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SOW 130 - Community Resources

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

A review of voluntary and governmental policies and services at local, state, and federal levels. Social legislation providing resources is related to the community service institutions, the groups served and service used.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Summarize the contemporary social issues in today’s society.
  2. Outline previous and current social services for meeting social problems.
  3. Identify social service agencies and organizations serving individuals, families and children in Allegheny County and surrounding counties.
  4. Demonstrate how to utilize community resources in helping people to solve problems.
  5. Illustrate how to make referrals to community resources.
  6. Recognize individual needs within “at risk” populations.
Listed Topics
  1. Poverty and public welfare
  2. Emotional problems
  3. Services to families
  4. Sexual concerns
  5. Drug treatment programs
  6. Correctional services
  7. Problems in education
  8. Work-related problems
  9. Racism and sexism
  10. Gerontological services
  11. Medical problems
  12. Physical and mental disabilities
Reference Materials
Recommended Text: Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare by Charles Zastrow, Brooks/Cole Publishing
Primary methods of instruction include lecture, class discussion, guest speakers, audio-visual aids, experiential learning exercises, agency visits and class presentations.
Approved By: Sutin, Stewart Date Approved: 2/18/2005
Last Reviewed: 5/9/2019

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