Teaches a theoretical framework for practice based on three professional assumptions: a regard for human dignity and social justice as fundamental for a democratic society, a recognition of the interconnectedness between person-environment well-being, and the acceptance of holistic problem-solving as optimal for achieving individual and social change. The course focus is on individuals, families, and groups whose concerns may immediately initiate direct services provision on their behalf. These services engage both natural supports and societal resources to favorably influence client well-being. Theoretical content in SW301 is conjointly used to implement an ecological social systems approach to assessment, intervention, and evaluation. Teaching methodology incorporates case studies and guest practitioners, as well as lecture-discussion.