Social Work (SWRK)

200 Introduction to Social Work (3 - Fall & Spring) Introduces students to the profession of social work and provides an overview of the professional knowledge, skills, and values necessary for generalist social work practice. An overview of the historical, philosophical, educational, and social dimensions of the social work profession. The origins, structure, and characteristics of the American social welfare system. Survey of the needs and problems people bring to social welfare agencies and patterns of societal responses. Special emphasis on rural areas.

220 Understanding Human Diversity and Oppressed Populations (3 - Fall & Spring) Focuses on the dynamics and consequences of discrimination, economic deprivation and oppression on people of color, women, gay and lesbian persons. Other populations at risk are examined and distinguished by age, ethnicity, culture, class, and physical or mental ability. Exploration of personal and professional beliefs, values, roles and norms of culturally different clients and the use of culture in formulating appropriate intervention.

240 Social Welfare Policies and Services (3 - Fall & Spring) Focuses on the identification of and relationship between social problems and social welfare policy. Emphasis is on social policy analysis using principles of social and economic justice as well as on intervention strategies at the local, state and national levels. Research, writing and oral presentations are required. Prereq: SWRK 200, 220; approval for initial progression; ENGL 111 and 112..

260 Human Behavior and Social Environment (3 - Fall & Spring) Introduces a broad range of theories relating to human bio-psycho-social development. General systems theory used to provide a social work orientation to the understanding of human behavior in individuals, small groups, large groups, communities and formal organizations. Social and economic factors as well as sex/gender and race as determinants of behavior. Prereq: SWRK 200, 220; approval for initial progression; BIOL 110, ZOOL 201 or 251 or 252; one PSYC (110 or 120); and one SOC (201 or 202 or 208).

315 Social Work in Health Care (3 - Spring) Provides special emphasis on the elderly. The role of the social worker relative to the patient and his/her family and to medical personnel, medical terminology, and crisis intervention. Prereq: Instructor’s approval.

325 Social Work in Child Welfare (3 - Fall) Focuses on child neglect and abuse, family treatment, foster care, adoptions and other family and children’s services. Prereq: Instructor’s approval.

335 Social Work in Mental Health (3 - Spring) Focuses on mental retardation and mental health issues and appropriate interventions at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels. Prereq: Instructor’s approval.

340 Social Work Practice I (3 - Fall & Spring) Presents a generalist approach to the basic principles and concepts of social work practice. Building on foundation knowledge, values and skills introduced in SWRK 200, an ecological-systems approach to problem solving is emphasized. Skills and processes of engagement, data collection, assessment, intervention, evaluation, and termination phases in service delivery with a variety of systems are included. Primary emphasis on micro-systems and focus on interviewing and recording techniques which can be applied to all levels of social work practice. Role play and videotaped scenarios assist in development of skills. Prereq: SWRK 260 and COMM 230.

345 Social Work in Juvenile Justice: Legal Issues/Social Problems (3 - Spring) Focuses on the juvenile, the family, and the community as related to and interwoven with legal issues, practices and processes encountered by the social work professional and the client. Prereq: Instructor’s approval.(Same as CJ 370)

375 Social Work in the School Setting (3 - Fall) Provides understanding of the social worker's role in the interface between pupils, parents, schools, and communities. Focus on primary prevention and intervention in the school setting. Prereq: Instructor’s approval.

400 Social Work Practice II (3 - Fall & Spring) Is the second of three courses providing the framework for generalist beginning social work practice and builds on the foundation provided in SWRK 340. Emphasis on mezzo-systems including family system. Also, an overview of group work, including a historical perspective and related group models. Focus on group formation, including assessment, composition, working agreement and stages of group development. Nondiscriminatory practice reinforced. Student participation in field experience is required. Prereq: SWRK 340 and approval for advanced progression.

425 Special Topics (1-3 - Fall & Spring) Selected topics of current interest and importance. Prereq: Instructor's approval.

440 Social Work Practice Ill (3 - Fall & Spring) Is the third of three courses providing the generalist method as a practice framework for beginning social work practice. Integration of knowledge, values and skills in problem solving, interpersonal helping, and intervention approaches with individuals, groups and communities. Primary emphasis on macro-systems. Ethical implications of practice examined in depth. Prereq: SWRK 400 and approval for advanced progression.

450 Social Work Field Instruction (12 - Fall & Spring) Provides block placement for direct practice experience in a selected social work setting. Students’ activities supervised jointly by a designated agency employee in the work setting and by the Social Work Program Coordinator of Field Instruction or other designated social work faculty. Individual work with student interns and their supervisors provided by periodic visits during the semester by faculty. Additional learning and preparation through regularly scheduled seminars. Prereq: SWRK 440, completion of all required liberal arts courses, and approval for full progression.