SWK 415: Macro Social Work Practice

Course Description

The final course in the practice sequence emphasizes macro level practice with large entities such as institutions, organizations, communities, and neighborhoods, rural and urban, nationally, and internationally. Utilizing multiple roles of the generalist worker and integrating knowledge from social policy, students learn to be enablers, mediators, facilitators, initiators, mobilizers, advocates, negotiators, leaders, change agents and promoters of social justice. Additionally, a fundamental understanding of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Code of Ethics will be reviewed. (3 credits)

Prerequisites

  • ENG 101: English Composition 1
  • ENG 102: English Composition 2
  • SWK 310: Direct Practice with Families and Groups
  • SWK 474: Social Work Practicum Experiences 3*
  • SWK 475: Social Work Practicum Seminar 3*

* Must be taken concurrently.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of generalist social work and make informed decisions about entry into the profession of social work.
  2. Define and demonstrate the understanding of the different fields, methods, roles, and functions of generalist social work practice.
  3. Explain key social work values, knowledge, principles, and skills within an ethical framework as defined in the NASW Code of Ethics.
  4. Define the dimensions of diversity and oppression.
  5. Describe social justice issues and policies related to the needs of populations at risk.
  6. Define and demonstrate empowering and collaborative practices as a generalist social worker.

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

 

AssignmentsWeight

Discussions (Weeks 1-7)

30%

Chapter Quizzes (Weeks 1-7)

20%

Weekly Assignments (Weeks 1-7)

20%

Community Analysis Paper & Evidence-Based Intervention and Grant Proposal (Week 8)

30%

Total

100%

 

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 (1 Term). 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. 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.
    • The textbook used for this course obtained through Cengage Unlimited is:
      • Kirst, K., & Hull, Jr., G.H., (2018). Generalist Practice with Organizations and Communities. 7th Edition. Cengage. ISBN-13: 9781337284844

Course Schedule

Week

PLOs

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

1-5

1-3

Topic: Introduction to Generalist Practice with Organizations and Communities and Time Management

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 1
    • Chapter 2
  • Review Course Materials
  • Review Course Policies
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in discussions
  • Submit the following assignments:
    • Chapter 1: Video Activity
    • Chapter 1: Case Study
    • Chapter 1: Reflection Activity
    • Chapter 2: Video Activity
    • Chapter 2: Case Study
    • Chapter 2: Reflection Activity
    • Chapter 1 & 2 Quiz

2

1-8

1-5

Topic: Using Micro Skills with Organizations and Communities and Group Skills for Organizational and Community Change

  • Readings: 
    • Chapter 3
    • Chapter 4
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in discussions
  • Submit the following assignments:
    • Chapter 3: Video Activity
    • Chapter 3: Case Study
    • Chapter 3: Reflection Activity
    • Chapter 4: Case Study
    • Chapter 4: Reflection Activity
    • Chapter 3 & 4 Quiz
  • Begin working on your Community Analysis Paper & Evidence-Based Intervention and Grant Proposal

3

1-7

1-5

Topic: Understanding Organizations and Decision Making for Organizational Change 

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 5
    • Chapter 6
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in discussions
  • Submit the following assignments:
    • Chapter 5: Video Activity
    • Chapter 5: Case Study
    • Chapter 5: Reflection Activity
    • Chapter 6: Video Activity
    • Chapter 6: Case Studies (3 total)
    • Chapter 6: Reflection Activity
    • Chapter 5 & 6 Quiz
  • Continue working on your Community Analysis Paper & Evidence-Based Intervention and Grant Proposal

4

1-5

1-5

Topic: Implementation Organizations Change: Agency Policy, Projects, and Programs and Understanding Neighborhoods and Communities

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 7
    • Chapter 8
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in discussions
  • Submit the following assignments:
    • Chapter 7: Video Activity
    • Chapter 7: Case Study
    • Chapter 7: Reflection Activity
    • Chapter 8: Video Activity
    • Chapter 8: Case Study
    • Chapter 8: Reflection Activity
    • Chapter 7 & 8 Quiz
  • Continue working on your Community Analysis Paper & Evidence-Based Intervention and Grant Proposal

5

1-9

1-6

Topic: Macro Practice in Communities and Evaluating Macro Practice

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 9
    • Chapter 10
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in discussions
  • Submit the following assignments:
    • Chapter 9: Case Study
    • Chapter 9: Reflection Activity
    • Chapter 10: Video Activity
    • Chapter 10: Case Study
    • Chapter 10: Reflection Activity
    • Chapter 9 & 10 Quiz
  • Continue working on your Community Analysis Paper & Evidence-Based Intervention and Grant Proposal

6

1-8

1-6

Topic: Advocacy and Social Action with Populations at Risk and Ethics and Ethical Dilemmas in Practice with Organizations and Communities

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 11
    • Chapter 12
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in discussions
  • Submit the following assignments:
    • Chapter 11: Video Activity
    • Chapter 11: Case Study
    • Chapter 11: Reflection Activity
    • Chapter 12: Case Study
    • Chapter 12: Reflection Activity
    • Chapter 11 & 12 Quiz
  • Continue working on your Community Analysis Paper & Evidence-Based Intervention and Grant Proposal

7

1-8

1-6

Topic: Using Supervision & Developing and Managing Agency Resources

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 13
    • Chapter 14
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in discussions
  • Submit the following assignments:
    • Chapter 13: Video Activity
    • Chapter 13: Case Study
    • Chapter 13: Reflection Activity
    • Chapter 14: Video Activity
    • Chapter 14: Case Study
    • Chapter 14: Reflection Activity
    • Chapter 13 & 14 Quiz
  • Continue working on your Community Analysis Paper & Evidence-Based Intervention and Grant Proposal

8

1-8

1-6

Topic: Community Analysis Paper & Evidence-Based Intervention and Grant Proposal

 

  • Participate in discussions
  • Submit the Week 8 Community Analysis Paper & Evidence-Based Intervention and Grant Proposal
  • Complete Course Evaluation

 

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