Student-Originated Studies: Social Work/Human Services Skill Sets

Fall 2015 quarter

Taught by

social work

This one-quarter, student-centered program allows students to study social work as a career option. The program is designed to meet the needs of students with differing interests in the social work field. Because of this, we will create the syllabus as we proceed to include a variety of student interests. Students are encouraged to invite guest speakers, bring videos, and suggest books. The faculty will work with students to ensure that their learning goals are met.

Program activities will consist of lectures, guest speakers, seminars, videos, etc. As foundational information, all students will read Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Friere. From there, students will create their own reading lists based on their areas of interest.

A history component will introduce students to the historical and cultural experiences of groups served by the social services system, such as women, Native Americans, African Americans, the poor, youth, etc. A cultural competence component will be self-exploratory, enabling students to understand what they bring to a cultural encounter in a service-providing role. Students will use online tools and related readings to gain an understanding of the Indian Child Welfare Act and the cultural factors to consider when handling cases involving Indian children and families.

Students may work in groups on projects of common interest. Students are encouraged to present what they learn to the class as well as write reflectively. Students will write at least one poem, based on George Ella Lyon's poem, "Where I'm From." A portfolio of student work will be maintained.

Program Details

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

social work/human services work in state, private, or tribal organizations.

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Day


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Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning: Access to web-based tools required, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.

Internship Possibilities

Students must complete an in-program Internship Learning Contract in consultation with the faculty and Academic Advising. Please go to Individual Study for more information.

Registration Information

Credits: 16 (Fall)

Variable Credit Options

variable credit options available.

Class standing: Sophomore–Senior

Maximum enrollment: 24


Course Reference Numbers

So - Sr (16 credits): 10195
So - Sr (1-16 credits): 10196

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