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SW 623 Capstone: Social Work Professional Issues

SW 623.  Capstone: Social Work Professional Issues.  3 Credits.     

This course focuses on the values and ethical dimensions of contemporary professional social welfare policy and practice while integrating insights from theory and research. Students fully digest and relevantly apply the professional social work Code of Ethics. In addition, they clarify and solidify their professional identities as beginning social workers. SW 623 represents the culmination of the School's professional socialization process. Because this class focuses on the process of developing and clarifying a strong sense of the social work profession and the professional self, it relies heavily on student participation, interaction, reflection, and discussion. This course is offered in the final semester of the BSW program culminating the field of social work study. Concurrent enrollment in SW 600/601 and SW 612. Prerequisite: SW 610.

Bachelor of Social Work

Bachelor of Social Work Program The School of Social Welfare provides the education and experience necessary for a career in social work. By helping shape students’ capacity for anti-racist, anti-oppressive, and socially-just practice, the School prepares social workers to carry out the unique purposes of the profession — to develop human potential, to promote individual well-being, and to bring about a more just society. Social work is a major professional discipline in the Social Sciences. The term social welfare denotes organized public or private social services pertaining to human needs:  adequate nutrition and safe housing, health and mental health, education, economic security, social participation, dignity, and civil and political rights for disadvantaged people. The undergraduate program prepares graduates for generalist social work practice. The program defines generalist practice as maintaining focus on practice and advocacy, based on ethical principles, scientific inquiry, and best practices at the interface between systems (i.e., individual, family, groups, organizations, and communities), with particular emphasis on: The strengths inherent in these systems. The need to understand the role of gender, age, race/ethnicity, class, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, disability, and culture in all phases of the social work process. The promotion of human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice for those disenfranchised on the basis of the attributes listed above. The assumption of a critical perspective regarding different ways of knowing. Beginning generalist practice uses multilevel prevention and interventions methods, depending on the needs of the client system, and incorporates a knowledge, value, and skill base that is transferable between and among diverse contexts and locations. The BSW program is offered on the Lawrence and Edwards campuses. Advising