Department of Social Work

Social Work Courses

SW 199-SL1.  Service Learning.

This course is designed to introduce students to Service Learning through the integration of academic learning about local, national, and global issues with service work addressing those concerns.

SW 230. Introduction to Social Work.

A comprehensive study of the field of social work including current social problems and related national/state/local issues with emphasis on the historical development of social services, the profession of social work, professional values and ethics, economic and social issues relevant to diverse populations, and employment opportunities in the field.

SW 305. Social Welfare: Policies and Services.

The political, philosophical and historical perspectives of social welfare policies and services. A study of basic criteria for analysis and formulation of social welfare policies and their implications for diverse populations.

SW 315. Human Behavior and Social Environment.

A study of the life span of the individual from infancy to young adulthood from a systems perspective with emphasis on interactions with families, groups, organizations and communities. Special attention is given to the biological, social, psychological, and cultural forces that affect human behavior with emphasis on values and ethical issues, and the significance of human diversity on behavior in a pluralistic society. A community field experience is required.

SW 316. Human Behavior and Social Environment II.

A study of the life span of the individual from middle adulthood to later adulthood is from a systems perspective with emphasis on interactions with families, groups, organizations, and communities. Special attention is given to the biological, social, psychological, and cultural forces that affect human behavior with emphasis on values and ethical issues and the significance of human diversity on behavior in a pluralistic society.

SW 324. Diversity Issues in Social Work.

A study of the cultural differences and similarities of diverse populations with emphasis on the dynamics and consequences of discrimination, and social and economic injustice. Issues relevant to ethical social work practice will be explored.

SW 360W. Methods of Social Work Practice I.

Basic knowledge, values and skills that conceptualize the core of social work practice. Emphasis is on the generalists approach to practice, including philosophical foundation and professional ethics, the professional relationship and theoretical and practice approaches to problem solving.

SW 361. Methods of Social Work Practice II.

The focus is on the integration of practice theory, skills and professional ethics in working with individuals and families, examining the strengths and coping mechanism utilized by client systems. A community field experience is required.

SW 362. Methods of Social Work Practice III.

A study of practice theory in skills with small groups, communities, organizations, planning and development and administration. Approaches and interventions recognizing the ethical responsibility to promote social and economic justice will be emphasized. A community field experience is required.

SW 370. Methods of Social Work Research.

Fundamental research principles and skills as applied in social work practice. Course content includes an exploration of quantitative and qualitative research methods employed in social work research and the review of ethical standards of scientific research and technological advances. Emphasis is on the relationship between social work research and practice. A survey of research designs, sampling procedures, data collection, data analysis, and interpretation is included in the curriculum. Participation in a community research project is required.

SW 403. Gerontology.

The primary focus is on the biological, psychological, and sociological aspects of aging with emphasis on community services available to the aging population.

SW 410. Mental Illness, Substance Abuse, and Social Work Practice: What Works?

Students in this course will develop the knowledge, skills and practice behaviors needed to engage in social work practice with individuals and families impacted by mental illness and substance use/abuse/dependence.  This course focuses strongly on core social work competencies and hands-on techniques for successful practice with these populations from a strengths-based perspective.

SW 415. Ethical Decision-Making in Social Work Practice.

The primary focus is on the complexity of the ethical decision-making process in social work practice. This course explores ethical dilemmas relative to social work values, a variety of social issues and populations at risk.

SW 420. Services to Families and Children.

A study of the development and implementation of social service programs pertaining to child welfare and family systems.

SW 432. Field Instruction in Social Work I.

Primary focus is on the integration of classroom learning with social work practice. Students are required to do a 250-hour field internship in an assigned social service agency under joint supervision of an agency field instructor and social work faculty liaison. A two hour seminar is held weekly to evaluate the integration of the student’s classroom learning with field practice experiences. Must be taken concurrently with SW 433. Student professional liability insurance is available for student members of the national association of social workers and is a requirement for field instruction.

SW 433. Field Instruction in Social Work II.

Continuation of social work 432 involving an additional 250 hours of field instruction in a human service agency. Weekly seminar.

SW 491. Selected Topics.

Topic selection according to student interest and need. Designed to provide concentrated study in specific and emerging trends, policies, and social issues as they affect the human experience.

SW 499. Independent Study

Open to senior majors on approval of the department head. Provides for independent study, research, or practice experiences under departmental determination, supervision, and evaluation.