2008-09 Course Descriptions

SOCW - Social Work

School of Social Work (CEHS)

SOCW 230 Introduction to Social Welfare (3-0-3), fall, spring. Introduction to the field of social welfare, including the history and current structures of social welfare policy and services in the U.S. The social work profession is presented and major fields of practice are identified.

SOCW 250 Person to Person: The Fundamental Skills of Relating (3-0-3), fall, spring. An exploration of relationship skills and social work values needed for practice. Emphasis is placed on student experience in expanding personal skill areas. Principles of interviewing are introduced.

SOCW 327 Micro/Mezzo Human Behavior Theory (3-0-3), fall, spring. An examination of the biopsychosocial factors that shape human experience; attention is given to the impact of mezzo and micro systems, including families and individuals. Additional emphasis is given to diversity in these systems and within and among various groups. Special attention is given to the role of social, cultural, and spiritual development across the life span. Pre- or corequisite: PSYC 232.

SOCW 328 Macro Human Behavior Theory (3-0-3), fall, spring. An examination of the interaction of biopsychosocial factors that shape human experience; attention is given to the impact of macro systems, including society, communities, organizations, and large groups. Additional emphasis is given to diversity in these systems and the resulting role that discrimination and oppression play and the ensuing impact upon human behavior.

SOCW 351 Social Work Practice with Micro Systems (3-1-4), fall, spring. Principles of social work practice; knowledge, values, and skills demanded of the social work professional in working with micro systems. Laboratory graded and credited with the course. Prerequisite: admission to the social work program or permission of the director.

SOCW 381 Field Practicum I (1-2-3), fall, spring. Experience (150 clock hours) in selected human service agencies to permit personal exploration and application of social work principles in a community setting. Prerequisite: SOCW 351.

SOCW 415 Social Research (3-1-4), fall, spring. An application of the scientific method to the study of social phenomena; consideration of basic methods of data gathering, analysis, and reporting, including basic statistics. Students experience organizing, conducting, and evaluating research. A writing-intensive course. Same as SOCI 415.

SOCW 441 Social Welfare Policy and Services (3-0-3), fall. A descriptive and analytical study of social welfare programs and policies; examination of the relationship between social work and other aspects of the U.S. social welfare system noting overall impact on service delivery. Same as GERO 441/541.

SOCW 444 Management and Funding of Human Services (3-0-3), on demand. Develops a working knowledge of the planning, allocation, and control processes of resources in a social service agency, the procedures and technique of developing and receiving grants and/or contract support, and addressing methods of organizational change and community improvement as they relate to social services.

SOCW 451 Social Work Practice with Macro Systems (3-1-4), fall, spring. Principles of social work practice; knowledge, values, and skills demanded of the social work professional in working with mezzo and macro systems. Laboratory graded and credited with the course. A writing-intensive course. Prerequisites: SOCW 381.

SOCW 481 Field Practicum II (1-5-6), fall, spring. Additional experience (300 clock hours) in selected agencies; student experience in managing a case load and being involved in all activities related to the case. Out-of-town placements may be required for some students. Prerequisites: SOCW 381, 441, 451.

SOCW 491 Integrative Seminar in Social Work (1-0-1), fall, spring. A seminar which integrates the liberal arts perspective with the professional foundation in social work. Students assess their own learning in the program through producing a portfolio and a group evaluation of the social work program. For the last semester for social work majors only.

SOCW 541 Social Welfare Policy and Services (3-0-3), fall. A descriptive and analytical study of social welfare programs and policies; examination of the relationship between social work and other aspects of the U.S. social welfare system noting overall impact on service delivery. A writing-intensive course. Same as GERO 441/541.

SOCW 615 Social Work Research Methods (3-0-3), fall. An application of the scientific method to the study of social phenomena; consideration of basic methods of data gathering, analysis, and reporting, including basic statistics. Students experience organizing, conducting, and evaluating research. Prerequisite: Admission to MSSW program or permission of Program Director. 

SOCW 616 Program and Practice Evaluation (3-0-3), spring. An examination of single-system designs used to evaluate practice or practice interventions with clients. The designs are n=1 types of studies and can be used with any size system - individuals, couples, families, groups or agency units. Students will learn a variety of single-system designs and the statistics used with such designs. Prerequisite: SOCW 615; admission to MSSW program or permission of Program Director.

SOCW 625 Human Behavior in the Social Environment (3-0-3), fall. An examination of the biopsychosocial factors that shape human experience. Social, cultural and spiritual developments across the life span are emphasized. Prerequisite: Admission to MSSW program or permission of Program Director.

