SWK100 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL WELFARE AND SOCIAL WORK (3). An overview of the history, purposes, and functions of social welfare systems and programs, and an introduction to the social work profession. An examination of the knowledge, values, and skills necessary for social work practice, and the variety of problems, practice settings, and diverse client populations served by social workers. Each Fall.
SWK300 THEORIES OF COUNSELING AND SOCIAL WORK (3). An examination of contemporary theories and their corresponding methods of practice used for psychosocial intervention by professionals in the fields of social work, mental health, counseling, and psychology. Prerequisites: One of the following: SWK100, PSY151, EDU241, SOC100, or CRJ105; Junior or senior standing or permission of instructor. Each Spring.
SWK310 SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY (3). An examination of: social welfare as an institution and the socioeconomic and political forces that have shaped social welfare policy throughout history; how social welfare policies are developed and implemented into social services; and the social worker’s role in analyzing and planning for social welfare programs. Prerequisites: One of the following: SWK100, PSY151, EDU241, SOC100, or CRJ105; junior or senior standing or permission of instructor. Each Fall.
SWK320 SOCIAL CASEWORK (3). An examination of the knowledge, values, and skills used in social work practice. The course emphasizes both an understanding of the fundamental concepts and principles of social work, as well as the development of specific social work skills; e.g. interviewing skills. Prerequisites: SWK100 and junior or senior standing or permission of instructor. Each Fall.
SWK330 SOCIAL WORK WITH GROUPS AND COMMUNITIES (3). An examination of the specific roles, skills, and strategies used by social workers when working with groups and communities. Included is the study of small group processes and community organizing. Prerequisites: SWK100 and junior or senior standing or permission of instructor. Spring 2006.
SWK350 TOPICS IN SOCIAL WORK (3). An in-depth exploration of specific populations or issues that are relevant to social work practice. Topics include the elderly, child welfare, and race and ethnicity. May be repeated when topics vary. Not offered 2005-06.
SWK380 HUMAN BEHAVIOR IN THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT (3). A study of the physiological, psychological, and sociocultural dimensions of human life integrated into the social systems model. Includes an examination of the interactions between human behavior and the social environment throughout the life cycle. Prerequisites: One of the following: SWK100, PSY151, EDU241, SOC100, or CRJ105; junior or senior standing recommended. Not offered 2005-06.
SWK455 FIELD PLACEMENT (1-10). Experiential learning through application of social work knowledge, values and skills in a professionally supervised placement at an appropriate social service setting. The field experience is planned and coordinated in consultation with the student’s advisor, the field coordinator and agency representative. Prerequisites: SWK320 and permission of instructor; social work major with junior or senior standing. Each Fall/Each Spring.