Course Description

SOWK 100.  INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL WELFARE
This course is a study of how social welfare services operate by addressing their evolutionary processes, their present and future functions; analysis of social welfare as an effective and/or ineffective delivery system for welfare as a helping system; examination of the development of the social work profession, and the roles of social workers.
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SOWK 200.  SEMINAR FOR MAJORS
This course provides a forum for professional development; social work knowledge, and familiarity of social work roles relative to contemporary social issues.  It also presents departmental and university expectations, and concerns.   (Prerequisite:  Social Work Major)
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SOWK 200.  SEMINAR FOR MAJORS
This course provides a forum for professional development; social work knowledge, and familiarity of social work roles relative to contemporary social issues.  It also presents departmental and university expectations, and concerns.   (Prerequisite:  Social Work Major)
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SOWK 241.  COMMUNICATION SKILLS FOR SOCIAL WORKERS II
This course is designed to study and develop skills in written and verbal communication within a social work concept.
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SOWK 270.  INSTITUTIONAL RACISM IN THE U.S.
This course is an examination of the nature and significance of racism in American life.  The economical, political and psychological attitudes, and, institutional practices are also investigated.
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SOWK 310.  SOCIAL LEGISLATION, POLICY AND PROCESS
This course is a study of selected phases of social legislation, the constitutional framework, problems and inadequacies of these laws and programs, and methods for improvement.  Students examine congressional records and study laws; visit courts, city council and state legislative meetings in order to develop an in depth understanding of and sensitivity to the political system as a means of effecting social change and “strategizing” social action.
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SOWK 311.  SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY AND SERVICE II
This course focuses on various models to analyze social problems, welfare programs, and social and public policies.  (Prerequisite:  SOWK 211 or Consent of Instructor)
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SOWK 320.  CHILD WELFARE SERVICES
This course is a comprehensive study of the principal child welfare services, including an historical perspective on the current socioeconomic context in which child welfare social work operates.  (Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor)
3
SOWK 330.  SOCIAL SERVICES FOR THE HANDICAPPED
This course is an examination of the broad concept and the specialized programs of rehabilitation and the handicapped individual; a study of the handicapping effects of specific disabilities; psychological and social implications which provide a framework for understanding the handicapped individual; and determining levels and areas for intervention.  Community programs are visited; films and tapes are used to acquaint the student with current trends and the utilization of the team approach to treatment.
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SOWK 340.  AGING:  PROCESS AND PROBLEMS
This course is a study of the aging process in its various aspects; the cultural, social and economic influences upon the aged; their adjustments to the roles and status of late life; and a consideration of social service programs and community resources for older people.
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SOWK 340.  AGING:  PROCESS AND PROBLEMS
This course is a study of the aging process in its various aspects; the cultural, social and economic influences upon the aged; their adjustments to the roles and status of late life; and a consideration of social service programs and community resources for older people.
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SOWK 342 HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT II
This course is a continuation of Human Behavior and Social Environment I.    (Prerequisite:  Consent of Instructor)
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SOWK 343.  HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT III
This course builds on theoretical perspectives developed in HBSE I and II.  It provides students with core knowledge and theory pertaining to macro systems.  Economic and sociological principles and the themes of empowerment, advocacy, and transformation are used to understand the dimensions and dynamics of broad social units (the workplace, human service organizations, institutions, ideologies, and world views.
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SOWK 350.  DIRECT SERVICE I
This course is a study of the components of social work practice, social systems and the dynamics of planned social change as they find application in social work practice; and identification and development of basic skills essential to the appropriate concepts and methods common to all social and rehabilitation services.
3
SOWK 351.  DIRECT SERVICE II
This course is an exploration of family and group practice, interactional phenomena and the development of family and group practice skills.  Emphasis is on the application of knowledge and values of family and group processes in social work practice.  (Prerequisite:  SOWK 350 or Consent of Instructor)
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SOWK 352.  APO I:  SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE WITH ORGANIZATIONS AND COMMUNITIES
This course is a study of social work techniques applied to problem solving in the community and the development of macro level skills.  The theoretical models utilized are community development, social planning, and social action as a means for effecting social change in the community.  (Prerequisite:  SOWK 351 of Consent of Instructor)
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SOWK 360.  INTERACTIONAL SEMINAR ON AGING
This course provides examination of the views and feelings of the elderly about this phase of life, the way the elderly relate to youth, problems, needs, and interest of the aged.
3
SOWK 370.  THE PHYSICAL CARE OF THE AGED
This course focuses on the physical needs of aging people including the special needs of the chronically ill, the physically handicapped, the senile, the planning and execution of recreational programs.  This is a “how to” course focusing on the development of skills in providing care for the aged.
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SOWK 380.  INTRODUCTION TO MENTAL HEALTH
This course is an introduction to the field of mental health as a vital part of the social welfare of the individual, the group, and the community.  Its objective is to demonstrate the need for knowledge in theory of mental health which includes an analysis of social system, values and attitudes, the growth of the individual and community, development and maintenance of self-concept, and the mental health system in our community.
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SOWK 390.  INTEGRATION OF COMMUNICATION MEDIA IN SOCIAL WORK
This course provides the student with experiences in selecting, preparing and utilizing communication media in social work.  The student acquires skills in planning, designing and producing materials for presentation.  The student also learns to operate various types of audio-visual equipment.  The formal project is a correlation of issues and topics in other courses in social work.
