University Catalog 2005-2006

Social Work (SOCW)

Social Work

200 Introduction to Social Work (3:3:0) Introduces historical roots of social work profession and social welfare. The person-in-environment perspective is discussed as the framework for social work knowledge, values, and skills. This initial course in the social work curriculum is designed to introduce the student to the social work profession, professional values, ethics, fields of practice, and the settings in which social workers are employed. The professionÕs commitment to diverse and at-risk populations and social/economic justice is highlighted. Presentations by social work professionals in different fields of practice supplement classroom lecture, discussion, and small-group exercises. f,s,sum

301 Laboratory in Interpersonal Communication (3:3:0) Prerequisites: SOCI101, PSYC 100, and sophomore standing; or permission of instructor. Emphasis on experiential learning of the biological, psychological, social, and cultural influences on the behavior of those who need and those who give help. Students examine their own behavioral and learning patterns, values, ethics, and attitudes to increase their ability to understand and help clients. Field placement of at least 60 hours required. f,s

323 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I (3:3:0) Prerequisites: SOCI101, BIOL 104, and PSYC 100; or permission of instructor. Completion or concurrent enrollment in all other required general education course work. Social systems approach unifying and integrating concepts and knowledge from biology,anthropology, sociology, and psychology about human behavior. Applications to professional practice, from the social work literature, and to the fieldexperience. f

324 Human Behavior in the Social Environment II (3:3:0) Prerequisite: SOCW323 with a minimum grade of C or permission of instructor. Examination of social systems theories as they pertain to the study of macro systems. Focus of study involves families, the social group, the formal organization, and the community. Student will apply theoretical concepts to contemporary social problems. s

351 Social Policy and Social Justice I (3:3:0) Prerequisites: SOCI 101 andGOVT 103; or permission of instructor. Introduction to social welfare policy, including its historical development, central concepts, institutional nature, and origins of social work as a profession. Analysis of service delivery systems and the role of the social work profession inbringing about social and economic change. f

352 Social Policy and Social Justice II (3:3:0) Prerequisite: SOCW 351with a minimum grade of C or permission of instructor. Analysis of various social welfare policies and their development; examines how policies have emerged in response to social problems arising out of changing social, political, economic, and cultural influences. s

357 Methods of Social Work Intervention I (3:3:0) Open to majors only.Prerequisites: SOCI 101, SOCW 200 (or corequisite), and PSYC 100; orpermission of instructor. Social work practice from a systems perspective. Particular emphasis on problem-solving activities with microsystems. The common core of knowledge, values, and skills essential to social work practice is analyzed to gain insight into social work functions and the role of the social worker as a change agent. f

358 Methods of Social Work Intervention II (3:3:0) Open to majors only.Prerequisite: 60 credits or permission of instructor. Continues a generic problem-solving model, focusing on group and macro intervention systems, settings, and skills. Emphasis on working with both treatment and task groups. Group processes, such as goal formulation, contract setting, composition, and termination necessary for effective worker intervention, are part of the knowledge base of the course. Field service of 40 hours required. s

359 Junior Seminar (1:1:0) Corequisite: Must be taken simultaneously withSOCW 358. Provides students the opportunity to integrate theory, research, and practice in the area of group work. Time is allotted to processsuccesses and obstacles, and to share with other students the issues, knowledge, and skills being learned in the junior-level practicum. s

400 Legal and Ethical Issues in Human Services (3:3:0) Prerequisite: 45credits or permission of instructor. Overview of ethical and legal issues related to human services professions. Topics include responsibility, competence, duty to warn, confidentiality, professional relationships, and research. Models of ethical decision making and critical thinking are emphasized.

410 Alcohol and Substance Abuse: Policies and Programs (3:3:0) Prerequisite: 45 credits or permission of instructor. Primary issues related to alcoholism and drug abuse including key concepts, theories, policies, and research regarding the use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs. Emphasis on the impact of the policies and programs on the well-being of ethnic minority and disadvantaged service populations. sum

415 Child and Family Welfare (3:3:0) Prerequisite: 45 credits or permission of the instructor. Emphasis on viewing human development and child and family welfare services critically, holistically, and contextually. Integrates ecological systems, human rights, and empowerment perspectives for understanding delivery systems and persons in relation to their environment across levels from the individual to the global. Provides overview of the existing child welfare system with focus on current issues, challenges, and Òat-riskÓ populations.

423 Social Work with Children and Adolescents (3:3:0) Prerequisites: 45 credits or permission of instructor. Major needs of children and adolescents and the implications for social work practice. Problems of family and peer group relationships, occupational choice, sexual and scholastic adjustment, and special problems of racial and cultural alienation, alcohol and drug abuse, and delinquency. Reviews various theoretical orientations and evidence from research. Analyzes both individual and group approaches to counseling and treatment.

