Course Descriptions

Social Work Course List

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SW 100 - Introduction to Social Work

Overview of the social work profession, its value base, history and Code of Ethics. This course is based on a systems-ecological framework and the generalist model, with particular emphasis on career options in various fields of practice.

Prerequisites: None
Credit Hours: 3

SW 200 - Professional Writing for Human Services Professionals

An introduction to the techniques of professional writing for human service practitioners. The course is designed to enhance professional and academic writing skills. Students in this class will receive practice in writing to a variety of professional audiences typical of the human service workplace. The course will be of benefit to students who want to advance their competencies in manuscript development and general writing skills for the social sciences. Content includes a review of the basic writing mechanics for English composition. For professional publications and social science academic papers, emphasis will be placed on the American Psychological Association's (APA) documentation style and manuscript format guidelines. Students will study how to craft narrative proposals for funding - support applications.

Prerequisites: None
Credit Hours: 2

 

SW 201 - Evidence-Based Social Work Practice

An introduction to the concepts and the process involved in evidence-based and empirically based social work practice. It will cover the skills, values, and ethics necessary in this process and field, concentrating on the identification, analysis, and implementation of evidence, as well as empirically based social work practice, which promotes the effectiveness of practice in intervention at the individual, family/group, organization and community levels.

Prerequisites: None
Credit Hours: 3

 

SW 203 - Social Welfare History

A history of U.S. social welfare and its relationship and impact on current social work practice. Additionally, the course explores, within a social justice context, the historical impact of social welfare policies on the well-being of individuals and communities.

Prerequisites: None
Credit Hours: 3

 

SW 205 - Geriatric Services & Social Work

This course uses a risk-resilience framework to examine the major issues affecting older adults. The course will focus on knowledge, skills, and values for working effectively with this growing, yet at-risk population. Content of the course examines how health disparities, race/ethnicity, social class, and gender impact successful aging. The course is recommended for students who want to expand their knowledge, sensitivity, and understanding of the aging process. The course will introduce students to the role of social workers in a variety of settings and agencies serving the aged population.

Prerequisites: None
Credit Hours: 3

 

SW 206 - Family in Cross-Cultural Perspectives

Relationships within and among cultural units commonly referred to as "the family"; survey of domestic groups in various socio-cultural settings.

Prerequisites: None
Credit Hours: 3

 

SW 207 - Racism, Sexism and Other Isms

Ethical dilemmas in relating to disadvantaged groups such as minorities, aged, women, gays and lesbians, and disabled persons.

Prerequisites: None
Credit Hours: 3

 

SW 222 - Values Lab

An introduction to the helping professions with on-site observations in local social service agencies. A didactic classroom and experiential lab that integrates field observation with self-awareness. At the conclusion of this course, students may apply for social work major status.

Prerequisites: None
Credit Hours: 4

 

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SW 302 - Social Welfare Policy Analysis

Introduces analytical frameworks with which to evaluate contemporary U.S. social welfare policy; it is designed for students with basic knowledge of the history of social welfare. The course also examines the relationship between current policy and the practice of social work today. Additionally explored is the real-world impact of current policy on the well-being of individuals and communities, within a social justice context.

Prerequisite: SW 203
Credit Hours: 3

 

SW 304 - Family Preservation

An introduction to policy, child welfare system, theories, and practice models of family preservation. Will cover skills, values, and ethics of working with high-risk families in their home setting. Primary focus will be on strength-based perspectives that promote child protection, family preservation, and family reunification.

Prerequisites: None
Credit Hours: 3

 

SW 305 - Social Work in Perinatal Settings

Covers issues facing families in perinatal settings, providing an overview of the social work role from a generalist practice model.
This course covers practice issues related to services to families during pregnancy, delivery and childbirth, and the neonatal period. Topics will be covered from a multidisciplinary perspective, highlighting the impact of culture and diversity during specified times of life transition, including medical and psychosocial issues. Social Work interventions will be discussed using an evidence-based framework.

