2019-2020 Course Catalog

Social Work (BSW)

The social work program offers a major in social work leading to a Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) degree that is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. A liberal arts foundation is an integral part of an undergraduate social work education and provides an essential context for understanding human behavior. The B.S.W. prepares students for entry level generalist social work practice as well as graduate education in social work and related fields. Bachelor level social workers are employed in all areas of human services and health care. They are also eligible for advanced standing in graduate programs in social work.

Students who are interested in pursuing a social work major may declare a social work major at any time by completing the major declaration form available from the University Registrar or on-line. Social work majors must also apply for 12-credit field placement completed during the senior year. This process is required to help ensure that students possess both the academic ability and personal maturity necessary for beginning social work practice. To apply for admission to the field placement, students be at least a first semester junior, have an overall GPA of 2.25 and a C- or higher in all social work courses. Specifics of the application process may be obtained from any member of the social work faculty.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the major, students will be able to:

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


ASSESSMENT OF STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
LAST COMPLETED ON April 2018

Form AS4 (B) Duplicate and expand as needed. Provide table(s) to support self -study narrative addressing the accreditation standards below.
This form is used to assist the COA in the evaluation of the program's compliance with the accreditation standards below:
4.0.2 The program provides its most recent year of summary data and outcomes for the assessment of each of the identified competencies, specifying the percentage of students achieving program benchmarks for each program option.
4.0.3 The program uses Form AS 4(B) and/or Form AS 4(M) to report its most recent assessment outcomes for each program option to constituents and the public on its website and routinely up-dates (minimally every 2 years) its findings.

All Council on Social Work Education programs measure and report student learning outcomes. Students are assessed on their mastery of the competencies that comprise the accreditation standards of the Council on Social Work Education. These competencies are dimensions of social work practice that all social workers are expected to master during their professional training. A measurement benchmark is set by the social work programs for each competency. An assessment score at or above that benchmark is considered by the program to represent mastery of that particular competency.

ASSESSMENT OF STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
LAST COMPLETED ON April 2018

COMPETENCY COMPETENCY BENCHMARK PERCENTAGE OF
STUDENTS ACHIEVING
BENCHMARK
  90=Mastered
70=Superior
50=Competent
30=Inadequate
10=Lacking Performance
AY 2017-2018 N=5
Competency 1: Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior M = 65.71 100%
Competency 2: Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice M = 63.33 100%
Competency 3: Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice M = 60.0 100%
Competency 4: Engage In Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice M = 40.0 40%
Competency 5: Engage in Policy Practice M = 48.57 60%
Competency 6: Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities M = 68.0 80%</td>
Competency 7: Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities M = 88.0 100%
Competency 8: Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities M = 76 100%
Competency 9: Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities M = 60 80%
Any Additional Competency(ies) Developed by the Program    

Curriculum

+Major Requirements

16 courses, including:

PSY101 General Psychology

An introduction to the scientific study of behavior with an emphasis on the origins of behavior, learning, social influences, physiological factors, individual differences, personality, and adjustment and maladjustment.

3
PSY314W Foundations of Behavioral Research

This course examines the scientific method employed by psychologists. Topics include sampling, validity and reliability, experimentation, and field research. Students also conduct laboratory assignments on areas within learning, cognition, and social psychology.

3
SWK101 Introduction to Sociology

This course introduces students to the basic sociological concepts, including sociological imagination, socialization, social institutions, social stratification, and social inequality. Emphasis is placed on conceptual tools necessary for the analysis of the influence of social structures on human behavior and life chances.

3
SWK102 Introduction to Social Work, Social Justice and Social Issues

This course examines selected social issues as well as related social welfare policies and programs. It introduces the profession of social work, key aspects of the professional knowledge base, fields of practice, and populations served by social workers. This course is appropriate for students who are considering social work as a profession and as well as for those with an interest in related fields such as psychology, counseling, and public policy.

3
SWK201W Human Behavior in the Social Environment I

This course examines the development of individuals, couples, and families from birth to adolescence within the framework of social work research and theory. Also explored are systems that influence gender, race, ethnicity, social, and economic influences within the context of families, groups, organizations, institutions, and communities.

3
SWK202 Human Behavior in the Social Environment II

This course is a continuation of SWK 201W. It examines the development of individuals, couples, and families from adolescence to death within social work research and theory. Also explored are systems that influence gender, race, ethnicity, social, and economic influences within the context of families, groups, organizations, institutions, and communities.

3
SWK321 Social Welfare and Social Justice

This course examines the history, development, context, and current status of the American social welfare system. The American system is compared with policies and programs in other countries. The specifics of major welfare programs such as Social Security and Temporary Aid to Needy Families are explored.

3
SWK322W Social Welfare: Women and Policy

This course is designed to examine current issues and policies that impact the lives of women and to explore methods of creating or modifying policies. This course will utilize a comparative policy framework to explore the strengths and weaknesses of current interventions regarding their promotion of social and economic justice.

3
SWK351 Interviewing and Assessment with Individuals

This course introduces generalist social work practice, including its philosophy, domains, and values. The role of the practitioner and an overview of the helping process provide the foundation for the study and practice of basic interviewing skills.

