Course Descriptions — Social Work

Required Supportive Liberal Arts Courses

PSC2110 Introduction to U.S. Government
4 semester hours
A survey of government and politics in the United States: Congress and the Presidency, the political process, political parties and interest groups, the social context of the political system, current issues and public policy, economic and foreign policy. Contemporary issues will also be examined. This course fulfills the requirements for teacher certification.

PSY1100 General Psychology
4 semester hours
The study of psychology as a behavioral science; basic research methods and design, learning, motivation, emotion, perception, development, personality, abnormal behavior, and the social and biological bases of psychology.

SOC2150 Cultural Anthropology
4 semester hours
This course introduces students to culture defined as a key aspect of human adaptability and success. Students learn about the process of development of our essentially human characteristics, both biological and cultural, including language, customs, and institutions that make up the ways of life of social groups. A cross-cultural analysis of societies and the multiple functions of culture are discussed. Students are encouraged to develop cultural self-awareness, self-reflection, reduce ethnocentrism, and create new ways of understanding of their own culture.

Core Program Courses

SWK1100 Careers in Social Work
4 semester hours
Designed for the undergraduate student considering a major in the profession of social work or who holds an interest in volunteer community service. This course explores the nature of helping relationships, social justice and the empowerment of individuals, families and communities. This course also covers the mission, values, philosophy, knowledge base, roles and skills as well as the nature of professional education itself. Course includes a service learning component. This course, when completed along with SWK2100 Social Work in American Society constitutes the equivalent of SWK2500, Survey of Social Work for social work majors.

SWK2050 Drugs and Human Behavior: Substance Abuse Evaluation and Treatment
4 semester hours
Overview of the history of both the use and abuse of a range of psychoactive drugs based upon current research. Various mood altering substances as well as theories used to explain drug use and addiction are examined. This course emphasizes the physical, emotional, and psychological dimensions of addiction, the impact of substance abuse on the individual, the family, and the community, and the controversies regarding national and international drug policies.

SWK2100 Social Work in American Society
4 semester hours
Provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the profession of social work and its relationship to the social welfare system. Explores the history of the profession and distinguishes social work from other helping professions. Introduction to generalist social work practice grounded in the profession’s Code of Ethics. Special attention is placed upon underserved and historically oppressed populations and relevant issues facing social workers today. This course, when completed along with SWK1100 Careers in Social Work, constitutes the equivalent of SWK2500, Survey of Social Work for social work majors.

SWK2150 Violence in America
4 semester hours
An overview of the various aspects of violence in American society. Places violence in a historical context and emphasizes the causes and possible solutions. Violence related to family violence, including child abuse and spousal battering, police brutality, gun violence and gun control, media violence, school violence, workplace violence, youth and gang violence, drug violence, hate crimes, murder and capital punishment are addressed. Differential causes and impact of violence related to culture, race, gender, and age are examined.

SWK2500 Survey of Social Work
4 semester hours
Overview and historical perspective of the social work profession, discussion of social work values, knowledge, and skills. Introduction to generalist social work practice, human diversity within the social work profession, and fields of practice. Discussion of relevant issues facing social workers today.

SWK3140 Social Work with Groups
4 semester hours
Overview of group work theory including group development, leadership, group formation, group process, group roles, communication, non-verbal behavior, and ethics. Development of group leadership skills as well as group dynamics are taught through the use of experiential group activities.
Prerequisites: SWK2500; majors only.

SWK3150 Social Welfare: Institutions and Policies
4 semester hours
Social welfare and community services as social institutions (societal response to social problems): values, motivations, and methods by which institutions are developed, issues and social policies affecting programs and services, including analysis of policy-making process.
Prerequisites: PSC2110, SWK2500; majors only.

SWK3200 Psychopharmacology
4 semester hours
This specific course will initially address and explore all of the commonly abused drugs seen in the addicted population. This class will review these drugs based upon their classification and what each drug can do to the body from a physiological and psychological perspective. Specific treatment approaches, unique complications for withdrawal and relapse potential for each of the drugs covered will be explored.
Prerequisites: SWK2050 (or can take concurrently), SWK2500 or consent of instructor; majors only.

SWK3210 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I: Infancy to Adolescence
4 semester hours
This course, based in an ecological systems perspective, follows human development from infancy to adolescence in the context of family and larger environments. The course includes research-based knowledge about physical, socio- emotional and cognitive development. This course emphasizes both knowledge and application of human development theories to social work assessment and practice. (Fall)
Prerequisites: SWK2500; majors only.

SWK3400 Human Behavior in the Social Environment II: Adult Lifespan
4 semester hours
This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the normal processes of physical, emotional, and socio-cultural development from young adulthood through old age. This course also incorporates systems theory in looking at individual and systems of all sizes. (Spring)
Prerequisites: SWK2500, SWK3210; majors only or consent of instructor.

SWK3730 Social Development and Prevention Programs
4 semester hours
Social work has long been concerned with providing opportunities for the growth and development of youth, their families, and communities. Recently, foundations and policy groups have been reemphasizing the critical importance of services that are often referred to as “primary social services.” This course will be examining primary social service networks for youth, family, and community development. Elective course.
Prerequisite: SWK2500 or consent of instructor.

SWK3760 Effects of Trauma on Children
4 semester hours
This course will focus on children and adolescents who have been exposed to significant trauma and/or loss. Child trauma theory, impact of trauma and loss, and assessment of traumatized children will be explored. Factors such as the therapeutic relationship, working with caregivers, self-care for social workers, and the critical need for supervision will be examined. Skills will be developed to directly treat children of trauma to assist with the management of their symptoms, healing from trauma/loss memories, and increasing coping skills to prepare for future challenges.
Prerequisite: majors only.

