Course Descriptions

SW 101 Introduction to Social Work     3 CR
Explores the profession of social work as a career choice. Focuses on generalist social work practice as a societal response to social problems with an orientation to professional knowledge, skills, values, and ethics. Prerequisite: SO 110

SW 140 Perspectives on Family Violence     3 CR
The effects and characteristics of family violence from the legal, medical, and social perspectives, incidence and preconditions of child abuse, spousal abuse, and elder abuse are studied.
 
SW 224 Human Diversity and Social Justice     3 CR
Provides students with a framework for understanding how diversity characterizes and shapes the human experience and is critical to the formation of identity.

SW 265 Social Welfare as a Social Institution     3 CR
An introduction to the social service delivery system and resources, the values and ethics inherent in policy, and the role of the social work profession. Includes a global perspective on comparative social welfare systems. Prerequisite: SW 101

SW 266 Social Welfare Policy and Services     3 CR
Examines how social policy is formulated and implemented with a focus on the inequalities and inequities in social welfare policy that express institutional discrimination. Emphasizes the development of macropractice skills. Prerequisites: SO 254, SW 265, and PO 121

SW 267 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I     3 CR
Theories of human development with emphasis on stages of the life cycle, human diversity, and the biological, psychological, socioeconomic, spiritual, and cultural influences on development. Prerequisites: BI 010 or BI 030, PS 110, and SW 101

SW 268 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II     3 CR
A study of diverse family, group, community, and organizational systems and their impact on human development and behavior. Theoretical knowledge and assessment skills will be emphasized. Prerequisite: SW 267
 
SW 275 Social Work Practice I     3 CR
Emphasizes the generalist model of social work practice, the use of systems theory, the strengths perspective, and professional values and skills to facilitate the planned change and problem solving process. Prerequisites: Junior standing and SW 101

SW 278 Junior Field Practicum     4 CR
Internship for two days each week in a human service agency where students are professionally supervised in social work practice with clients and the community. Prerequisites: SW 265, SW 267, SW 275, and departmental evaluation for admission to Intermediate Major Status. Co-requisite: SW 279

SW 279 Junior Field Practicum Seminar     2 CR
Taken concurrently with SW 278, this course facilitates, reinforces, and supports field-based learning. Emphasizes engagement, assessment, planning, interviewing skills and professional values and ethics. Co-requisite: SW 278

SW 299 Special Topics in Social Work     3 CR
Designates new or occasional courses that may or may not become part of the program’s permanent offerings. Courses capitalize on a timely topic, a faculty member’s particular interest, an experimental alternative to existing courses, etc. Course title is shown on the student’s transcript. Consult the current course schedule for available topics and current prerequisites. Prerequisites established by the program as appropriate for the specific course.

SW 375 Social Work Practice II     3 CR
Examines intervention skills with families, groups, communities, and organizations using the planned change process. Introduces spirituality in social work practice. Prerequisite: SW 275

SW 378 & SW 380 Senior Field Practicum I and II     4 CR each
Professionally supervised Senior internship for two days per week. Integration of theory with practice and the development of appropriate skills and knowledge, along with professional identification, values, and attitudes. Prerequisites: SW 278 and SW 279 and evaluation for admission to Degree Candidacy Status. Co-requisites: SW 379 and SW 381
 
SW 379 & SW 381 Senior Field Practicum Seminar I and II     2 CR each
Emphasis is on professional development, the use of research methods to evaluate one's own practice, and application of theory from the entire curriculum to professional practice. Co-requisites: SW 378 and SW 380

SW 390 Research Methods for Social Work     4 CR
Development of research skills for evaluation and enhancement of social work practice. Emphasizes research designs, sampling, practice evaluation, program evaluation, measurement instruments, and basic statistics. Prerequisites: Junior Standing

SW 524 Human Diversity and Social Justice     3 CR
The purpose of this course is to provide students with a framework for understanding how diversity characteristics shapes the human experience and is critical to the formation of identity and the impact of oppression, power, and privilege.

SW 545 Aging and Gerontology     3 CR
This course provides an overview of the aging process from a biopsychosocial-spiritual, strengths perspective and the specific issues faced by the older adult population.  Topics covered that influence this population include cultural perspectives, changing roles, access to resources and services, advocacy, and issues of social justice. 

SW 550 Loss and Life Transition     3 CR
This course provides theoretical and conceptual frameworks for understanding loss and transition across the life cycle as a universal human experience and the varying influences affecting the grief process.

SW 555 Children & Families     3 CR
This course provides specialized analytic and practice skills necessary for working with children, youth, and families. Students will learn assessment and intervention strategies that take into consideration the relevant environmental systems that are impacting the client system. A broad definition of family will be used acknowledging various diverse configurations.

SW 560 Spirituality     3 CR
This course provides a framework of knowledge, values, and skills to be applied to a social work practice that is sensitive to diverse spiritual and religious perspectives in social work with client systems. It will explore the importance of including spirituality in an assessment and understanding its impact on client experiences and the implications for intervention.

SW 565 Social Welfare as a Social Institution     3 CR
This first course in the two-course policy sequence is designed to help students examine various aspects of the social welfare institution from both a contemporary and an historical perspective. The impact of socio-economic and political forces on social welfare policies and programs, as they respond to the complexities of human needs and social problems, are examined. Attention is also given to the organizational context of the social service delivery system.