3
SWK352 Interventions with Individuals and Families

Building on the knowledge and skills acquired in Social Work 351, this course focuses on direct practice with individuals and families, including the assessment, middle, and termination phases of social work practice. Skills for working with diverse populations will be illustrated and practiced using videos and role playing.

3
SWK354 Working with Groups

This course examines the essential components of generalist social work practice with groups. Topics include group typology, formation, development, and processes. Strategies for effective leadership with small and large groups are explored using both didactic and experiential methods.

3
SWK355 Working with Organizations and Communities

The focus of this course is generalist social work practice as applied to macro practice activities. It introduces students to generalist social work practice intended to bring changes to organizations, communities, and institutions with the goal of advancing the achievement of individual and collective social and economic justice.

3
SWK490 Integrative Capstone

The integrative capstone, undertaken by the student during the senior year, is an extended project that helps the student complete their transition from an undergraduate student to a world-ready professional. The study usually centers on the student’s major and may be conducted, at least in part, in the context of a group experience. Such programs are crafted to meet the unique needs of each major, and could include, for example, fieldwork, theater production, creative work in the arts, independent research, or independent readings. The integrative capstone in an interdisciplinary major must have the approval of both academic programs.

3
12 credits of field placement from the following:
SWK451A Field Placement I

Students participate in a practice experience with the opportunity to apply social work knowledge, ethics, and practice skills. Students work closely with their field instructors, as well as meeting weekly with social work faculty. Students must complete a total of 12 credits of field placement.

1
SWK451B Field Placement II

Students participate in a practice experience with the opportunity to apply social work knowledge, ethics, and practice skills. Students work closely with their field instructors, as well as meeting weekly with social work faculty. Students must complete a total of 12 credits of field placement.

2
SWK451C Field Placement III

Students participate in a practice experience with the opportunity to apply social work knowledge, ethics, and practice skills. Students work closely with their field instructors, as well as meeting weekly with social work faculty. Students must complete a total of 12 credits of field placement.

3
SWK451D Field Placement IV

Students participate in a practice experience with the opportunity to apply social work knowledge, ethics, and practice skills. Students work closely with their field instructors, as well as meeting weekly with social work faculty. Students must complete a total of 12 credits of field placement.

4
SWK451E Field Placement V

Students participate in a practice experience with the opportunity to apply social work knowledge, ethics, and practice skills. Students work closely with their field instructors, as well as meeting weekly with social work faculty. Students must complete a total of 12 credits of field placement.

5

+Minor Requirements

This minor is intended for students who are interested in exploring the field of social work for further study. It does not prepare a student for professional social work practice. Instead, it can be used to understand the field of social work and explore professional careers within the field. 18 credits

SWK102 Introduction to Social Work, Social Justice and Social Issues

This course examines selected social issues as well as related social welfare policies and programs. It introduces the profession of social work, key aspects of the professional knowledge base, fields of practice, and populations served by social workers. This course is appropriate for students who are considering social work as a profession and as well as for those with an interest in related fields such as psychology, counseling, and public policy.

3
SWK201W Human Behavior in the Social Environment I

This course examines the development of individuals, couples, and families from birth to adolescence within the framework of social work research and theory. Also explored are systems that influence gender, race, ethnicity, social, and economic influences within the context of families, groups, organizations, institutions, and communities.

3
OR
SWK202 Human Behavior in the Social Environment II

This course is a continuation of SWK 201W. It examines the development of individuals, couples, and families from adolescence to death within social work research and theory. Also explored are systems that influence gender, race, ethnicity, social, and economic influences within the context of families, groups, organizations, institutions, and communities.

3
SWK321 Social Welfare and Social Justice

This course examines the history, development, context, and current status of the American social welfare system. The American system is compared with policies and programs in other countries. The specifics of major welfare programs such as Social Security and Temporary Aid to Needy Families are explored.

3
OR
SWK322W Social Welfare: Women and Policy

This course is designed to examine current issues and policies that impact the lives of women and to explore methods of creating or modifying policies. This course will utilize a comparative policy framework to explore the strengths and weaknesses of current interventions regarding their promotion of social and economic justice.

3
SWK351 Interviewing and Assessment with Individuals

This course introduces generalist social work practice, including its philosophy, domains, and values. The role of the practitioner and an overview of the helping process provide the foundation for the study and practice of basic interviewing skills.

3
SWK352 Interventions with Individuals and Families

Building on the knowledge and skills acquired in Social Work 351, this course focuses on direct practice with individuals and families, including the assessment, middle, and termination phases of social work practice. Skills for working with diverse populations will be illustrated and practiced using videos and role playing.

3
OR
SWK354 Working with Groups

This course examines the essential components of generalist social work practice with groups. Topics include group typology, formation, development, and processes. Strategies for effective leadership with small and large groups are explored using both didactic and experiential methods.

3
OR
SWK355 Working with Organizations and Communities

The focus of this course is generalist social work practice as applied to macro practice activities. It introduces students to generalist social work practice intended to bring changes to organizations, communities, and institutions with the goal of advancing the achievement of individual and collective social and economic justice.

3
Elective social work (SWK) course at the 200 or 300 level

Contact

Melissa Bell

Program Coordinator

mbell@chatham.edu

(412) 365 - 2768