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Social Work (SOCW prefix)

Following certain course descriptions are the designations: F, Sp, Su. These
indicate the semesters fall, spring, summer in which the course is normally
offered and are intended as an aid to students planning their programs of study. Upper-level courses are offered at least once every two years.


SOCW 221 Introduction to Social Work (3) This course is an introduction to the field of social work. The class is designed to expose the student to the profession of social work, an overview of systems theory, and the relationship of the social worker to the overall social welfare system. The course will emphasize a core understanding of generalist social work practice, the NASW Code of Ethics, and the social work roles needed to impact systems to solve human problems. Special emphasis will be placed on helping the student to develop an understanding and appreciation for diverse cultures, social and economic justice, disabilities, and populations at risk. Open to all students. Prereq: None. F, Sp, Su

SOCW 222 Social Welfare: Emergence of the Social Services (3) This course explores the philosophical and historical evolution of the American social welfare system. Course content will cover public and voluntary efforts to deal with poverty and other social problems. Theories of political influence on social change are addressed. Content on social justice, oppression, discrimination, spirituality, and diversity are included. Open to all students. Prereq: SOCW 221, or permission of instructor. F, Sp

SOCW 223 Introduction to Gerontology (3) This is an introductory course to the field of gerontology with an emphasis on programs, resources, and services provided to older populations. Open to all students. Prereq: None. Sp

SOCW 225 Child Welfare Services (3) This introductory course provides a survey of child welfare services in the human services field. Various services are examined including child abuse and neglect, adoption, foster care, and family support services. Open to all students. Prereq: None. F, Sp

SOCW 238 Disabilities in Contemporary Society (3) This course explores important issues regarding disabilities in contemporary society. The history of treatment of people with disabilities will be explored with an emphasis on the implications of this history in current programs and services. Special emphasis will be placed on a critical analysis of the assumptions that support contemporary thinking about disabilities and the service delivery systems based on these assumptions. The range of disabilities addressed will include developmental, adventitious, hidden, and visible. Open to all students. Prereq: None. Sp

SOCW 239 Human Behavior and the Social Environment (3) This course is designed as a focal point of integration for human behavior content already encountered in life span development, biology of human concern, and social work courses required of pre-majors. The overall goal of this course is to assist the student in understanding the “person-in-environment” and systems concepts when working with individuals, families, and groups. This course will provide opportunities for the student to understand the biological, psychological, sociological, and spiritual aspects of individuals as well as other cultures and minority groups. As a result, students will be able to integrate these components of human behavior as a generalist social worker. Prereq: SOCW 221, SOCW 222, SOC 121, PSY 201, PSY 261, and BIOL 105. F, Sp, Su

SOCW 241 Social Work Intervention (3) Basic introduction to generalist social work practice and its various modes of intervention. The course gives the student a frame of reference for analyzing various systems encountered in social work practice and an opportunity to experience some of the concepts, skills, value systems, and activities which are the foundation of the practice of social work. Prereq: SOCW 221, SOCW 222, PSY 201, PSY 261, SOC 121, and BIOL 105. F, Sp, Su

SOCW 323 Social Work Practice with the Aged (3) This course is designed to give the student an overview of the variety of social, psychological, physical, economical, and environmental issues that confront our aging population today. Students will be exposed to a number of social work generalist roles, primary prevention strategies, and relevant social work interventions which are based on major theoretical approaches in working with this population. Open to all students. Prereq: None. F

SOCW 325 Introduction to Social Work Statistics (3) This basic statistics course is designed to expose students to descriptive and inferential statistical measurements. The course will overview various methods of data collection, analysis, and presentation. Research methodology and related issues will be examined as they pertain to the social work researcher and more specifically, the social work practitioner. Prereq: SOCW 221 and MATH 100. Open to social work majors and pre-majors or consent of instructor. F, Sp, Su

SOCW 326 Introduction to Social Work Research (3) The course is designed to expose the student to the fundamentals of social work research methodology. Students will gain basic skills and knowledge related to hypothesis development, sampling procedures, research methodology, measurement processes, and evaluative procedures. Careful attention will be paid to research methodology used by the social work professional to evaluate macro and micro practice situations and program development. Prereq: SOCW 252 and open to social work majors or pre-majors or consent of instructor. Sp, Su

SOCW 340 Communications Skills (3) A laboratory experience that engages students in experiential learning situations which enhance interpersonal communication and professional interviewing skills essential to the helping professions. Variables including culture, race, gender, age, ethnic background, disability, and social and economic justice will be examined as they impact the professional communications process. Open to social work majors only. Prereq: None. F

