Social Work (undergraduate) (SOWK)
SOWK 2600. INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL WORK AND SOCIAL WELFARE. (4 Credits)
Introduction to values, knowledge and skills of social work professions. Focus on historical and contemporary rules and relations of social work profession. Also includes social welfare history and policy. Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.
SOWK 2999. TUTORIAL. (2 Credits)
SOWK 4999. TUTORIAL. (1-4 Credits)
SOWK 6006. SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY AND SERVICE. (3 Credits)
This course introduces students to the ways American society has provided for human needs and addressed social problems through the social welfare institution. It introduces students to the underlying values, assumptions and philosophical perspectives that explain the historical development of this country's social welfare system. The impact of social welfare policies, both past and current, on clients, agencies, service delivery and social work practice are examined. The past and current role of social workers and the social work profession in influencing social welfare is emphasized.
SOWK 6050. HUMAN RIGHTS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE. (3 Credits)
This course is an introduction to the human rights, social justice perspectives and the integration with social work values, ethics and practice within a global context. Human rights framework provides universal guidelines that promote dignity, respect and well-being of all humans.
SOWK 6208. HUMAN BEHAVIOR: SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT I. (3 Credits)
This course presents from the behavioral sciences and various professions those theoretical constructs and insights most relevant for social work practice. It uses an ecosystems perspective to coordinate and synthesize a broad range of knowledge pertinent to practice concerning the transactional and interactional aspects of large and small systems.
SOWK 6209. HUMAN BEHAVIOR: SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT II. (3 Credits)
This course discusses human development over the life course. Similarities and variations in personal and social functioning; in social, cultural and physical environments; in complex organizations and social institutions are examined for insights concerning the interplay between people and their environments.
SOWK 6303. HUM SERV AGEN-THE CONT OF PRA. (3 Credits)
SOWK 6319. SOCIAL JUSTICE: ORG & COMM. (3 Credits)
This practice course examines how organizational settings and communities serve as a lens for understanding structural oppression, unequal access to resources, and themes of economics and social justice. This course focuses on how systemic oppression and social justice emerge in agency, organizational and community settings. The course facilitates the development of practice skills that reflect an understanding of organizations and communities within a larger structural context of achieving social justice.
SOWK 6321. GENERAL SOCIAL WORK PRACTICES WITH INDIVIDUALS, FAMILIES, AND GROUPS. (3 Credits)
This course focuses on building generalist practice skills of engagement, assessment and contracting. Particular attention is devoted to the initial phase of the helping process with individuals and families and the middle phase with individuals. It focuses on building generalist practice skills in communication, interviewing, engagement, individual and family assessment, intervention planning, contracting and case documentation.
SOWK 6322. GEN SW PR IND FAM GRP II. (3 Credits)
This course continues to build skills of generalist practice attending in greater detail to the processes of intervention, evaluation and termination. Particular attention is paid to the beginning and middle phases of work with families and groups and the end phase with all levels of client systems.
SOWK 6801. SOCIAL WORK RESEARCH I. (3 Credits)
This course introduces students to social work research. It focuses on various phases of the scientific method from the development of a researchable hypothesis to the point of data collection. Research approaches to problems in practice, as well as theory development, are related to the student's field experience to the extent possible.
SOWK 6802. SOCIAL WORK RESEARCH II. (3 Credits)
In this course, the class implements a research project of its own design. Students review earlier material as the class project is developed. The course then goes on to cover data collection and analysis, how to interpret the theoretical and practical meaning of findings for social work practice, and how to report on and present data. Basic computer skills and statistical concepts (SPSS) are covered through "hands on" training in the computer laboratory.
SOWK 6901. FIELDWORK I. (4,5 Credits)
Actual social work practice with a limited work load and close supervision designed to assist students in applying theory and classroom content to practice and to enable students to master fundamentals of generalist social work practice. Includes biweekly seminar sessions, either 14 hours per week from September through July or 21 hours per week from September through May, for a total of 570 field hours in placement and 30 hours in seminar at school. Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.
SOWK 6911. FIELD INSTRUCTION. (4,5 Credits)