Social Work Courses

 

SOCW102 Introduction to Social Work

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]

Introduction to social work values, ethics, knowledge, functions, and roles necessary for practice by generalist practitioners. Provides a foundation in the historical roots and theoretical underpinnings of the social work profession. The social welfare system and social environment in which individuals, families, groups, organizations, neighborhoods, and communities participate are studied from a systems perspective. Special emphasis on empowering marginalized and oppressed populations.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

SOCW110 Diverse Populations and Groups
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]

An introduction to diverse populations and groups and provides information about differences based on age, class, color, culture, disability, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, immigration status, political ideology, race, religion, sex, and sexual orientation based on a global perspective.  This course helps students develop tools for increased understanding of and sensitivity to human diversity and cultures different from their own from all parts of the globe.  Students will gain knowledge, disciplinary skills, ethical reasoning, and appreciation of international and multicultural perspectives needed to conduct themselves as responsible social workers in the world.

Prerequisites:  None


 

SOCW119 First Year Seminar for Social Work Students
[Minimum Semester Hours: 1 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 1 sh]

An introduction for social work majors to the university learning environment.  Students are introduced to the competencies and practice behaviors they will learn through the social work program.  The course also covers specific learning strategies, classroom technologies and institutional resources that might help them achieve their goals.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None


 

SOCW201 Human Behavior in the Social Environment 1

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

An introduction to the normal processes of sequential physical, emotional, socio-cultural and spiritual development from conception through adolescence.  It emphasizes common stresses and crises effecting normal development and relates these to social work practice.  The course utilizes a social systems framework to focus on why humans behave the way they do in the context of living in our society.

Prerequisite: ( SOCW102 )

Corequisite:   None


 

SOCW203 Human Behavior & Social Environment 2

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

An introduction to the normal processes of sequential physical, emotional, socio-cultural and spiritual development from young adulthood to late adulthood.  It emphasizes common stresses and crises effecting normal development and relates these to social work practice.  The course utilizes a social systems framework to focus on why humans behave the way they do in the context of living in our society.

Prerequisite: (SOCW102)

Corequisite:   None


 

SOCW210 Case Management

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

An introduction to the processes of case management and professional writing.  The course emphasizes common engagement of clients and case managers and how clients and case managers make meaning together.  The course utilizes the following:  1) a solution focused conceptual framework to focus on collaborative partnerships and goal formation; and 2) a generalist social work perspective for writing in a professional setting.

Prerequisite: (SOCW102)


 

SOCW215 Mental Health

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

A basic overview of mental disorders and DSM 5 diagnoses.  It covers mental status exams and social histories of individuals.  It details pharmacological interventions, family interventions, and group interventions.

Prerequisite: (SOCW102)


 

SOCW301 Social Work Practice 1

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

An introduction to knowledge, values and skills for generalist micro practices.  Class emphasizes self-knowledge, use of self as a change agent, and understanding social work values.  It integrates oppression and strategies for combating it, and developing skills interpersonal interviewing and problem-solving.

Prerequisite: ( SOCW102 AND SOCW201 )

Corequisite:   None


 

SOCW302 Social Work Practice 2 (3.0 sh)

An introduction to the dynamic and interactive processes of engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation of families and groups.  Theoretical knowledge and practical skills used in working with groups and families will be explored and developed.  This course addresses Educational Policy and Assessment Standards (EPAS) which are the accreditation standards for undergraduate social work programs.

Prerequisite:  SOCW203 and SOCW301


 

SOCW335 Social Work Practice with Groups

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ] 

Introduction to the dynamic and interactive processes of engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation of groups.  Theoretical knowledge and practical skills used in working with groups will be explored and developed.

Prerequisite:  SOCW301


 

SOCW360 Death & Dying

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]

Explores the various ways societies have sought to understand and cope with death. Consideration is given to the way individuals, families, and societies have formulated policy and administrative procedures to make institutions more humane in their response to the terminally ill and bereaved.

Prerequisite: ( PSYC100 AND SOCI101 )

Corequisite:   None


 

SOCW401 Field Instruction & Professional Seminar 1
[Minimum Semester Hours: 6 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 6sh ]
Students are placed in a community agency under the supervision of an experienced social worker and a social work faculty member. Students are expected to develop an in-depth understanding of agency activities, programs, and services, and will assume increasing levels of responsibility as beginning level generalist social workers.   Attendance at weekly seminars is required. The integration/generalization of conceptual content and problem specific knowledge in the field practice experience is a cycle of inquiry from specific practice experiences to concept/theory and back again in a series of cycles.