425 Planning and Organizing for Community Change (3:3:0) Prerequisite: 45credits or permission of instructor. Designed for senior social work students with an interest in pursuing community organization as a professional career specialty. Students are provided with a basic understanding of community organization and planning, with special emphasis on conducting a needs assessment in the community. Students examine the environmental context in which administrative and community practice occurs. Explores role of social workers as planners and agents of social change.

430 Social Work and the Law (3:3:0) Prerequisite: 45 credits or permissionof instructor. Introduces students to the social workerÕs role in the legal system and familiarizes students with legal processes and their application to issues of interest to social workers and their clients, including childabuse, foster care, reproductive rights, juvenile justice, and legal rights of the poor/women/minorities.

435 An Intergenerational Approach to Aging (3:3:0) Prerequisites: 45 credits or permission of instructor. Survey of issues related to working with the aged, their families, and care providers. A study of the biological, psychological, and sociocultural aspects of aging, as well as the unique problems that are intricately involved with service delivery to aged persons. Examines the forces that impinge on the aged person and explores critical issues related to extended life span, family changes, institutionalization, and the role of the aged persons in society. Students increase their sensitivity and knowledge of aged individuals through an intergenerational lens.

452 Senior Seminar I (2 credits) Open only to social work majors.Prerequisites: SOCW 200, 301, 323, 324, 351, 352, 357, 358, and 359 with agrade of C or better and recommendation of faculty. Concurrent with Senior Practicum I (SOCW 453), this seminar provides an integrative teamexperience designed to support the field experience and provide opportunities for students to demonstrate required competencies through special assignments. f

453 Senior Practicum I (3 credits) Open only to social work majors.Prerequisites: SOCW 200, 301, 323, 324, 351, 352, 357, 358, and 359 with agrade of C or better and recommendation of faculty. Supervised learning experience (practicum) under the guidance of qualified faculty liaisons and professional staff designated and approved by the director of field education. Designed to facilitate practice with individuals, families, groups, and communities. Students spend two full days weekly in practicum sites. Requires concurrent seminar (SOCW 452) participation and faculty-agency visits. f

454 Senior Seminar II (2 credits) Prerequisites: SOCW 452, 453, 471.Concurrent with Senior Practicum II (SOCW 456), this seminar is a continuation of the integrative team experience designed to support the practicum experience and provide opportunities for students to demonstrate required competencies through special assignments. s

456 Senior Practicum II (3 credits) Prerequisites: SOCW 452, 453, 471.Continuation of the supervised learning experience (practicum) begun in SOCW 453. Students spend two full days weekly in practicum sites supervisedby faculty liaisons and qualified professional staff designated and approved by the director of field education. Requires concurrent seminar participation (SOCW 454) and faculty-agency visits. s

471 Research in Social Work (3:3:0)Prerequisites: SOCI 313 or PSYC 300;six credits of social work courses; senior standing; or permission ofinstructor. Must be completed with a minimum grade of C. Principles and the theory underlying scientific inquiry. Emphasis on the use of research in social work practice, steps in conducting research, and research efforts in developing and evaluating social work knowledge and skills. f

475 Selected Topics in Social Work Policy (3:3:0) Prerequisite: 45 creditsor permission of instructor. In-depth study of special areas of social work that are of interest to students, faculty, and the social work community. Topics vary.

483 Selected Approaches to Social Work Intervention (3:3:0) Prerequisite:45 credits or permission of instructor. Opportunity to examine critically personal use of different approaches to social work intervention currently employed in practice settings. Students have an opportunity to use the technical skills with clients that these approaches require. May be taken more than once for credit. Topics vary.

498 Child Welfare Capstone (3:3:0) Prerequisites: 45 credits; 21 credits completed toward the Child Welfare Certificate or permission of instructor.Capstone course to be completed for the Child Welfare Certificate. Consists of weekly seminars and the completion of a 140 hour field placement.

499 Independent Study in Social Work (1-3:0:0) Prerequisites: 60 credits and a research proposalapproved by instructor before enrollment. Investigation of a research problem in the field of social work.

598 Special Topics in Social Work (1-6:1-6:0) Prerequisite: upper-levelundergraduate or graduate standing.

623 Human Behavior and Social Systems I (3:3:0) Prerequisite: graduate standing. Ecological approach to behavior of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Integrates and applies theories from psychology, sociology, biology, and anthropology to study of infants, children, and adolescents. Emphasizes human diversity.

