Social Work

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SW 100 Exploration in Social Work 3
For students with a strong desire to help people and facilitate social change to determine if they wish to pursue a career in social work. Students will be introduced to the full range of client and practice settings in the global context. Limited to students with 45 credits or less or permission of the instructor. Study Area III

200s

SW 225 Writing for the Social Work Profession 3
Prereq.: ENG 110. Coreq.: SW 226 or 227. Prepares generalist social work students to write for the profession; emphasis is on professional reports, assesments, research, case notes, courtroom, and writing agency-based documents. Restricted to pre-social work majors and must be taken concurrently with SW 226 or SW 227. Skill Area I

SW 226 Social Welfare Policy and Services I 3
Prereq.: SOC 110 or ANTH 140, SOC 111 and PS 110 or 230. Exploration of the historical background of social work and social welfare institutions in the United States and around the world; knowledge, values, and practice skills that distinguish social work as a discipline. Field work required. Pre-Social Work majors only. Fall.

SW 227 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I 3
Prereq.: BIO 111 or BMS 111, SOC 233. Examination of individuals, families, and communities, taking an ecological perspective of the life span; various cultural, economic, and ethnic factors that influence lives; application of social work values and how these relate to developmental tasks in a socio-political environment. Field work required. Pre-Social work majors only. Spring.

300s

SW 360 Generalist Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families 3
Prereq.: SW 226, 227 and admission to Social Work major. Study of delivery of direct service to individuals and families interacting within groups and communities; tasks and skills necessary for generalist social workers to empower clients to modify and change their situations. Field work required. Fall.

SW 361 Generalist Social Work Practice with Small Groups 3
Prereq.: SW 226, 227 and admission to Social Work major. Use of the small group as a resource for delivering direct service in generalist social work practice; tasks and skills necessary for the social worker to use group process to empower clients. Field work required. Spring.

SW 362 Generalist Social Work Practice with Organizations and Communities 3
Prereq.: SW 360 and 361. Interventions and strategies for assisting families, organizations, and communities in the context of generalist social work practice; tasks and skills necessary to bring about change in large systems. Recommend SW 450 and 451 or SW 452 and 453 be taken concurrently. Fall.

SW 368 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II 3
Prereq.: SW 360 (may be taken concurrently) and admission to the Social Work major. The ecosystems framework provides the framework to examine systems of all sizes; families, groups, organizations, and communities. Special attention given to the impact of human diversity, discrimination, and oppression in the context of these social systems. Fall.

SW 374 Introduction to Social Work Research 3
Prereq.: STAT 215. Research knowledge and skills essential for beginning social work practice. Theory of social research, hypothesis testing, research design, sampling, data collection techniques, and ethical issues germane to social workers. Quantitative and qualitative research and the problem-solving model, associated with a research proposal applicable to social work practice, will be developed. Fall.

400s

400-LEVEL CLASSES ARE FOR UNDERGRADUATE CREDIT ONLY, EXCEPT WHERE NOTED WITH "[GR]"

SW 426 Social Welfare Policy and Services II 3
Prereq.: SW 360, 361 and ECON 200. Uses of policy analysis and planning as intervention strategies in generalist social work practice. Recommended that SW 450 and 451 or SW 452 and 453 be taken concurrently. Spring.

SW 433 Independent Studies in Social Work 3
Prereq.: Senior standing in the Social Work major and permission of the program director. Student must have a written study proposal approved by the program director prior to registering for this course. Readings and research in selected areas of social work. On demand. [GR]

SW 436 Health and Social Work 3
Prereq.: SW 226 and 227; or permission of the instructor. Examination of health issues such as cancer, AIDS, Alzheimer's, and other disabilities; prevention, treatment, and attitudes; policies and programs in both public and private sectors which impinge upon the lives of clients with health problems. Irregular. [GR]

SW 437 Child Welfare I 3
Prereq.: SW 226 and 227; or permission of the instructor. Examination of the role of the social worker in meeting the needs and protecting the rights of children. Irregular. [GR]

SW 438 Child Welfare II 3
Prereq.: SW 226 and 227; or permission of instructor. Examination of current social issues, such as war, poverty, and divorce, that impact the lives of children. Irregular. [GR]

SW 440 Social Work Practice with African Populations 3
Prereq.: SW 226 and SW 227; or permission of instructor. Critical aspects in understanding the African communities and how they relate to social work. Micro, mezzo, and macro approaches to providing strength-based culturally relevant interventions are highlighted. Irregular. [I]

SW 441 Social Work Practice with Latinos 3
Prereq.: Permission of instructor. Critical aspects in understanding the Latino community and how they relate to social work. Micro, mezzo and macro approaches to providing strength-based culturally relevant interventions are highlighted. Irregular. [I] [GR]

SW 442 The Social Consequences of Immigration 3
Prereq.: Permission of instructor. Explores the development of immigration policies, social service delivery structures, and practices that help social workers provide services to immigrants and refugees. Irregular. [I] [GR]

SW 450 Field Education Experience I 3
Prereq.: All other requirements for the major except SW 362 and 426 (may be taken concurrently with this course); completed field application and permission of field coordinator. Placement in a social work agency in the community for a minimum of 200 hours. Students are engaged in social work roles and activities which help them to develop generalist practice skills and knowledge. Must be taken concurrently with SW 451.

SW 451 Field Education Seminar I 3
Prereq.: All other requirements for the major except SW 362 and 426 (may be taken concurrently with this course); completed field application and permission of field coordinator. Shared learning experience among all students placed in a community social work agency to provide an opportunity for information exchange in depth. Case processes and agency analysis are required. Social work philosophies, values, and ethics in the social service delivery system are reinforced. Relevant readings, assignments, and projects to help students integrate theory and practice. Must be taken concurrently with SW 450.

SW 452 Field Education Experience II 3
Prereq.: SW 450 and 451 and permission of field coordinator. Continued placement in a social work agency in the community for a minimum of 200 hours. Students are engaged in social work roles and activities which further prepare them for professional practice responsibilities. Must be taken concurrently with SW 453.

SW 453 Field Education Seminar II 3
Prereq.: SW 450 and 451 and permission of field coordinator. Shared learning experience among all students placed in a community social work agency to provide an opportunity for information exchange in depth. Evaluation of practice and organized community outreach in the social service delivery system are reinforced. Relevant readings, assignments, and projects help students integrate theory and practice. Must be taken concurrently with SW 452.

SW 478 Current Topics in Social Work 3
Prereq.: Permission of instructor. Analysis and evaluation of special topics in the general field of social work. Topics will vary from year to year. If topics vary, may be taken more than once. Irregular. [GR]

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