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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)

The skillful use of self in a professional to promote client engagement and effectiveness in a planned change effort. Co-requisite: SWK 222 Basic Helping Skills Experience.



SWK-222: Basic Helping Skills Experience (1 hour)

Students will be exposed to four different service agencies in four, three week sessions. The four areas of emphasis will be: Medical, Child and Family Welfare, Aging, and one experience in either Mental Health or Developmentally Disabled social work. Co-requisite: SWK 221 Basic Helping Skills.



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

The emphasis of this course is on theoretically guided and evidence based social work practice with children and families. The course introduces students to the requisite principles, methods, and theories for effective practice in the area of social work with children and families.



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-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-385: Human Behavior Social Environment: Individual and Family Functioning (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-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.



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. Prerequisite or Corequisite: SWK 385 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-485: Human Behavior in the Social Environment: Groups and Communities (3 hours)

An emphasis is placed on theories at the mezzo and macro systems (group to community) levels. The course includes theories pertaining to family, group, organizational and community systems. Discussion on human diversity, discrimination and oppression is integrated at various levels. 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-599: 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. May be taken for honors.



SWK-600: Advanced Social Work Practice II: Mezzo (3 hours)

Continuation of SWK 420 Advanced Social Work Practice I. This course covers social work practice at the group (mezzo) level. Students learn about the group process, participate in a student led group, and lead a group. Prerequisite: SWK 420 Advanced Social Work Practice I. Prerequisite or Corequisite: SWK 485 Human Behavior in the Social Environment: Groups and Communities. Open to social work majors only. May be taken for honors.



SWK-601: Advanced Social Work Practice III: Macro (3 hours)

Continuation of SWK 420 Advanced Social Work Practice I. This course covers social work practice at the community (macro) level. Students learn about facilitating change at the organizational or community level. Students organize and lead a project which benefits people at the community level. Prerequisite: SWK 420 Advanced Social Work Practice I. Prerequisite or Corequisite: SWK 465 Social Welfare Policy Analysis, SWK 485 Human Behavior in the Social Environment: Groups and Communities. Open to social work majors only. May be taken for honors.



SWK-603: Senior Honors Project 1 (3 hours)

The Senior Honors Project is an optional way to earn Departmental Academic Honors for students who are members of the Honors College. The course is a two semester sequence where the student undertakes a year-long research project or creative endeavor under the guidance of a faculty member to expand their knowledge in an area integral to their academic growth and development. The Senior Honors Project 1 is the first course in the sequence and will focus on the fundamental development of the project and preliminary scope of work to be completed. Students will receive a grade of A, B, IP (in progress) or NC (no credit) for each enrollment of the Senior Honors Project. A grade of NC voids the process and the student must then complete their Departmental Academic Honors in the traditional way.



SWK-604: Senior Honors Project 2 (3 hours)

The Senior Honors Project is an optional way to earn Departmental Academic Honors for students who are members of the Honors College. The course is a two semester sequence where the student undertakes a year-long research project or creative endeavor under the guidance of a faculty member to expand their knowledge in an area integral to their academic growth and development. The Senior Honors Project 2 is the culmination of the project started in Senior Honors Project 1 and will result in a public presentation of the work. Students must earn a grade of A or B to receive credit for this course. Failure to complete the course with a grade of A or B will void this option and students will have to satisfy their Departmental Academic Honors requirement in the traditional way. There will be no IP (in progress) or IN (incomplete) grades for this course. Projects must be done by the end of the spring term to count towards Departmental Academic Honors requirements. Prerequisite: Senior Honors Project 1.



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 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. Corequisite: SWK 621 Practicum in Social Work. Open to social work majors only. May be taken for honors.



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.


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