SOCW 341 Social Welfare Policy-Program and Service Delivery Analysis (3) Social work is a policy-based profession and this course takes the student through the analysis of policy as it affects the practice of social work. The student will study the historical, social, political, and economical aspects of social welfare policy and engage in the analysis of a social welfare policy. The course also will be examining the impact of policy change on both diverse groups and populations at risk. Open to social work majors only. Prereq: None. F

SOCW 342 Social Work Practice with Micro Systems I (3) This course is designed to build knowledge and develop the skills needed to work with individuals in a variety of settings. Generalist practice intervention is used as a model to help the student in understanding and completing assessments and in developing intervention plans among diverse populations and populations at risk. The student also will explore ethical and value issues that confront the social worker. Open to social work majors only. Prereq: None. F

SOCW 343 Social Work Practice with Micro Systems II (3) The purpose of this course is to train student social workers in group methods that will be utilized in generalist social work practice situations. The types of social group work are covered, the history of group work, and the skills needed to be an effective group leader are presented. Students also will be exposed to group work with both diverse groups and/or populations at risk. Open to social work majors only. Prereq: None. Sp

SOCW 344 Social Work Practice with Macro Systems (3) The macro course prepares social work students to facilitate planned changes in the community and within agencies. Social work macro practice theory and strategies will be presented to students in the course. The student will demonstrate learning by identifying a problem or need in the community, developing an implementation plan based on solid research, and carrying out the implementation plan and evaluating the results. Open to social work majors only. Prereq: None. Sp

SOCW 390 Independent Study in Social Work (1-3) This course is intended for the examination of special topics in social work on an individual basis. Topics will be developed and examined on an arranged basis in agreement with the student and the supervising faculty member. Research will culminate in a scholarly paper submitted by the student. Prereq: Social Work junior standing and consent of instructor. F, Sp, Su

SOCW 392 Global Social Work (1-3) This course is designed for students seeking to increase their global awareness by engaging in social service work outside the United States. Included in the course is a visit to another country where students will apply social work skills and values through service learning activities. Prereq: SOCW 221, permission of instructor, and sophomore standing. This course fulfills the requirement for Core Curriculum (C5) Global Communities. Sp

SOCW 400 Special Topics in Human Service Practice (3) This course provides students exposure to a variety of selected topics of current interest and importance in human service delivery. These topics will change with the interests of faculty and students. Prereq: Sophomore standing. F, Sp, Su

SOCW 401 Social Work Practicum I (3) An experiential, on-site supervised learning opportunity consisting of a minimum of 150 contact hours per semester or approximately 12 hours per week in a local social service agency approved by the director of field in the Social Work Department. The student will be exposed to the actual skills and behavior of the professionals in social work and will have the opportunity of testing newly formed values and knowledge. Open to social work majors only. Must be taken concurrently with SOCW 402. Prereq: Senior standing and consent of the director of field experience. F

SOCW 402 Social Work Practice I-Integration Seminar for Social Work Practicum I (3) The focus is on integrating classroom knowledge content as it relates to the issues of the field practicum. Open to social work majors only. Must be taken concurrently with SOCW 401. Prereq: Senior standing and consent of the director of field experience. F

SOCW 411 Social Work Practicum II (6) Course provides supervised experiential learning external to the classroom. A minimum of 300 contact hours per semester or approximately 20 hours per week are spent in a community social service agency or related organization to develop social work skills and gain supervised practice in performing the role of social worker. Open to social work majors only. Must be taken concurrently with SOCW 412. Prereq: Senior standing, completion of all social work major courses except SOCW 412 and SOCW 413, and consent of the director of field experience. Sp

SOCW 412 Social Work Practice II-Integration Seminar for Social Work Practicum II (3) Focus is on providing field students the opportunity of resolving issues encountered in the practicum by consulting with their peers. Under the direction of the faculty, the students participate in consultation/training and peer interaction to enhance the learning gained in the field practicum. Open to social work majors only. Must be taken concurrently with SOCW 411. Prereq: Senior standing, completion of all social work major courses except SOCW 411 and SOCW 413, and consent of the director of field experience. Sp

SOCW 413 BSW Project-Research Study (3) The student will choose from one of several “Project Options.” With the guidance of the social work faculty, students are expected to carefully develop a project which culminates in a “Senior Level” project or research term paper. The paper will be developed in the final semester of the student’s senior year. The student must have completed all social work requirements, with the exception of SOCW 411 and SOCW 412. Prereq: Social work seniors only. Sp