SOCIAL WORK (SW)
Javonda D. Williams, 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.
The purpose of this course is to orient new social work majors to the School of Social Work (SSW) to promote student academic success. Emphasis is on the advising process and establishing an educational plan, professional etiquette, steps in applying for admission to the professional program, the BSW program=s writing proficiency exam, and campus resources.
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.
SW 206 Growing Old in America. 3 hours.
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.
SW 210 Family and Child Welfare. 3 hours.
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 310 Professional Writing. 1 hour
As clear and effective communication skills are necessary for social service delivery, this pass/fail course assists students with acquiring/improving professional writing skills.
The nature and development of volunteerism in human services in the United States plus current trends in the use of volunteers is discussed. Each student is assigned to a human service agency in order to experience the role of being a volunteer.
This course addresses posttraumatic stress and secondary traumatic stress. It includes theory, empirical research, and social work interventions.
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.
Seeks to develop ability to analyze programs and policies. Alternatives to present policies are explored.
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 414 Chemical Dependency. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: Senior standing.
This course will introduce the student to major theories of addiction as well as the physiological and psychological results of substance abuse. State and federal policies regarding control of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco will also be discussed. The effects of chemical dependency on special populations, including ethnic minorities, people of color, gays and lesbians, dually diagnosed, the elderly, and women will be reviewed.
The purpose of this class is to expose the students to the wide range of international development issues, the contemporary debates on those issues, and the people involved in those debates. Students will gain a deeper understanding of international development challenges and opportunities. The areas of concentration will include: global health development, governmental and non-governmental development agencies, the role of social work in development, environmental politics, world hunger, poverty, land use, and globalization.
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 437 Forensic Social Work. 3 hours.
This course is designed to introduce students to forensic social work, defined by the National Association of Forensic Social Workers as “the application of social work to questions and issues relating to law and legal systems, both criminal and civil.”
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.
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.
SW 498 Independent Study. 2–6 hours.
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.