SW 200 Special Topics 2 hours
SW 200A Special Topics: Working with Substance Abuse
SW 200B Special Topics: Working with Children and Families
SW 200C Special Topics: Working with Mental Illness
SW 200D Special Topics: Working with Health Care
SW 200E Special Topics: Working with Diversity
SW 200F Special Topics: Working with Spanish Speaking
Individuals and Communities
SW 200G Special Topics: Working with LGBT Individuals
Recommended Prerequisites: SOC 201 or 202, PSY 205;
Term: 1, 2, 3
Course addresses specific practice areas, populations and/or
issues in order to provide an opportunity to delve more deeply
into specialized topics that are not fully addressed in other
courses. Offered on a rotating basis according to special
interests and needs of students. Sometimes offered in
SW 237 Physical Aspects of Aging 2 hours
Prerequisite: None; Term: 2
This course relates the concepts of biology to aging. Topics
covered include physical theories of aging, cellular aging and
the effects of aging on specific human systems. Discussion of
diseases associated with aging will be covered.
SW 248 Peer Recovery Mentoring 3 hours
Prerequisite: None; Term 1, 2, 3
This course, based on the International Certification &
Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) domains provides the
educational component to meet the Michigan Certification
Board for Addiction Professionals’ (MCBAP) requirements
for the State of Michigan’s Certified Peer Recovery Mentor
(CPRM-M) credential. The curriculum consists of forty-eight
(48) /classroom hours and is offered in a four-week intensive
instruction format. Marygrove College meets the MCBAP
standards and criteria as an approved training provider. This
course is open to all students. However, for State Certification
as a Peer Recovery Mentor two or more years of sustained
recovery is highly recommended.
SW 268 Child Welfare Policies and Services 2 hours
Prerequisite: None; Term: 2, 3
Examination of major social policies and services addressing the
needs and problems of America’s children and their well being.
Focus is placed on child-care issues, out-of-home placement
and adoption policies, kinship placement, continuum of care
and permanency issues, family policies, children’s health needs
and services, child protection laws, juvenile diversion and court
services, and culturally specific policies and programs.
SW 299 Pre-professional Practicum 1-6 hours
Must be arranged through the Social Work Certificate Director.
Experience in a social work setting such as gerontology,
child welfare, mental health. Students are involved in
supervised observation and participation in direct practice
with individuals, families, small groups, organizations and/
or communities, or in indirect practice with macro systems
targeted for change. May be repeated for a maximum total
of six credits. Each credit hour equals 40 clock hours of
SW 306 Ethnic and Racial Diversity 3 hours
Prerequisite: SOC 201 or an introductory Sociology course;
Term: 1, 2, 3.
Course cross-listed with SOC 306 and POL 306.
Analysis of the social, economic, and political aspects of
ethnic/racial relations in the US. Effects of diversity on various
ethnic and racial groups.
SW 312 Introduction to Social Work 3 hours
Prerequisites: ENG 108, SOC 201 or 202, PSY 205; Term: 1, 2
Survey of the social work profession – its past and present role
within the social welfare institution and the field of human
services. Exploration of the nature of social work – its focus,
purpose, various tasks, range of practice settings, levels of
practice, as well as the base of knowledge, values, and skills
for responding to human needs/problems and diverse client
populations. Focuses attention on generalist social work
practice – with identification of social casework, group-work,
community organization and other specializations. Stresses
self-assessment of aptitude for social work and explores career
SW 312L Introduction to Social Work Laboratory 1 hour
Corequisite: SW 312; Term: 1, 2, 3
Supervised experience in a local social service agency or a
field setting where social work is practiced. These include
child welfare, gerontology, public welfare, family services,
medical and health care, mental health and community
services, corrections, schools and others. Participation in and
observation of the work day of social workers engaged in direct
practice with individuals, families, small groups, organizations,
and/or communities, and/or those involved in indirect social
work practice with macro systems targeted for change. One (1)
credit hour required, concurrent with SW 312. One (1) credit
hour equals 40 clock hours of agency work; may be repeated
for a maximum of three credits. First experience must be
successfully completed before next experience will be allowed.
Each credit hour experience explores social work activity with
a system of a different size as well as a different field of, or
setting for, social work practice.
