Course Descriptions — Social Work

SWK1100 Careers in Social Work
4 semester hours
Designed for the undergraduate student considering a major in the profession of social work or who holds an interest in volunteer community service. Explores the nature of helping relationships, social justice, and the empowerment of indi­viduals, families, and communities. Covers the mission, values, philosophy, knowl­edge base, roles, and skills as well as the nature of professional education itself. Course includes a service learning component. This course, when completed along with SWK2100 Social Work in American Society constitutes the equivalent of SWK2500, Survey of Social Work for social work majors.
No prerequisites. Meets General Education “Knowing Ourselves and Others” Group A requirement.


SWK2050 Drugs and Human Behavior: Substance Abuse Evaluation and Treatment
4 semester hours
Overview of the history of both the use and abuse of a range of psychoactive drugs based upon current research. Various mood altering substances as well as theories used to explain drug use and addiction are examined. This course emphasizes the physical, emotional, and psychological dimensions of addiction, the impact of substance abuse on the individual, the family, and the community, and the con­troversies regarding national and international drug policies.
No prerequisites.Meets General Education “Knowing Ourselves and Others” Group A requirement.


SWK2100 Social Work in American Society
4 semester hours
Provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the profession of social work and its relationship to the social welfare system. Explores the history of the profession and distinguishes social work from other helping professions. Intro­duction to generalist social work practice grounded in the profession’s Code of Ethics. Special attention is placed upon underserved and historically oppressed populations and relevant issues facing social workers today. This course, when completed along with SWK1100 Careers in Social Work, constitutes the equiva­lent of SWK2500, Survey of Social Work for social work majors.
No prerequisites.Meets General Education “Knowing Ourselves and Others” Group A requirement.


SWK2150 Violence in America
4 semester hours
An overview of the various aspects of violence in American society. Places violence in a historical context and emphasizes the causes and possible solutions. Violence related to family violence, including child abuse and spousal battering, police brutality, gun violence and gun control, media violence, school violence, work­place violence, youth and gang violence, drug violence, hate crimes, murder and capital punishment are addressed. Differential causes and impact of violence related to culture, race, gender, and age are examined.
No prerequisites. Meets General Education “Knowing Ourselves and Others” Group A requirement.


SWK2500 Survey of Social Work
3 semester hours
Overview and historical perspective of the social work profession, discussion of social work values, knowledge, and skills. Introduction to generalist social work practice, human diversity within the social work profession, and fields of practice. Discussion of relevant issues facing social workers today.
No prerequisites. To be taken in the sophomore year.


SWK3140 Social Work with Groups
3 semester hours 
Overview of group work theory including group development, leadership, group formation, group process, group roles, communication, non-verbal behavior, and ethics. Development of group leadership skills as well as group dynamics is taught through the use of experiential group activities.
Prerequisites or co-requisites: SWK2500; majors only.


SWK3150 Social Welfare: Institutions and Policies
3 semester hours 
Social welfare and community services as social institutions (societal response to social problems): values, motivations, and methods by which institutions are devel­oped, issues and social policies affecting programs and services, including analy­sis of policy-making process.
Prerequisites or co-requisites: PSC2110, SWK2500; majors only.


SWK3200 Psychopharmacology
3 semester hours
This specific course will initially address and explore all of the commonly abused drugs seen in the addicted population. This class will review these drugs based upon their classification and what each drug can do to the body from a physio­logical and psychological perspective. Specific treatment approaches, unique complications for withdrawal and relapse potential for each of the drugs covered will be explored.
Prerequisites: SWK2050 (or can take concurrently), SWK2500 or consent of instructor; majors only.


SWK3210 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I:  Infancy to Adolescence
3 semester hours
This course, based in an ecological systems perspective, follows human development from infancy to adolescence in the context of family and larger environments. The course includes research-based knowledge about physical, socio-emotional and cognitive development. This course emphasizes both knowledge and application of human development theories to social work assessment and practice.
Prerequisites: None; majors only or consent of instructor.Prerequisites: SWK2500; majors only.


SWK3390WI Social Work Practice with Diverse and Vulnerable Populations
4 semester hours
Foundation and basic conceptual framework for understanding and appreciat­ing unique characteristics and socio-structural factors that affect population groups identified by the social work professional as traditionally undeserved and oppressed. Traditional as well as alternative social work intervention methods are discussed and evaluated for their efficacy in working with these groups.
Prerequisites: SWK3400, IDS2000 with a grade of “C” or higher; majors only.Meets Writing Intensive requirement.


SWK3400WI Human Behavior in the Social Environment II:  Adult Lifespan
3 semester hours
This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the normal processes of physical, emotional, and socio-cultural development from young adulthood through old age. This course also incorporates systems theory in looking at individual and systems of all sizes. 
Prerequisites: SWK2500, SWK3210; IDS2000 with a grade of “C” or higher; majors only or consent of instructor.