624 Human Behavior and Social Systems II (3:3:0) Prerequisite: SOCW 623. Continues the study of human behavior and diversity by exploring the application of development theory and ecological principles to those in young adulthood, middle adulthood, and older adulthood.

651 Social Policies, Programs, and Services I (3:3:0) Prerequisite: graduate standing. History of American social welfare policy and social work profession. Explores political, economic, social, cultural, and ideological influences on policy-making with emphasis on consequences for populations at risk. Introduction to historical policy analysis.

652 Social Policies, Programs, and Services II (3:3:0) Prerequisite: SOCW 651. Explores various frameworks for analyzing social policy and introduces students to current policies in areas including child welfare, juvenile justice, mental health, health care, and disabilities. Initiates consideration of strategies for improving policies through advocacy.

657 Integrative Approaches to Social Work Intervention I (3:3:0) Graduate standing and open only to students enrolled in MSW degree program. Corequisite: SOCW 672.. Introduction to the role of social workers as change agents and the core knowledge, values and skills that guide social work practice with individuals, families, small groups, organizations, and communities.

658 Integrative Approaches to Social Work Intervention II (3:3:0) Graduate standing and open only to students enrolled in MSW degree program. Corequisite: SOCW 673. Continuation of social work theory and practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Emphasizes intervention, evaluation, follow-up and termination, with attention to the incorporation of social work knowledge, values, and skills.

670 Writing for Professional Practice (3:3:0) Prerequisite: SOCW 657 and graduate standing. Study of various forms of written communication pertinent to social work practice. Examines the impact of audience, status, culture, and purpose on effective professional writing.

671 Research Methods for Social Workers (3:3:0) Prerequisite: SOCW 624 and 652. Examination of the role of scientific inquiry in social work. Emphasizes construction and use of measurement instruments, data collection, analysis, and interpretation, and application of computer technologies relevant to social work practice.

672 Foundation Field Practicum and Seminar I (3:0:0) Corequisite: SOCW 657. Supervised social work learning experience in human service agencies. Students complete two days per week in a field practicum and attend a monthly seminar in which they share their learning and integrate theory with practice.

673 Foundation Field Practicum and Seminar II (3:0:0) Prerequisites: SOCW 672. Corequisite: SOCW 658. Continuation of the supervised social work learning experience begun in SOCW 672. Students spend two full days per week in a field practicum and attend a monthly seminar in which they share their learning, process their experiences, and integrate theory with practice.

675 Selected Topics in Social Work Management (3:3:0) Prerequisites: SOCW 657, and 30 credits or permission of instructor. In-depth study of special topics relevant to social work supervision and administration in public, nonprofit, and for-profit human service agencies.

676 Selected Topics in Social Work and Social Change (3:3:0) Prerequisites: 30 credits or permission of instructor. Critical examination of special topics related to understanding and improving community and societal conditions through policy practice, program development, and social action.

684 Policy Practice for Social Workers (4:3:0) Prerequisite: SOCW 624, 652, 658 and 673. Explores development and implementation of social welfare policies and services. Understanding the policy-making process, conducting legislative research, and mastering advocacy skills in order to shape policy outcomes that reflect social work values.

685 Organizational Leadership for Social Workers (4:3:0) Prerequisite: SOCW 624, 652, 658, and 673. Examines functions and structure of human service organizations in the context of service delivery. Development of theoretical knowledge, professional ethics, and skills in administration, leadership, management, organization, and supervision.

687 Community Practice for Social Workers (4:3:0) Prerequisite: SOCW 624, 652, 658, and 673. Explores social work interventions at the community level, including organization, planning, and development. Strategies for mobilizing community members, utilizing community organizations, formulating coalitions, engaging in participatory planning, and social and economic development.

688 Advanced Research in Social Work (3:3:1) Prerequisites: SOCW 624, 652, 658, 671, and 673. Program evaluation research using appropriate computer technology. Addresses ethical, pragmatic, and political considerations; needs assessment, qualitative and quantitative approaches, quality control and assurance, client satisfaction, outcome measures and indicators.

690 Concentration Field Practicum (6:0:0) Prerequisites: SOCW 673, 684, 685, 687, and 688. Supervised social work learning experience for four days per week. Students are placed in public, nonprofit, or for-profit venues reflecting their specific interests in agency supervision, organizational management, community change, electoral policies, or social policy.

691 Integrative Seminar (3:0:0) Prerequisite: SOCW 690. Corequisite: SOCW 690. Processing of field practicum experiences; analysis of successes and challenges; application of social work knowledge, values, and skills from across the curriculum. Culminates in professional presentations by students.