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Shauna Carlisle
BIS 293
Bothell Campus

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Examines different subjects or problems from an interdisciplinary framework.

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The purpose of this survey course is to introduce students to social services in the United States including its organization, fields of practice, social welfare history and policy. Introductory knowledge will be covered drawing on social welfare: theory, research, court decisions, case studies, and policy. Competing assumptions and ideologies to solving social problems will be considered. Course will also include an overview of the social work profession in the following areas: children, youth, and families; generalist practice; mental health and clinical practice; substance abuse; forensic social work; health care; social work in education; gerontology; and social welfare policy. A seminar/lecture style format will be used to actively engage students with the topics and concepts covered in class.


This course will introduce students to the art and practice of argumentation and debate. Students will learn how to compose an argument, construct a case, methods of attack and defense, effective communication strategies and variations in debate style. In addition students will learn how to effectively interrogate an argument. Students will have an opportunity to practice their debate skills in a debate tournament at the end of the quarter.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Shauna Carlisle
Date: 06/16/2011