Course Descriptions

SOCW 151 Introduction to the Profession of Social Work
Cr. 3

This course introduces students to social work, one of the most dynamic and diverse professions in the public service arena. From a beginning look at its historical roots, to the wide variety of practice arenas, students will gain a preliminary understanding of foundational theory and conceptual materials required for effective generalist practice and essential skills necessary to develop professional and personal success. The course is intended for social work majors, minors, exploratory students and those considering a double major or work in the human service field. Twenty-five hours of out-of-class self-directed learning experiences are required. Fifteen to twenty of the twenty-five hours will be community volunteering. 

SOCW 210 Social Welfare: Policy and Services
Cr. 3

The objectives of this course are historical overviews of the economics, social, and political forces that shape the social welfare structure. Descriptive analyses of current social welfare programs, public and private, are examined. Professional values and ethics undergird the content that further examines macrosystem matters affecting human diversity and social justice. This course offers activities in and out of the classroom that are designed to help students see the relevance of social policy. May be used to fulfill the Social Science component of the General Education Requirements.

SOCW 220 Human Behavior and Social Environment
Cr. 3

A study of bio-psycho-social and cultural variables that affect development and behavior. General systems theory is used as a theoretical foundation. Various other theoretical frameworks are examined as they apply to different social groups (friendship, family, organization, community). General systems theory is intentionally integrated throughout course content. Gender, race, sexual orientation, and social class issues related to human development and interaction are analyzed. May be used to fulfill the Social Science component of the General Education Requirements.

SOCW 240 Communication and Counseling Skills
Cr. 3

This course is a unique experiential and introductory interviewing course where students critically examine and learn about foundational theory for communication and counseling skills. Additionally, they learn elements of basic counseling theory, the overarching helping process in a multicultural context, and then apply theoretical frameworks in videotaped and cross cultural exchanges. Built on social work systems theory and the strengths perspectives, students gain experience in applying theory and skills with sensitivity to work with people from diverse backgrounds. The aim is for students to develop beginning level intentional competence as communicators, interviewers, and change agents with client systems.

SOCW 250 Family in Society
Cr. 3

This course prepares beginning-level social service professionals to work effectively with families. Theoretical material on family development and family dynamics is introduced. Skills that are particularly helpful in work with families are explained. Diversity within and between families' matters is also explored. Students will assess families and practice applying the skills and concepts discussed in class through role plays. Prerequisite: SOCW 240.

SOCW 260 Diverse Populations: Human Rights & Justice
Cr. 3

This course introduces students to some of the diversity factors by which people self-define or are defined by others. Students will learn social work theories and practices relevant to understanding human diversity and how it is sometimes used as an excuse for oppression, as well as strategies to address human rights and social justice issues involved in such situations. Prerequisite: junior/senior status. May be used to fulfill either the Cultural Diversity course component or to partically fulfill the Social Science component of the General Education Requirements, but not both. 

SOCW 290 Social Work Colloquium
Cr. 2-3

A study of selected topics reflective of contemporary concerns for the social worker, such as adulthood, women, clinical methods and techniques for helping professions, housing, ethics, substance abuse, juvenile delinquency, and poverty. Listings are announced. Prerequisite: junior standing or consent of the Chair of the department.

SOCW 356 Professional Intervention and Human Services
Cr. 3

An integrated learning, practice course, which introduces students to the social work planned change process and generalist intervention model. Students learn theories, concepts, and an ethical guide, that provide a framework for generalist social work intervention. The Junior Level Learning Portfolio is one of several foci of this course. Prerequisites: SOCW 151, 210, 220, 240, and 260. Corequisite: SOCW 386.

SOCW 365 Introduction to Methods of Social Research
Cr.4

This course examines the application of concepts of research methodology to social work practice. All students will conduct original research and present it in both oral and poster presentations at conferences. The research content includes qualitative and quantitative research methodologies; data analysis, including statistical procedures; systematic evaluation of practice; instrument development; proposal writing and critique, biases in research methods and reports. Prerequisite: SOCW 151, 210, 220, 240, 260 and PSY 201.

