SOCIAL WORK (SW)
Kathleen A. Bolland, Chairperson
Office: 116 Little Hall
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.
Provides information about the aging process and the position of older persons in American society.
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.
SW 300 Special Topics. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for a total of 6 hours with permission of undergraduate program chair.
Examination of an important topic in contemporary social work. Topic varies from semester to semester.
SW 351 Oppression and Social Injustice. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.
Examines oppression and social injustices which are pertinent to social functioning and to the profession of social work. Offered in the fall and spring semesters.
SW 401 Social Welfare Policy and Services. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: SW 200 with a grade of “C” or higher, and either admission to the professional program or declared minor in social welfare.
Seeks to develop ability to analyze programs and policies. Alternatives to present policies are explored. Offered in the spring semester only.
SW 410 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: Admission to the professional program or declared minor in social welfare, and SW 100, BSC 108 or BSC 109, PY 101, and SOC 101.
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.
SW 411 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: SW 410 with a grade of “C” or higher.
A continuation of SW 410. Offered in the spring semester only.
SW 416 Understanding Human Sexuality. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above.
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.
SW 420 Research for Social Work Practice. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: Senior standing in the School of Social Work and satisfactory completion of statistics requirement.
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.
SW 440 Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: Admission to the professional program.
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.
SW 442 Social Work Practice with Communities. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: SW 351 and SW 440 with a grade of “C” or higher and admission to the professional program.
Prepares students to secure resources for clients in the community setting. Application of problem solving to improving community life. 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, program chair, and associate dean. Permission must be obtained during the preceding semester.