Social Work Courses

Anthropology

ANT 210: Contemporary Native America (3)

Fulfills core competency: Contextual Integration. The course introduces students to the current conditions of American Indians/First Nations/ indigenous peoples of North America. A foundation will be laid in ethnography, which will cover the anthropological culture area concept and culture areas. Emphasis will be placed on the Southwest, Prairie/Plains, Northwest Coast, Arctic, and Northeast (including the Great Lakes) areas. Aspects of culture change, assimilation, and acculturation will be discussed as models for viewing historical culture contact. With this, the effects of important legislative influences will be introduced. The post-World War II environment of termination and urbanization will introduce a discussion of sustainability of traditional cultures, which characterize the struggles of native communities as evidenced in movements such as A.I.M. and others. Offered As Needed. (UG)

Sociology

SOC 110: Individual, College and Society: Introduction to the Sociological Imagination (3)

Fulfills core competency: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving. The purpose of this course is to introduce beginning Daemen students to some of the core concepts drawn from sociology while at the same time giving them an opportunity to see the relationship between themselves, colleges and universities, and the social world. In addition, a significant amount of attention will be devoted to orienting students to a competency-based core curriculum, in general, and critical thinking, in particular. Further, students will be introduced to the current literature on what it means to be educated, the purposes of colleges and universities, the meaning of an undergraduate degree, the purposes of liberal education, and what society needs from higher education. Offered Each Year (Fall). (UG)

SOC 201: Introductory Sociology (3)

Fulfills core competency: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving. The systematic study of social behavior and human groups. Examination of the influence of social relationships upon people's attitudes and behavior and on how societies are established and changed. Offered Each Semester. (UG)

SOC 202: Individual and Society (3)

Focus on social interaction, the emergence of mind and the development of the self. Examines the symbolic aspect of the individual and the constructed nature of his or her mental world environment. Offered As Needed. (UG)

SOC 209: Social Problems (3)

Fulfills core competency: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving. Major social problems, e.g., racism, sexism, heterosexism, militarism, crime, substance abuse, poverty and their effect on the individual and society, will be examined. Theories will be evaluated relative to the role that existing social arrangements play in perpetuating social problems. Offered As Needed. (UG)

SOC 217: Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Other Addictions (3)

Cross-listed as SW 217. Examines the broad range of important facts and information about AOD use and abuse. The major legal and illegal drugs, patterns and trends in drug usage, the history of drug usage in our culture, public policy and treatment issues will be the focus of the course. Students will also explore the concept of addictions as the framework for analysis of AOD use and abuse. Prerequisite: SOC 201 or 209 or permission of instructor. Offered Alternate Years. (UG)

SOC 218: Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare (3)

Fulfills core competency: Contextual Integration. Cross-listed as SW 218. This course introduces students to the history of social welfare as a social institution and to the profession of social work. The course provides an overview of the professional knowledge, skills, and values that are necessary for effective generalist social work practice. Attention is given to learning about key factors that led to the development of social work as a profession, social welfare policies that govern the delivery of social welfare services and the evolution of social work practice with specific client populations. Offered as Needed. (UG)

SOC 224: Ethnicity, Race and Cultural Diversity (3)

Fulfills core competency: Affective Awareness. Writing Intensive. Explores the dynamics of human diversity and social differentiation. Differentiation based upon race, ethnic identification, sex, and sexual orientation, majority and minority groups, lifestyle and life chances; social class and caste will be examined. Students are required to spend two hours per week in service learning. Offered Each Semester. (UG)

SOC 232: The Aging Process: An Introduction to Gerontology (3)

Cross-listed as SW 232. Examines a profile of aged Americans; major biological, psychological and sociocultural paradigms of aging; societal and individual response to the aged and the aging process. Offered Alternate Years. (UG)

SOC 243: Child Welfare Policy and Services (3)

Cross-listed as SW 243. Presents concepts, policy and practices in the field of child welfare. The needs of children and their families as well as programs designed to meet these needs are examined. Content also includes the child welfare service system, historical and current developments, child abuse and neglect, and the legal system relative to child welfare services. Prerequisite: SOC 201, or PSY 302, or permission of instructor. Offered Each Semester and Summer. (UG)

SOC 303: Sociology of the Family (3)