SW 566 Social Welfare Policy and Services     3 CR
The purpose of this course is to provide students with a framework for understanding: 1) social policy and the process through which social policy is formulated, implemented and analyzed; 2) inequalities and inequities in social welfare as policy manifestations of institutionalized racism and sexism; and, 3) the impact and interaction of policy with service delivery networks and organizational structures delivering services and resources. Prerequisite: SW 565

SW 567 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I     3 CR
The purpose of this first semester of a two-semester course sequence is to develop fully the notion of interchange between the individual and those systems that make up his/her environment. In exploring the environmental determinants of human behavior, the student is introduced to the study of individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations, and the influences that those systems produce upon social interaction and adaptive behavior.

SW 568 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II     3 CR
The second course of a two-semester sequence intended to provide students with the theoretical resources and beginning skills necessary for identification of human problems, concerns, or needs, and differential assessment of situations in which people need help. The focus will include the biological, sociological, cultural, psychological, and spiritual development of individuals throughout the life span. Prerequisite: SW 567

SW 570 Inter-Professional Education     3 CR
This course is designed to develop inter-professional collaboration among multiple disciplines for those who will practice in a variety of settings including health care. Effective communication and problem-solving in collaboration with various professionals is essential to providing competent care.

SW 575 Generalist Practice I     3 CR
This course is an introduction to generalist social work practice designed to provide students with the knowledge, understanding, and analytical skills utilized in the phases of the generalist social work helping process: engagement, data collection and differential assessment; goal setting and planning; intervention; evaluation; and disengagement and follow up focusing on the individual within environmental context.

SW 576 Generalist Practice II     3 CR
The course continues the exploration of modalities which can be used in interventions with client systems of varying sizes: individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations. Emphasis is placed on the study and acquisition of practice knowledge and skills necessary to implement planned change with client populations representing cultural, racial, social, and life-style diversity. Prerequisite: SW 575

SW 578-579 Generalist Field Practicum and Seminar I     3 CR
Senior Field Practicum and Seminar I focus on the continuing integration of empirical knowledge, theoretical concepts, and analytical skills with interactional skills and professional values in the development of practice competencies.  Students practice these skills in the field placement and the seminar provides integrative processes for the experiential and academic learning through group supervision and writing of the Capstone Paper.

SW 580-581 Generalist Field Practicum and Seminar II     3 CR
Senior Field Practicum and Seminar II continues the focus on integration of empirical knowledge, theoretical concepts, and analytical skills with interactional skills and professional values in the development of practice competencies.  Students practice these skills in the field placement and the seminar provides integrative processes for the experiential and academic learning through group supervision and writing of the Capstone Paper. Prerequisite: SW 578-79, SW 575

SW 585 Assessment of Client Systems     3 CR
This course reviews assessment strategies for all client systems at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels in order to understand the impact of an inter-systems perspective and the influence of each system on the other for case formulation in change efforts. A person-in-environment and environment-in-person perspective will be utilized to identify client system strengths, resources, areas of need, and opportunities for intervention. Human diversity considerations will be evaluated with regards to the intersectional impact across systems. Prerequisites: SW 524, SW 566, SW 568, SW 576, SW 580-81

SW 586 Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis     3 CR
This course focuses on the assessment and diagnosis of individuals and utilizes frameworks that place individuals within the context of their environment and the biopsychosocial-spiritual, cultural, and human diversity influences for understanding mental health conditions. A critical analysis of classification systems will be used for conducting assessment and diagnosis of individuals. Prerequisite: SW 585

SW 587 Social Work Direct Community Practice     3 CR
This course builds on the knowledge gained in Generalist Social Work Practice I and II on applying the generalist practice framework to community systems at the specialized level. This course looks at the interaction between person and environment and creating organizational and community change in order to better meet the needs of diverse populations. Strategies for engaging stakeholders in capacity building, problem-solving, and decision-making processes will be explored. Students will also consider the trends in the larger political, economic and social environment that impact community change. Prerequisite: SW 585

SW 590 Research Methods for Social Work     3 CR
This course covers research methods for practice evaluation and specifically geared towards social work professionals. Students are taught the language of scientific discourse and the ability to critically appraise empirical research for evidence-based practice. Ethical and human diversity issues are discussed throughout the course and include unbiased research techniques and sensitivity to populations-at-risk.

SW 591 Research Practicum     3 CR
This course enables students to further develop research knowledge through experiential learning allowing the student to implement and participant in a research study relevant to the social work profession. Students will work with their seminar instructor and field instructor to implement research methodology in line with the field placement. Prerequisite: SW 591

SW 675 Social Work Specialized Practice I     3 CR
The is the first of a two semester specialized practice course building on the Generalist Practice framework covered in Generalist Social Work Practice I & II. This course focuses on the specialized social work practice skills development working with client systems in either direct clinical practice or direct community practice. Students taking with course will also be enrolled in Specialized Field Practicum and Seminar I. Prerequisites: SW 576, SW 580-81

SW 676 Social Work Specialized Practice I     3 CR
This is the second semester of a two course series that expands and develops the specialized social work practice. Students taking with course will also be enrolled in Specialized Field Practicum and Seminar II. Prerequisites: SW 675, SW 678-79

SW 678 & 679 Specialized Field Practicum and Seminar I     3 CR
This is a two-semester course where students will participate in an approved, specialized, social work practice field placement. Students apply and integrate theory and course material in professional practice with diverse client systems and further develop competency in their professional skills. The seminar provides integrative processes for the experiential and academic learning through group supervision and writing of the Capstone Paper. Prerequisites: SW 576, SW 580-81

SW 680 & 681 Specialized Field Practicum and Seminar II     3 CR
This course is the final of two courses where students will participate in an approved, specialized, social work practice field placement. Students apply and integrate theory and course material in professional practice with diverse client systems and further develop competency in their professional skills. The seminar provides integrative processes for the experiential and academic learning through group supervision and writing of the Capstone Paper. Prerequisites: SW 675, SW 678-79