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Undergraduate Social Work

2019 Spring Term

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1 Units

INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL WORK PROFESSION

Social Work 101

This course is required for all social work majors as it introduces social work majors to the social work department, social work profession, code of ethics, critical thinking and social work writing skills.


3 Units

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.


3 Units

CHILD WELFARE

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.


4 Units

HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT

Social Work 311

This course promotes knowledge of the human behavior and the social environment through application of numerous theoretical frameworks. The course examines the intersectionality of these frameworks in social work practice, policy, and research.


3 Units

IMMIGRATION TODAY: INDIVIDUAL, COMMUNITY, AND GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES

Social Work 321

This course focuses on the changes in immigration to the United States in recent decades, challenges that recent immigrants face, and the controversies around this immigration. The immigrant experience of Latinos and the Hmong in Midwest will be emphasized, from an individual, family, and community perspective.


3 Units

SOCIAL WORK WITH CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS

Social Work 325

This course is designed to introduce undergraduate students to the knowledge and skills necessary for working with children and adolescents including assessment and interview of this population, child welfare policy (Wisconsin Juvenile Code), practice settings (i.e. group homes), etc. The major emphasis will be on populations at risk (emotional problems, abuse/neglect, gay/lesbian, etc.) with a focus on current intervention approaches.


3 Units

COMMUNITY-BASED LEARNING

Social Work 360

Through a partnership with a social service organization, students will undertake a project from start to finish. Students in groups will develop a plan for implementing a new program and will work in small groups to implement the plan, which could include advocacy, policy development, training and program evaluation.


3 Units

PRACTICE I: SOCIAL WORK WITH INDIVIDUALS

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.


3 Units

PRACTICE II: SOCIAL WORK WITH FAMILIES AND GROUPS

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 families and groups.


3 Units

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.


4 Units

SOCIAL WORK RESEARCH

Social Work 402

This course introduces students to the research process. A major focus of this course is the integration of research and practice. Students will learn to use research evidence to inform practice and advocacy, and use practice-based experiences to inform scientific inquiry. Students will also learn basic quantitative skills.


3 Units

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.


3 Units

PRACTICE III: SOCIAL WORK WITH ORGANIZATIONS AND COMMUNITIES

Social Work 473

This course will cover advanced problem solving approaches for intervention with organizations, and communities. The class will utilize simulated practice situations. The course has an emphasis on social work practice with organizations and communities.


1 Units

SENIOR SEMINAR IN SOCIAL WORK

Social Work 489

The course prepares students for future options within the field of social work. Portfolio preparation (including resume) and presentation is emphasized as an essential element of making the transition to careers in the private and public sectors, as well as graduate studies.


3-12 Units

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.


1-3 Units

INDEPENDENT STUDY IN SOCIAL WORK

Social Work 498

Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member. Repeatable.


1-3 Units

INDEPENDENT STUDIES IN SOCIAL WORK - UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

Social Work 498R

Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member. Repeatable.

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