School of Social Work

MSW Course Descriptions

SW 600; Cultural Competency for Social Work. 
Prerequisite for SW 622. Examines cross-cultural practices and values, with emphasis on the commonalities and differences among individuals, groups, organizations, and communities in American society. Critical analyses of people based on age, ethnicity, race, gender, religion, spirituality, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, veteran, and/or disability status. Three credits.

SW 601; Social Work Foundations.  
Examined are the development of Social Welfare as an institution and Social Work as a profession in American society. Included are basic knowledge, values, and skills required for Advanced Generalist practice. Emphasis is on values and ethics, populations-at-risk, social and economic justice, and intervention with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Three credits.

SW 603; Integrated Methods. 
Prerequisite for advanced practice course enrollment. Examines theories, goals, and processes relevant to Advanced Generalist social work practice. Focus is on social systems theory, social work roles, theories, and skills necessary to implement processes for achieving desired outcomes in practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Three credits.

SW 610; Social Welfare Policy and Services I.  
An examination of the social services delivery systems in the United States, including the profession of social work; an analysis of the historical development in economic, political, and social contexts. Three credits.

SW 612; Social Policy: Families and Children.   
An examination of the historical and contemporary impact of major public policies and programs on the welfare of children and families. Emerging trends and issues and their implications for future social policy, programs, and services. Prerequisite: SW 610. Three credits.

SW 613; Human Rights and Social Work.  
The course is structured to provide students with a basis for literacy about modern human rights, including core principles, key documents, institutions and practices. A framework for the analysis of social work/human rights interactions is utilized and systematically applied, including but not limited to the effect of social, political and economic policies and programs on human rights; health and social consequences of human rights violations; and the inextricable linkage between promoting and protecting mental and physical health, community well being and family functioning and promoting and protecting human rights. Prerequisite: SW 610. Three credits.

SW 614; Social Policy and Mental Health.  
Examines the development of mental health policies and services in the United States and in Michigan. Public policies and organizations are analyzed and evaluated in relation to trends, impacts, and outcomes on the problem of mental illness in society. Prerequisite: SW 610. Three credits.

SW 620; Human Behavior and the Social Environment.   
Prerequisite for SW 622. Focuses on the interactions between the person and the social system in which human development and maturation take place. The differential effects of life-cycle, lifestyle, and culturally diverse perspectives are considered in relation to several major theories for assessing human behavior and their relationship to the generalist orientation in social work. Three credits.

SW 622; Psychopathology and Social Deviance.   
Provides students with a comprehensive body of knowledge, organized and integrated in both theoretical and practical terms. Includes an awareness of the dimensions of deviant or abnormal behavior. Helps students understand the individual in his or her complexities and the process and outcome of human development and forces (internal and external) that enter into the psychodynamics of deviant and/or abnormal human behavior. Prerequisites: SW 600 and SW 620. Three credits.

SW 630; Social Work: Global Service-Learning.   
Focus is international and uses a service-learning approach. Explores the theme of social welfare development. Includes a two- or three-week experiential learning component in an international location. Demonstrates the interconnectedness between social work, social justice, and civic/global responsibility. Prerequisites: SW 600, SW 603, SW 610, and SW 620. Three or four credits.

SW 631; Cross Cultural Service Learning.   
This course includes a concentrated cross cultural immersion experience in a social work service learning setting.  This experiential course provides opportunities to develop cultural competence, practice skills, and to gain knowledge about community context in service delivery within the United States.  Prerequisites: SW 600, SW 603, SW 610.  Three credits.

SW 640; Seminar in Advanced Generalist Practice. (Capstone)   
A broadening of student\break knowledge of the professional foundation for practice across populations-at-risk. Students will identify and develop individual topics. (May be taken only once.) Must be taken concurrently with SW 654 and SW 655. Three credits.

