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Social Work Policy Assignment

Policy Analysis Paper (see class syllabus for details)

The students primary project will be a comprehensive policy analysis utilizing the framework.  It is expected that students will use critical thinking skills in addition to library research. 

This paper will include the following:

  1. Policy identification
  2. Historical analysis
  3. Social justice and economic issues
  4. Political issues
  5. Legislative letter
  6. Executive summary
  7. Oral presentation of policy analysis

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Social Work Program Mission Statement

Social Work Mission and Goals

Mission Statement

Preparing students for competent generalist social work practice within the context of a Christian worldview.

GOALS:

  1. To equip students to engage in the planned change process with systems of all sizes within a variety of fields and practice contexts.
  2. To promote identification with the social work profession, commitment to social work values and the ability to apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
  3. To prepare students to become change agents who think critically about social issues and policies, and are committed to advancing social justice.
  4. To encourage respect for human dignity and worth, and a commitment to strengths based practice with individuals, groups, and communities from diverse populations.
  5. To create a learning context that fosters critical thinking, and enables students to apply theoretical frameworks and research to practice,
  6. To prepare students to integrate faith and spirituality within social work practice with sensitivity to the diversity of settings and populations of practice.

REQUIRED COMPETENCIES

Graduates of the Social Work Program at Southeastern University will:

  1. Identify as professional social workers and serve as representatives of the profession, its mission, and its core values. 
  2. Be knowledgeable regarding social work ethical principles and standards and use them to guide professional practice.
  3. Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
  4. Demonstrate sensitivity to the influence of difference at all levels of human experience and competence in practicing equitably with diverse populations.
  5. Advance human rights and social and economic justice.
  6. Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.
  7. Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment to inform and guide generalist social work practice with systems of all sizes.  
  8. Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.    
  9. Respond proactively to contexts that shape practice.
  10. Apply the knowledge and skills of generalist social work to practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities, and seek to use those skills in service to the church and the community.
  11. Integrate faith and social work practice in a way that embraces diversity and is consistent with the NASW Code of Ethics.

Types or Resources

Books

You can find a good selection of Social Work books in our collection. A book can provide detailed background and in-depth historical information about any given topic. Try doing a keyword search in the catalog to find books about your topic.

Reference Books

This covers encyclopedias,dictionaries, handbooks and other resources that are referred to for specific information. Go to these for definitions, shorter explanations, quick historical and biographical sketches. Look under the Books Tab to find books in our collection.
Articles Articles from journals, magazines, and major newspapers are sources for information on current social issues and recent sociological studies. You will need to consult our databases to find articles. Look under the Articles Tab on this guide.
Internet
Resources
The internet can provide a wealth of good information, especially from government sources and professional organizations. Look under the Internet tab for a list of recommended sites
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