SW 104SL (SO 104SL) Introduction to Social Work
An introduction to social work as a profession, its historical development, and current practice settings. The course focuses on the history, philosophy, and structure of social movements, social policy, and social services in the United States. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking as it applies to professional values and ethics, and areas of practice. This course is required for social work majors but is also applicable for students from related fields who want to explore the history and structure of social services and social work. Students are required to complete a 40-hour service-learning experience. 3 credits
Fulfills LAI and Service-Learning requirements.
SW 105SL Service-Learning
Students engage in various supervised service learning activities that provide opportunities to make meaningful contributions to the community. 1 credit
Fulfills Service-Learning requirement.
SW 201 (S0 201) Introduction to Social Welfare
An exploration of the historical development of social welfare policies, the relationship of policy to social welfare programs, the delivery of social support services needed to fulfill basic human needs, and social work values. 3 credits
Fulfills Skills Integration requirement.
SW 204 Theories and Methods of Practice
Designed to introduce students to theoretical and practical knowledge that will become a foundation for the entry-level professional. Topics covered include social work values, assessment, confidentiality, contemporary theories of social work as they relate to practice with client systems. Students will gain an understanding of the theories behind various methods and techniques and continue to build upon them as lifelong learning takes place. In addition, skill-building sessions are included as a key component of the course in order for students to experience the learning process from both the knowledge and practice levels. 3 credits Prerequisite is SW 104SL or PY 101, or permission of instructor.
SW 214 (SO 214) Human Behavior and the Social Environment I
An introduction to theories of human behavior related to how personality, environment, and culture interact with one another to shape the individual. The life cycle of individuals is reviewed in the context of families, groups, and larger social systems including the cultural, social, and physical environment. This knowledge is useful to social workers and other practitioners in dealing with problem situations, whether created by individuals or by environmental factors. 3 credits Prerequisites: SW 104 and PY 101 (for Social Work majors), Concurrent with BIO 157; or permission of instructor.
SW 216 (SO 216) Human Behavior and the Social Environment II
An exploration of theories of human behavior in groups, organizations, and communities. A social work ecosystems perspective is combined with sociology and group psychology theories that promote a working knowledge of the operation and impact of macro systems on human behavior. Primary consideration is given to concepts of empowerment, diversity, population-at-risk, and the promotion of social and economic justice. 3 credits Fulfills Skills Integration requirement. Prerequisites: SW 214 (for social work majors),
SW 218 (PY 218, S0 218) Forensic Treatment and Correction
An exploration of interdisciplinary practices within the correctional environment that present serious challenges to health care professionals who work in the correctional system. This course emphasizes a team approach in providing treatment to forensic consumers as well as the general population of a correctional environment. 3 credits Fulfills Skills Integration requirement.
SW 226SL Networking in the Community
An exploration of the community resources and services that are available to social workers and the populations they serve. Students will be required to spend time at agency settings in order to better understand the service delivery system and its impact on people. 3 credits Fulfills Service-Learning requirement
SW 270 (PY 270, SO 270) Cultural Awareness and Human Services
An introduction to a practical social service process stage approach to ethnic and cultural groups. Given our culturally diverse society, intervention practice approaches that have universal application to service specific populations will be emphasized. Drawing on cultures as holistic designs for living, insights and strategies for addressing human needs and concerns from a culturally sensitive perspective will be covered. 3 credits Fulfills LAI requirement. Prerequisite: SW 104 for social work majors or permission of instructor.
SW 278I (COM 278I, POL 278I, PY 278I, SW 278I) Racism, Diversity, and Humanity
An examination of race, ethnicity, gender, class, and sexual orientation as concepts that often divide us from one another and yield tension, pain, injustice, intolerance, conflict, violence, or indifference. 1 credit Fulfills Interdisciplinary requirement.
SW 301 Social Work Writing Lab
Individualized and small group assignments will provide students with supplemental instruction and academic support as they plan writing assignments for (SW 302) Social Work with Individuals, explore the professional writing process, and strengthen writing and critical thinking skills. This course will meet for 50 minutes per week concurrent with SW 302. 1 credit
SW 302 Social Work with Individuals
An exploration of the basic knowledge, values, and skills of the profession of social work. The student becomes familiar with theoretical knowledge, develops basic interviewing skills, and utilizes value clarification to understand what is involved in effective, ethical social work practice and case management in a diverse society. (Micro practice course). May be taken simultaneously with SW 214. Social work majors or permission of instructor.
3 credits Social work majors may take concurrent with BIO 157 and SW 301. Prerequisites: SW 104, SW 201.
SW 303 Social Welfare Policy and Analysis
The historical, economic, social and political facets of policies are examined from the social work practitioner perspective. Policies as society’s response to human social problems will be analyzed and discussed for their immediate and long-range implications. Special attention will be given to governmental entities and non-profit organizations that address social problems through service provisions. Each student will analyze in-depth one social welfare policy. 3 credits Fulfills Skills Integration requirement. Prerequisite: SW 201 or with instructor permission.
