Social Work Courses

SW 215. Introduction to Social Work Profession 3
An overview of the Generalist Practice Model, including social work as a profession, historical development of social welfare, value base of social work, and social welfare service delivery. Pre-professional course. Spring.

Evidence Based Social Work Practice (EBSWP) is a systematic approach to making decisions that emphasizes (1) formulating answerable questions, (2) locating, critically appraising and interpreting the relevant research evidence, (3) applying best available evidence in consultation with clients, and (4) evaluating the intervention. Using a problem-based learning model, students evaluate and interpret the best available evidence relating to a number of social work policy and practice questions. The methods and techniques used in social work research including research design, data collection methods, basic analytic techniques and theoretical orientations underlying them will be explored. Fall.

SW 300 WID. Human Behavior and the Social Environment I 3
Integrates an ecological perspective with a general systems framework for analysis of the forces that affect individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Focuses on developmental processes (biological, psychological, spiritual, and social) of the period from infancy through adolescence. Students learn to critically understand theories related to human development and behavior, and the course emphasizes the interdependence between people and the environment. Prerequisite: PSY 111, SW 215, SOC 111, or permission of instructor. Fall.

SW 317. Social Work Practice I 3
The course builds on the Generalist Model introduced in SW 215. An empowerment- based generalist approach is presented, and it gives a more-in-depth overview of the Generalist Model. SW 317 is taken concurrently with SW 361. Prerequisite: admission to program. Fall.

SW 321. Social Work Practice II 3
Builds on the generic base of Generalist social work practice from SW 215. Professional Code of Ethics, values, attitudes, core knowledge, and skills common to all social work functions are studied. Cases analyze ethnic-sensitive issues in practice. Prerequisite: SW 317. Spring.

SW 325. Social Work Practice III 3
Intensive examination of Generalist model as a framework for social work practice with large groups and communities. Required classroom and field experience enable observation, demonstration, and application of the knowledge and skill of social work practice. Prerequisite: SW 321. Fall.

SW 327. Special Topics 3
An opportunity for students to study, in depth, particular issues or programs in social work beyond the required courses. Topics such as case management and African-American families are periodically offered. Prerequisite: SW 215 or permission of instructor.

SW 331. Social Welfare Policy and Services I 3
Introduces historical and philosophical principles leading to development of contemporary U.S. Welfare system. Examines social welfare policy development and its application to programs and services. Prerequisite: SW 215 or permission of instructor. Spring.

SW 332. Social Welfare Policy and Services II 3
An advanced study of contemporary issues in American social welfare designed to develop independent skills in policy analysis. The effects of economic, political, and ideological pressures upon policies and issues in existing programs such as income maintenance, health, mental health and housing are examined with consideration of the role of the professional social worker. Prerequisite: SW 331. Fall.

SW 334. Child Welfare 3 
This course highlights the field of child welfare practice and the associated laws, policies and responsibilities that help prepare social work students for employment in child welfare positions within county Departments of Social Services. A historical, legal and practice framework assists students in exploring topics such as child maltreatment, assessment and intervention skills, and family-centered practice. Fall.

SW 335. Medical Social Work 3
The professional and institutional aspects of medical social work: roles, functions, and current practice issues in health care. Prerequisite: SW 215 or permission of instructor. Even years.

SW 336. School Social Work 3
An elective course open to students interested in in-depth investigation of public school system and other models and multiple roles of social work practitioners working in this setting. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Odd years.

SW 340. At-Risk Youth 3
Focus is on adolescent development and problems of transition within the family system. Basic concepts of family therapy are examined in relation to such problems as the adolescent runaway, juvenile delinquency, adolescents in stepfamilies, teenage pregnancy, eating disorders, and substance abuse. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. As requested.

SW 361. Junior Field Internship 3
Introductory social services placement to acquaint the student with the professional practice field of social work. Students take the internship concurrently with SW 317. Prerequisite: Cumulative GPA 2.20 or above and admission to the Social Work Program. Fall.

SW 400. Human Behavior and the Social Environment II 3
This course focuses on the stages of human growth and development (biological, psychological, spiritual, and social) of the human life span from adulthood through senescence. Students will learn to recognize andcommunicate their understanding of the importance of difference in shaping life experiences. Theoretical frameworks used by generalist social workers are infused throughout this course and provide understanding of persons in interaction with their social environment. Prerequisite: PSY 111, SW 215, SOC 111, or permission of instructor. Spring.

SW 417. Death and Dying 3
See SOC 417. Alternate years.

SW 457, 458. Directed Readings 3
Supervised readings in social work. Credit awarded upon satisfactory completion of an exit project. Students should submit a learning contract. Prerequisite: SW 215.

SW 460. Independent Study 1–3
Advanced study in an area of social work chosen by the student with general direction and guidance from a faculty advisor. Credit awarded upon completing an original paper or report to be kept in the library. Student should make arrangements with the faculty advisor early in the semester before the independent study is to begin. Prerequisite: SW 215.

SW 500. Senior Field Internship 15
A semester placement in a social service agency under supervision of approved agency personnel and college faculty members enabling the student to implement and integrate the knowledge, skills, and values of the classroom in a professional social work setting. Prerequisites: Completion of all required courses, a 2.20 overall grade point average, and approval of the field placement coordinator after consultation with the student’s faculty advisor. Fall and Spring