Eielson AFB

Winter 2006


Wayland Baptist University exists to educate students in an academically challenging and distinctively Christian environment for professional success, lifelong learning, and service to God and humankind.


JUAD 3322- Introduction to Social Work (CRIJ/SOCI 3322)


Instructor : Karen Medbury MSW, LCSW

Class Time: Tuesdays at 6:00 -10:00 pm


Office Hours : By appointment only


Contact Information : Work: 377-4727 Home: 488-0346 (9am-9pm only)

 Email: karen.medbury@eielson.af.mil


Catalog Description : Perspectives, working concepts, goals of social work practice, examination of casework, group-work and community work.


There is no prerequisite for this course


Textbook : Social Work & Social Welfare

By Ambrosino, Heffernan, Shuttlesworth, and Ambrosino


Course Outline : Introduction to Social Work will cover the past and present state of social work and define social work differences from other helping professions. A systems theory perspective as well as generalist practice will be explored. Several of the fields of social work and the populations they encompassed will be presented as well.


Course requirements: Generally, classes will consist of a lecture and class discussion on the weekly reading assignment, and a discussion of relevant issues. Classes may also include exercises, in-class presentations, and/or films to help clarify and enhance your understanding of a topic. Additional requirements are a paper, presentation, midterm and final exam.


· For the paper select one of the fields of practice from the text. Complete a 6-8 page paper exploring the role of social work in that field and the populations that field encompasses. The paper should be done in simple APA format. Utilize at least 2 additional resources.


· For the project you will explore the NASW web site:

www.naswdc.org for potential jobs in your chosen field. You will present a general overview of your field and the types of jobs available to the class. (MSN Career Builder and Monster may also be utilized).



· The exams will be multiple choice, short answer and essay questions. Exam 1 will cover chapters 1-9 and exam 2 will cover chapters 9-18.



Student Learning Outcomes: At the end of the course, the learner will understand and be able to describe:

•  Define social welfare and social work practice;

•  identify and perform beginning professional social work skills;

•  Develop an understanding of social work ethics;

•  Discuss the various fields of social work and the underlying concepts;

•  Develop critical thinking in relationships to analyzing social work.

Method of determining course grade:

Grade weight: (based on 100 points possible)

  Class Participation = Grade   X    2% = __________ points

  Paper = Grade       X   25% = __________ points

  Project = Grade       X   15% = __________ points

  Exam 1 = Test score     X   29% = __________ points

  Exam   2 = Test score     X   29% = __________ points

          Grand Total = __________ points


The University has a standard grade scale:

A = 90-100, B = 80-89, C = 70-79, D = 60-69, F= below 60, W = Withdrawal, WP = withdrew passing, WF = withdrew failing, I = incomplete. An incomplete may be given within the last two weeks of a long term or within the last two days of a microterm to a student who is passing, but has not completed a term paper, examination, or other required work for reasons beyond the student’s control. A grade of “incomplete” is changed if the work required is completed prior to the last day of the next long (10 to 15 weeks) term, unless the instructor designates an earlier date for completion.  If the work is not completed by the appropriate date, the I is converted to an F.


Attendance : Students enrolled at one of the University’s external campuses should make every effort to attend all class meetings.  All absences must be explained to the instructor, who will then determine whether the omitted work may be made up.  When a student reaches that number of absences considered by the instructor to be excessive, the instructor will so advise the student and file an unsatisfactory progress report with the campus dean.  Any student who misses 25 percent or more of the regularly scheduled class meetings will receive a grade of F in the course.  Additional attendance policies for each course, as defined by the instructor in the course syllabus, are considered a part of the University’s attendance policy.

Additional attendance policies: Exception will be made for TDY and exercises provided the instructor is notified ahead of time.


Instructor's policy on Academic Dishonesty: Intellectual integrity and truthfulness are fundamental to scholarship. Scholars, whether they are performing as students or as teachers, are engaged in a search for truth. Plagiarism is a form of cheating and also a form of theft. Plagiarism occurs when a student fails to give proper credit when information is either quoted or paraphrased . Carelessness is no excuse. As such, it is a breach of scholarly responsibility. It is unethical and in some cases illegal. Looking at or copying someone else’s test, answer sheet, and/or paper are counted as cheating. Plagiarism and cheating may result in an “F” in the course.


Service for the Disabled : It is University policy that no otherwise qualified disabled person be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any educational program or activity in the University. Students should inform the instructor of existing disabilities at the first class meeting.


Tentative Schedule :


Mid-term: January 9


Paper Due: January 30


Presentations: February 6


Final Exam: February 13.