SWK 160: INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL WORK (F: Day, S: Evening)
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 (S)
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 (F, S)
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, 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 (F)
This course is the first of a two-part sequence that examines the development of the person-in-environment. The course focuses on the 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. Advocacy is stressed as a tool for promoting optimal conditions for the well-being of individuals and families.
Prerequisites or concurrent with SOC 150, PSY 220, 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 (S)
This course provides an examination of theories of group, organization, and community development. The reciprocal relationship between the individual 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 (S)
This course begins with an historical examination of the development of the social welfare system in the United States and societal values as they impact upon policy formulation and implementation. Contemporary social welfare policy in the United States is then examined, with emphasis on the reciprocal processes between social work practice and social policy development. A policy framework is presented for analyzing current policies as well as formulating new policies and advocating for policies that advance social and economic justice. The impact of social welfare policies on diverse populations and vulnerable populations is emphasized. Global interconnections of oppression also are explored. Advocacy is stressed as a lifelong responsibility of social workers.
Prerequisite: POL 151 (may be taken concurrently)
SWK 340: PREPARATION FOR PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE (F)
This course is designed to prepare the student for the practicum in social work. The course provides an opportunity for students to try out encounters with individuals in the classroom, allowing students to demonstrate practice behaviors in engagement. The course familiarizes the student with the roles of the student intern and with skills for the helping relationship. The role of advocacy in social work is stressed. Students enrolled in SWK 340 apply for formal admission to the Social Work Department and must be accepted in order to proceed to SWK 341 and SWK 381.
Prerequisite: SWK 160, SWK 280 (SWK 280 may be taken concurrently)
SWK 341: GENERALIST SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE I (S)
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 340, SWK 281 (SWK 281 may be taken concurrently). 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 (F)
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.
SWK 365: SOCIAL WORK RESEARCH METHODS (S)
This course prepares the student to understand the research process, to critique practice literature, and to demonstrate understanding of the reciprocal roles of practice and research. The course examines qualitative and quantitative research methodology. The role of social work values and ethics in research is addressed. The student is introduced to research tools to help connect research with practice. Students have an opportunity to design a research proposal.
Prerequisite: SOC 301
SWK 381: PROFESSIONAL PRACTICUM I (S)
This course provides an introduction to agency social work practice. The student spends two days each week providing direct service with the guidance of a practicing professional social worker. An opportunity to develop and demonstrate beginning practice skills is provided.
Taken concurrently with SWK 341. Open to social work majors or human service minors 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 (F)
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. Taken concurrently with SWK 480. Open to social work majors only.
SWK 441: GENERALIST SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE III (S)
This course focuses on engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation with organizations and communities, including the global community. The course provides an investigation of and skill development in organizational and macro engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation strategies for effective and ethical generalist social work practice.
Prerequisite: SWK 440 and SWK 480. This course is taken concurrently with SWK 481 and SWK 495.
SWK 480: PROFESSIONAL PRACTICUM II (F)
An educationally directed practicum for two days each week provides the student with an opportunity to develop the relationship between 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 (S)
A continuation of Professional Practicum II, this course provides a social work practice experience in which students integrate the social work theory, skills, and values that they are learning in the classroom. Students complete a research project and an advocacy project relevant to the practicum site. Prerequisites: SWK 440 and SWK 480. The course is open to social work majors only.
SWK 495: PROFESSIONAL CONSIDERATIONS IN SOCIAL WORK (S)
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. 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 SWK 441 and SWK 481. Open to social work majors only.