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Undergraduate Catalog 2011

Social Work

SOWK 200 (3.00)

Social Issues - Social Action

This course explores three broad social issues challenging the United States and nations worldwide: poverty, dimensions of diversity, and health care with a focus on HIV/AIDS. Readings and assignments encourage students to develop their own ideas on social issues and to connect their ideas with action.
   Course ID: 056897
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Course Equivalents: SOWK 200H
   Attributes: Social Sciences (GEP), Social Sciences (GFR)

SOWK 200H (3.00)

Social Issues - Social Action

This course explores three broad social issues challenging the United States and nations worldwide: poverty, dimensions of diversity, and health care with a focus on HIV/AIDS. Readings and assignments encourage students to develop their own ideas on social issues and to connect their ideas with action.
   Course ID: 100641
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Course Equivalents: SOWK 200
   Attributes: Social Sciences (GEP), Social Sciences (GFR)

SOWK 240 (3.00)

Information Technology in Social Work

This course uses technology to enhance generalist social work practice through oral presentation, and written work, both individually and within groups. Students will have the opportunity to work with computer resources currently available through the University's computer and library systems.
   Course ID: 056902
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

SOWK 255 (3.00)

Psychology of the Black Experience in the United States

A survey of selected psychological theories and research pertaining to black people. Includes an introduction to black psychology.
   Course ID: 050001
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Same as Offering: AFST 255, PSYC 255
   Attributes: Social Sciences (GEP), Social Sciences (GFR)

SOWK 260 (3.00)

Introduction to Social Welfare, Social Policy, and Social Work I

This course is the first social policy course required of all social work majors. It provides an overview of the historical development and contemporary forces that have shaped the social welfare system in the United States. Through videos, readings, exercises and technology students will learn the history and ethics of the social work profession. Generalist practice is explored as it applies to diverse populations, women, people who are older and immigrants. The course examines the relationship between the social welfare system and the problems and issues addressed by social services, and the role of the professional social worker. In addition, the course offers opportunities to meet with practitioners in the field to understand the diverse populations served.
   Course ID: 056903
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Attributes: Social Sciences (GEP), Social Sciences (GFR)

SOWK 271 (3.00)

Introduction to Community Involvement

A survey of issues and opportunities in the area of community involvement. Introduction to the growth and evolution of black communities, with emphasis on the living conditions of their members and the problems facing community developers. Varieties of black communities are studied.
   Course ID: 050024
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Same as Offering: AFST 271

SOWK 299 (1.00 - 3.00)

Social Work Independent Study

This course permits students to design and work on individual research projects and/or service learning experiences with selected faculty members. Permission of the instructor is required.
   Course ID: 056905
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Independent Study

SOWK 311 (3.00)

Introduction to Field Experience in Social Work

This course offers the opportunity to observe the delivery of social services within selected agencies. Students are assigned to an agency for a beginning experience in examining how social work services are provided. Field education experience is combined with seminar instruction. Recommended Preparation: SOWK 260.
   Course ID: 056906
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Discussion, Laboratory, Lecture
   Topics: Intro Field Exp In Sowk

SOWK 350 (3.00)

Psychology of Racism

Analysis of current psychological theory and research on individual and institutional racism.
   Course ID: 050003
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Same as Offering: AFST 350
   Requirement Group: You must have completed AFST 255 and earned a grade of C or better to take this course.

SOWK 360 (3.00)

Social Welfare, Social Policy, and Social Work II

This is the second required social policy course for social work majors. The course examines the current American social welfare system, with attention focused on analyzing state and federal policies related to poverty, child welfare, homelessness, global issues, health and mental health, and older adults.
   Course ID: 056908
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Attributes: Writing Intensive
   Requirement Group: You must complete SOWK 260 with a grade of C or higher.

