Course Description

The course introduces you to the profession of Social Work as well as to the Baccalaureate Social Work (undergrad) program. Together we will examine the history of Social Work and the broader field of Social Welfare. One overarching goal of this course is to assist you in understanding:

To do that, we will be examining multiple issues that confront Social Work clients and the challenges of using Social Work knowledge and skills to address those issues.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

Required Text - Auto Access

Popple, P.R. & Leighninger, L. (2011). Social Work, Social Welfare, and American Society. (8th Ed.) Boston, MA: Pearson Publishing Company.

The required textbook for this course is a low-cost auto access digital textbook. Access the textbook using the link provided in the Textbook Access Module of this course (click on the Modules link to the left).

NOTE: You will be automatically charged for the digital textbook after the “Add” deadline (the end of the 2nd week of the semester).

If you do not want to use the digital textbook (perhaps you already purchased the print version of the textbook), you must opt out or you will be charged for the digital textbook. Follow this link if you wish to opt out:

If you want to use an alternative method of obtaining your textbook, you can compare prices through the University Store Price Comparison site. They will show you all of the options from the University Store plus several online options to help you find the best price.  Hardcopy  ISBN-13: 978-0205793839

Course Flow

This course has 2 main due dates:

Check the calendar for specific assignments' due dates.

You will also: 


See the course schedule (below) for a listing of the course assignments. 

Use the calendar to verify their specific due dates and times.  


You will need to document any/all work that is not your own. Failure to do so is plagiarism and will result in complete loss of credit for the assignment. Additionally, the incident will be reported to the student honor office for review. If in doubt, check online resources or with your instructor before submitting the assignment.


13 Quizzes 20 points each (20% of final grade)
3 Exams 100 points each (30% of final grade)
Experimental Activities (25% of final grade)
Introduction Discussion 10 points
Social History Interview 10 points
Trust Activity 15 points
Social Worker Interview 15 points
“Helium” Hula Hoop 15 points
IAT or Insider/Outsider 15 points
Site Visit Discussion 10 points
Poverty 15 points
ReMoved Discussion 10 points
Traffic Jam 15 points
Food Drive 30 points
Visit 15 points
Homelessness Discussion 10 points
Age Related Physical Changes Simulation 15 points
Learning Activities (25% of final grade)
Case Studies 5 points
Political Perspectives 15 points
Change Agent Discussion 10 points
BLS Discussion 10 points
Social Work Values 15 points
Human Knot 15 points
Wheatley House 15 points
Change Agents Orgs Discussion 10 points
Angry Eye Discussion 10 points
Learning Activity 2 15 points
Consequences of Abuse 15 points
Smith Family 10 points
Social Welfare Programs 15 points
Freedom Writers 15 points
Tammy's Story 15 points
When Kids Get Life 15 points
What's Medically Wrong with This? 15 points
Mental Health Discussion 10 points
Homelessness Solutions 15 points
Living Old Discussion 10 points


Quizzes total points = 260
Exams total points possible = 300
Experiential activities total points possible = 200
Learning activities total points possible = 255
Mid-course feedback total points possible = 1
Total points possible overall = 1016


Point Range Letter Grade
945 or more  A 
915 - 944   A -
885 - 914    B+ 
845 - 884  B 
815 - 844    B - 
785 - 814    C+ 
745 - 784  C 
715 - 744    C-  
685 - 714     D+  
645 - 684  D 
615 - 644   D- 
614 or less  F 

Special Accommodations for Students with a Disability

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, all qualified students enrolled in this course are entitled to “reasonable accommodation.” It is the student’s responsibility to disclose to the teacher any special needs before the end of the first week of class. BYU Idaho will provide upon request appropriate academic accommodations for qualified students with disabilities. For more information, contact the Disability Services at (208) 496-9210.

Course Copyright

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