WALTERS STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
COURSE NAME & NUMBER: SOWK 1010 Introduction to Social Work
TIME & LOCATION:
Social Work, An Empowering Profession 6th Edition, Brenda DuBois, and Karla K. Miley
Active Learning Exercises for Social Work and the Human Services, Cate Solomon
CATALOG COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course introduces students to the profession of social work and provides an
overview of the professional knowledge, skills, and values necessary for generalist social
work practice. Students are introduced to the historical evolution of social work, the
history of social welfare, the various fields of social work practice nationwide and in the
Appalachian region, and general systems theory. This course also contains a service
learning component, allowing students to spend 20 hours during the semester in a social
service agency within their community.
It is expected that after active participation in this course, the student should be able to.
1. Identify various fields of practice within the social work profession.
2. Discuss basic knowledge, skills and values for entry-level human services/social
3. Discuss systems theory and operate within a person-in-environment framework.
4. Use the problem-solving process to intervene in multiple-level client systems.
5. Identify some of the major problems addressed in special populations.
6. Identify resources available to diverse populations in the local community and be
able to define how human resource/social work professionals can connect these
populations to resources.
7. Discuss the realities of generalist practice work in both urban and rural areas.
8. Evaluate basic value systems and be able to embrace differences of others.
9. Identify ethical, legal, and moral issues facing the social work profession.
10. Identify the historical evolution of social work.
General Education Course Designation: None (3 semester credit hours)
Purpose: This course is designed to acquaint the student, entering the human
services/social work profession, with awareness and understanding of the helping
profession by providing opportunities to study community organizing, policy making,
grassroots approach to helping, delivery of services, and understanding person-in-
environment perspective. This course is also designed to provide the student with a
hands-on approach to basic social work skills through a service-learning project in the
INSTRUCTIONAL AND EVALUATION METHODS:
The course instructional format will include lectures, discussion, small group activities,
class exercises, and video. During each class, the instructor will highlight main points and
important issues surrounding assigned text, supplemental information, and service
Students will be evaluated using the following requirements:
Journal/ Log/Service-Learning Analytical Paper
Video Analysis paper
Paper on Building Bridges
Note: Be sure to bring textbooks and syllabus to each class. Do all the required readings
prior to the day that we will be discussing a specific topic and come prepared to
participate in class discussion. All class assignments are due on the date specified in the
syllabus unless prior arrangements have been made with the instructor.
Attendance: Since this class meets once a week and there is a significant amount of
information covered each week, students are expected to attend all scheduled classes and
arrive on time. The attendance policy is as follows:
14-15 days present = 20 points
12-13 days present = 15 points
10-11 days present = 5 points
00-09 days present = 0 points
2 days leaving early = 1 day of absence
Service Learning Hours: You are required to complete a minimum of 20 service-
learning hours in an approved agency for this course. In order to pass this course,
you must turn in your documentation, which verified that you have done so.
You will find a service learning log in your service-learning manual. Document all of
your work hours each time you go to your agency and have the site supervisor initial this
each day. Once you have completed twenty hours, have your assigned on-site supervisor
sign off on your log hours. Your log sheet will be turned in at the end of the semester
along with your completed service-learning journal and service-learning analytical paper.
If you have ANY difficulties getting set up with your service-learning agency or any
problems once you begin to do your service, please speak with me IMMEDIATELY.
I cannot assist you if I am unaware of your problem.
Examinations: There will be an examination given at mid-term and a final examination
to assess your level of competency surrounding required texts and supplemental
information to include video presentation. Each exam is worth a maximum of 100 points.
General Writing Style Guidelines: Please use paragraph form when writing your paper
covering Building Bridges and when writing your analytical paper and video analysis
paper. These papers must be typed or computer-generated, double-spaced, 12-14 font
size, and use white paper with black ink. At the end of each paper, give me a list of the
The paper concerning Building Bridges needs to be a comprehensive paper covering all
of the key aspects addressed in this text, chapter per chapter. While you can quote from
Building Bridges, you must be careful not to plagiarize from this text. The analytical
paper follows a required guideline in the Service-Learning Manual.
Additionally, the paper on the video analysis should be a thorough overview to the
specific questions you are required to address. You should be thorough in the writing of
your papers. The due dates for these papers are listed in the syllabus.
1. All activities require critical thinking and problem solving.
2. Any student who engages in disruptive classroom behavior will be asked to
stop. If the disruptive behavior continues to occur during any class period the
student will be asked to leave the classroom.
3. Learning is your responsibility. It is expected that each student come to class
prepared and ready to actively participate.