SOCW 626 Diversity, Power and Oppression (3-0-3), spring. A foundation for the understanding of the nature, character and consequences of being excluded from available opportunities and services. Although institutional racism and sexism are the main thrust, the course also explores the implications of discrimination for other special populations, including ethnic groups, older persons, and the disabled. Prerequisite: SOCW 625; admission to MSSW program or permission of Program Director.

SOCW 641 Social Welfare Policy and Services (3-0-3), fall. Provides a historical overview of the development of social welfare policies and the profession of social work. The course also prepares students to analyze social problems systematically and to gain understanding of the social welfare system in the U.S. Prerequisite: Admission to MSSW program or permission of Program Director.

SOCW 642 Policy Analysis and Practice (3-0-3), spring. The development, implementation and evaluation of social welfare policy, with special attention to social policies that affect disadvantaged and oppressed groups in society. The role of the economy, politics and culture in policy development and implementation are also examined. Prerequisite: SOCW 641; admission to MSSW program or permission of Program Director.

SOCW 651 Foundations of Evidence-Based Social Work Practice I (3-0-3), fall. Foundations of evidence-based practice with individuals, families, organizations and communities within a framework of core social work values and practice obligations. Situations are viewed from an ecological perspective, targeting for change all client and community systems that are contributing to client problems. Prerequisite: Admission to MSSW program or permission of Program Director. Concurrent enrollment in SOCW 681 required.

SOCW 652 Foundations of Evidence-Based Social Work Practice II (3-0-3), spring. A continuation of SOCW 651. Prerequisite: Admission to MSSW program or permission of Program Director. Concurrent enrollment in SOCW 682 required.

SOCW 681 Foundation Field Practicum I (1-13-4), fall. Supervised practicum in a social services organization and a weekly seminar. Students are required to complete a minimum of 400 clock hours of supervised experience over two semesters. Prerequisite: Admission to MSSW program or permission of Program Director. Concurrent enrollment in SOCW 651 required.

SOCW 682 Foundation Field Practicum II (1-13-4), spring. A continuation of SOCW 681. Prerequisite: Admission to MSSW program or permission of Program Director. Concurrent enrollment in SOCW 652 required.

SOCW 690 Social Services Internship (0-0-6).*

SOCW 725 Spirituality and Social Work (3-0-3), fall. Provides a framework for spiritually sensitive social work practice applied to systems of various sizes, including individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. Admission to the MSSW program required.

SOCW 741 Globalization and Social Justice (3-0-3), spring. Examines the dynamics of economic, cultural and political globalization and the resultant impact on the poor, oppressed and vulnerable of the world. Emphasis on the global social justice movement as a means to promote distributive justice for populations at risk. Limited to students in the second year of the MSSW program.

SOCW 744 Management and Funding of Nonprofit Organizations (3-0-3), fall. Designed to develop a working knowledge of the planning, allocation, and control processes of resources in a social service agency and procedures and techniques of developing and receiving grants and/or contract support and addressing methods of organizational change and community improvement as they relate to social services. Same as GERO 744.

SOCW 745 Administration and Planning for Nonprofit Organizations (3-0-3), spring. Will be directed toward the administration and planning process in social service organizations. The course will also help the student to assess service needs of a target population, to evaluate programs and to develop and implement viable alternatives within the agency structure. Same as GERO 745.

SOCW 751 Advanced Evidence-Based Practice Interventions I (3-0-3), fall. The use of evidence-based practices to develop knowledge and skills necessary for working with children and their families. Students will become familiar with evidence-based practices as a general approach to practice, as well as specific evidence-based interventions to use in direct practice. Prerequisites: SOCW 651 and 652. Concurrent enrollment in SOCW 781 required.

SOCW 752 Advanced Evidence-Based Practice Interventions II (3-0-3), spring. The use of evidence-based practices to develop knowledge and skills necessary for working with community organizations that work with children and families. Students will identify intervention outcomes that reflect effective macro-level practice. Prerequisite: SOCW 751. Concurrent enrollment in SOCW 782 required.

SOCW 781 Advanced Social Work Field Practicum I (1-16-4), fall. Supervised practice assignments in application of evidence-based practice principles to a human services organizational setting, working with client systems of all levels. Students are required to complete a minimum of 500 clock hours of supervised experience over two semesters. Prerequisites: SOCW 616, 626, 642, 651, 652, 681 and 682, or admission to MSSW Advance Standing program. Concurrent enrollment in SOCW 751 required.

SOCW 782 Advanced Social Work Field Practicum II (1-16-4), spring. A continuation of SOCW 781. Concurrent enrollment in SOCW 752 required.  

SOCW 799 Master's Thesis (0-0-6).*

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