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Social Work Course Descriptions

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 and Communities

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.

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 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 agency work.

SW 306                                              Ethnic and Racial Diversity                                                                                                                                   3 hours

Prerequisite: None; Term:1, 2, 3

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: SOC 201 or 202, PSY 205, ENG 108; 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 opportunities.

SW 312L                                           Introduction to Social Work Laboratory                                                                                           1 hour

Prerequisite/Corequisite: SW 312; Term: 1, 2, 3         

Supervised volunteer 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. May be repeated for a maximum of three credits. Each credit hour equals 40 clock hours of agency work. 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; Recommended Pre/Corequisite: ECN 200 or ECN 202; Term: 1, 2

Examination of social welfare as an institution and the socio-economic 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.

SW 325                                              Professional Communication with Individuals and Groups                                                                 4 hours

Prerequisites: SOC 201 or 202, PSY 205, ENG 108; Pre/Corequisite: 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 Social Environment I                                                                                          3 hours

Prerequisites: PHL 126 or PHL 225, PSY 240, PSY 346 or SW 410, SW 312; ENG 312; Pre/Corequisite: BIO 139 or BIO 201 or BIO 257; Term: 2, 3 Writing Intensive Course

Integrative study of the biological, psychological, socio-cultural 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.

SW 350                                              Social Work Practice I                                                                                                                              4 hours

Prerequisites: MTH 100, PSY 240, SOC 306 or 307, SOC 345 or SW 200B, SW 312, SW 325; Pre/corequisites: SW 340; SW majors of­ficially accepted into the program only; 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 099, PSY 205, SOC 201 or 202; Pre/Corequisite: 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: MTH 100, 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; Pre/Corequisite: SOC 306; Recommended Pre/Corequisite: ECN 200 or ECN 202; Term: 1,2

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: 2, 3

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 work practice.

SW 450                                              Social Work Practice II                                                                                                                            4 hours

Prerequisites: SW majors only; SW 350; Corequisite: 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                                                                                                                                                    3-9 hours

Prerequisites: SW majors only; officially admitted to Field Education Program; 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 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 instructor

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.