Social Work (SWK)

SWK 105 INTERPERSONAL RELATIONS

3, 3/0

The impact of societal, cultural, and professional values on interpersonal relationships; increased awareness of interpersonal skills and examination of ways to overcome barriers to healthy interpersonal relationships. Offered occasionally.

SWK 220 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL WORK

3, 3/0

Introduction to the social welfare institution and to social work; social work knowledge, skills, sanctions, values, and ethics; generalist practice in social work. Requires 40 hours of volunteer work in addition to coursework. Offered Every Semester.

SWK 301 POVERTY AND PUBLIC POLICY

3, 3/0; DI14

Prerequisite: Sophomore, Junior or Senior standing. Social welfare policies and social welfare programs. Historical treatment of poverty and the poor. Theories of poverty causation. Measurement of poverty and poverty demographics including race, age, gender, immigration status, socioeconomic status. Social change strategies and advocacy. Requires 20 hours of volunteer work in addition to coursework. Offered fall only.

SWK 307 HUMAN BEHAVIOR IN THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT I

3, 3/0

Prerequisites: SWK Majors Only, Junior/Senior standing, BIO 101, CWP 102. Conceptual frameworks for client assessment; theories and perspectives of life span development; professional communication, professional reflection, social work assessment, library research. Offered fall only.

Equivalent Course: SWK 307W

SWK 308 HUMAN BEHAVIOR IN THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT II

3, 3/0

Prerequisites: SWK Majors only, Junior/Senior standing, BIO 101, CWP 102. As a second course in the Human Behavior and Social Environment curriculum, SWK308 focuses on deepening the student’s knowledge of the theoretical frameworks that attempt to explain behavior and enlighten effective work with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities as a generalist social worker. Maladaptive patterns of adult psychological functioning are examined with a bio-psycho-social perspective in order that students may contextualize the information. Although students concentrate upon problematic human functioning, the course is presented in a manner that encourages them to view the strengths of clients along with their difficulties. Offered fall only.

Equivalent Course: SWK 308W

SWK 310 SEXUALITY IN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

3, 3/0

Examination and analysis of human sexuality as part of human development; designed for future human services professionals. Offered occasionally.

SWK 317 RESEARCH METHODS IN SOCIAL WORK

3, 3/0; CT14, IM14, WIIF

Prerequisites: SWK Majors Only, Junior/Senior standing, BIO 101, CWP 102, SWK 220, SWK 301, SWK 307, SWK 308, and SWK 422. Application of research methods to generalist social work practice. Research ethics, evidence based practice. Offered spring only.

Equivalent Course: SWK 317W

SWK 320 SOCIAL SERVICES ORGANIZATIONS

3, 3/0

Prerequisites: SWK Majors Only, Junior/Senior standing, BIO 101, CWP 102, SWK 220, SWK 301, SWK 307, SWK 308, and SWK 422. History, descriptions, and functions of social services organizations; creation, implementation of social welfare policy and programs; social justice, human rights, NASW Code of Ethics. Offered spring only.

Equivalent Course: SWK 320W

SWK 321 THE ELDERLY AND SOCIAL SERVICES

3, 3/0

Prerequisite: Junior/Senior standing. Needs of and services for the elderly; services and programs; policy issues regarding the aging, such as health, housing, and finances; intervention strategies for working with the elderly. Offered occasionally.

SWK 335 MENTAL HEALTH AND SOCIAL WORK

3, 3/0

Prerequisite: Junior/Senior status, PSY101 or Social Work major. Theoretical perspectives concerning mental health and mental illness; history of the mental health movement; institutional and community mental health services; roles and functions of social workers and other personnel in the mental health system. Offered occasionally.

SWK 345 CHILD WELFARE SERVICES

3, 3/0

Prerequisite: Junior/Senior standing. Child welfare as a field of practice in social work; historical and philosophical bases; the impact of culture, ethnicity, and race on practice; current delivery of services; skills needed to practice in the field. Offered occasionally.

SWK 346 CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT

3, 3/0

Prerequisite: Junior/Senior status, PSY101 or Social Work major. Major issues in child abuse and neglect from a social work viewpoint; the nature of abuse and neglect, the actual incidence, workings of the current child-protection system; intervention and treatment issues; the role of other disciplines and the larger society. Offered occasionally.

SWK 389 TOPICS IN CHILD ABUSE: THE ROLE OF THE CLASSROOM TEACHER

3, 0/0

See the Undergraduate Course Catalog.

