Social Work 562 Social Work Research 3 Units

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Attendance Policy

Students are expected to attend every class and to remain in the synchronous online class for the duration of the class. Failure to attend class, arriving late or lack of active participation may impact your ability to achieve course objectives, which could affect your course grade. Students are expected to notify the instructor by email of any anticipated absence or reason for tardiness.

University of Southern California policy permits students to be excused from class, without penalty, for the observance of religious holy days. This policy also covers scheduled final examinations that conflict with students’ observance of a holy day. Students must make arrangements in advance to complete class work that will be missed, or to reschedule an examination, due to holy days observance. Please refer to Scampus and to the USC School of Social Work Student Handbook for additional information on attendance policies.

Students are expected to follow Virtual Academic Center guidelines about appropriate conduct and attendance in synchronous live session. In consideration of classmates and the instructor, students are asked to keep external distractions that might interfere with class to a minimum.

Statement on Academic Integrity

USC seeks to maintain an optimal learning environment. General principles of academic honesty include the concept of respect for the intellectual property of others, the expectation that individual work will be submitted unless otherwise allowed by an instructor, and the obligations both to protect one’s own academic work from misuse by others as well as to avoid using another’s work as one’s own. All students are expected to understand and abide by these principles. SCampus, the Student Guidebook, contains the Student Conduct Code in Section 11.00, while the recommended sanctions are located in Appendix A: Students will be referred to the Office of Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards for further review, should there be any suspicion of academic dishonesty. The Review process can be found at:

Additionally, it should be noted that violations of academic integrity are not only violations of USC principles and policies, but also violations of the values of the social work profession.

Statement for Students with Disabilities

Any student requesting academic accommodations based on a disability is required to register with Disability Services and Programs (DSP) each semester. A letter of verification for approved accommodations can be obtained from DSP. Please be sure the letter is delivered to the instructor as early in the semester as possible. Instructors are not permitted to provide accommodations without this letter. DSP is located in STU 301 and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The phone number for DSP is (213) 740-0776. The Office of Disability Services and Programs is aware of the USC School of Social Work Virtual Academic Center and will work with students on the mailing and electronic transfer of needed documents and verifications.

Emergency Response Information

Note: The following Emergency Response Information pertains to students on campus, but please note its importance should you be on campus for a temporary or extended period. When not on campus: Call the 911 listing in your local community for any emergency.

To receive information, call the main number (213) 740-2711, press #2. “For recorded announcements, events, emergency communications or critical incident information.”

To leave a message, call (213) 740-8311

For additional university information, please call (213) 740-9233

Or visit university website:

If it becomes necessary to evacuate the building, please go to the following locations carefully and using stairwells only. Never use elevators in an emergency evacuation.

Students may also sign up for a USC Trojans Alert account to receive alerts and emergency notifications on their cell phone, pager, PDA, or e-mail account. Register at

University Park Campus

Academic Centers

City Center

Front of Building

(12th & Olive)

Orange County

Faculty Parking Lot


Lot B

San Diego

Building Parking Lot


Lot B


Front of Building


McCarthy Quad


McCarthy Quad

Do not re-enter the building until given the “all clear” by emergency personnel.

Statement about Incompletes

The Grade of Incomplete (IN) can be assigned only if there is work not completed because of a documented illness or some other emergency occurring after the 12th week of the semester. Students must NOT assume that the instructor will agree to the grade of IN. Removal of the grade of IN must be instituted by the student and agreed to be the instructor and reported on the official “Incomplete Completion Form.”

Policy on Late or Make-Up Work

Papers are due on the day and time specified. Extensions will be granted only for extenuating circumstances. If the paper is late without permission, the grade will be affected. Your instructor will provide you with details about his or her policies regarding late papers, but generally, it is a half a grade per day.

Policy on Changes to the Syllabus and/or Course Requirements

It may be necessary to make some adjustments in the syllabus during the semester in order to respond to unforeseen or extenuating circumstances. Adjustments that are made will be communicated to students both verbally and in writing.

Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers

Approved by the 1996 NASW Delegate Assembly and revised by the 2008 NASW Delegate Assembly []


The primary mission of the social work profession is to enhance human well­being and help meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty. A historic and defining feature of social work is the profession’s focus on individual well­being in a social context and the well­being of society. Fundamental to social work is attention to the environmental forces that create, contribute to, and address problems in living.
Social workers promote social justice and social change with and on behalf of clients. “Clients” is used inclusively to refer to individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Social workers are sensitive to cultural and ethnic diversity and strive to end discrimination, oppression, poverty, and other forms of social injustice. These activities may be in the form of direct practice, community organizing, supervision, consultation administration, advocacy, social and political action, policy development and implementation, education, and research and evaluation. Social workers seek to enhance the capacity of people to address their own needs. Social workers also seek to promote the responsiveness of organizations, communities, and other social institutions to individuals’ needs and social problems.

The mission of the social work profession is rooted in a set of core values. These core values, embraced by social workers throughout the profession’s history, are the foundation of social work’s unique purpose and perspective:


Social justice

Dignity and worth of the person

Importance of human relationships



This constellation of core values reflects what is unique to the social work profession. Core values, and the principles that flow from them, must be balanced within the context and complexity of the human experience.


If you have a complaint or concern about the course or the instructor, please discuss it first with the instructor. If you feel you cannot discuss it with the instructor, contact the chair of the sequence, Michael Hurlburt, at or the SOWK 562 Faculty Lead Instructor, Dr. Marcia Wilson, at If you do not receive a satisfactory response or solution, contact your advisor or Dr. June Wiley, Director of the Virtual Academic Center, at (213) 821-0901 or for further guidance.

Tips for Maximizing Your Learning Experience in this Course

Be mindful of getting proper nutrition, exercise, rest and sleep!

Come to class.

Complete required readings and assignments BEFORE coming to class.

BEFORE coming to class, review the materials from the previous Unit AND the current Unit, AND scan the topics to be covered in the next Unit.

Come to class prepared to ask any questions you might have.

Participate in class discussions.

AFTER you leave class, review the materials assigned for that Unit again, along with your notes from that Unit.

If you don't understand something, ask questions! Ask questions in class, during office hours, and/or through email!

Keep up with the assigned readings.

Don’t procrastinate or postpone working on assignments.

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