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Social Work

Degree Offered: Associate in Arts

Credits Required: 61 (2017-2018 Academic Year)

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The social work program focuses on four key areas: an introduction to the historical development of the knowledge and values of the social work profession; an introduction to social work practice skills and the generalist social work model; an introduction to cultural diversity and the opportunity to begin to develop cultural competency; and an introduction to a strengths-based perspective of a multiple systems approach to human development across the life span. Students also participate in a final semester seminar which requires each student to participate in the community for observation as well as an orientation to the entry-level social work position.

Graduates are prepared for transfer to a four-year social work program.

Social Work is a day program only.

Program Outcomes:  

Graduates will be able to

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of self-awareness and a personal sense of identity.
  2. Utilize a multidimensional systems based bio-psycho-social approach to human development and behavior across the life span.
  3. Apply the Generalists Intervention Model (GIM).
  4. Exhibit the skills in cultural diversity and cultural competency that are necessary for the effective practice of Social Work.


Curriculum - 1st Year

First Semester - 16 Credits

BIOL 100
Principles of Biology
This course provides lecture and lab experience for non-science majors through a survey of the Biological Sciences, with emphasis on Reproductioin, Environmental Biology, Human Genetics, Evolution, and Anatomical Systems. Individualized instructional techniques will be incorporated into the course. No prior science background is required. (3-2-4)
CIST 100
Introduction to Information Tech
A computer course designed to introduce students to personal computers. Topics include basic concepts of computer operations, storage media, software categories, Windows operating system, computer communication devices, and Internet. The course also includes introduction to Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. Honors Option Available Introduction to Information Technology honors introduces concepts related to global computing concepts together with MicroSoft Office to develop documents, spreadsheets, databases and presentations. Through a series of projects students will learn how to develop integrated applications correlated other honors courses. 3-0-3
SOCI 101
Principles of Sociology
This course provides the student with a general survey of the theories and concepts utilized in the field of sociology which contribute to a basic understanding of modern society and its structures. Key elements addressed within the course include the three foundational theoretical perspectives utilized in sociology, Functionalism, Conflict Theory and Symbolic Interactionism, the process of socialization, social institutions, such as family, marriage and religion, as well as an introduction to the basic research methods utilized in the field. 3-0-3
SOCW 150
Introduction to Social Welfare
The historical development of social work and the social welfare system in the United States are examined in this course. The social work philosophy, values and basic methods employed in the field of social work are introduced. Students will identify their attitudes towards social issues and demonstrate an understanding of how society has chosen to cope with social issues and problems. 3-0-3
WRIT 101
English Composition
Students will practice expository writing and learn the academic form of the essay and research paper. Students will focus on the development of an academically sound and challenging thesis and resulting essay. The mechanics of writing will be reviewed as needed. Pre-requisite: Placement testing; successful completion of DEVS012 Reading and DEVS015 Introduction to College Writing if required, permission of the Division Director. Honors Option Available English Composition Honor students will practice expository and persuasive discourse in writing and learning the academic form of the essay and research paper. Students will focus on the development of a sound thesis for projects concerning topics of global or international significance. 3-0-3

Second Semester - 16 Credits

HIST 111
US History I
This is a survey course of the history of the United States from the discovery of America to 1865. Political, social, and cultural changes are emphasized. 3-0-3
HIST 112
US History II
This is a survey course of the history of the United States from 1865 to the present. Political, social, and cultural changes are emphasized. 3-0-3
LITR 210
Concepts of Literature
This course introduces students to the three major forms of literary expression: fiction, poetry, and drama. Significant works from each form will be analyzed to reveal creative techniques, how they represent an author’s time, and how they reflect today’s human condition. Honors Option Available Concepts of Literature Honors explores literary art forms, both traditional, fiction, poetry and drama and non-traditional, film, virtual reality and gaming as well as the international cultures and philosophical approaches that create and interpret such works. Significant contributions to each literary form will be analyzed, resulting in student produced compositions, multi-media presentations and student lead discussions. Prerequisite: WRIT101 or permission of the department. 3-0-3
PSYC 101
General Psychology
This course examines the scientific study of behavior and mental processes and provides a survey of the major areas of psychology. Important topics and findings from psychology are reviewed. Topics include the role of science in the study of behavior, the biological foundations of behavior, learning, information processing, stress and health, social interaction, development, motivation, emotion and psychological disorders. 3-0-3
SOCI 210
Contemporary Social Problems
This course presents an analysis of several specific forms of contemporary social disorganization. Topics such as social equality and inequality, race relations, family disorganization, and the aging process will be approached from a sociological perspective. Prerequisite: SOCI101 3-0-3
TAOC Category Four - 4 credits