SW 304 Social Work with Families
An enhancement of the application of knowledge and skill of generalist social work practice and is designed to build upon SW 301 and 302. Discussion and simulation of practice with families and groups is emphasized. (Mezzo practice course). Social work majors or permission of instructor. 3 credits Prerequisites: SW 104 and 302.
SW 305 Social Work with Groups
An enhancement of the application of knowledge and skill of generalist social work practice and is designed to build upon SW302. Discussion and simulation of practice with educational, support, task, and therapeutic groups is emphasized. Social Work majors or permission of instructor. 3 creditsPrerequisites: SW 301 and 302, for social work majors or permission of instructor.
SW 350I (CM 350I) Gender, Race, and Class: Media and Social Change
An analysis of the role the mass media play in developing, sustaining, and challenging stereotypes. Students will explore the impact that media stereotypes have on public policy decisions as they affect groups based on gender, race, and social class. This course is team taught as an interdisciplinary course that integrates perspectives from communication and social work. 3 credits Prerequisites: CC 100 and 101 or equivalents. Fulfills Skills Integration and Interdisciplinary requirements.
SW 351I (EN 351I) Literature and Public Policy
An exploration of the complex and multi-dimensional nature of real social problems in England and America through readings by authors, theorists, and historians, to examine how depictions of the social justice issues of health and poverty both reflected public policy and, at times, helped shape it. The disciplines of English and Social Work provide tools for literary and policy analysis to develop students’ deepened understanding of the lived experience of the poor and sick through their historic treatment in both literature and law.
3 credits. Fulfills Research Skills Integration and Interdisciplinary requirements.
SW 382 (PY 382) Counseling and Therapy for the Aged, Sick, and Dying
An examination of the contemporary problems of the elderly with special emphasis on crises of illness and bereavement. 3 credits Prerequisite: PY 285
SW 400 Independent Study
An exploration of an area of study in social work which is not already offered as a course. Students design the course with the consent of a faculty member. Credit varies.
SW 401SL Social Work Macro Practice
This course focuses on the further development of professional practice skills and knowledge, primarily addressing the macro level of practice. Social work with groups, organizations, and communities is emphasized including strategies for evaluating outcomes. Skills and values needed to facilitate, enhance, or change community and organizational functioning in a culturally diverse urban community are addressed. (Macro practice course). 3 credits Fulfills Service-Learning requirement. Can be concurrent with SW 304. Social work majors or permission of instructor.
SW 402 Field Placement I
This is a supervised field placement in a selected human service agency that allows the student to integrate theory with micro, mezzo, and macro practice. Only social work majors who have been fully admitted to the social work program may register for this course. The field placement sequence should be the final course sequence. 5 credits Prerequisites: SW 302 and SW 304, SW 305. Concurrent enrollment in SW 401, SW 405 required.
SW 404I (SO 404I, PY404I) Death and Dying
A consideration of the current state of social science knowledge of the death and dying experiences of individuals and families. Students explore the individual and family dynamics of death, grief, and bereavement. Death rituals and practices of various belief systems are explored as well as the belief system and cultural practices of students. Skills and techniques for coping and healing are also reviewed. 3 credits Fulfills LAI and Interdisciplinary requirements.
SW 405 Field Placement Seminar I
A seminar designed to bring students together in a group setting to help integrate the field experience with practice skills and theory. Concurrent enrollment in SW 402. Only social work majors who have been fully admitted to the social work program may register for this course. The field placement sequence should be the final sequence that students take. 3 credits
SW 406 Field Placement II
This is the second in a two-part sequenced field placement series. The field placement is designed to develop students’ advanced skills and increase competence in utilizing skills acquired in SW 405. Concurrent enrollment in SW 407 is required. Only social work majors who have been fully admitted to the social work program may register for this course. The field placement sequence should be the final sequence that students take. 5 credits
SW 407 Field Placement Seminar II
A seminar designed to advance a student’s integration of theory with practice via the field experience in SW 406. Concurrent enrollment in SW 406. Only social work majors who have been fully admitted to the social work program may register for this course. The field placement sequence should be the final sequence that students take. 1 credit Prerequisites: SW 402, 405.
SW 421 (CM 421, SO 421) Research Methods for Social Sciences I
An interdisciplinary first course social research methods for students majoring
in a social science. Students learn the fundamentals of research design and gain an understanding of a variety of research methods. As a final project, students develop a research proposal. 3 credits Fulfills Skills Integration requirement.
SW 422 (SO 422) Research Methods II
An applied course designed for students to gain field experience in social science research. Students complete a comprehensive research project in the field using the research design created in SW 421. 3 credits Fulfills Skills Integration requirement. Prerequisite: SW 421 and a statistics course. The research sequence should either be taken prior to field placement or concurrent with field placement.
SW 430 (PY 430) Crisis Intervention
An introduction to the various types of crisis situations practitioners may encounter. In addition, the course will offer various techniques and provide presentations on a variety of components needed to assist the student in understanding the concepts of crisis intervention. Crisis events can occur in a variety of ways and as practitioners, how we deal with these events can make the difference between healing and hindrance. Emphasis will be upon a general understanding of the implications of techniques to modify, manage, and cope with certain crisis situations. 3 credits Fulfills Skills Integration requirement.