SOCIAL WORK (SOC WRK-771)

200 Introduction to Social Work (3) 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, philos ophical, 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) 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 examin ed 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 interventio n.

240 Social Welfare Policies and Services I (3) Provides a foundation of knowledge building in the nature, historical roots, the philosophical concepts and value base which have influenced the development of social welfare. Emphasis on the role of g overnment and intervention in the legislative process. Prereq: Soc Wrk 200 and Soc Wrk 220 and approval for initial progression.

260 Human Behavior and Social Environment (3) 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 individua ls, small groups, large groups, communities and formal organizations. Social and economic factors as well as sex/gender and race as determinants of behavior. Prereq: Soc Wrk 200 and Soc Wrk 220 and approval for initial progression.

315 Social Work in Health Care (3) 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 appro val.

325 Social Work in Child Welfare (3) 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) 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) Presents a generalist approach to the basic principles and concepts of social work practice. Building on foundation knowledge, values and skills introduced in Soc Wrk 200, an ecological-systems approach to problem sol ving 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 a nd recording techniques which can be applied to all levels of social work practice. Role play and videotaped scenarios assist in development of skills. Prereq: Soc Wrk 260.

345 Social Work in Juvenile Justice: Legal Issues/Social Problems (3) 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.

375 Social Work in the School Setting (3) 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) Is the second of three courses providing the framework for generalist beginning social work practice and builds on the foundation provided in Soc Wrk 340. Emphasis on mezzo-systems including family system. Also, an o verview 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 participatio n in field experience is required. Prereq: Soc Wrk 340 and approval for advanced progression.

410 Social Welfare Policies and Services II (3) Builds upon the content of Policy I by focusing in more depth on the process of defining social problems and policy formulation, development and implementation. Focus on analyzing social policies usin g principles of social and economic justice and strategies for intervention at the local, state and national levels. Research, writing and oral presentation of papers required. Prereq: Soc Wrk 240.

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

440 Social Work Practice III (3) 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 in tervention approaches with individuals, groups and communities. Primary emphasis on macro-systems. Ethical implications of practice examined in depth. Prereq: Soc Wrk 340 and approval for advanced progression.

450 Social Work Field Instruction (12) 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 W ork 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 regula rly scheduled seminars. Prereq: Soc Wrk 440 and approval for full progression.


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