SOCW 386  Junior Integrative Seminar and Field Experience
Cr. 2

Students are provided with an entry level field experience and integrative seminar in which they begin to develop a professional work identity by applying the frameworks and skills being learned to work with real client systems in the context of agency settings. Junior Level Field Placements are supervised experiences of 100 hours in a social service agency. Integrative Seminar portion that concurrently supports the SOCW 356 course, in addition to serving as a liaison between agency field supervisors, social work students, and the Social Work Department. Prerequisites: SOCW 151, 210, 220. 240. and 260. Corequisite: SOCW 356.

SOCW 393 Advanced Seminar in Social Work
Cr. 1-3

Full- or half-semester courses specializing in particular areas of social work practice or methodology such as administration, current issues in group services, family therapy, new techniques for solving community problems, supervision, and children's services. Prerequisites: junior standing or consent of the Chair of the Department.

SOCW 395  Independent Study
Cr. 1-3

This curricular offering gives students an opportunity to independently examine a topic in depth beyond the traditional social work courses. Credit is based on the anticipated length and rigor of the project. Students are required to be in good standing and have at least a 2.5 grade point average. Students are assigned a faculty mentor for the project based on faculty expertise and workload. Prerequisite: junior standing and consent of the Chair of the Department.

SOCW 410 Analysis of Social Policy
Cr. 3

An intensive study of social welfare policy, principally in the United States, and a historical review of the contemporary forces, primarily social and economic, that have shaped their development. Students will each select a specific policy area in which to focus their research. Common policy areas chosen include social services, education, housing, income maintenance, protective services, and health care services. Prerequisites: senior standing and SOCW 151, 210, 220, 240, 260, 365, or consent of the Chair of the Department.

SOCW 455 Social Work Practice I
Cr. 3

This course is the first segment of the senior theory component designed to prepare social work students to integrate theory and other classroom concepts into actual practice situations. Students continue their integration of learning pertaining to practice content that encompasses ethics, knowledge, and skills for working effectively with diverse individuals, families, groups, and agencies with particular emphasis on the micro and mezzo levels of practice. For practice evaluation purposes, students identify, analyze, and implement empirically based interventions designed to assist clients in achieving goals. Students further develop their professional social work identity, where critical thinking informs action. Prerequisites: senior standing, Social Work Major, SOCW 356, and SOCW 386. Corequisite: SOCW 485.

SOCW 456 Social Work Practice II
Cr. 3

This course is the continuation and final theory component for senior social work students. The primary focus is on critical thinking, professional use of self, practice, and ethical engagement needed for effective intervention, particularly at the macro level of practice. Students prepare, evaluate, and reflect on their undergraduate baccalaureate experience by compiling the Senior Level Learning Portfolio where they demonstrate growth and proficiency in the overarching program objectives.  Prerequisite: SOCW 455. Corequisite: SOCW 486.

SOCW 485 Integrative Seminar I Cr. 3+3
Cr. 6

This course is the first segment of the senior social work practice component designed to prepare competent and effective social work students to become generalist practitioners. Students complete a concurrent educationally directed field practicum of 225 hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays in a community social service agency. Students are required to complete assignments reflecting on their interventions and observations. Prerequisites: senior standing, social work major, SOCW 356, and SOCW 386. Corequisite: SOCW 455.

SOCW 486 Integrative Seminar II Cr. 2+3
Cr. 5

This course is the continuation and final professional foundation course in the practice sequence for senior social work students. The primary focus is on critical thinking, professional use of self, practice, and ethical engagement need for effective intervention. Students complete a concurrent educationally directed field practicum of 225 hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays in a community social service agency. Students are required to complete assignments reflecting on their interventions and observations, building on the reflections in SOCW 485. Prerequisite: SOCW 485. Corequisite: SOCW 456.

SOCW 493 Event Leadership and Organizing for Communities
Cr. 1

Seniors will be responsible to plan, implement, and evaluate multiple departmental events. Community change theories will be used to structure each stage of the process. Various social work faculty will serve as consultants in their areas of expertise. Leadership roles will be divided among the students to ensure that each student assumes a primary leadership role for one event. Prerequisites: SOCW 455 and SOCW 485. Corequisites: SOCW 486.

SOCW 497 Honors Work in Social Work
Cr. 3

See Honors Work, page 64 of the General Catalog 2014-2015.

SOCW 498 Honors Candidacy in Social Work
Cr. 3

See Honors Work, page 64 of the General Catalog 2014-2015.