CANs List

Curriculum Action Notice


From:

Academic Affairs Committee

Date:

September 9, 2003

This is a bulletin from the Academic Affairs Committee concerning proposed curricular actions. Please forward any comments or concerns in the next 10 days to the AAC chair, Flor Blanco, Belknap Hall 110A, Ext. 4604, fblanco@mnsfld.edu.

The Department of Social Work, Anthropology and Sociology has requested the following curricular changes:

# 1 Action: Course Change: SOC 1101 Introduction to Sociology

Purpose of Change:
Change course description for SOC 1101.Change being made in response to self-study process for CSWE re-accreditation and to reflect global aspects of course.

New course description:
Introduction to the basic concepts, premises, and techniques involved in the scientific approach to the study of human societies. Analysis is made of selected aspects of social behavior at interpersonal, intergroup, and societal levels. Global perspectives are explored.

# 2 Action: Course Change: SOC 1121 Contemporary Social Problems

Purpose of Change:
Change course description for SOC 1121. Change being made in response to self-study process for CSWE re-accreditation and to reflect global aspects of course.

New course description:
A survey of the major social problems in contemporary American society with special attention to the major paradigms (conflict, functionalist, interactionist) that guide the formation of social policy. Special focus is on social and economic justice and populations at risk.

# 3 Action: Course Change: SOC 2232 American Family Systems

Purpose of Change:
Change course description for SOC 2232. Change being made in response to self-study process for CSWE re-accreditation and to reflect global aspects of course.

New course description:
An examination of the diversity of marriage and family life in American society as reflected in changing social conditions and social policies. Focus is given to social and economic justice and populations at risk, including the identification and function of values, norms, and codes relevant to marriage and family decision making.

# 4 Action: Course Change: SOC 3307 Social Research 1: Research Design Data Collection

Purpose of Change:
Change course description for SOC 3307. Change being made in response to self-study process for CSWE re-accreditation and to reflect global aspects of course.
New course description:
Examines the basic relationship of research with social theory, the challenges of defining a problem for study, the selection of an appropriate sample, and the challenges faced in using various techniques to collect data from a sample. Careful consideration is given to the ethical issues that arise in the conduct of research.

# 5 Action: Course Change: SWK 1101 Introduction to Human Services

Purpose of Change:
Change course description for SWK 1101. To more accurately reflect current teaching.

New course description:
Introduces students to the field of Human Services. Examines the multiple disciplines involved in Human Services with a focus on the social work profession. Familiarizes students with the history of
social work, the various professional roles, the emergent issues, strengths, needs and trends that affect both the private and public sectors involved in Human Services.

# 6 Action: Course Change: SWK 3300 Human Behavior in the Social Environment

Purpose and Nature of Change:
Change course description for SWK 3300. Change being made in response to self-study process for CSWE re-accreditation.

New course description:
Focuses on the reciprocal relationships between human behavior and social environments. Includes empirically based theories and knowledge that focuses on the interactions between and among
individuals, groups, societies, and economic systems. Includes theories and knowledge of biological, sociological, cultural, psychological, and spiritual development across the life span; the range of social systems in which people live (individual, family, group, organizational, and
community); and the ways social systems promote or deter people in maintaining or achieving health and well-being.

# 7 Action: Course Change: SWK 3308 Evaluation Research

Purpose and Nature of Change:
Change course description for SWK 3308. Change being made in response to self-study process for CSWE re-accreditation.

New course description:
Provides an understanding of a scientific, analytic, and ethical approach to building knowledge for social work practice through qualitative and quantitative research content. Prepares students to develop, use, and effectively communicate empirically based knowledge and critical thinking skills, including evidence-based interventions.

# 8 Action: Course Change: SWK/HST 3315 Evolution of Social Welfare in America

Purpose and Nature of Change:
Change course description for SWK/HST 3315. Change being made in response to self-study process for CSWE re-accreditation.

New course description:
Analyzes the history and evolution of social welfare services, the history of social work and major policies that form the foundation of social welfare. Includes the impact of social welfare on
populations at risk and examines factors that contribute to and constitute being at risk. Provides knowledge of distributive justice, human and civil rights, and the global interconnections of oppression.

#9 Action: Course Change: SWK 3321 Child Welfare

Purpose and Nature of Change:
Change course description. Change being made in response to self-study process for CSWE re-accreditation.

New course description:
Introduces students to the field of child welfare in social work. Students will explore issues affecting the lives of children in the United States and current services developed to meet children's needs. The course is taught from a systems, strengths-based perspective.

#10 Action: Course Change: SWK 2241 Introduction to Social Work

Purpose of Change:
Change course number and course description. Change being made in response to self-study process for CSWE re-accreditation.

New number: SWK 2251

New course description:
Introduces students to the profession of Social Work. Provides an overview of social work by familiarizing the student with a generalist perspective and includes issues such as diversity, populations at risk, and the values and ethics of the profession. Examines the history of the profession, social welfare policies, economic justice, and human behavior theories that are related to social work practice.

# 11 Action: Course Change: SWK 2257 Social Work Program Orientation

Purpose of Change:
Change course number and course description. Change being made in response to self-study process for CSWE re-accreditation and to allow for appropriate sequencing.

New number: SWK 2247

New course description:
Acquaints students with the demands of professional social work education. Examines the structure of the social work program in relationship to the required curriculum designed to prepare students for beginning generalist social work practice.

# 12 Action: Course Change: SWK 2258 Social Worker's Professional Responsibilities

Purpose of Change:
Change course number, change title, and course description. Change being made in response to self-study process for CSWE re-accreditation.

New number: 2248

New title: Social Work Values and Ethics

New course description:
Integrates content about values and principles of ethical decision making as presented in the National Association of Social Worker's Code of Ethics. Provides students with the opportunity to be aware of personal values and to analyze ethical dilemmas and the ways in which these affect practice, services, and clients.