Prerequisite: ( SOCW102 AND SOCW201 AND SOCW203 AND SOCW204 AND SOCW301 AND SOCW302 AND SOCW404 AND SOCW412 )
Corequisite:   None


 

SOCW402 Field Instruction & Professional Seminar 2
[Minimum Semester Hours: 6 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 6 sh]
Students are placed in a community agency under the supervision of an experienced social worker and a social work faculty member. Students are expected to develop an in-depth understanding of agency activities, programs, and services, and will assume increasing levels of responsibility as beginning level generalist social workers.   Attendance at weekly seminars is required. The integration/generalization of conceptual content and problem specific knowledge in the field practice experience is a cycle of inquiry from specific practice experiences to concept/theory and back again in a series of cycles.

Prerequisite: ( SOCW102 AND SOCW201 AND SOCW203 AND SOCW204 AND SOCW301 AND SOCW302 AND SOCW404 AND SOCW412 )
Corequisite: None


 

SOCW403 Social Gerontology: Sociology of Aging

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Provides a knowledge base for understanding the problems the aged face when growing old in a modern bureaucratic society. Emphasis is placed on the influence various structures--groups, associations, and institutions--have on the changing status’s and roles of individuals in society.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

SOCW404 Rural Social Work

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

This course is designed to further develop and fine tune generalist social work skills at all levels of intervention (including individuals, families, organizations and communities). Course content will focus on rural practice and the types of situations that students will encounter in micro practice, understanding and working with families, and working in and with organizations and communities. Advocacy, striving for social and economic justice, and macro level change will be stressed.

Prerequisite: ( SOCW102 AND SOCW201 AND SOCW203 AND SOCW301 AND SOCW302 AND SOCW412 )

Corequisite:   None


 

SOCW411 Social Work with Diverse Populations & Groups

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Utilizing a problem-solving approach within an ecological systems framework, this course examines social service delivery with selected client populations and focuses on some of the newer intervention strategies that are available through a variety of agency settings and social service programs. Case Management in social work practice will be a focal concern.

Prerequisite: ( SOCW102 AND SOCW201 AND SOCW203 AND SOCW301 )

Corequisite:   None


 

SOCW412 Applied Social Research

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Provides a basic overview of practice experience to inform research, evidence based interventions, evaluation of practice, and use of research findings to improve practice, policy, and social service delivery.  Covers quantitative and qualitative research and scientific and ethical approaches to knowledge building.

Prerequisite: ( MATH107 AND SOCW301 AND SOCW302 )

Corequisite:   None


 

SOCW415 Child Welfare Services

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Designed to explore contemporary child welfare issues utilizing the systems and ecological perspectives, integrated with a problem-solving approach. Allows students to understand major concepts and issues related to children and their families at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels of service delivery and establishes a skill-base for promoting change and addressing oppression of children and families.

Prerequisite: ( SOCW102 AND SOCW201 AND SOCW301 )

Corequisite:   None


 

SOCW420 Field Placement Seminar

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]

The senior seminar, which accompanies field instruction, is designed to serve as a capstone course, and an integrating methods seminar.

Prerequisite: ( SOCW102 AND SOCW201 AND SOCW203 AND SOCW204 AND SOCW301 AND SOCW302 AND SOCW404 AND SOCW412 )

Corequisite:   None


 

SOCW425 Social Policy and Services
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]

An examination of social welfare policies, programs, and social, political and economic issues in their historical, societal and organizational context.  This class covers the scientific method applied to analyzing the political and organizational process in policy, process of policy formulation, social justice and advocacy, and the relationship between social policy and social work goals and objectives.

Prerequisite:  SOCW301


 

SOCW426 Advanced Social Welfare Policy (3.0 sh)

An examination of several social welfare policy areas, including social inequality, poverty, health care, and housing are examined as they relate to the students' field placements.  Students utilize the policy analysis process, including the analysis of ideologies and values as they shape policy formulation, the process by which legislation is proposed and enacted, the role of advocacy, and the challenges of policy implementation and evaluation.


 

SOCW450 Topics in Social Work
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]
Addresses contemporary issues of social work practice in depth. Examines the impact of policy, research, and practice as well as the roles and responsibilities of social workers in this area.

Prerequisite: ( SOCW*** AND SOCW102 ) OR ( SOCW*** AND SOCW110 )

Corequisite: None


 

SOCW613 Women in Crisis

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Explores women's changing roles, and crises due to these changes, and their implications for Social Work and human service practitioners. Emphasizing the social worker's responsibilities for advocacy and the responsibilities of a change agent, this course focuses on the social worker's accelerated roles and tasks associated with the situation.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None

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