SOWK 371 (3.00)

Social Work Practice in Aging

In this course students explore the major social issues, trends, policies, and services affecting older people and their families. It shows how social work practice interfaces with other human service disciplines and social institutions. Course content includes social and demographic trends; theories in gerontology, physiological changes and health status of older people; senescence and family life; and the economics of aging.
   Course ID: 056909
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Attributes: Social Sciences (GEP), Social Sciences (GFR)
   Requirement Group: You must complete 6 credits in Social Science.

SOWK 372 (3.00)

Social Work and Health Care

This course examines social work practice and policy in the health care system. It explores the factors that influence behavior in relation to health maintenance, help-seeking, and adaptation to physical challenges in the context of social work services. Issues of ethics and medical technology are addressed.
   Course ID: 056910
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Attributes: Social Sciences (GEP), Social Sciences (GFR)
   Requirement Group: You must complete 6 credits in Social Science.

SOWK 373 (3.00)

Demystifying the DSM: A Social Work Perspective

This course will provide students with a working knowledge of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM- IV-TR), a major source of diagnostic criteria used across a variety of mental health and social work fields today. As a primary focus, students will be exposed to the history of the DSM, the relationship between the DSM and major mental health conditions, as well as experiential familiarity of how the DSM applies to clinical assessments, diagnoses, and treatment planning within social work.
   Course ID: 100189
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Requirement Group: You must complete 6 credits in Social Science.

SOWK 374(C) (3.00)

Social Work with Immigrants and Refugees

This course provides an introduction to the information and skills necessary for generalist social work practice with immigrants and refugees. Its purpose is defined as the restoration, maintenance, and enhancement of the social functioning of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities and the promotion of social justice. Recommended Preparation: SOWK 200 or SOWK 260.
   Course ID: 100284
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

SOWK 377 (3.00)

Women and Social Policy

This course explores the impact of social welfare programs and policies upon women's lives, examines the assumptions and values that have gone into the formulation of these policies, and discusses alternative approaches to dealing with women's concerns. Topics include economic circumstances, women and violence, traditional and alternative social services, and agendas for reform.
   Course ID: 050136
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Same as Offering: GWST 377
   Attributes: Social Sciences (GEP), Social Sciences (GFR)

SOWK 386 (3.00)

Strengthening Family Structure

This course covers family structure and its functioning in American society; the relation of culture, values and social class to parental roles, child-rearing practices and family relationships; and application of theory in the development of programs and services for building on the strengths of families.
   Course ID: 056928
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Requirement Group: You must complete 6 credits in Social Science.

SOWK 387 (3.00)

Policies, Programs, and Services for Children

This course presents the current situation in services for children, as well as a historic perspective on the development of our society's perception of children's needs. It attempts to go beyond the traditional definitions of child welfare as an institution and encompass consideration of a social welfare system that would include family policy advocacy, programs to enhance socialization of children, helping services and services to surrogate families. Select intervention techniques appropriate for work with children are presented, and skills are developed.
   Course ID: 056929
   Consent: Instructor Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Topics: Pol/Prog/Serv:Children, Policy, Programs & Serv, Pol/Prog/Serv F Children, Pol/Prog/Serv: Children
   Attributes: Social Sciences (GEP), Social Sciences (GFR)
   Requirement Group: You must complete SOWK 260 with a grade of C or higher.

SOWK 388 (3.00)

Human Behavior and the Social Environment

This course examines theory, research and practice issues of human development within the biopsychosocial context of mutually influencing personal, family, community and societal systems. Emphasis is placed on understanding the relevance and use of theory for practice and on how diversity in race, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation and socio-economic circumstances contribute to and influence personality development, as well as the systems within which this takes place. The course content covers normal life-cycle development from infancy through childhood from the perspective of ecological systems theory.
   Course ID: 056931
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Attributes: Social Sciences (GEP), Social Sciences (GFR)

SOWK 389 (3.00)

Human Behavior II

In the context of the same framework and variables described in Human Behavior I, this course covers normal lifecycle development from adolescence and young adulthood to later adulthood.
   Course ID: 056933
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Requirement Group: You must complete SOWK 388 with a grade of C or higher.