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SOWK 410.  SOCIAL WELFARE SEMINAR
This course is a process that focuses on an issue of current concern in the field.  The topic varies from one semester to another.
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SOWK 420.  WORKING WITH CHILDREN
This course focuses on the needs of children.  Consideration is given to devising suitable goals in light of family attitudes and agency function, as well as the child’s own unique personality.  Particular attention is given to the diagnostic analysis of non-verbal communication and to the role of expressive activities, such as play, crafts, and games.
3
SOWK 422.  FAMILIES IN STRESS
This course provides a perspective about the family as a viable and dynamic unit.  It is based in a theoretical framework consistent with the preventive services of social work intervention.  This course draws upon knowledge of individual dynamics, the WORKING WITH CHILDREN course, and considers the contribution of theories, explaining family dynamics to strategies of social work intervention.  Focus of the course is on awareness of family dynamics for corrective and preventive services.
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SOWK 429.  MEDICAL AND SOCIAL ASPECTS OF HEALTH AND DISEASE
This course is an examination of the interdependence of medical and social aspects of health and disease and their relevance to the practice of social work.
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SOWK 430.   INDEPENDENT STUDY
In this course, students select a topic of special interest and submit a written proposal which must be approved and supervised by a Social Welfare instructor.  (Prerequisite:  Consent of BSW Chairperson)
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SOWK 431.  TECHNIQUES OF RESEARCH AND STATISTICS I
This course is a study of research methods and statistics used in Social Welfare research designed to equip students with marketable skills in the research area.  Teaching methodology involves a learning laboratory approach.  The first semester focuses on concepts and terms commonly used in research, learning skills in evaluation research and skills in selecting topics in preparing research reports.  Students develop and practice research techniques, including participant observation, case study, content analysis and unobtrusive research.  (Prerequisite:  Junior Status or Consent of Instructor)
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SOWK 432.  TECHNIQUES OF RESEARCH AND STATISTICS II
This course is a continuation of part one of the research sequence.  During the second semester, the students focus on experimental designs, survey research components on questionnaire construction and interviewing, and computer techniques.  Each student completes a major field research project and written report.  (Prerequisite:  SOWK 431 or Consent of Instructor)
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SOWK 435.  OLDER PERSONS IN FAMILY SETTINGS
This course is an issues and practice elective for BSW students.  It focuses on the meaning of the family system including all members from the young to the elderly.
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SOWK 440.  HUMAN SEXUALITY
This course examines, in historical context, the myths, misinformation, and taboos that have influenced present views on sexual behavior.  The broad range of sexual behaviors are reviewed as well as selected aspects of individuals and social problems such as rape, abortion, sexually abused children, sexual functioning and dysfunction.  This course is structured to convey knowledge and dispel myths within a biological, social, cultural, and psychological framework.
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SOWK 444.  DEATH, DYING AND GRIEF
This course provides an introduction and survey of the current issues, concepts, and research of the psychological aspects of death, the stages of dying and the grieving processes  The needs of the dying, the families of the dying, and the role of the caring relationship of the social worker are examined.
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SOWK 445.  FAMILY VIOLENCE
This course is designed to examine and suggest strategies for social work intervention with violent families, including those involving child abuses and neglect, spouse abuse and abuse of the elderly.  The focus is on current research related to societal, interpersonal, and individual factors associated with family violence and emphasizes socio-cultural variations in patterns based upon lifestyle, social class, and racial/ethnic factors.  The problem is viewed from the dual perspectives of societal concern and interventions including policies and programs designed to work with individual families.
3
SOWK 450.  SUPERVISION FOR DIRECT SERVICES
This course is an examination of the methods employed by professional social workers in supervision and/or leadership with other types of social service personnel.
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SOWK 452.  MOBILIZING AGAINST AIDS
This course is an examination of the policy implications, and the effectiveness of intervention efforts confronting the psychological challenge of AIDS on various individuals and communities.
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SOWK 460.  ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT IN SOCIAL WELFARE
This course is a study of the problems and principles in social service administration.  Special emphasis is upon finance, personnel standards, and management.
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SOWK 481G AND 482H.  FIELD INSTRUCTION AND SEMINAR I & II
Students participate in an internship which affords an opportunity for educationally directed practice in traditional and non-traditional settings.  The overall goal of the field instruction course is to allow the student to integrate and test his/her theoretical knowledge, and to acquire generalist skills that will prepare the student for an entry level position in the social work profession.  A minimum of sixteen hours per week, during a period of two semesters of field work is required.  (Prerequisite:  Senior Status or Consent of Instructor)
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SOWK 4810 AND 4820 FIELD.  SEMINAR I AND II
Students must participate in an integrative field seminar course concurrently with the field instruction courses.  The seminar courses meet two hours per week to ensure that the educational objectives of field instruction are being met.  (Prerequisite:  Senior Status or Consent of Instructor)
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SOWK 492S.  SENIOR SEMINAR
This course must be taken by students completing the final semester of BSW course work.  It examines and assesses the BSW majors’ knowledge, skills and values needed to engage in effective generalist practice.  It consists of seminars which help prepare students for entry into the marketplace and/or graduate school.  Oral and written exit exams are administered at the completion of this course.  These examinations cover content on human behavior, social work methods, research and social welfare policy.  (Prerequisite:  Senior Status Only)