SWK3770 Social Work Practice with Older Adults
4 semester hours
Study of major theories of aging and their implications for social work practice. Focuses on community services for the aged and examines current issues and trends related to the service delivery system. Elective course.
Prerequisites: SWK2500; majors only or consent of instructor.

SWK4010 Social Work with Communities and Organizations
4 semester hours
Basic concepts and principles of community organization and organizational theory including social structures and processes, social change, social control, social stratification, and socialization through community organizations and institutions. Emphasizes community and organizational assessment and intervention, ethics, and the roles of the social worker in working within an organizational context and within a community.
Prerequisites: SOC 2150 (or equivalent); SWK 2500; SWK 3150; and majors only.

SWK4110 Social Work with Individual and Families
4 semester hours
Develops and builds on skills, knowledge, values, and ethics of the social work profession. Emphasizes developing practice competence by studying the generic principles of the helping process and applying systems theory, the ecological and strengths perspectives, and problem solving methods of working with individuals, families, groups, and communities. The engagement and assessment phases of social work are addressed. Practice issues prompted from the field experiences are an integral part of the course. (Fall)
Prerequisites: SWK3210, SWK3400; majors only.
Co-requisite: SWK4210.

SWK4120 Integrative Seminar in Social Work
4 semester hours
Further facilitates the student’s integration of classroom field learning. Emphasizes improved handling of oneself and the overall development of practice competence as well as the middle and the ending phases of intervention with families, individuals, groups, and communities. A continued focus on ethical considerations; theory and skill development, the development of the student’s own practice theory are addressed. (Spring)
Prerequisites: SWK4110; majors only.
Co-requisite: SWK4220.

SWK4200 Social Work Research I
4 semester hours
Research knowledge and competencies essential to the beginning professional worker for effective practice and for entry into graduate social work programs; gathering relevant data; describing, monitoring, and accounting for one’s own practice and participating in research efforts and agency information systems. (Fall)
Prerequisite: Majors only.

SWK4210 Field Instruction I
4 semester hours
Taken in conjunction with SWK4110; minimum of 225 clock hours for each semester (fall). Learning experiences in the field setting are under the instruction of an MSW with at least two years’ experience. Experiences include direct work with individuals, groups, families, and communities, as well as participation in staff activities. (Fall)
Prerequisites: SWK2500, SWK3140, SWK3150, SWK3390WI; majors only.
Co-requisite: SWK4110.

SWK4220 Field Instruction II
4 semester hours
Taken in conjunction with SWK4120; minimum of 225 clock hours for each semester (spring). Learning experiences in the field setting are under the instruction of an MSW with at least two years’ experience. Experiences include direct work with individuals, groups, families and communities, as well as participation in staff activities. (Spring)
Prerequisites: SWK4210; majors only.
Co-requisite: SWK4120.

SWK4300 Social Work Research II
4 semester hours
Statistical methods course acquaints the student with data analysis using SPSS. Basic concepts of descriptive and inferential statistics, descriptions of central tendency, dispersion, association and difference; inference via statistical estimation, hypothesis testing, and tests of significance are covered to enable students to conceptualize, apply and interpret statistical methods in relation to problems which confront the field of social work. (Spring)
Prerequisites: SWK4200; majors only.

SWK4710 Expressive Therapy for Children
4 semester hours
This course is designed to explore the expressive therapies, such as, art, clay, dance, drama, music, sand and writing. Through the creative therapies social workers will become self-aware of the use of imagination, mind, body and emotions. Students will understand the effect of expressive therapy on children from diverse populations with diverse needs. Assessment and intervention of such treatments will be examined. The intermodal treatments will allow the social work student to alter his/her approach based on the client’s needs, or through using multiple forms of expression with the same client to aid with deeper exploration.
Prerequisites: Majors only.

SWK4720 Social Work with Vulnerable Children and Families
4 semester hours
This course will focus on the practice implications for social workers within the juvenile justice system and substance abuse treatment programs. Current and historical policies and research specific to the juvenile justice system will be examined. Coursework and lectures will investigate all phases of the contemporary juvenile justice system and examines juvenile rights, the nature and explanation of delinquency, truancy, classifications of juvenile offenders, juvenile courts and corrections, as well as effective treatment programs. Students will gain an understanding of the legal process, including due process, adjudication, alternatives to incarceration and forensic evaluation. Collaboration with protective services, treatment programs and court services will be evaluated.
Prerequisite: Majors only.
Co-requisites: SWK4720 to be taken with SWK4210 in the fall semester of the senior year.

SWK4725 Child Welfare Services
4 semester hours
This course is designed to present an overview of policy and practice issues in the field of child welfare from a historical, theoretical, political and practice perspective. Emphasis is placed on the role and function of the child welfare worker in each content area presented. Child welfare services are components of a network or continuum of services designed to provide services to children and their families for a variety of child related issues. The course will provide a conceptual framework of child welfare as an area of study in the field of Social Work and will describe the various agencies and services that make up the child welfare field of study. Additional work in the critical analysis related to decision making in the child welfare field will be provided. This course builds upon the social work foundation core course work in social welfare policy and human development.
Prerequisite: Majors only.

SWK4740 Family Violence: Issues and Intervention
4 semester hours
Socio-cultural analysis of the victimization, through violence, of men and women in the family, with a particular focus on the problems of battering and incest. Exploration of preventions, intervention strategies and implications for social work practice. Elective course.
Prerequisites: SWK2500; majors only or consent of instructor.

Open House and Visit Days
Saturday, December 13, 2014