School of Social Work

B.S.W. Course Descriptions


 


Note: SW 150 is a prerequisite for all BSW social work courses.

SW 150: Human Needs in Complex Societies
Common human needs are examined and a number of historical responses to these needs are placed in a societal context. Cultural forces which effect resource allocation patterns and service delivery systems are analyzed. Fulfills Social Sciences Foundation. Three credits. Offered Fall, Winter, and Spring/Summer semesters.

SW 300: Pluralism in American Society
Pluralism in American society is explored through analysis of cross cultural practices and values, with an emphasis on the commonalities and differences for individuals, groups, organizations, and communities. The social welfare response in the context of US diversity will be a primary focus. Three credits. Offered Fall and Winter semesters. Prerequisite: Jr. standing, General Education Theme course: SW elective or Cognate Course Requirement.  This course is part of the General Education Theme 20: "American Mosaic"

SW 316: Interviewing in Social Work
Principles and techniques associated with the successful interview. Consideration is given to understanding the interviewee, oneself as the interviewer, and the implications of sociocultural backgrounds for the interview and its participants. Recording and reporting skills specifically related to social work practice are taught and case materials from different fields of practice are employed. Prerequisite: SOC 382. Three credits. Offered Winter semester.

 

 


 


SW 317: Generalist Practice I
Provides students with knowledge, values, and skills for multilevel generalist practice. Prepares students for direct and indirect service delivery involving intervention model; micro, mezzo, and macro skills, planning; risk management and crisis intervention; termination, evaluation, and follow-up. Three hours per week of volunteer service in an approved social agency required. Prerequisites: SW 150 and concurrent with SW 319, SW 340, and SW 348. Three credits. Offered Fall semester.

SW 318: Generalist Practice II
Students are provided with additional aspects of generalist practice, such as understanding and working with families; making ethical decisions, developing cultural sensitivity; record keeping; and varying generalist practice roles required in micro, mezzo, and macro practice settings. Three hours per week of volunteer service in an approved social agency required. Prerequisites: Candidacy and SW 317, SW 319, SW 340, and SW 348. Concurrent second semester social work curriculum. Three credits. Offered Winter semester.

SW 319: Social Welfare Policy and Services
Discussion of social welfare policy and services that includes economic, tradition, political, and other sociocultural influences. Introduces students to basic policy and services analysis, examines specific target populations, and demonstrates the translation of policy into beginning-level social work practice. Prerequisites: PLS 102 and ECO 210 or 211 or SOC 385 and Concurrent with SW 317, SW 340 and SW 348. Three credits. Offered Fall semester.

SW 320: Children and Child Welfare Services
Synthesizes, deepens, and integrates generalist social work practice content with a focus on professional foundation knowledge, values, and skills as these apply to services for children. Reviews policies and programs that affect children and families and considers related multicultural issues. Prerequisites: SW 319. Three credits. Offered Fall semester.

SW 322: Health Care and Social Services
Part of Health, Illness and Healing theme. Provides an overview of the health care and social services delivery systems in America. Examines values and multicultural, political, and economic issues that affect the development and implementation of health care policy and practices. The effects of illness, environment, nutrition, and the roles of the generalist social work practitioner are included. Prerequisite: Jr. standing. Three credits. Offered Fall and Winter semesters. General Education Theme course and SW elective.  This course is part of the General Education Theme 16: "Health, Illness, and Healing"

SW 340: Human Behavior & the Social Environment I
Provides knowledge, values and skills employed in assessing individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Emphasized are: social systems perspective, social work values and ethics, diversity, populations-at-risk, social economic justice, and subjects, i.e. gender and human sexuality considered throughout the assessment process in generalist practice. Prerequisites: BIO 103, SOC 382 or SW 300, PSY/SOC 360, PSY 303, SOC 280 or 384, and concurrent with SW 317, SW 319, and SW 348. Three credits. Offered Fall semester.

SW 341: Human Behavior & the Social Environment II
Provides knowledge about human growth and development within life cycle stages. Addressed are biological, psychological, social and economic justice, which are considered throughout the assessment process in generalist practice. Prerequisite: Candidacy for B.S.W. degree, SW 340, and concurrent with SW 316, SW 318 and SW 348. Three credits. Offered Winter semester.

SW 348: Professional Development in Social Work The course provides students with knowledge, values and skills associated with professionalism and identifying with the social work profession. Emphasis is focused on self-awareness, personal reflection, attention to professional roles/boundaries, advocacy and ethics in social work.. Prerequisite: Concurrent with SW 317, SW 319 and SW 340. Three credits. Offered Fall semester. 

