SWK 160: INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL WORK (Fall: Day; Spring: Evening; Summer)
This survey course provides an overview of the social work profession, the social welfare system, social work methods, and fields of practice. The student is introduced to the competencies and practice behaviors he/she must demonstrate before graduation. A basic understanding of values and ethics, human needs, diverse populations, vulnerable populations, and the social service delivery system is provided. The student is introduced to advocacy as a basic component of social work. This course includes a 20-hour service-learning component.
SWK 240: RELATIONSHIPS AND SEXUALITY (Spring, Summer)
3 credits/ Elective
This course is designed for social work and other undergraduate students to explore issues in relationships and human sexuality. This course examines human sexuality from a bio-psycho-socio-spiritual perspective within a developmental framework. The student examines and clarifies personal and societal values regarding human sexuality, assesses the relationship between personal and professional social work values, and develops fundamental skills for social work practice with issues of relationships and sexuality.
SWK 270, 370, 470: SPECIAL TOPICS (Fall, Spring, Summer)
3 credits/ Elective
This course is designed to address contemporary issues in generalist social work practice. Topics include gerontology, mental health, child welfare, family violence, drug and alcohol intervention, trauma and social and economic justice. Students are advised to check with the Department Chair about current offerings and to provide suggestions for future topics.
SWK 280 : HUMAN BEHAVIOR IN THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT I (Fall)
This course is the first of a two-part sequence that examines the development of the person-in-environment. The course focuses on the theories and development of individuals and families in the context of biological, social, psychological, spiritual, and cultural components. The student completes a 20-hour service-learning experience.
Prerequisites or concurrent with SOC 150, BIO 158. Students who have not completed the prerequisites may take the course only with prior written permission of the instructor.
SWK 281: HUMAN BEHAVIOR IN THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT II (Fall: Accelerated; Spring: Day, Evening)
This course provides an examination of theories of group, organization, and community development. The reciprocal relationship between the individual, environment, and these systems is emphasized. The student completes a 20-hour service-learning experience. Advocacy within the context of organizations is presented.
Prerequisite: SWK 280 or written permission of the instructor.
SWK 291: SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY II (Fall: Accelerated; Spring: Day; Summer: Evening)
This course will provide an examination of the historical roots of the United States’ response to human needs through social welfare policy, including the distribution of power, status, and resources. The experience of oppression and discrimination of vulnerable groups will be stressed. Contemporary social welfare policy in the United States is examined, with emphasis on the reciprocal processes between social work practice and social policy development. A systematic framework for policy analysis will be presented and applied to contemporary social welfare policies, stressing critical thinking in how these policies can be improved to better serve individuals, especially those who have historically experienced oppression and discrimination. Approaches for advancing social and economic justice and human rights will be employed. Ethical issues associated with the allocation of resources will be highlighted. Global interconnections of oppression also are explored.
Prerequisite or concurrent with POL 151
SWK 340: PREPARATION FOR PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE (Fall)
This course is designed to prepare the student for the practicum in social work. The course will familiarize the student with the roles of the student intern and will guide the student in developing skills for the social work relationship, as well as an understanding of the concept of a profession. The course will assist the student in identifying diverse and vulnerable populations that pose the most challenge for students so that they can gain understanding of, comfort and experience interacting with various social groups. The course will also introduce interviewing and empathic listening skills and give the students opportunities to practice these skills.
Prerequisite: SWK 160, SWK 280 (SWK 280 may be taken concurrently)
SWK 341: GENERALIST SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE I (Spring)
The first of three courses in the Social Work Practice sequence, this course focuses on the processes of ethical engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation in generalist social work practice with individuals. Skills are developed in initiating the social work relationship, assessing individual client strengths and challenges, advocating for individuals, developing intervention plans with individuals, evaluating the outcomes, and making appropriate adjustments.
Prerequisites: SWK 160, SWK 340. Prerequisite or concurrent with SWK 280, SWK 281. Taken concurrently with SWK 381. Open to social work majors or human service minors only. Social work majors must be formally accepted into the Social Work Department in order to enroll in this course.