SW 650; Field Education I.  
The first in a series of applied field education courses involving 315 clock hours. Emphasis is on the advanced application of assessment, interaction, and evaluation skills within a generalist framework. Prerequisites: SW 600, SW 601, SW 603, and SW 620. Concurrent with SW 651. Offered on a credit/no credit basis. Three credits.

SW 651; Field Education Seminar I.    
Focus on the integration of knowledge, skills, and values with Advanced Generalist practice for students in field education placements. Illustrations from students' work in agency setting included. Concurrent with SW 650. Offered on a credit/no credit basis. One credit. 15 clock hours.

SW 652; Field Education II.   
A continuation of SW 650. A 315-clock-hour applied field practicum that has been contracted for by students. Emphasis on the advanced application of assessment, intervention, and evaluation skills within generalist framework. Prerequisites: SW 650 and SW 651. Concurrent with SW 653. Three credits.

SW 653; Field Education Seminar II.   
Continuation of SW 651 with focus on the advanced application of assessment, intervention, evaluation, knowledge, and skills required of students in field education agency setting as generalist practitioners. Prerequisites: SW 650 and SW 651. Concurrent with SW 652. Offered on a credit/no credit basis. One credit. 15 clock hours.

SW 654; Field Education III.   
A continuation of SW 652. A 315-clock-hour applied field practicum that has been contracted by students. Emphasis on the advanced application of assessment, intervention, and evaluation skills within the generalist framework. Prerequisites: SW 650, SW 651, SW 652, and SW 653.Concurrent with SW 654 and SW 640. Three credits. Offered on a credit/no credit basis.

SW 655; Field Education Seminar III.   
A continuation of SW 653 with emphasis on evaluation skills and demonstration of knowledge, values, and skills required of Advanced Generalist practitioners in field education placements. Prerequisites: SW 650, SW 651, SW 652 and SW 653.Concurrent with SW 654 and 640. Offered on a credit/no credit basis. One credit. 15 clock hours.

SW 660; Grant Writing and Resource Development.   
Instruction in finding grant sources, writing grants, developing grant budgets, and evaluating grant proposals and programs. Students will be expected to write one actual grant proposal. Three credits.

SW 662; Substance Abuse and Social Work Practice.   
Examines the impact of the social work profession on substance abuse problems. Considers etiology, epidemiology, prevention, methods of treatment and policy issues, as well as the relationship between race, gender, age, social class, and substance abuse. Three credits.

SW 664; Social Work Practice in Schools.   
Required for social work practitioners in Michigan public schools. Provides an overview of social work practice in a ``host'' (public school) setting. The school as an institution, its staff, students, community, and laws that affect education and social work practice, as well as methods of practice. Prerequisites: SW 600, SW 601, SW 603, SW 610, and SW 620. Four credits.

SW 665; Aging in Contemporary Society.   
Students gain a specialized knowledge of social work practice with older adults, their families, caregivers, and professionals. Theories of aging and social work practice principles are applied to address contemporary issues that impact citizens' goals for individual autonomy, appropriate health care, income security, and signified social supports. Three credits.

SW 667; Holistic Practices in Social Work.   
Introduces energy management for behavioral transformation and explores a range of energy management approaches, e.g., acupuncture, biofeedback, massage, qigong, and yoga, among others, as social holistic practice. Focuses on stress management, energy, and capacity development through mind, body, and spirit dynamic application for holistic health and self-actualization. Three credits.

SW 670; Social Work Practice: Individuals.   
Focuses on selected knowledge and skills from the cognitive/behavioral and psychosocial models and their application to social work practice with individuals. Perspectives on differential assessments and interventions drawn from these approaches will be studied. Factors of minority group status and gender are examined. Prerequisite: SW 603 Three credits.

SW 671; Social Work Practice in Health Care. 
Development of social work skills pertinent to health care settings.  Assessment of the impact of illness, treatment, and hospitalization on patients and families.  Models of the helping process and health care theories will be examined and applied to practice.  Prerequisite: SW 603.  Three credits.

