Social Work Profession

Identify inherent injustices, biases, and barriers in social work functions at all practice
levels. (G3c)(G2e)(G2f)
5. Design and promote ethical responses to societal injustices by drawing on the
profession’s rich legacy of fomenting social change. (G3c)
6. Examine the successes and failures of existing and developing social policies in
protecting human rights and promoting the dignity and worth of all individuals. (G5a)
7. Apply social work ethics, values, and its legacy of leadership in creating positive and
progressive social change at all levels of society. (G5b)
Engage Access
Required Textbook
Segal, E.A., Gerdes, K.E. & Steiner, S. (2019). An introduction to the profession of social work (6th
ed.).Boston, MA: Cengage Learning ISBN 13: 978-1337567046
Optional Additional Resources

Introduction to social work: The people’s profession (4th

Ed.). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-08-19-016566-6

Other Resources
Anyikwa, V. A., Chiarelli-Helminiak, C. M., Hodge, D. M., & Wells-Wilbon, R. (2015). Women
Empowering Women. Journal of Social Work Education, 51(4), 723–737. Retrieved from


Bent-Goodley, T. B. (2016). Social Work’s Grand Challenges: Mobilizing the Profession. Social
Work, 61(3), 197–198.

of Superpowers. Lanham: Lexington Books. Retrieved from https://search-ebscohost-

Gitterman, A. (2014). Social Work: A Profession in Search of Its Identity. Journal of Social Work
Education, 50(4), 599–607

Gorelik, Y., Damron-
Interest in Aging: Is It Affected by Contact with Older Adults? Educational Gerontology,

26(7), 623–638.

Hall, R. (2008). The evolution of social work practice: implications for the generalist approach.
International Journal of Social Welfare, 17(4), 390–395.

Kingsley Publishers. Retrieved from

Imtiaz, S., Probst, C., & Rehm, J. (2018). Substance use and population life expectancy in the
USA: Interactions with health inequalities and implications for policy. Drug & Alcohol
Review, 37, S263–S267.

Knight, C. (2001). The skills of teaching social work practice in the generalist/foundation
curriculum: BSW and MSW Student Views. Journal of Social Work Education, 37(3), 507–

Lin, A. C., & Harris, D. R. (2008).


Lundy, C., & Van Wormer, K. (2007). Social and economic justice, human rights and peace: The
challenge for social work in Canada and the USA. International Social Work, 50(6), 727–
National Association of Social Workers. (2017). NASW code of ethics. Retrieved July 31. 2019


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