polling Activity
    • Chapter 6: Exercise
    • Chapter 6: Quiz

3

2,4,5

1-6

Topic: Poverty and Economic Inequality

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 7
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review NASW Video
  • Participate in Weekly Seminar
  • Participate in discussions
  • Submit the following assignments:
    • Chapter 7: Polling Activity
    • Chapter 7: Exercise
    • Chapter 7: Quiz

4

2,4,5

1-6

Topic: Economic, Employment, Budgets and Taxes

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 8
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review NASW Video
  • Participate in Weekly Seminar
  • Participate in discussions
  • Submit the following assignments:
    • Chapter 8: Polling Activity
    • Chapter 8: Exercise
    • Chapter 8: Quiz

5

2,4,5

1-6

Topic: Social Insurance

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 9
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review NASW Video
  • Participate in Weekly Seminar
  • Participate in discussions
  • Submit the following assignments:
    • Chapter 9: Polling Activity
    • Chapter 9: Exercise
    • Chapter 9: Quiz

6

2,4,5

1-6

Topic: Aging and Social Welfare Policy

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 10
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review NASW Video
  • Participate in Weekly Seminar
  • Participate in discussions
  • Submit the following assignments:
    • Chapter 10: Polling Activity
    • Chapter 10: Exercise
    • Chapter 10: Quiz

7

2,3,4,5

1-6

Topic: Children and Families

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 11
    • Chapter 8 PowerPoint

 

  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review assigned PowerPoint
  • Review NASW Video
  • Participate in Weekly Seminar
  • Participate in discussions
  • Submit the following assignments:
    • Chapter 11: Polling Activity
    • Chapter 11: Exercise
    • Chapter 11: Quiz

8

2,3,4,5

1-6

Topic: Health Care Policy

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 12
    • Chapter 8 PowerPoint
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review assigned PowerPoint
  • Review NASW Video
  • Participate in Weekly Seminar
  • Participate in discussions
  • Submit the following assignments:
    • Chapter 12: Polling Activity
    • Chapter 12: Exercise
    • Chapter 12: Quiz
  • Submit Annotated Bibliography
  • Complete Course Evaluation

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

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