Metropolitan State University

SOWK 381 : Community Learning Center Seminar

A. Course Description
Prerequisites: SOWK 321 Social Work Practice I  
Lab Hours/ Weeks: Corequisites: SOWK 391 - Community Learning Center Practicum
Lecture Hours/ Week :  
MnTC Goals: None
Faculty facilitate the learning of small groups of students assigned to the community learning center field practicum. The field seminar offers students opportunities to integrate social work knowledge, skills and values within a culturally specific context. The seminar is largely experiential and focuses on helping students apply social work theories to real-world settings. Within this group process, students develop a learning contract for the field practicum; share knowledge and experiences in the field practicum; and discuss issues and topics in social work identified within the field setting. Students are expected to share thoughts and feelings on adjusting to a professional role; and they are expected to share their awareness of human diversity as it relates to the social work profession. ** Note: this is a variable credit course with credit range of 1 - 3.
B. Course Effective Dates: 08/01/1998 - 09/05/1999 09/06/1999 - Present
C. Outline of Major Content Areas:
See Course Description for major content areas.
D. Learning Outcomes (General)
  1. Apply human behavior theories to generalist practice with client systems.
  2. Apply practice evaluation principles to their own generalist practice in the field.
  3. Apply the problem solving process, including assessment, contracting, planning, intervention, termination and evaluation for individuals, families and groups.
  4. Articulate their awareness in relation to human diversity.
  5. Articulate their awareness of their adjustment to the professional role
  6. Identify critical organizational, community and practice issues facing the host field agency.
  7. Present case examples from their experience with client systems and use the feedback of their instructors and peers to evaluate their practice.
E. Learning Outcomes (MN Transfer Curriculum)
This contains no goal areas.
G. Special Information
Community Engagement
Note: The instructor arranges schedules and student placements. SOWK 381 to be taken concurrently with SOWK 351 and SOWK 391.