Social Work (SWRK) Courses

SWRK 180 Introduction to Social Welfare
3 hours. This course serves as an introduction to the philosophy, historical development and current practices of the social work profession and social welfare in general. Specifically, the knowledge base, values, skills, practices, settings, educational and career opportunities of the profession will be examined. Emphasis is placed on developing awareness of the scope of the profession using a scientific, analytic approach to service delivery and evaluation; relating generalist social work practice to social welfare systems; economic and social justice; and work with diverse, oppressed and at-risk populations. This course includes community service opportunities and/or social service agency tours. This course is required for those majoring in social work and must be taken prior to entrance into the major.

SWRK 275 Field Experience
1-3 hours. Supervised experience in the discipline, including internships and practica required for professional programs. This introductory experience must have an on-site supervisor and/or a departmental instructor overseeing, designing and evaluating the content of the course.
Prerequisite: instructor's permission.

SWRK 285 Selected Topics
1-3 hours. A special-interest class offered on a one-time basis addressing a subject in the field that is of general interest to the university community.
Prerequisite: by permission.

SWRK 290 Diversity Issues in Social Work
3 hours. Introduces students to diverse populations and helps them understand the different constraints and motivations of people from backgrounds different from their own, providing important lessons for social work practice.

SWRK 331 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I
3 hours. This course is the first of a two-semester sequence that provides and seeks to apply a basic framework for creating and organizing knowledge of human behavior during the lifespan stages of conception, infancy, childhood, and adolescence and the social environment to situations encountered by generalist practice social workers. Social systems, human development theories, and strengths approaches are critically examined to foster understanding of individual, family, group, organizational, and community behaviors and the impact of the larger environment on these systems. Special attention is given to the impact of human diversity, discrimination, and oppression on the ability of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities to reach or maintain optimal health and well-being. Required for majors.
Prerequisites: PSYC 150 General Psychology and SOCI 150 Principles of Sociology.

SWRK 332 Human Behavior in the Social Environment II
3 hours. This course is the second of a two-semester sequence that provides and seeks to apply a basic framework for creating and organizing knowledge of human behavior during the lifespan stages of young adulthood, middle adulthood, and later adulthood and the social environment to situations encountered by generalist practice social workers. Social systems, human development theories, and strengths approaches are critically examined to foster understanding of individuals, family, group, organizational and community behaviors and the impact of the larger environment on these systems. Special attention is given to the impact of human diversity, discrimination and oppression on the ability of individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities to reach or maintain optimal health and well-being. Required for majors.
Prerequisites: PSYC 150 General Psychology, SOCI 150 Principles of Sociology, and SWRK 331 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I.

SWRK 340 Statistical Procedures
3 hours. Applied statistics for the social and behavioral sciences. Emphasis is placed on statistical logic and decision making. Recommended for the sophomore or junior year. Required for sociology and social work majors. (Identical to SOCI 340.)
Prerequisites: SOCI 150 Principles of Sociology and high school algebra.

SWRK 370 Foundations of Social Work Practice I
3 hours. This course provides basic knowledge about research methods as it applies to social work practice. This course provides an overview of commonly used social work practice theories and a review of each one's primary focus and linkages among them. Additional course fee is required.

SWRK 391 Social Work Practice I
3 hours. A study of generalist social work practice with individuals. Microlevel theory, skills and interviewing techniques are applied to generalist social work. The course will cover theory and techniques of person-centered case management that are specifically applicable to work with individuals. A prerequisite for Field Experience/Practicum I (SWRK 475). Required for majors. Additional course fee is required.
Prerequisites: PSYC 150 General Psychology, SOCI 150 Principles of Sociology, SWRK 180 Introduction to Social Welfare, declared social work majors only, and formal admission into the social work program.

SWRK 392 Social Work Practice II
3 hours. A study of mezzo-level generalist social work practice with families and groups. Attention is given to a systems framework of generalist social work practice, with a particular focus upon assessment and development of appropriate intervention strategies. A prerequisite for SWRK 476 Field Experience/Practicum II. Required for majors.
Prerequisite: SWRK 391 Social Work Practice I and declared social work majors only.

SWRK 393 Social Work Practice III
3 hours. An overview of generalist social work methods practiced with organizations and communities. Attention is given to assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of macro-level systems. A prerequisite for SWRK 477 Field Experience/Practicum III. Required for majors. This class is open to declared social work majors only. Additional course fee is required.
Prerequisite: SWRK 392 Social Work Practice II.

SWRK 399 Cross-Cultural Study
3 hours. This course offers in-depth discipline specific cross-cultural study designed to enhance the intercultural emphasis of various academic majors. The course includes class meetings in the spring followed by travel to various locations throughout the world in May. Students will use core disciplinary knowledge to serve, learn and interact with other cultures. (Offered in May Term. Students must meet eligibility requirements.) Offered at the discretion of the department. Upper division students, by permission. Additional course fee is required.

SWRK 400 Social Work with Children
3 hours. Basic principles of child welfare, with emphasis upon the services for families and children needing various types of support. Focus is on developing a knowledge and understanding of child welfare and supportive services.
Prerequisite: SWRK 180 Introduction to Social Welfare or instructor's permission.