SOWK 390 (1.00 - 3.00)

Special Topics in Social Welfare

This course provides students the opportunity to examine at an advanced level a select issue in the social welfare field. The course will draw on basic understanding of concepts available through other courses in the social sciences.
   Course ID: 056934
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Topics: Spec Topics:Socl Welfare, Topics:Voluntarism, Top:General Hospital, Individuals W/Disability, Women And Violence, Child Techniques, Top:St Elswhr-Fact/Fict?, Reflection On Comm Serv, Rls In Disast& Mass Emer, Info Tech In Social Work, Info Tech In Human Servc, Sowk Prac Relat Phys Ill, Peer Health Educ Proj, Aging, Drugs & Alcohol In Soc, Advocates Program, Addictive Behaviors, Topics: Aging, Aging And The Family, St Elsewhere:Fact/Fictn, Top:Community Service, Soc Wk & Crsis Hlth Care, Spec Topics:Socl Wlefare, A Systems Approach, Special Topics, Sys Apprch To Clin Asses, Drugs/Alcohol In Society, Gay Men,Lesbians,Soc Pol, Demystifying The Dsm, Sowk Practice In Aging, Peer Alcohol/Drug Ed II, Tpc:Case Mgmt Frail Eldr, Top:Peer Alcohol/Drug Ed, Top:Intrnshp Yth Cmnty, Group Work With Children, Cs Mgmt Of Frail Elderly, Ada Community Project, Health Care, Peer Educators Project, Sowk Case Mgt Vul Pop, Demystifying The Dsm-IV, Social Work In Aging, Case Mngt Frail Elderly, Youth Community Service, Top: Case Mgmt Frl Eldrl, Women,Subst Abuse & Hlth, Individ W/Disabilities, Soc Pol & Juvenile Delin, Addictive Behavior, Case Mgt Vulnerable Popu, Alcohol Prob/Alcoholism, Top:Cs Mgmt Frail Elderl, Reflections In Comm Serv, Disability Iss/Pubic Pol, Health Care Services, Big Brother-Big Sister, Case Management, St Elsewhere:Fact/Fict, Sp Tpcs: Kidsline Intern, Child Welfare, Social Work And The Law, Clinical Assessments, Child Welfare Services, Sowk Prac Rel Phys Ill, Disability Iss/Publc Pol, Soc Pol/Juv Delinquency, Substance Abuse, Oral History, Top:Social Welf-Ireland, Peer Alcohol/Drug Educ I, Case Mgmt Frail Elderly, Spec Top: Child Welfare, Socl Welfare:Internship, Ttl Qual Mgmt & S W Prin, Social Work Policy Pract, Computer Tech In Soc Wk, Spec Topics On Aging, Cyberspace: Cult&Society, Demystifying The Dsm IV
   Requirement Group: You must complete 6 credits in Social Science.

SOWK 391W (2.00)

Seminar on AIDs for Health and Social Services Providers and Administrators

This course is for health care and human-service providers working in settings that serve individuals affected by HIV/ AIDS. The course approaches the multitude of needs created by the HIV epidemic from various perspectives, including prevention education, psychosocial adjustment, community resources and family systems. Conducted in a seminar format, the course relies on large- and small-group discussions, exercises, and client and policy case reviews to improve skills in working effectively with people affected with HIV/AIDS.
   Course ID: 050141
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Same as Offering: HAPP 391W, SOCY 391W

SOWK 395 (3.00)

Addictive Behavior Patterns

This course provides an overview of the major issues related to addictive behavior patterns including those associated with alcoholism. The major concepts, theories, policies and research associated with addictive behaviors are examined. Emphasis is placed on the impact of addictive patterns on family members, especially children. The relationships between addictive behaviors and other health and social issues are explored.
   Course ID: 056940
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Attributes: Social Sciences (GEP), Social Sciences (GFR)
   Requirement Group: You must complete 6 credits in Social Science.