SW 314 Social Welfare Policy 3 hours
Prerequisites: SOC 201 or 202, PSY 205; Term: 1, 2
Examination of social welfare as an institution and the socioeconomic
and political forces that shape social welfare policy
throughout history. Emphasis is on the changing conceptions
of social welfare, the organizations of existing social welfare
programs, and their impact on oppressed and vulnerable
client systems. Also considered are the development and
implementation of social welfare policy and the evaluation
of social welfare responses to human needs according to
principles of social justice. Alternative systems are explored.
Sometimes offered in on-line or hybrid format.
SW 325 Professional Communication with
Individuals and Groups
Prerequisites: SOC 201 or 202, PSY 205, ENG 108; SW 312;
Term: 1, 2
Laboratory and didactic course emphasizing the development
of interactional skills. Focus is on communications skills
with individuals, families and groups. Confidentiality and
accountability are emphasized. Special emphasis is given
to working with diverse client populations. Lab experiences
will include group membership, role plays, videotaping of
interviews, computerized exercises, critiques of techniques and
styles of interacting with others.
SW 340 Human Behavior and the 3 hours
Social Environment I
Prerequisites: PHL 126 or PHL 225 or PHL 276, PSY 240 or
PSY 321, PSY 346 or SW 410, SW 312; ENG 312; Term: 2, 3
Writing Intensive Course
Integrative study of the biological, psychological, sociocultural
and spiritual components of human individuality
based upon social systems theory. Examination of reciprocal
interaction between human behavior and the social
environment throughout the life cycle of diverse client systems.
Focus on effects of oppression upon groups and individuals.
Emphasis upon respect for diversity in systems’ values, needs
and goals, especially in relation to social work practice.
SW 345 Sociology of the Family 3 hours
Prerequisite: SOC 201 or 202; Term: 1, 2
Analyzes the family including marriage and kinship
relationships, as both a social institution and a network
of small group interactions. Sociological theories will be
investigated as well as empirical research. Sometimes offered
in on-line format.
SW 350 Social Work Practice I 4 hours
Prerequisites: MTH 100, SOC 306, SOC 345 or SW 200B, SW 312,
SW 325; Pre/Corequisites: SW 340; SW majors officially accepted
into the program only; course checklist from your advisor
indicating readiness prior to registration; must be taken within 6
months of beginning SW 455; Term: 2,3
A systems frame of reference for generalist social work practice
is applied in the problem-solving process with individuals,
groups, families, communities and organizations. Emphasis
is on the value base of practice and the development of
relationships with persons of diverse and oppressed groups.
Focus on analytical and interactional skills, interviewing, data
collection, problem identification and assessment, especially
as related to the beginning and middle phases of the change
process. Micro systems practice is emphasized. As a result of
assessment, at the end of SW 350, if necessary, you may be
required to do a pre-practicum in order to demonstrate your
aptitude and skills for Social Work. SW 350 must be re-taken
if student is not in a field placement within 6 months of
completing the course.
SW 355 Social Research 4 hours
Prerequisites: MTH 100, PSY 205, SOC 201 or 202; ENG 312;
Term: 1, 2
Provides a beginning understanding and appreciation of social
research. Emphasizes the use and production of research
for improving one’s effectiveness as a generalist social work
practitioner or social science professional. Students become
familiar with different social research approaches, using
both quantitative and qualitative data. Includes a series
of experiential exercises that lead students step-by-step
through the research process: deciding and developing a
research question, specifying sampling strategy, selecting or
developing appropriate measures, planning and carrying out a
data collection, analyzing data, and writing a research paper.
Emphasizes important ethical and human diversity issues raised
throughout the research process.
SW 365 Research and Statistics for Social Workers 4 hours
Prerequisite: SW 355; Term 1, 2
Provides the opportunity to build on the basic knowledge
and skills gained in Social Research (SW 355), combining
theoretical and experiential learning. Emphasis is placed on the
types of research used most frequently by social workers within
an agency setting: needs assessment, practice evaluation, and
program evaluation. Use of basic descriptive and inferential
statistics in the context of the overall research process is
taught. Students also learn how to effectively evaluate research
studies. Important ethical and human diversity issues are also
addressed throughout the course.
