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Department of Social Work
1339 Wahnish Way
300 Banneker Building B
Tallahassee, Florida 32307
 
 

BSW Program Goals & Objectives

The mission of the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program in the Department of Social Work is to provide a beginning generalist curriculum reflecting the history, knowledge, values, ethics and skills of the profession.  We seek to educate students who will engage in the problem-solving process with individuals, groups and communities; promote social and economic justice for oppressed people; and demonstrate knowledge and sensitivity to human diversity.  Program graduates will be prepared for beginning social work practice and/or advanced standing upon entry into a graduate program of study. Therefore our BSW Program provides our students with the following educational objectives to enhance their social work education and promote life-long learning:
Goal 1: To provide a liberal arts base for foundation knowledge, critical and effective communication and critical thinking.
  • Objective a: Students will demonstrate knowledge of the liberal arts perspective including human biology, society and culture, history, political science, economics, and analytical sciences.
  • Objective b: Students will demonstrate proficiency in oral and in written communication.
  • Objective c: Students will demonstrate the ability to use critical thinking in analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating social policies, services, and programs.
  • Objective d:  Students will acquire the skills to utilize technology, including the internet, for education, advocacy, research, and practice purposes.
Goal 2: To socialize students in the ethics and values of the profession.
  • Objective a: Students will apply ethics and values both as students and professionals.
  • Objective b: Students will acquire the skills to utilize technology, including the internet, for education, advocacy, research, and practice purposes.
Goal 3: To help students to understand the need for continuous professional development.
  • Objective a: Students will acquire membership in at least one professional organization.
  • Objective b: Students will establish professional goals.
  • Objective c: Students will acquire the skills to utilize technology, including the internet, for education, advocacy, research, and practice purposes.
Goal 4: To provide study of theories and facts comprising the knowledge base of human behavior and social environment with emphasis on populations at risk, human
              diversity, and women.

  • Objective a: Students will have a knowledge base that helps them meet basic human needs and support the development of human capacities.
  • Objective b: Students will be familiar with the characteristics of populations-at-risk.
  • Objective c: Students will be able to articulate knowledge of and demonstrate sensitivity to the characteristics and social barriers experienced by the disenfranchised (those who feel they have little or no influence in society), the oppressed, and other diverse group members.
  • Objective d: Students will acquire the skills to utilize technology, including the internet, for education, advocacy, research, and practice purposes.
Goal 5: To focus on the public will, and the political and legislative processes used in the development and implementation of social policy.
  • Objective a: Students will understand the impact of various forces on political/ legislative support for social issues.
  • Objective b: Students will have the capacity for using the political system in support of appropriate social issues from a local, state, federal, and/or global perspective.
  • Objective c: Students will acquire the skills to utilize technology, including the internet, for education, advocacy, research, and practice purposes.
Goal 6: To provide orientation to the methods of social research and the tools and procedures used in measurement of social behavior, and social work practice.
  • Objective a: Ability to communicate (orally and in writing) and the use of critical inquiry for scholarly research.
  • Objective b: Students will demonstrate an understanding of research processes and ability to utilize the research of others.
  • Objective c: Students will have the capacity to formulate a simple research study.
  • Objective d: Students will demonstrate the ability to evaluate practice.
  • Objective e: Students will acquire the skills to utilize technology, including the internet, for education, advocacy, research, and practice purposes.
Goal 7: To provide application of the generalist practice method with client systems including individuals, groups, communities, and organizations, in diverse settings.
  • Objective a: Students will be able to utilize their oral and written communication skills to enhance the social functioning and interactions of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  • Objective b: Students will demonstrate understanding and application of generalist practice skills through continuous self-assessment.
  • Objective c: Students will acquire the skills to utilize technology, including the internet, for education, advocacy, research, and practice purposes.
Goal 8: To provide evaluative study of social movements and organizational programs promoting the general welfare of oppressed peoples.
  • Objective a: Students will demonstrate knowledge of social policy development and the history of social welfare.
  • Objective b: Students will have knowledge of the governmental system of social services.
  • Objective c: Students will acquire the skills to utilize technology, including the internet, for education, advocacy, research, and practice purposes.
Goal 9: To promote successful strategies for political, social, and economic development of African Americans and their communities.
  • Objective a: Students will understand the impact of political, social and economic forces that affect the African American community.
  • Objective b: Students will have the capacity for using the generalist practice knowledge and skills to advocate on behalf of the African American community.
  • Objective c: Students will acquire the skills to utilize technology, including the internet, for education, advocacy, research, and practice purposes.