Prerequisites: None
Credit Hours: 3

 

SW 309 - Community Resources for Special Population

Analysis of community-based programs for specific populations: older citizens, persons with HIV/AIDS, and chronic mentally ill. (Also GER 309.)

Prerequisites: None
Credit Hours: 3

 

SW 313 - Human Behavior and the Social Environment

The first of two required courses in Human Behavior and the Social Environment, this course is designed to prepare students to understand human development across the different levels of social systems. The course explores theories, concepts, and knowledge from conception through early adolescence. Content also includes discussion of how factors such as social class, sexual orientation, gender, physical ability, age, race, ethnicity, and culture influence human development and behavior.

Prerequisites: None
Credit Hours: 3

 

SW 314 - Human Behavior and the Social Environment II

The second of two required courses in Human Behavior and the Social Environment, is designed to prepare students to understand human behavior across the life cycle. The course explores theories, concepts, and knowledge from early adolescence through death. Students acquire knowledge and understanding of human beings as individuals, as members of families, and other social groupings, and as members of organizations, communities, and larger societal and cultural collectives. Content includes discussion of how factors such as social class, sexual orientation, gender, physical ability, age, race, ethnicity and culture influence human development and behavior.

Prerequisite: SW 313
Credit Hours: 3

 

SW 320 - Social Work Research

Research theory, design, problem formulation, measurement, qualitative and quantitative approaches, and ethics

Prerequisites: None
Credit Hours: 3

 

SW 321 - Statistics for Social Work Research

Introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics. Topics include measures of central tendency and dispersion, probability theory, sampling, one-and two-sample hypothesis tests. Prerequisite: SW 320
Credit Hours: 3

 

SW 322 - Social Work Practice I

Generalist model application of social work with concentration on the micro-level that provided the student with the opportunity to gain the knowledge, skills, understanding and competence needed for interventions at the beginning professional level. This course includes a lab that allows students to practice the development of solution-focused helping relationship with emphasis on self-awareness, cultural-awareness, active listening, interviewing, and recording skills at all systems levels.

Prerequisites: None
Credit Hours: 4

 

SW 339 - Child Welfare in Social Work

Examines current trends in service delivery and relevant policy issues concerning the health and well being of children.

Prerequisites: None
Credit Hours: 3

 

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SW 422 - Social Work Practice II

Generalist model application of social work practice at the mezzo and macro levels. Students will look at resource/case management, creating alliances, community change, and social activism and advocacy. Focus on adherence to Code of Ethics and ethical practice.

Prerequisite: SW 322
Credit Hours: 3

 

SW 428 - Medical and Mental Health Social Work

An introduction to and overview of working with people called "patients" in medical and mental health. These settings include medical hospitals, clinics, public health agencies, non-profit organizations, and mental health inpatient and outpatient facilities.

Prerequisites: None
Credit Hours: 3

 

SW 454 - Working with Substance Abusers

Examines the impact of substance abuse on individuals, families, groups, organizations, institutions and communities. This course is recommended for students who want to expand their knowledge and sensitivity for understanding the special problems that substance abuse brings to society. Course content includes identification of the various drugs of abuse, major theories of addiction, and examination of the psychological and physiological consequences of substance abuse.

Prerequisites: None
Credit Hours: 3

 

SW 478 - Special Topics in Social Work

Study of current issues in social work.

Prerequisites: None
Credit Hours: 3

 

SW 490 - Practicum in Social Work

Integration of social work knowledge and values with application of professional helping skills. Students participate in a full-time placement in approved social service agencies under supervision of master's-level social workers.

Prerequisite: SW 494
Credit Hours: 9

 

SW 494 - Practicum Seminar

Topics related to professional development, practice issues, and common problems encountered in practicum.

Prerequisite: SW 490
Credit Hours: 3

 

SW 498 - Independent Study

Research under direction of faculty member.

Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor?
Credit Hours: 1 to 3

 

SW 499 - Independent Study II

Research under direction of faculty member

Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor
Credit Hours: 1 to 3

 

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