SWK 419 SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY

3, 3/0

Prerequisites: SWK Majors Only, Senior standing, SWK 220, SWK 301, SWK 307, SWK 308, SWK 317, SWK 320, SWK 422, SWK 423, SWK 424, CWP 102, BIO 101. This course addresses the American social welfare state and its historical responses to need, in addition to the concepts of discrimination, oppression, social welfare policy, policy research, policy analysis, policy creation, grant proposals, and legislative briefs. Offered fall only.

Equivalent Course: SWK 419W

SWK 422 ASSESSMENT AND ENGAGEMENT

3, 3/0

Prerequisites: SWK Majors Only, Junior/Senior standing, BIO 101, CWP 102. Fundamental skills of social work practice; communication, engagement, and assessment skills with individuals and families. Offered fall only.

Equivalent Course: SWK 422W

SWK 423 INTERVENTION METHODS

3, 3/0

Prerequisites: SWK Majors Only, Junior/Senior standing, SWK 220, SWK 301, SWK 307, SWK 308, SWK 422, BIO 101, CWP 102. Models of generalist social work intervention; evidence-based practice with diverse populations; ethical guidelines for practice and self-reflection. Offered spring only.

Equivalent Course: SWK 423W

SWK 424 GROUPS

3, 3/0

Prerequisites: SWK Majors only, Junior/Senior standing, BIO 101, CWP 102, SWK 220, SWK 301, SWK 307, SWK 308, and SWK 422. Outlines the basic issues and key concepts of group process and practice. Offered spring only.

Equivalent Course: SWK 424W

SWK 425 SOCIAL WORK WITH FAMILIES

3, 3/0

Prerequisites: Junior/Senior status, PSY101 or Social Work major Focus on family and family intervention; family theory and practice principles studied through examination of families in specialized problem contexts. Offered occasionally.

SWK 429 POLICY PRACTICE

3, 3/0

Prerequisites: SWK Majors Only, Senior standing, SWK 220, SWK 301, SWK 307, SWK 308, SWK 317, SWK 320, SWK 419, SWK 422, SWK 423, SWK 424, SWK 493, SWK 496, CWP 102, BIO 101. Generalist macro policy practice skills. Social welfare policy research, policy briefs, grant proposals, policy presentations to governing bodies (e.g., Congress).

SWK 485 SENIOR SEMINAR

3, 3/0

Intensive analysis of selected topics in social work. Offered occasionally.

SWK 493 FIELD PRACTICUM I

6, 6/0

Prerequisites: SWK Majors Only, Senior standing, SWK 220, SWK 301, SWK 307, SWK 308, SWK 317, SWK 320, SWK 422, SWK 423, SWK 424, BIO 101, CWP 102, and a minimum 2.5 GPA in the SWK major and cumulative. This course involves a supervised internship where students develop and complete a learning contract in conjunction with their fieldwork agency that includes demonstrating mastery of the required social work practice behaviors. Additionally, it involves a concurrent on-campus seminar that integrates and supports all previous social work coursework and demonstration of mastery. Offered fall only.

SWK 494 FIELD PRACTICUM II

6, 6/0

Prerequisites: SWK Majors Only, Senior standing, SWK 220, SWK 301, SWK 307, SWK 308, SWK 317, SWK 320, SWK 419, SWK 422, SWK 423, SWK 424, SWK 496, SWK 493, BIO 101, CWP 102, and a minimum 2.5 GPA in the SWK major and cumulative. This course involves a supervised internship where students develop and complete a learning contract in conjunction with their fieldwork agency that includes demonstrating mastery of the required social work practice behaviors. Additionally, it involves a concurrent on-campus seminar that integrates and supports all previous social work coursework and demonstration of mastery. Offered spring only.

SWK 495 SPECIAL PROJECT

1-3, 0/0

Offered occasionally.

SWK 496 INTEGRATIVE SEMINAR I

3, 3/0

Prerequisites: SWK Majors Only, Senior standing, SWK 220, SWK 301, SWK 307, SWK 308, SWK 317, SWK 320, SWK 422, SWK 423, SWK 424, CWP 102, BIO 101. Integration of coursework and the demonstration of social work practice behaviors and skills required by the Council on Social Work Education. Emphasis on the engagement and assessment phases of generalist practice.

SWK 497 INTEGRATIVE SEMINAR II

3, 3/0

Prerequisites: SWK Majors Only, Senior standing, SWK 220, SWK 301, SWK 307, SWK 308, SWK 317, SWK 320, SWK 419, SWK 422, SWK 423, SWK 424, SWK 493, SWK 496, BIO 101, CWP 102. Integration and demonstration of social work practice behaviors and skills required by the Council on Social Work Education. Emphasis on intervention and evaluation of generalist practice.

SWK 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY

3-9, 0/0

Offered occasionally.