SOWK 397 (3.00)

Social Work Methods I: Introduction to Practice

This course provides knowledge, skills and values needed for beginning social work practice. Emphasis is placed on communication skills and the beginning stages of the problem-solving process. Special attention is given to the significance of human diversity for interpersonal helping.
   Course ID: 056941
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Attributes: Writing Intensive
   Requirement Group: You must complete SOWK 260 with a grade of C or higher and have Jr. Standing and Overall GPA of 2.5 or higher.

SOWK 470 (3.00)

Social Work Research

This course deals with problem formulation, data collection and analysis, and presentation of research findings and conclusions. Attention is paid to classic and recent studies and to the application of research to social work knowledge and practice. The following courses are acceptable substitutes: AFST 301, SOCY 300, POLI 400 and PSYC 332. Recommended Preparation: Junior standing and an approved course in statistics.
   Course ID: 056947
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Topics: Social Work Research

SOWK 480 (6.00)

Field Instruction I

Students are assigned to a social service agency and participate in the delivery of social work services.
   Course ID: 056948
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Field Studies
   Requirement Group: You must have completed SOWK 260, SOWK 388, and SOWK 397 with a grade of C or better before taking this course. Also, you must enroll in SOWK 481. (You must enroll in SOWK 480 and 481 in the same registration transaction.)

SOWK 481 (3.00)

Social Work Methods II: A Generalist Approach to Practice

This course presents a conceptual framework of social work intervention and covers the common elements of social work practice. It combines development of the ecological perspective with the problem-solving model, strenghts assessment, and the development of basic social work skills. Students are introduced to concepts and skills relevant for intervention with clients, with particular emphasis on case management and crisis intervention. Students are also introduced to indirect interventions on behalf of clients. Prerequisite: SOWK 260, 388 and 397 with a grade of C or higher in each course; an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher; senior standing; and permission of the department. Corequisite: SOWK 480.
   Course ID: 056949
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Attributes: Writing Intensive
   Requirement Group: You must have completed SOWK 397 and be concurrently enrolled in SOWK 480 in order to take this class. (You must enroll in SOWK 480 and 481 in the same registration transaction.)

SOWK 482 (6.00)

Field Instruction II

Students continue participation in the delivery of social services with increased practice responsibility.
   Course ID: 056950
   Consent: Instructor Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Requirement Group: You must have completed SOWK 480 and SOWK 481 with a grade of C or higher and be concurrently enrolled on SOWK 483 . You must enroll in SOWK482 and SOWK483 in the same enrollment transaction.

SOWK 483 (3.00)

Social Work Methods III: Selected Intervention Strategies, Research, and Evaluation

This course emphasizes change strategies that pertain to families, group work and community organization. Research findings pertinent to selected problems in social functioning are identified, analyzed and applied to practice. Approaches to the evaluation of the student's own practice are presented.
   Course ID: 056951
   Consent: Instructor Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Attributes: Writing Intensive
   Requirement Group: You must have completed SOWK 480 and SOWK481 with a grade of C or higher and be concurrently enrolled in SOWK 482. You must enroll in SOWK 482 and SOWK483 in the same enrollment transaction.

SOWK 499 (1.00 - 3.00)

Independent Study

This course presents an opportunity for in-depth study of a particular social welfare or social work problem. It ordinarily requires a substantial research effort and a major paper. A proposal must be submitted and faculty permission and sponsorship must be obtained before registration.
   Course ID: 056952
   Consent: Instructor Consent Required
   Components: Independent Study
   Course Equivalents: SOWK 499H

SOWK 499H (2.00 - 6.00)

Honors Independent Study

This course presents an opportunity for in-depth study of a particular social welfare or social work problem. It ordinarily requires a substantial research effort and a major paper.
   Course ID: 056953
   Consent: Instructor Consent Required
   Components: Independent Study
   Course Equivalents: SOWK 499