SWK3500 Pre-Practicum Seminar
1 semester hour
This course will be a pre-requisite for the Field Seminar I course and the SWK4210 Field Instruction I course. The Pre-Practicum course will provide instruction and practical skills for preparing students for the required field instruction experience. The course will focus on the following: professional skill building in resume writing, determining areas/specializations of social work the student wishes to explore, developing interviewing skills, as well as facilitating other social work professional skill building. Students will be mentored throughout the process of searching for an internship to begin in the fall semester of their senior year. Critical thinking will be encouraged, along with experiential learning exercises. 


SWK3730 Social Development and Prevention Programs
3 semester hours
Social work has long been concerned with providing opportunities for the growth and development of youth, their families and communities. Recently, founda­tions and policy groups have been reemphasizing the critical importance of serv­ices that are often referred to as “primary social services.” This course will be examining primary social service networks for youth, family and community development. Elective course.
Prerequisite: SWK2500 or consent of instructor.


SWK3750 Addictions Counseling
3 semester hours
This course will cover basic information regarding alcohol use as a substance and its psychological and physiological impact. Roles and dynamics are examined in families where alcohol and drug use is problematic. Intervention strategies and the range of techniques used to address addiction are covered. State rules and regulations in the treatment of addictions are discussed. Community resources for the addicted population are reviewed.
Prerequisites: SWK2050; SWK2500; SWK3200 or consent of instructor; majors only.


SWK3760 Effects of Trauma on Children
3 semester hours
This course will focus on children and adolescents who have been exposed to significant trauma and/or loss.  Child trauma theory, impact of trauma and loss, and assessment of traumatized children will be explored.  Factors such as the therapeutic relationship, working with caregivers, self-care for social workers, and the critical need for supervision will be examined.  Skills will be developed to directly treat children of trauma to assist with the management of their symptoms, healing from trauma/loss memories, and increasing coping skills to prepare for future challenges.
Prerequisite: majors only.


SWK3770 Social Work Practice with Older Adults
3 semester hours
Study of major theories of aging and their implications for social work practice. Focuses on community services for the aged and examines current issues and trends related to the service delivery system. Elective course.
Prerequisites: SWK2500; majors only or consent of instructor.


SWK4010 Social Work with Communities and Organizations and Organizations
3 semester hours
Basic concepts and principles of community organization and organizational the­ory including social structures and processes, social change, social control, social stratification, and socialization through community organizations and institu­tions. Emphasizes community and organizational assessment and intervention, ethics, and the roles of the social worker in working within an organizational con­text and within a community.  
Prerequisites: SWK2500, SWK3150; majors only.


SWK4110 Social Work with Individuals and Families
3 semester hours
Develops and builds on skills, knowledge, values, and ethics of the social work profession. Emphasizes devel­oping practice competence by studying the generic principles of the helping process and applying systems theory, the ecological and strengths perspectives, and problem solving methods of working with individuals, families, groups, and communities. The engagement and assessment phases of social work are addressed. Practice issues prompted from the field experiences are an integral part of the course.
Prerequisites: SWK3210, SWK3400; majors only.Co-requisite: SWK4210.


SWK4120 Integrative Seminar in Social Work
3 semester hours  
Further facilitates the student’s integration of classroom field learning. Empha­sizes improved handling of oneself and the overall development of practice com­petence as well as the middle and the ending phases of intervention with families, individuals, groups, and communities. A continued focus on ethical considera­tions; theory and skill development, the development of the student’s own prac­tice theory are addressed.
Prerequisites: SWK4110; majors only.Co-requisite: SWK4220.


SWK4200 Social Work Research I
3 semester hours
Research knowledge and competencies essential to the beginning professional worker for effective practice and for entry into graduate social work programs; gathering relevant data; describing, monitoring, and accounting for one’s own practice and participating in research efforts and agency information systems.
Prerequisite: Majors only.


SWK4210 Field Instruction I
3 semester hours
Taken in conjunction with SWK4110; mini­mum of 225 clock hours for each semester (fall). Learning experiences in the field setting are under the instruction of an MSW with at least two years’ expe­rience. Experiences include direct work with individuals, groups, families, and communities, as well as participation in staff activities.
Prerequisites: SWK2500, SWK3140, SWK3150, SWK3390WI; majors only. Co-requisite: SWK4110.


SWK4220 Field Instruction II
3 semester hours
Taken in conjunction with SWK4120; mini­mum of 225 clock hours for each semester (spring). Learning experiences in the field setting are under the instruction of an MSW with at least two years’ expe­rience. Experiences include direct work with individuals, groups, families, and communities, as well as participation in staff activities.
Prerequisites: SWK4210; majors only.Co-requisite:  SWK4120.