SWK 350: LOSS AND GRIEF (Fall: Day; Spring: Evening; Summer)
3 credits/ Elective
This course investigates the processes of attachment, loss, and grieving. The course explores loss, in life and in preparation for death, and addresses both acceptable and disenfranchised loss and grief. Theories of bereavement and basic counseling and companioning skills are presented.
SWK 365: SOCIAL WORK RESEARCH METHODS (Spring: Day, Accelerated; Summer: Evening)
This course prepares the BSW student to understand the research process, learn the process of a research project including design, ethical concerns, and survey development. Students will also engage in a critique of research articles, particularly as they relate to social welfare policy and social work practice.
The student will be exposed to a variety of social research processes and methods, including qualitative and quantitative methodologies; program evaluation; large-scale databases; research software; and needs assessment research. Emphasis on understanding and applying social work values to research will be included. Students will be asked to examine ethical dilemmas which face researchers and those studying research, especially as this relates to work with vulnerable populations.
SWK 381: PROFESSIONAL PRACTICUM I (Spring)
This course provides an educationally directed practicum introducing the student to agency social work practice. The student completes 200 hours throughout the semester in a social service setting engaging in direct practice with the guidance of a professional social worker. The student begins to integrate theory and practice and demonstrate beginning social work skills.
Taken concurrently with SWK 341. Open to social work majors only. Social work majors must be formally accepted into the Social Work Program in order to enroll in this course.
SWK 440: GENERALIST SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE II (Fall: Day, Evening; Summer: Accelerated)
This course focuses on social work engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation in generalist social work practice with families and with groups. It provides an investigation of and skill development in direct engagement, assessment, intervention, evaluation, and advocacy strategies for effective and ethical generalist social work practice with families and groups.
Prerequisites: SWK 341, SWK 381. Open to social work majors only. Concurrent with this course is SWK 480 – Professional Practicum II, an educationally-directed field practicum which helps the students integrate and utilize the skills from SWK 440 with client systems.
SWK 441: GENERALIST SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE III (Spring: Day, Evening; Fall: Accelerated)
This course is the third in a three-part sequence in generalist social work practice. This course specifically focuses on engagement, assessment, and interventions/collaborations/evaluation with organizations and communities. However, as in the other courses in this sequence, there will be a focus on the integration of micro, mezzo, and macro skills for effective generalist practice. Social work values and ethics, as in all other social work courses, provide a foundation for this course.
Students will acquire knowledge and skills for engagement, assessment and interventions/ collaboration/evaluation with organizations and communities utilizing a systems framework within the empowerment tradition in social work. In this course students will be introduced to a variety of approaches to macro social work practice so that they will gain the necessary skills and knowledge for engagement, assessment, and intervention/collaboration/evaluation on a macro level.
Concurrent with this course is SWK 481 – Professional Practicum III, an educationally-directed field practicum which helps the students integrate and utilize the skills from SWK 441 with client systems.
SWK 480: PROFESSIONAL PRACTICUM II (Fall: Day, Evening; Summer: Accelerated)
An educationally directed practicum during which the student completes 200 hours throughout the semester in a social service setting. The student has opportunities to integrate social work theory and practice and to demonstrate specified practice behaviors.
Prerequisites: SWK 341, SWK 381. This course is taken concurrently with SWK 440. Open to social work majors only.
SWK 481 : PROFESSIONAL PRACTICUM III (Spring: Day, Evening; Fall: Accelerated)
A continuation of SWK 480: Professional Practicum II, this course provides a social work practice experience in which students integrate the social work theory, skills, and values they are learning in the classroom. Students complete 200 hours throughout the semester .
Prerequisites: SWK 440 and SWK 480. This course is taken concurrently with SWK 441. The course is open to social work majors only.
SWK 495: PROFESSIONAL CONSIDERATIONS IN SOCIAL WORK (Fall: Accelerated; Spring: Day, Evening)
3 credits/ Capstone
This course strengthens the student’s emerging identity within the social work profession. Students review and critique theoretical frameworks and practice situations studied in the social work curriculum, with an emphasis on social work values and ethics. As the capstone course, students have the final opportunity to demonstrate mastery of the 10 competencies and accompanying practice behaviors.
Prerequisites: SWK 440, SWK 480. Taken concurrently with or following the completion of SWK 441 and SWK 481. Open to social work majors only.