Social Work 110 - Introduction to Social Work Fields of Service


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Social Work 110 is a three unit course that provides more an overview of the social work profession. Students are introduced to the major fields of social work, the values and ethics of the profession, the relevance of social work to current social issues, the implications of social work with diverse populations, and the impact of discrimination on the provision and delivery of social services.  This course adheres to the policies outlined in the Cuyamaca College Catalogue, 2014-2015, and meets the requirements for transfer credit to San Diego State University.


Course Content

Historical overview of the profession, social work education, central concepts, theories, approaches and practice interventions, modes of intervention, working with diverse populations, social work fields of practice, social work roles, values, ethics, and critical issues of the profession.


Student Learning Outcomes

Students who have successfully completed the course requirements for Social Work 110 should be able to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and competency in the following areas:

  • Identify and describe the fields of social work practice, social work settings, and relevant social work roles
  • Apply critical thinking skills when examining and making conclusions about  specific field practice situations and client problem scenarios
  • Identify the relevance of social work to current social issues.  Recognize and understand how discrimination impacts populations at risk in the struggle for social and economic justice
  • Identify and describe the impact of personal values as they relate to professional social work values and ethics
  • Apply critical thinking skills to ethical dilemmas related to the various fields of social work practice and settings
  • Conduct research on a specific social work field of service in accordance with APA format and/or per instructor's directions and requirements