SWK4220 Field Instruction II
3 semester hours
Taken in conjunction with SWK4120; mini­mum of 225 clock hours for each semester (spring). Learning experiences in the field setting are under the instruction of an MSW with at least two years’ expe­rience. Experiences include direct work with individuals, groups, families, and communities, as well as participation in staff activities.
Prerequisites: SWK4210; majors only.Co-requisite:  SWK4120.


SWK4400 Social Work Perspectives on Psychopathology
3 semester hours
This course presents psychopathology through a distinctly social work perspective. The course includes bio-psycho-social assessment and treatment models, including the use of DSM 5. The course emphasizes assessment, advocacy, direct service, interdisciplinary collaboration, and use of community resources and supports. The person is not defined by diagnosis or condition. Mental illness is seen through a strengths perspective and within a social context. Persons are viewed holistically, as participating members of their families and communities.
Prerequisites: SWK3210, SWK3400; majors only.


SWK4500 Field Seminar I
1 semester hour
This course will be a co-requisite with Field Instruction I (SWK4210) designed to support students in their field placements. The course will offer integration of information taught in the courses with their learning in the field. Many topics such as professional identity, use of supervision, ethics, diversity, social justice, and research are taught in the other BSW courses, but this course will focus on the identification and integration regarding how these competencies are applied in their field placements. The class will be designed in a small group format with most of the class using discussion to integrate the materials. 
Prerequisite:  Concurrent with SWK4210.


SWK4550 Field Seminar II
1 semester hour
This course will be a co-requisite with Field Instruction II (SWK4220) designed to support students in their field placements. The course will offer integration of information taught in the courses with their learning in the field. Many topics such as professional identity, use of supervision, ethics, diversity, social justice, and research are taught in the other BSW courses, but this course will focus on the identification and integration regarding how these competencies are applied in their field placements. The class will be designed in a small group format with most of the class using discussion to integrate the materials. 
Prerequisite:  Concurrent with SWK4220.


SWK4700 Addictions Counseling II
3 semester hours
This is the second course designed to specifically address treatment approaches utilized while working with the addicted population. In this course, students will continue building their expertise of addictions’ treatment by studying specific treatment approaches found to have had positive outcomes with the addicted populations.
Prerequisites: SWK2050, SWK3200, SWK3750; concurrent enrollment in SWK4210; majors only.


SWK4710 Expressive Therapy for Children
3 semester hours
This course is designed to explore the expressive therapies, such as, art, clay, dance, drama, music, sand and writing.  Through the creative therapies social workers will become self aware of the use of imagination, mind, body and emotions.  Students will understand the affect of expressive therapy on children from diverse populations with diverse needs.  Assessment and intervention of such treatments will be examined.  The intermodal treatments will allow the social work student to alter his/her approach based on the client’s needs, or through using multiple forms of expression with the same client to aid with deeper exploration.
Prerequisites: SWK3710; majors only or consent of instructor.


SWK4720 Social Work with Vulnerable Children and Families
3 semester hours
This course will focus on the practice implications for social workers within the juvenile justice system and substance abuse treatment programs.  Current and historical policies and research specific to the juvenile justice system will be examined. Coursework and lectures will investigate all phases of the contemporary juvenile justice system and examines juvenile rights, the nature and explanation of delinquency, truancy, classifications of juvenile offenders, juvenile courts and corrections, as well as effective treatment programs.  Students will gain an understanding of the legal process, including due process, adjudication, alternatives to incarceration and forensic evaluation.  Collaboration with protective services, treatment programs and court services will be evaluated.
Prerequisite:  Majors only.


SWK4725 Child Welfare Services
3 semester hours
This course is designed to present an overview of policy and practice issues in the field of child welfare from a historical, theoretical, political and practice perspective.  Emphasis is placed on the role and function of the child welfare worker in each content area presented. Child welfare services are components of a network or continuum of services designed to provide services to children and their families for a variety of child related issues.  The course will provide a conceptual framework of child welfare as an area of study in the field of Social Work and will describe the various agencies and services that make up the child welfare field of study.  Additional work in the critical analysis related to decision making in the child welfare field will be provided.  This course builds upon the social work foundation core course work in social welfare policy and human development.
Prerequisite:  Majors only; SWK3760, SWK4720.Co-requisites: SWK4725 to be taken with SWK4220 in the spring of the senior year.


SWK4740 Family Violence: Issues and Intervention
3 semester hours
Socio-cultural analysis of the victimization, through violence, of men and women in the family, with a particular focus on the problems of battering and incest. Exploration of preventions, intervention strategies and implications for social work practice. Elective course.
Prerequisites: SWK2500; majors only or consent of instructor.