SWRK 410 Social Work with Vulnerable Adults
3 hours. This course provides a general introduction to the study of aging, older people and their adaptation to a rapidly changing world from a social work perspective. It examines a wide variety of physical, cognitive and psycho-social changes that occur as one ages, how these factors influence interaction with social/physical environments, and how the older person is, in turn, affected by these interactions. Social work perspectives, values and interventions with this population will be emphasized.
Prerequisite: SWRK 180 Introduction ot Social Welfare.

SWRK 440 Social Work Research Methods
3 hours. This course provides basic knowledge about research methods as it applies to social work practice. This course is designed to survey the basic processes of research methodology as practiced in the social sciences. Topics include research design, problem formulation, measurement, sampling, data analysis and ethics in research. This course introduces the theory and application of basic social scientific research techniques, including qualitative and quantitative methods, data collection and statistical thinking. Topics specific to social work research such as agency-based research, program evaluation, outcomes evaluation and single-subject design will be emphasized. The use of research as one tool in the professional repertoire of skills available to the social work generalist and evaluation of practice are emphasized. This course is designed to increase students' ability to read for understanding, critically evaluate, and better utilize the social work research literature. At the same time it is designed to prepare students to begin work on the senior research paper/project. Finally, this course demonstrates the need for and encourages the use of research in social work practice.

SWRK 460 Social Policy
3 hours. This course proves an in-depth analysis of how human needs and values are translated into social policy on community, national and international levels. Special attention is given to the ways in which values and power interests influence the creation of social policy. Emphasis is placed on the history of social welfare and related policies, the process of policy formation and analysis, and impact of policy on at-risk populations. Implications for generalist social work practice and services will be explored through a variety of class activities. Required for social work majors. Additional course fee is required.
Prerequisites: SWRK 180 Introduction to Social Welfare, SWRK 475 Field Experience/Practicum I, or the instructor's permission.

SWRK 475 Field Experience/Practicum I
3 hours (150 practicum hours in the agency). The first course of the field experience/practicum sequence will emphasize micropractice concepts and address orientation to the agency environment; student roles and responsibilities; agency roles and responsibilities; confidentiality issues; nature and process of supervision; establishing goals and objectives; models of integrating classroom learning with the field practicum; person-in-environment; interviewing techniques; identification of research and policy issues; work with special populations and injustices; process recordings; research methods in the agency; and ethical conduct/NASW code of ethics. Required for majors. Recommended spring of the junior year.
Prerequisites: SWRK 391 Social Work Practice I and declared social work majors only.

SWRK 476 Field Experience/Practicum II
3 hours (150 practicum hours in the agency). Ideally, SWRK 476 and 477 will occur in a full-year practicum during the student's senior year. The second course in the field experience/practicum sequence will build upon knowledge and experience acquired in SWRK 475 and emphasize mezzo-practice concepts. Course topics will include work with small groups; families; integrating research and evaluation methods in the field experience/practicum; agency evaluation and analysis; referral processes; work with special populations/injustices; ethical dilemmas; ethical conduct/NASW code of ethics; agency recording process; and development of a student portfolio of practicum projects and skills. Required for majors.
Prerequisites: SWRK 475 Field Experience/Practicum I, SWRK 392 Social Work Practice II and declared social work majors only.

SWRK 477 Field Experience/Practicum III
3 hours (150 practicum hours in the agency). Ideally, SWRK 476 and 477 will occur in a full-year practicum during the student's senior year. The third course in the field experience/practicum sequence will provide further depth and integration of theory, classroom learning, and experience within the student's field experience/practicum, building on concepts developed in SWRK 476 and emphasizing macropractice concepts. Additional topics will include work with agency boards, communities, governmental systems; implementation of a research project in the agency; community analysis; termination with clients and the agency; addressing social inequities in the student's field experience/practicum; work with special populations and injustices; policy issues; and ethical conduct/NASW code of ethics. Required for majors.
Prerequisites: SWRK 476 Field Experience/Practicum II, SWRK 393 Social Work Practice III and declared social work majors only.

SWRK 485 Selected Topics
1-3 hours. A special-interest class that addresses a relevant subject in the field of social work. Previous and projected subjects include, but are not limited to, administration and community planning; cognitive and behavioral theories; crisis and trauma recovery; current issues in social work; medical and mental health services; systemic and ecologic theories; social policy; and treating addictive behaviors.
Prerequisite: SWRK 180 Introduction to Social Welfare.

SWRK 490 Senior Seminar
3 hours. A required course for majors to be taken during the spring semester of the senior year. The course will focus on consolidating substantive knowledge regarding 1) social welfare policies and services, 2) human behavior in the social environment, 3) the structure and function of communities and human service organizations, 4) methods of inducing change across the micro-, mezzo-, and macrolevels, and 5) methods of scientific inquiry necessary to assess human problems and the effectiveness of professional interventions. Focus also will be upon the integration of social theories with faith and learning. Required for majors. Additional course fee is required.
Prerequisite: SWRK 392 Social Work Practice II.

SWRK 495 Special Study
1-3 hours. Independent study of subjects outside regular offerings. Guiding bibliographies are provided, and regular reading reports and conferences are scheduled.
Prerequisite: upper-division majors only and by permission.

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