UNC-Chapel Hill SOWO 850 - SOWO 850 Syllabus (24 pages)

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School:
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Course:
Sowo 850 - School Social Work: Policy and Practice
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THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK COURSE NUMBER SOWO 850 Section 001 Monday 6 8 50 pm Room TTK 101 COURSE TITLE School Social Work Policy and Practice Spring 2009 INSTRUCTORS Gary L Shaffer Ph D MSW School of Social Work CB 3550 Office 402K Phone 919 962 6436 Email glshaffe email unc edu Office Hours Mondays 11 30 1pm or by appointment Joelle D Powers PhD MSW School of Social Work CB 3550 Office 563C Phone 919 843 8686 Email jdpowers email unc edu Office Hours Tuesdays 12 2pm or by appointment COURSE DESCRIPTION An examination of public school social work policy and practice The course emphasizes an ecological approach within the context of the school familycommunity context EXPANDED DESCRIPTION This course is designed to help prepare you for social work practice in the public schools It assumes that you have a foundation of knowledge in social work policy practice research and human behavior in the social environment It also assumes that you have had some field practica or work experience in a human service setting Though readings short assignments and papers this course will help you examine a range of practice and policy issues related to the delivery of social work services in school settings The course also addresses current federal and North Carolina laws as they relate to practice with school age children and their families School social work professional standards program development and licensure receive attention as well An ecological approach to practice will be emphasized throughout the course This course meets the school social work course requirement for graduate and undergraduate licensure as a School Social Worker in the State of North Carolina Students in school practica practicing and potential school social workers and others interested in improving student support services should find its content interesting and helpful COURSE OBJECTIVES Upon completing this course students will be able to Understand the school as a social system the roles and responsibilities of its personnel and students its relationship to the home and general community and the unity and complexity of its interacting personalities and functions Be able to identify groups of school children for whom social work services are appropriate including children considered at high risk gifted children children with disabilities abused and 2 neglected children minority children and children of different cultures You will also be able to identify appropriate social interventions for these groups Be aware of current legal and social policy issues which impact on the pupil school community and school social work practices Understand several models of social work practice used in the schools and develop a personal model of social work practice in the schools Be aware of the multiplicity of school social worker roles and responsibilities both within the school system and community and understand how to use various techniques for maximizing opportunities for change and for providing leadership in school social work practice Be familiar with school social work professional standards ethics and issues of licensure Be able to identify personal and programmatic evaluative methods useful in school social work practice REQUIRED READINGS National Association of Social Workers 2002 Standards for social work services in the schools Washington DC Author Retrieved December 31 2007 from http www socialworkers org sections credentials school social asp North Carolina Youth Advocacy and Involvement Office 2000 Youth rights and responsibilities A handbook for NC youth Retrieved December 31 2007 from http www doa state nc us yaio documents rights pdf Your school or system s publication on student and or parent s rights and responsibilities Secure a copy and review this material These will be used for Units 6 7 and 9 Class handouts and required readings listed in the syllabus and or found on our Blackboard Bbd course web site Access is at http blackboard unc edu A complete bibliography is available on Bbd for citations in the class syllabus METHODS OF INSTRUCTION The course will use lectures readings small group class discussions and threaded discussions on Bbd student presentations guest lecturers and appropriate media to help integrate the knowledge and skills relevant to school social work practice Blackboard Student Tracking Blackboard generates daily statistics on your interaction with the lesson site I am able to identify the areas in the lessons that are being accessed time in session and the hour and day you access our site We use this information to understand how you choose to use the content and to determine areas that might need to be modified in future lessons Your personal identity will be masked COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND GRADING The Honor Code It is the responsibility of every student to obey and support the enforcement of the Honor Code Students will properly attribute sources used in preparing written work and sign a pledge on all graded coursework certifying that no unauthorized assistance has been received or given in the completion of the work All written assignments should contain a signed pledge stating I have not given or received aid in preparing this written work Credit will not 3 be awarded for work without the signed pledge If reason exists to believe that academic dishonesty has occurred a referral will be made to the Office of the Student Attorney General for investigation and further action as required Policy on Attendance Traditional Students Traditional students missing more than 6 hours of course time during the semester will have to withdraw from the class Virtual Students Virtual Students will complete a Participation Attendance Activity each week in Discussion Board as outlined in the syllabus to compensate for the learning that takes place during the in class sessions that they are not physically present for This is how attendance and participation are graded for this course Virtual students missing more than two Participation Attendance activities will be required to withdraw from the course Policy on Late Assignments All assignments should be complete and submitted on time Late or incomplete assignments will result in a lower grade The grade for late papers will be reduced 10 per day including weekends Prior approval from the instructor must be obtained if material is to be submitted late More than two late assignments may require the student to


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