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SWK-201: Introduction to Social Work (3 hours)

History, development, and philosophy of social welfare as an institutional system in our society--its organization, function and prospective developments. Exploration of the profession's role within the system and its relationship to other helping professions. Designed to assist the student in his/her exploration of social work as career choice.



SWK-221: Basic Helping Skills (3 hours)

Fundamentals of the generalist approach to social work intervention with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. Emphasis on social work frame of reference, values and ethics, phases of the Interventive process, and basic helping skills. The skillful use of self in a professional relationship to promote client engagement and effectiveness in a planned change effort. Includes a 48-hour volunteer experience in a social agency.



SWK-340: Social Work with Families and Children (3 hours)

Policies, services, and intervention processes related to families, children, and youth. Includes both child welfare and juvenile corrections settings.



SWK-341: Social Work and the Aged (3 hours)

Social work and social welfare policies, services and interventive processes are studied with reference to the needs of older Americans.



SWK-342: Health Care and Social Work (3 hours)

Policies, services, and interventive processes related to medical and health care settings.



SWK-343: Social Work with Families Affected by Disability (3 hours)

A study of theory, research, and best practices related to family-professional partnerships with families affected by disabilities.



SWK-344: Mental Health Theory and Practice (3 hours)

Policies, services and interventive processes in mental health and retardation settings.



SWK-345: Topics in Social Work (____) (1-3 hour)

Study of selected social work and social welfare topics with special emphasis upon problem evaluation and intervention. Special subject or topic will be designated in the class schedule. May be repeated when topic is different. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.



SWK-365: Social Process and Social Policy (3 hours)

An analysis of the probable origins of major social problems and the social policies (historical, current, and proposed) that have been offered to address them. The influence of societal values on definitions of social problems. Provides a context for social work practice. Prerequisite: SWK 201 Introduction to Social Work or permission of instructor. May be taken for honors.



SWK-375: Multiculturalism and Diversity in Social Work Practice (3 hours)

Exploration of personal values, biases, stereotypes, and social conscience related to multiculturalism and diversity. Consideration of applications and ethics in social work practice.



SWK-380: Human Behavior Social Environment: The Systemic Perspective (3 hours)

Introduction to the utilization of scientific theory in social work practice. Theoretical concepts drawn from the social and behavioral sciences and placed within a social work frame of reference are reviewed. Systems theory is introduced as both a conceptual framework and a means of integrating theories of more limited range into a conceptual whole. An emphasis is placed on theories at the macro and mezzo systems (community to family) levels. Prerequisite: SWK 201 Introduction to Social Work or permission of instructor. May be taken for honors.



SWK-383: Fundamentals of Research in Social Work (3 hours)

Major conceptual tools of the scientific knowledge-building process, including scientific philosophy, methodology, and design. Emphasis on critical analysis, understanding, and consumption of research in the social and behavioral sciences for knowledge-guided practice. Prerequisite: ENGL 190 Honors English Composition or ENGL 299 Introduction to Research Writing. Open to social work majors only. May be taken for honors.



SWK-398: Social Work Roles in Investigating Abuse and Neglect (3 hours)

The role and responsibilities of the social worker in the recognition of abuse and neglect from birth through death in at-risk populations. Focus on the development of appropriate actions to address instances of abuse or neglect.



SWK-399: Social Work and the Court Process (3 hours)

Focuses on the documentation, court preparation, and testifying in child and adult abuse cases. The course will examine evidentiary rules, court procedures and methods of presenting effective testimony related to abuse and neglect. Prerequisite: SWK 398 Social Work Roles in Investigating Abuse and Neglect.



SWK-420: Advanced Social Work Practice I (3 hours)

The integration and application of social work knowledge, values, and skills to intervention at various systemic levels, with an emphasis on assessment within a generalist framework. Social work with individuals and families and case management receive special attention. Prerequisites: SWK 201 Introduction to Social Work, SWK 221 Basic Helping Skills, SWK 365 Social Process and Social Policy, SWK 380 Human Behavior Social Environment: The Systemic Perspective, or permission of instructor. Corequisite: SWK 580 Human Behavior Social Environment: Individual and Family Function or permission of instructor. Only open to social work majors. May be taken for honors.



SWK-465: Social Welfare Policy Analysis (3 hours)

A continuation of SWK 365 Social Process and Social Policy. Analysis of social welfare policies and the assumptions underlying their development. Analytical models are introduced. The process of policy development and prevention/remediation issues are examined. Prerequisite: SWK 365 Social Process and Social Policy or permission of instructor. May be taken for honors.



SWK-580: Human Behavior Social Environment: Individual and Family Function (3 hours)

The use of micro level social and behavioral science theories in social work practice. The life cycle and its influences on the development of individual differences is emphasized; the impact of racial, ethnic, and cultural differences is included. Prerequisite: SWK 201 Introduction to Social Work or permission of instructor. May be taken for honors.



SWK-598: Chemical Abuse Treatment and Services (3 hours)

Policies, services, and interventive processes related to the abuse of alcohol and other drugs. May be taken for honors. Prerequisites: Junior, senior or graduate status or permission of instructor.



SWK-620: Advanced Social Work Practice II (3 hours)

Continuation of SWK 420 Advanced Social Work Practice I. Special attention is given to intervention at the group and community levels (mezzo and macro practice). Prerequisite: SWK 383 Fundamentals of Research in Social Work, SWK 420 Advanced Social Work Practice I, and SWK 465 Social Welfare Policy Analysis. Open to social work majors only. May be taken for honors.



SWK-621: Practicum in Social Work (9 hours)

Practice experience and field instruction in a social welfare setting with a qualified social worker as field instructor, assisting the student to integrate theory and practice and to develop beginning level professional competence. Students will spend four eight-hour days per week within the field setting and the fifth day in on-campus coursework. To be taken during the first or second semester of the senior year. Prerequisite: SWK 420 Advanced Social Work Practice I. Corequisite: SWK 620 Advanced Social Work Practice II and SWK 622 Integrative Seminar in Social Work. Open to social work majors only.



SWK-622: Integrative Seminar in Social Work (3 hours)

A cumulative effort during which the student synthesizes and integrates strands of the social work curriculum by (1) developing and explicating his/her personalized social work frame of reference, and (2) demonstrating consumption and utilization of professional literature for knowledge-guided practice, in the context of his/her frame of reference. Corequisites: SWK 620 Advanced Social Work Practice II and SWK 621 Practicum in Social Work. Open to social work majors only.



SWK-641: Social Work and the Law (3 hours)

Analysis of the dynamic relationship between social work and the US legal system. Emphasis on the role of the social worker in dealing with the legal system and the responsiveness of the legal system to the social needs of the people.



SWK-670: Individual Study in Social Work (1-6 hour)

Intensive individual investigation of selected topics in social work and social welfare. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.



SWK-793: Special Topics in Social Work (____) (1-3 hour)

In-depth study of special social work/social welfare issues; definition and evaluation of problems; analysis of interventive techniques. Course may periodically be offered with a workshop format. May be repeated when the topic is different, Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.


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