4. All papers are due on the dates listed. Late papers will have points deducted.
Final Grade Determination:
20 points for attendance/class participation
100 points for the mid-term examination
100 points for the final examination
50 points for Building Bridges paper
50 points for analytical paper over service-learning experience
15 points for service-learning journal and log
30 points for three homework assignments (10 points each)
20 points for the video analysis paper
10 points for Ethics Quiz
Total Possible Points: 400
360-400 A 240-279 D
320-359 B 239-lower F
ALTERNATIVE TEACHING PLAN
In the event of declared disruption of the college academic schedule, all students will
refer to course syllabi and course web site (D2L) to retrieve current information and
assignments. Each student will be expected to follow course schedule and updates
according to instructor directions for the duration of the disruption and stay tuned to the
college/class website for further information. The instructor will provide details for
assignments such as: what to do, how to proceed, and where to look for resources. All
information will be submitted electronically through the class website unless specified by
COURSE GROUND RULES
All students attending Walters State Community College, regardless of the time and
location of the class, must abide by the rules and regulations outlined in the current
Walters State Catalog/Student Handbook and the current Walters State Timetable of
Classes. A copy of the Catalog /Handbook and the Timetable of Classes may be obtained
from the admissions office on the main campus or at any of our off-campus sites. You
may also access the Catalog/Handbook on-line at the following web address:
Students should attend the first day of class or contact the instructor prior to the first
class. Failure to do this may result in being dropped from the class.
Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited.
Students with disabilities must register with Student Support Services (CCEN), Room
262 (phone 423-585-6892) if they need any special facilities, services, or consideration.
Students in need of tutoring assistance are encouraged to contact the Office of Student
Tutoring located in the College Center (CCEN), Room 261. The phone number is 423-
Students receiving any type of financial aid or scholarship should contact the Financial
Aid Office before making any changes to their schedule. Schedule changes without prior
approval may result in loss of award for the current term and future terms.
Students who have not paid fees on time and/or are not correctly registered for this class
and whose names do not appear on official class rolls generated by the Admissions and
Records Office will not be allowed to remain in class or receive credit for this course.
Cellular phone use during classroom interaction is prohibited. Cellular phones must be
turned to the non-audible mode until after class, at which time calls can be received or
checked. (See the Walters State Catalog/Handbook)
For information related to the cancellation of classes due to inclement weather, please
check the college’s Web site at www.ws.edu or call the college’s student information
line, 1-800-225-4770, option 1; InfoConnect, (423) 581-1233, option 1045; the Sevier
County Campus, (865) 774-5800, option 9; or the Greeneville/Greene County Center for
Higher Education, (423) 798-7940, option 4. Also, please monitor local TV and radio
stations for weather-related announcements. For additional information on this policy see
the college catalog.
In the event of a pandemic or other college declared critical event that impacts the
college’s ability to proceed with academic course activities as planned, the college
reserves the right to alter this course plan. In the event of a pandemic or other event,
please refer to the college’s home web page, www.ws.edu or call InfoConnect, (423)
581-1233 for further information.
Regular class attendance is a student’s obligation. (See the Walters State Catalog/Student
Handbook) If for some reason a student misses class, it is his or her responsibility to see
the instructor regarding missed assignments and/or activities and to be prepared for the
next class. Excessive absences may substantially lower the semester grade. The college
requires the instructor to keep accurate records and to report when students are not
LAST DAY TO WITHDRAW FROM CLASS IS ____________________.
Introduction to Social Work – SOWK 1010
Class Schedule (*Subject to Change)
August 26 Introduction, Syllabus Review
Service Learning Manual and Presentation of Agencies
September 2 Client/Agency Confidentiality
Appendix - Code of Ethics of NASW
September 9 Chapters 1 and 2
Service Learning Agencies Decided
Guest Speaker – to be announced
Homework Assignment #1 due - Ecomaps
September 16 Chapter 3
Active Communication, Chapter 1
Video Presentation (to be decided)
September 23 Chapter 4
Active Communication, Chapter 2
Video Analysis Paper Due
September 30 Chapter 5
Active Communication, Chapter 3
Review for Midterm
October 7 Midterm
October 14 Fall Break – No Classes!
October 21 Chapters 7 and 8
Guest Speaker – to be announced
Homework Assignment #2 due - Genograms
October 28 Chapters 9 and 10
Active Communication, Chapter 4
Paper on Building Bridges due
November 4 Bring Service Learning Journals & Logs (for review)
Guest Speaker – to be announced
November 11 Chapters 11 and 12
Homework Assignment # 3 due – Agency Presentations
November 18 Chapters 13 and 14
Active Communication, Chapter 5
Homework Assignment #3 due - Agency Presentations Continued
November 25 Guest Speaker – to be announced
December 2 Service Logs & Journals Due
Analytical Paper on Service Learning Experience Due
Review for Final Exam
December 9 Final Exam