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SOCIAL WORK (SW)
An overview of the many and varied roles in which social workers function in today's society. Reviews the historical development of the profession and its various fields of practice and the profession's code of ethics, and covers current national and local issues. Fifteen hours of volunteer work outside of class are required. Required course for social work majors and social welfare minors; open to all University students, but freshmen and sophomores preferred. Offered in the fall and spring semesters.
Study of the general institutional basis of social welfare: its structure, function, historical development, and the philosophical bases of the provision of social welfare services. Offered in the fall and spring semesters.
Examination of the nature and extent of delinquency. Theories of causation and the structure and function of courts are explored. Emphasis placed on prevention, control, and interventions with juvenile offenders and their families.
Examines the current situation in services for children and families. Gives an overview of services designed to strengthen families, as well as those that provide substitute care of children when the family is unable to meet this responsibility.
Analysis of a variety of issues and problems presented by death, dying, and grief in American culture, with some comparison to other cultures. Examines attitudes and responses to death and the perspectives of children and adults.
Prerequisites: SW 200 with a grade of "C" or higher, and either admission to the professional program or declared minor in social welfare.
This is the first course in a two-semester sequence that traces the course of human growth and development through the entire life cycle. Emphasis is placed on understanding the individual in interaction with major social systems. Offered in the fall semester only.
Prerequisite: SW 410 with a grade of "C" or higher.
A continuation of SW 410. Offered in the spring semester only.
Explores the broad spectrum of human sexuality. Students can develop an awareness of sexual roles and variations in sexual behavior. Students will explore sexual attitudes and become familiar with multicultural and multi-ethnic perspectives of sexuality.
Corequisite: SW 490.
Basic research methods for social work. Focuses on role of research in building knowledge and on application of findings and techniques to generic social work practice. Offered only in the fall semester.
Provides the student with the opportunity to gain knowledge, understanding, and competence needed for intervention in working with individuals and families at the beginning professional level. Offered in the fall semester only.
The student is taught the fundamentals of group process, method, and content, and is prepared for social work practice with groups at the beginning professional level. Offered in the spring semester only.
Required course designed to accompany field placement. Seeks to assist students in integrating foundation content with field experience, with emphasis on generalist practice. Offered only in the fall semester.
Planned field experience in which the student is placed in a community service agency for a minimum of 32 hours a week, working under the joint instruction of the agency and the School of Social Work. For senior social work majors only. Offered in the fall semester only.
An opportunity for individual students or groups of students to assume liberal responsibility for developing their own learning objectives in conjunction with a faculty member who has expertise in the area, and for pursuing these objectives in relation to a social welfare program or function. By permission of the instructor and associate dean. Permission must be obtained before registration.
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