SW 354: Social Work: International Service
Focus is on international and uses a service-learning approach. Explores the theme of social welfare development. Includes a two-to-three week experiential learning component in an international location. Demonstrates the interconnectedness between social work, social justice, and civic/global responsibility. Prerequisite: Candidacy or permission of instructor. Three and four credits. Offered Spring/Summer semesters.

SW 380: Special Topics in Social Work
The study of issues and concerns important to the social work community not ordinarily covered in other courses. Offered in response to the special interests of faculty and student majors. Topics to be announced. Prerequisite: SW 317, SW 319, SW 340 and SW 348. One to four credits. Offered every other fall semester.

SW 430: Social Work Research
Examines basic investigative methods in social work research, including logic and theory; hypothesis, sampling, single-systems designs, and data collection. Stress social work ethics in research; evaluation of programs, client systems, and one's own generalist practice. Students use computers and develop a research proposal to be implemented in SW 491/493. Prerequisites: STA 215 and concurrent with SW 490/492. Four credits. Offered Fall semester.

SW 439: The Family and Social Work Practice
An elective course that deepens, broadens, and integrates professional foundation knowledge, values, and skills as these apply to generalist practice with families. Examines practice processes related to assessment, intervention, and evaluation, including presenting problems of race, gender, and other multicultural variables related to programs and services for families in America. Prerequisite: SW 317, concurrent with SW 318 and 341. Three credits. Offered winter semester.

SW 450: Law and Social Work
Familiarizes students with the complex institution of law in American society and its relation to some of the problems, policies, programs, and populations of special concern to social work. Selective survey of court decisions, social legislation and administrative regulations important to social welfare policy and social work are included. Prerequisite: SW 318, 319 and 341. Three credits. Offered every other Fall semester.

SW 453: Case Management
Defines the concept and discusses the development and role of case management in social service delivery systems. Explores case management as a mode of intervention in mental health and other fields of practice as well as the role of the generalist social work practitioner.  Prerequisite: SW 317, SW 318 and SW 341. Three credits. Offered Fall semester.

SW 461: Multicultural Issues in Social Work Practice
Increases knowledge and skills needed for generalist social work practice in a multicultural, multiracial society. Emphasis is on the commonalities and diversities among groups in American society and the nature of transactions between and among these groups. Prerequisite: SW 317, SW 319 and SW 340. Three credits. Offered Winter semester.

SW 470: Contemporary Social Policy Issues
The development of a conceptual framework for understanding and analyzing social policy issues. Contemporary problems such as poverty, unemployment, low-income, homelessness, inadequate health care, malnutrition, and changes in family structure are covered. Strategies for policy change examined. Prerequisites: SW 319. Senior standing. Three credits. Offered every other Fall semester.

SW 490: First Senior Level Field Practicum
Involves 225 clock hours per semester. Offers opportunities to apply theories, techniques, and concepts through observation and participation in supervised activities of assigned social agencies as generalist practitioners. Prerequisites: Candidacy, SW 348, and concurrent with SW 492 and social work research. Three credits. Offered on a credit/no credit basis. Offered Fall semester.

SW 491: Second Senior Level Field Practicum
Involves 225 clock hours per semester. Offers opportunities to apply theories, techniques, and concepts through observation and participation in supervised activities of assigned social agencies as generalist practitioners. Prerequisites: SW 490, SW 492, social work research, and taken concurrently with SW 493 and SW 495. Three credits. Offered on a credit/no credit basis. Offered Winter semester.

SW 492: Field Practicum in Social Work Seminar I
Assists students in the understanding and achievement of learning objectives in their field practicum experiences. Requires regular reporting of field activities including assessment and evaluation of client populations as well as the social agency itself. Prerequisites: Taken concurrently with SW 490. One credit. Offered on a credit/no credit basis. Offered Fall semester.

SW 493: Field Practicum in Social Work Seminar II
Assists students in the understanding and achievement of learning objectives in their field practicum experiences. Requires regular reporting of field activities including assessment and evaluation of client populations as well as the social agency itself. Prerequisites: Taken concurrently with SW 491. One credit. Offered on a credit/no credit basis. Offered Winter semester.


SW 495: Senior Seminar in Social Work (Capstone)
Integration of social work content and cognate subject content into a holistic framework with a focus on beginning-level generalist social work practice. Emphasis on integrating theory and practice. Prerequisites: SW 490, taken concurrently with SW 491 and SW 493. Three credits. Offered Winter semester.

SW 499: Independent Study in Social Work
Student and/or faculty initiated special projects that explore some aspect of social work theory or practice. A maximum of four credits in independent study may be taken during undergraduate social work education. Prerequisites: Senior standing and advanced permission of instructor. One to four credits.

 

 

 

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