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  • SW-202

    Intro to Social Services

    This course provides an overview of the human service delivery system with an emphasis on the role of the social worker in five primary areas: child welfare, mental health, criminal justice, education, and health services. Social problems and the social policies that evolved to meet the needs of populations at risk are explored in the context of social and political forces.
  • SW-303A

    Life Span Human Behavior

    This course studies individual and family development across the lifespan from a bio/psycho/social perspective. Students use critical thinking skills in evaluating and applying various developmental theories in work with clients. Course content includes material on ecological and systems theory, cognitive and behavioral theories, and psychodynamic theories. Students complete three interviews and psychosocial assessments of someone at adolescence, midlife, and later adulthood.
  • SW-304A

    Communities, Orgs & Groups

    This course studies the effects of macro systems on human behavior from an ecological perspective. Course content includes material on communities, neighborhoods, and social networks; groups; and social movements. Students will draw on systems theory and empowerment theory to discuss assessment and effective practice interventions across the content areas.
  • SW-320

    Child Welfare

    This course will explore the history and mission of child welfare services in the United States with an emphasis on the changing role of government. Students will examine the roles and responsibilities of social workers in child welfare agencies. Classes will discuss relevant ethical, legal, and policy issues. Students will learn about the concepts of risk, vulnerability, and resilience in children who are in child welfare agencies. Prerequisite: SW 202
  • SW-325

    Social Work in Health Care

    This elective course will explore social work practice in health care settings from a bio/psycho/social/spiritual perspective. It will include material on ethical dilemmas, social work values, access to health care, populations at risk, and sensitivity to diversity. Students will explore the meaning of illness in people's lives, how patients experience disability, chronic and terminal illnesses, trauma, grief, and loss. The role of the social worker as part of an interdisciplinary team that emphasizes a strengths perspective and wellness model will be discussed. Students will learn about medical social work in a variety of health care settings, including inpatient and outpatient clinics, home care, and hospice. Students will examine their own attitudes about health and illness and grief and loss to increase their self-awareness of work in this field.
  • SW-327

    Social Policy & Social Change

    This course provides students with skills to evaluate, draft, and reform social policies. Course content will cover political advocacy, community organizing strategies, and ethical dilemmas in designing social policies and the legislative process. We will also explore and debate the rights and responsibilities of government, citizens, and corporations in a just and humane society. Prerequisite: SW 202 or instructor permission
  • SW-330

    Theory/Practice Soc. Work I

    This course provides students with an overview of the different phases of clinical work with individuals, families, groups, and larger systems: engagement, data collection, assessment and intervention, and termination. Students will learn to apply theory to practice using case material. Students will develop skills in interviewing, critical thinking, and self-reflection. Ecological theory, the problem-solving method, and a strengths perspective will be the theoretical underpinnings of the course. Prerequisite: SW 202. Co-requisite: SW 303A
  • SW-331

    Theory/Practice Soc. Work II

    This course is offered as a two-hour seminar and will provide an integration of theory and practice from a generalist social work perspective. Course content will focus on a variety of intervention strategies with children, adolescents and adults. Students will develop skills in the following areas: interviewing, organizational assessment and change, community assessment and practice evaluation. Child therapy, family assessment and group therapy also will be discussed. Prerequisites: SW 202, 303, 304, 330, 410C must be taken concurrently or prior to taking this course.
  • SW-332

    Theory/Practice/PracticumSWII

    This course will provide an integration of theory and practice from a generalist social work perspective in the context of a combined experiential learning and classroom-based course. Course content will focus on a variety of strategies for client assessment, intervention, and evaluation of treatment outcome with children, adolescents, adults, families, organizations and communities. Students will develop knowledge and skills in the following areas: theories to guide interviewing, organizational assessment and change, assessment, and practice evaluation. Child therapy, family assessment, and group therapy will be discussed. Prerequisites: SW 202, SW 303A, SW 304A, SW 330. Students must be engaged in an internship/service learning experience (8 hours per week) as requirement for course enrollment.
  • SW-334

    Field Experience

    Introduces students to the subject of death, dying, bereavement, and spirituality. Includes content on the meaning of death from many different theoretical and cultural perspectives. Course will include material on life cycle approaches to death and dying, legal and moral issues, bereavement and clinical interventions. Introduces students to the subject of spirituality and social work.
  • SW-339

    Clinical Interviewing

    This social work course focuses on strengthening and broadening students' clinical interviewing skills. Students will practice and enhance traditional interviewing skills and will also learn non-traditional methods of assessment and intervention such as role-playing, sculpting, and using drama and metaphor. Prerequisites: SW 202, SW 303A, SW 330
  • SW-340

    Contemporary Social Problems

    This course will provide students with knowledge about contemporary social problems from an ecological perspective. Classes will explore the ethical implications of these social problems and the role of government in setting policy. Students will develop potential strategies for addressing these problems with individuals, groups, families, and communities.
  • SW-342

    Baby Boom Gen:Adults Midlife

    This course studies adults in midlife, from a bio/psycho/social perspective, as this segment of the adult population predicted to increase significantly in the next decade. Theories of adult development will be reviewed with emphasis on contemporary research with this age group. Course content includes material on changes in family roles and relationships in midlife, meaning of work for older adults, age discrimination in the workplace, caregiver roles and responsibilities, issues for ethnic minorities in midlife, alternative approaches to retirement, factors that contribute to productive aging, and social work interventions. Client empowerment and a strengths-based perspective will be emphasized throughout the course. The course will explore micro, mezzo, and macro practice implications and interventions for this population. This course will have particular relevance for social work, nursing, psychology, and sociology students.
  • SW-344

    Coping With Death and Dying

    This course introduces students to the subject of death, dying, bereavement, and spirituality. It includes content on the meaning of death from many different theoretical and cultural perspectives. The course will include material on life cycle approaches to death and dying, legal and moral issues, bereavement, and clinical interventions. It also introduces students to the subject of spirituality and social work.
  • SW-347

    Research Methods in Soc Work

    This course introduces the purposes, types, and basic methodology of social work research, using studies in social work. It includes such topics as literature review, problem formulation, research design, data collection, data analysis and utilization, and ethical and political issues. It presents non-discriminatory, feminist, collaborative, and empowerment approaches as alternatives to traditional research perspectives. Emphasis is placed on preparing students to be reflective, critical, and informed consumers of research. Students' knowledge of research will be applied to social work practice. They will learn about single-subject design, program evaluation, needs assessment, and research interviewing. Students will complete the course with a research proposal. Prerequisite: SW 202