# 13 Action: Course Change: SWK 3350 Social Work Methods: Small Groups

Purpose and Change:
Change course number and course description. Change being made in response to self-study process for CSWE re-accreditation.

New title: Social Work Practice with Small Groups

New course description:
Focuses on ethical practice content that encompasses values, knowledge, and skills to work with groups, including engaging clients in an appropriate working relationship; identifying needs, resources, and assets; collecting and assessing information; evaluating program outcomes and practice effectiveness; and planning for service delivery. Includes content on identifying, analyzing, and implementing empirically based interventions designed to achieve client goals, through the use of communication skills, supervision, and consultation. Emphasizes strengths, capacities, and resources of client systems, especially those populations at risk, in relation to their broader environments. Promotes strategies for effective practice with persons from diverse backgrounds and considers technological advances.

# 14 Action: Course Change: SWK 3351 Social Work Methods: Organizations

Purpose and Change: Change title and course description. Change being made in response to self-study process for CSWE re-accreditation.

New title: Social Work Practice with Communities and Oragnizations

New course description:
Focuses on ethical practice content that encompasses values, knowledge, and skills to work with communities and organizations, including engaging clients in an appropriate working relationship; identifying needs, resources, and assets; collecting and assessing information; evaluating program outcomes and practice effectiveness; and planning for service delivery. Includes content on identifying, analyzing, and implementing empirically based interventions designed to achieve client goals, through the use of communication skills, supervision, and consultation. Emphasizes strengths, capacities, and resources of client systems, especially those populations at risk, in relation to their broader environments. Promotes strategies for effective practice with persons from diverse backgrounds and considers technological advances.

# 15 Action: Course Change: SWK 3352 Social Work Methods: Families

Purpose and Change: Change title and course description. Change being made in response to self-study process for CSWE re-accreditation.

New title: Social Work Practice with Families

New course description:
Focuses on ethical practice content that encompasses values, knowledge, and skills to work with families, including engaging clients in an appropriate working relationship; identifying needs, resources, and assets; collecting and assessing information; evaluating program outcomes and practice effectiveness; and planning for service delivery. Includes content on identifying, analyzing, and implementing empirically based interventions designed to achieve client goals, through the use of communication skills, supervision, and consultation. Emphasizes strengths, capacities, and resources of client systems, especially those populations at risk, in relation to their broader environments. Promotes strategies for effective practice with persons from diverse backgrounds and considers technological advances.

# 16 Action: Course Change: SWK 3353 Social Work Methods: Individuals

Purpose and Change: Change title and course description. Change being made in response to self-study process for CSWE re-accreditation.

New title: Social Work Practice with Individuals

New course description:
Focuses on ethical practice content that encompasses values, knowledge, and skills to work with individuals, including engaging clients in an appropriate working relationship; identifying needs, resources, and assets; collecting and assessing information; evaluating program outcomes and practice effectiveness; and planning for service delivery. Includes content on identifying, analyzing, and implementing empirically based interventions designed to achieve client goals, through the use of communication skills, supervision, and consultation. Emphasizes strengths, capacities, and resources of client systems, especially those populations at risk, in relation to their broader environments. Promotes strategies for effective practice with persons from diverse backgrounds and considers technological advances.

# 17 Action: Course Change: SWK 4452 Social Work Field Placement

Purpose and Change: Change title and course description. Change being made in response to self-study process for CSWE re-accreditation.

New title: Field Education

New course description:
Provides a 500 hour supervised field placement in an agency setting. Field Education reinforces students' identification with the purposes, values, and ethics of the profession, fosters the integration of empirical and practice-based knowledge, and promotes the development of professional competence for generalist social work practice.

# 18 Action: Course Change: SWK 4453 Senior Seminar

Purpose and Change: Change title and course description. Change being made in response to self-study process for CSWE re-accreditation.

New title: Field Seminar

New description:
Taken concurrently with SWK 4452, this seminar integrates the field experience with the knowledge, values, ethics, and skills of the social work profession for competent generalist practice. Prepares students for active participation in the process of supervision and addresses issues of diversity, populations at risk, and social and economic justice.

# 19 Action: New Course: SWK 2249 Professional Communication Skills

The purpose of this course is to provides students with an opportunity to differentially explore, early in the curriculum, the various methods in which social workers communicate professionally.

Course description for the catalogue:
Familiarizes students with the use of communication skills in professional social work, including written, verbal, and non-verbal communication. Exposes students to APA style writing, library resources, and an introduction to verbal and non-verbal communication with clients. Requires the completion of an early field education experience.

# 20 Action: New Course: SWK 3330 Social Policy

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an opportunity to critically analyze, formulate, and influence social policies.

Course description for the catalogue:
Provides knowledge and skills to understand major social policies that form the current structure of social welfare services and the role of policy in service delivery, social work practice and attainment of individual and social well-being. Analyzes and researches organizational, local, state, national, and international issues in social welfare policy and social service delivery. Prepares students to influence, formulate and advocate for policy, consistent with social work values, as a means of alleviating poverty, oppression and other forms of social and economic injustice.

# 21 Action: Course deletion: SWK 2259 Current Professional Issues

Purpose of Change: Material in course is covered elsewhere in curricula; new course is being created to meet a need identified during self-study process.

# 22 Action: Program Change: Social Work

Rationale for change: Changes are a result of the self-study process required by upcoming re-accreditation visit.

List all changes:

Delete SWK 2259 and PSC 3330 from program requirements
Add SWK 2249 and add new course SWK 3330 as program requirements
Renumber: SKW 2241 to 2251, SWK 2257 to 2247, and SWK 2258 to 2248

 

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