Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work

Foundation Courses

SOWK 200: Introduction to Social Work

Credit Hours



This course offers an introduction to the profession of social work, and it establishes a base for subsequent coursework in the major. It focuses on the beginning knowledge, values, and skills necessary for the consideration of a career in social work with an emphasis on generalist practice. A broad range of contemporary social problems are critically analyzed and experientially observed through visits to social agencies. Particular emphasis is given to issues of social and economic justice. Students have an opportunity to evaluate ways in which agencies interpret social problems and administer services and to study one specific area of interest within the social work field. Students are also expected to reflect on their own responses to different cultures, values, and service delivery systems. Introduction to Social Work is the first required course in the Social Work Department.

SOWK 200 Syllabus