Curriculum - 2nd Year

Third Semester - 15 Credits

COMM 201
Public Speaking
The emphasis is on speech preparation and delivery in a variety of speaking experiences designed to improve the speaker’s capability through the application of correct speech practices. Honors Option Available Public Speaking Honors emphasizes speech preparation, and delivery, with special attention paid to crafting effective academic and professional presentations on global and international issues. Speeking experiences and presentations will be designed by individuals and groups and presented to the CCBC community, the public and other appropriate audiences. 3-0-3
PHIL 101
Introduction to Philosophy
This is a survey course designed to encourage the student to rediscover philosophical issues of historical importance and to develop philosophical techniques. 3-0-3
PHIL 110
Introduction to Ethics
This course provides an introduction to problems of moral philosophy. First we examine the problems intrinsic to making judgments which include value claims (as opposed to facts). Second, we examine the historical solutions to these problems and the ethical theories that they give rise to. Finally, we seek to apply these abstract ethical theories to a variety of particular contemporary moral issues. 3-0-3
SOCW 155
Human Behavior/Social Enviornment
This course will focus on the interaction between persons and the social systems they encounter throughout maturation or the life cycle. The course is also centered on the bio-psychological perspective that stresses a multidimensional view of human development and behavior. The transactional relationship between human behavior and pertinent psychological, social, biological, economic, cultural, environmental and institutional forces is stressed. Throughout the critical examination of various theories, students gain an appreciation for the inherent strengths, complexities and variations in the human experience. Pre-requisites: PSYC101, SOCW150, SOCI101, BIOL101. Co-requisite: SOCW160 3-0-3
SOCW 160
Introduction to Social Work
This course will introduce social work students to the Generalist Intervention Method of social work practice. This includes the processes of engagement, assessment, planning, implementation, evaluation, termination, and follow-up with individuals, families, and groups. Additional topics to be addressed include values, ethics, and the resolution of ethical dilemmas; culturally competent and gender sensitive practice; advocacy; brokering; case management; and record keeping and recording. Pre-requisites: PSYC101, SOCW150, SOCI101. Co-requisite: SOCW155 3-0-3
TAOC Category Six - 3 credits

Fourth Semester - 14 Credits

CRIM 120
Narcotics and Drug Abuse
This course includes the study of narcotics, dangerous drugs, and the people who abuse them; implementation, evaluation, and coordination of drug control programs; and consideration of private treatment programs, civil commitment procedures, public education programs, and medical treatment programs. 3-0-3
SOCI 115
Marriage and Family
This course examines the family as a basic institution of society; the interactions and functions of the family; and cultural traditions. Student will engage in sociological analysis of marriage in past and present societies. Current stresses and changes within the family and marriage will be evaluated. 3-0-3
PSYC 208
Abnormal Psychology
The course provides a foundation for understanding abnormal behavior. The class examines the nature of mental disorders and the approaches used to classify and treat them. Prerequisite: PSYC101 3-0-3
MATH 126
This course is an introduction to a field whose ideas and concepts pervade modern society and whose importance in business, technology, science and research in general is considerable and ever growing. The course consists of three parts, namely, descriptive statistics, probability and inferential statistics. Prerequisite: "C" or better in PREP021, appropriate placement score or high school records. 4-0-4
POLS 101
American National Government
This course considers the evolution of the principles, form, and operation of our governmental systems with special emphasis on constitutional issues and the various means for the resolution of conflicts. 3-0-3
SOCW 210
Social Work Seminar I
The Social Work Seminar I taught by social work faculty in conjunction with the student's Social Work Practicum I is designed to integrate the knowledge, values and skills presented in the classroom with the field practicum experience. In this seminar, students will be required to critique their own practice skills and discuss the dimensions of social work practice from their emerging professional experiences. Students will share their field placement experiences with other students while also learning from those students who are undertaking their practicum experiences. Pre-requisites: SOCW160, SOCW150, SOCW155. 1-0-1
SOCW 231
Cultural Diversity in American Soc
As reflected by the cultural diversity of American society, this course examines issues of race, ethnicity, gender/gender roles, social class and sexuality in America from a sociological perspective within both the historical and contemporary context. This course also provides students with the opportunity to engage in a process of systematic self-examination so as to identify both their personal belief system on these topics as well as to explore their impact on the student's sense of identity. Social work students (SOCI231) will also be provided with opportunities to develop cultural competency within a framework based on a strength based multi-system approach when working with cultural diverse groups. Pre-requisites: SOCW150, SOCW155 and SOCW160. 3-0-3