This course examines social work practice from a macro perspective introducing community direct practice skills. It introduces basic concepts and principles of community organization and organizational theory including social structures and processes, social change, social control, social stratification, and socialization through community organizations and institutions. Emphasizes community and organizational assessment and intervention, ethics, and the roles of the social worker in working within an organizational context and within a community.
To serve society and clients comprehensively, social workers are required to intervene in community situations and to help facilitate needed change in organizations. Historically, social work has been concerned with individuals, as well as the communities they are part of and the organizations that provide services. Individual service and reform have been parallel streams in social work and the tension between them has helped to develop the unique character of the profession.
This is part of a multi-course sequence which orients students to the Generalist Practice model of social work with particular emphasis on Social Work roles, values and ethics as well as core concepts and applications across individual, family, group, and community units of attention. Generalist practice includes multi-level (policy, community, organizational, family, individual) assessments. Theories and change strategies for each level and across levels are introduced.
This course deals with community and organizations as units of intervention. This will include defining community, introducing the community and organization development processes, social planning approaches, and community work for social change. The course concludes with specific strategies for in involving clients in advocacy for change across all levels of intervention.