Undergraduate Social Work
2012 Fall Term
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INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL WELFARE (GS)
Social Work 102
This course is an introduction to the history and philosophy of social welfare, to social work and other helping professions, and to social institutions so that the students may enlarge their liberal arts education, gain understanding of contemporary social welfare problems and services, and begin to evaluate their personal values and convictions about social welfare issues. A service learning experience is required of all students, providing a hands-on exploration into their selected area of social services. Required for all social work majors.
Social Work 235
This course is a survey of social services for children: the problems treated, an assessment of the effectiveness of current services, and consideration of alternative service programs.
HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT I
Social Work 311
This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the processes of bio-psycho and socio-cultural development from infancy to young adulthood. Material is also presented on the social systems (families, groups, organizations, and communities) in which individuals live.
HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT II
Social Work 312
This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the processes of bio-psycho and socio-cultural development from middle adulthood through old age. Material is also presented on the social systems (mezzo and macro) in which individuals live.
INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL GERONTOLOGY
Social Work 337
This course is designed to introduce the student to social and physical factors related to aging. It will include information regarding social services needed to assist the older person and an analysis of gaps in current services.
SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE I
Social Work 371
This course presents contemporary theoretical approaches to social work practice with individuals, groups, families, organizations and communities. This course uses a competency approach to assess and develop student interviewing and interpersonal skills, emphasizing social work practice with individuals.
SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE II
Social Work 372
This course is designed to provide knowledge and skills needed to engage in generalist social work practice, including further development of interviewing and interpersonal skills. The course has an emphasis on social work practice with groups and communities.
RACE/ETHNICITY/SOCIAL JUSTICE: ISSUES FOR HELPING PROFESSIONALS (DV)
Social Work 380
The course is designed to help students develop a greater understanding of the influence of one's race and ethnicity on the ways individuals perceive the world and the ways they are treated by others and by society. Within the framework of the helping professions, students will have the opportunity to examine their attitudes toward members of racial and ethnic minorities, develop ways to learn about the participation in and treatment of racial and ethnic minority groups in work, education, and social services, and examine ways to affect one's own attitudes and society to achieve social justice.
SOCIAL WORK RESEARCH
Social Work 402
This course is designed to familiarize the student with basic concepts of social work research methodology and statistics, computer usage, to develop competence in evaluating research literature and to develop beginning skills in evaluating social work practice.
SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY
Social Work 462
This course is designed to provide students with knowledge about the process of social welfare policy formulation and implementation and with policy analysis skills. The effects of social welfare policies and organizations on both clients (especially the poor and minorities) and on social workers will be emphasized.
SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE III
Social Work 473
This course will cover advanced problem solving approaches for intervention with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. The class will utilize simulated practice situations. The course has an emphasis on social work practice with families and organizations.
SOCIAL WORK EXPERIENCE
Social Work 493
Students are placed in a community agency under the supervision of an experienced social worker. Students are expected to develop an in-depth understanding of agency activities and programs and will assume increasing levels of responsibility as beginning social workers. Attendance at periodic field placement meetings is expected. This course may be taken as a block placement (12 credits) for one semester or summer, or over two semesters at 6 credits per semester. A total of 480 hours in the agency is required in either option.
INDEPENDENT STUDY IN SOCIAL WORK
Social Work 498
Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member. Repeatable.