SW 378 Policy and Services for Older Persons 2 hours
Prerequisite: None; Term: 1
Examination of major social policies and services addressing
the problems and needs of older persons. Particular attention
is given to retirement policies, senior housing, long-term
care issues, health care issues and special social services
for the aging.
SW 385 Community and Organizational Change 3 hours
Prerequisites: SOC 201 or 202 or ECN 201 or 202. Term: 1,2.
Course listed with POL 385 and SOC 385.
Analysis of communities and organizations as social systems,
including examination of critical problems. Also examines
intervention, change strategies, and skills that appear to be
effective and how they can be applied. A service learning
component may be included.
SW 410 Working with Older Adults 2 hours
Prerequisite: None. Term: 1,3
Development of analytical and interactional skills needed in
working with older adults. Understanding of agencies which
provide services to older persons. Themes such as generativity
and creativity, intergenerational relationships, minorities
and human diversity, separation and loss, and continuum of
care will be the backdrop for discussion of service deliveries.
Emphasis is placed on development of students’ awareness of
personal attitudes, feelings and values in working with elders.
SW 440 Human Behavior and Social Environment II 2 hours
Prerequisites: ECN 200 or ECN 202, SW 314, SW 340; Pre/
Corequisite: POL 385; Term: 1, 2
Second of two courses with a person-in-environment focus.
A socio-cultural perspective on human functioning and
dysfunction within groups, organizations, communities and
government. Examines human diversity in macro systems’
values, policies and goals, and relates this knowledge to social
SW 450 Social Work Practice II 4 hours
Prerequisites: SW majors only; MTH 100; SW 350; Co-requisite:
SW 455; Term: 1
The problem-solving process is further developed through
examining specific systems – individuals, families, groups,
communities and organizations. Utilizing a client-system based
approach; students assess and evaluate theoretical intervention
models. Focus is on the middle and ending phases of the
change process, as well as on ethical practice dilemmas. Macro
system practice is emphasized. If a student has not completed
the entire field practicum, SW 455, within 12 months of
completing SW 450, then SW 450 must be retaken.
SW 455 Field Practicum 3, 6 or 9 hours
Prerequisites: SW majors only; officially admitted to Field
Education Program; MTH 100; SW 350; concurrent with SW 450;
Term: 1, 2, 3
Practical application of social work knowledge, values and
skills in educationally planned and professionally guided
agency service activities (minimum 450 clock hours must be
completed in agency work). Students are engaged in direct
and/or indirect delivery of social services to individuals,
families, groups, organizations and/or communities, generally
two-three days per week. Includes a weekly seminar class.
Students take the course two semesters, usually Fall and
Winter terms, 6 credits each term, for a total of 12 credit
hours. A student must be graduating in December, and have
a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher in order to be approved to
complete a Block placement. The Block field practicum is taken
in the Summer term for 3 credits and Fall term for 9 credits.
(See earlier sections entitled, “Admission to Field Education
Program” and “Field Practicum - Block Placement Model” for
complete information regarding admission to field education
and approval procedure for Block Placement model.) Students
must successfully complete SW 450 with a grade of C or higher
to continue in the practicum and be eligible for graduation
with the BSW degree. A student must complete the number of
practicum hours required for the first semester of placement
(225 hours) by the end of the week before classes begin for
the second semester of placement. If the required hours are
not completed by that time, the student will not be allowed
to continue in the field practicum for the second semester. If
all required field practicum hours (450 hours) have not been
completed by the end of the second semester of placement, a
student’s graduation will be delayed one semester at minimum.
If a student has not completed the entire field practicum
within 12 months of completing SW 450, then SW 450 must be
retaken. The Field Director reserves the right to delay the start
of, interrupt and/or terminate the field practicum experience.
SW 491 Independent Study 1-6 hours
Prerequisites: SW majors only, senior standing or permission of
Advanced research and presentation of critically evaluated data.
SW 496 Social Issues and Policies: Senior Seminar 3 hours
Prerequisites: SW 314, POL 385, ENG 312; social work major
or permission of instructor, senior standing; must be taken the
winter term prior to graduation; Term: 2
Intensive analysis of social welfare policy. Special emphasis
on the relationship of policy with social work practice, and the
effects of policy on oppressed and vulnerable populations.