SW 672; Social Work Practice: Groups.   
Focuses on concepts, values, skills, and techniques germane to the practice of social group work. Examines the history, roles, theoretical underpinnings, interventive strategies, and modes of group work practice. Prerequisite: SW 603 Three credits.

SW 673; Social Work Practice with Children and Adolescents.   
Prepares students for direct practice with children and adolescents who are experiencing separations, trauma, and other life crises. Encompasses a variety of methods and models, including play therapy and group work. Offers didactic and experiential learning. Prerequisites: SW 603 and SW 622. Three credits.

SW 674; Social Work Practice: Families and Children.   
Examines an integrated model of family practice focusing on family development and dysfunction at various stages in the family life cycle. Using a family system and ecological systems perspective, students are taught specific assessment and intervention knowledge and skills. Concepts from several current models of family practice are studied and drawn upon. Prerequisite: SW 603. Three credits.

SW 675; Child Welfare and Family Services.   
Prepares students for practice in child welfare and family services in the public or private sector. Addresses social work's historic mission to serve poor and vulnerable families with a variety of direct practice methods in the Advanced Generalist perspective. Prerequisite: SW 603. Three Credits.

SW 676; Community and Social Planning.   
Prepares students for professional practice in social planning and community organization. Focuses on a range of theories, concepts, and their application in practice situations. Includes theories of community power and influence, inter-organizational relationships and action strategies for problem solution. Attention will also be given to the development and use of structure and leadership, community problem-solving models and roles, tasks, and activities related to practice. Prerequisite: SW 603. Three credits.

SW 678; Human Services Administration.   
Provides a conceptual, theoretical, and methodological foundation in the organization and administration of human services. Inter and intra-organizational variables and characteristics that undergird and impinge upon the effective delivery of human services are examined. Issues and forces affecting the social welfare enterprise will be analyzed along with those factors that differentiate human service organizations from other organizational species. Prerequisite: SW 603. Three credits.

SW 679; Program Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation.   
Provides a comprehensive examination of all phases of program development, from the point when an idea is first generated through the process of determining the nature of the program, the steps taken to ensure the effort is proceeding as planned and finally, the assessment of outcomes and impact. Prerequisite: SW 603. Three credits.

SW 680; Special Topics in Social Work.   
Students study issues and concerns important to the social work profession not ordinarily covered in other courses. Offered in response to the special interests of faculty and students. Topic(s) to be announced in advance of registration. Prerequisites: SW 600, SW 601, SW 603, SW 610 and SW 620. One to four credits.

SW 690; Social Research I.   
The first of two courses in social work research. Foundation concepts and methodology used for scientific practice, including the investigation and evaluation of social work practice problems, an understanding of techniques and issues in measurements, options in research designs, data collection and analysis, and the development of new knowledge in agencies and programs with particular reference to the generalist orientation. Three credits.

SW 693; Social Research II.   
The second course in social research. Evaluation of social work practice and development of new knowledge with particular reference to the generalist orientation. Emphasis on demonstrating ways to incorporate research skills as an integral part of social work interventions with individuals, families, and larger systems. Includes both small group research and single-system designs. Particular attention given to the rationale for doing single-system research for evaluating social work practice; procedures for developing single-system designs, recording and assessing data for reliability and validity, and using the results for planning effective intervention and follow-up. Also included is content on research ethics for generalist practitioners. Prerequisite: SW 690. Three credits.

SW 694; Master's Thesis.   
Faculty-supervised study and research on a subject approved by the student's advisor and committee. Prerequisites: SW 690 and SW 693 and consent of thesis advisor. Three credits.

SW 695; Master's Thesis.   
Continuation of faculty-supervised research and writing on a subject approved by the student's advisor and committee. Prerequisites: SW 690, SW 693 and successful completion of SW 694 and consent of thesis committee. Three credits.

SW 699; Independent Study.   
Independent study of an issue related to social welfare or social work theory or practice. Prerequisite: Approval of advisor and faculty member directing the study. One, two, or three credits.

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