Fulfills core competency: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving. Writing Intensive. A study of the family as a distinctive social world; emphasis on the structuring and dynamics of the family; cross-cultural comparisons; analysis of contemporary family systems. Offered Each Year (Spring). (UG)

SOC 304: Social Class and Inequality (3)

Examination of the existence of different types of inequality and the various explanations for them. Historical and structural interconnections with various forms of inequality will also be explored. Prerequisite: SOC 201. Offered As Needed. (UG)

SOC 305: Sociology of Sport (3)

Fulfills core competency: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving. Writing Intensive. This course provides an in-depth sociological examination of sport in American society in an effort to create a better understanding of sport as both a positive and negative social force on people's lives. Offered As Needed. (UG)

SOC 307: The Juvenile Justice System (3)

Cross-listed as SW 307. This course will present concepts, policies and practices regarding Juvenile Justice in our country. The subject is examined in relation to the needs of children, their families, the major programs and social services that have been designed for them, and the issues which emerge for future planning. The intent of the course is to instill in students a desire to advocate for children in our society and to provide students with a basis for more proficient practice in their chosen field. Prerequisite: PSY103 or SOC201. Offered as Needed. (UG)

SOC 327: Death, Dying and Bereavement (3)

Cross-listed as SW 327. Students are guided through an examination of death as a universal human experience. The psychological and sociocultural impact of dying will be explored as well as a brief history of thanatology, the process of grief, mourning and bereavement, ethical issues concerning death, legal aspects of death, euthanasia and funeral and last rites. Prerequisites: SOC 201, PSY 103. Offered Alternate Years. (UG)

SOC 328: Basic Training in Military Culture (3)

Fulfills core competencies: Contextual Integration; Moral & Ethical Discernment. Cross- listed as SW 328. The United States has been engaged in some form of combat across the world for almost a hundred years. Understanding military culture and the environmental and political nature of the military is crucial for all service providers. The current war on terror presents its own challenges and stressors due to the total force concept of the military, long deployments and redeployments, signature injuries of PTSD and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), anxiety, depression, and suicide. This course will engage students in researching information regarding the historical and contemporary aspects of military culture; the physical and mental wounds combat veterans suffer from, including the signature injuries of the current conflicts, and their impact on military families. Students will examine the structure, policies and services of the Veterans Administration, and local veteran community providers. Students will also engage in field research as they spend some time with a service provider in the Veteran community and engage in conversation with guest speakers from the military community. Prerequisites: SOC 110 or SOC 201 or PSY 103. Offered as Needed. (UG)

SOC 411: Contemporary Issues in Mental Health (3)

Cross-listed as SW 411. This course is structured with a glance to the past and a view of the future of mental health and the mental health system. Themes that will be explored are the history of mental health, the mental health system, governmental roles in the mental health system, mental health services, the mental health exam, assessment of lethality and crisis intervention, children and the mental health system, dual diagnosis, the elderly and the mental health system, religion, race, ethnicity and gender and mental health, consumer rights and the mental health system and mental health services in the managed care environment. Prerequisite: PSY 103 or permission of instructor. Offered Alternate Years. (UG)

SOC 432: Contemporary Social Welfare Policy and Services (3)

Cross-listed as SW 432. A functional analysis of contemporary social policies and how they are developed in social welfare delivery systems, the linkages between social problems, policies, programs and services and the advocacy and lobbying processes; political and economic implications of major social welfare legislation. Prerequisites: SW 311 and senior status in Social Work program. Offered Each Year (Fall). (UG)

Social Work

SW 217: Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Other Addictions (3)

Cross-listed as SOC 217. Examines the broad range of important facts and information about AOD use and abuse. The major legal and illegal drugs, patterns and trends in drug usage, the history of drug usage in our culture, public policy and treatment issues will be the focus of the course. Students will also explore the concept of addictions as the framework for analysis of AOD use and abuse. Prerequisite: SOC 201 or 209 or permission of instructor. Offered Alternate Years. (UG)

SW 218: Introduction to Social Work & Social Welfare (3)

Fulfills core competency: Contextual Integration.Cross-listed as SOC 218. This course introduces students to the history of social welfare as a social institution and to the profession of social work. The course provides an overview of the professional knowledge, skills, and values that are necessary for effective generalist social work practice. Attention is given to learning about key factors that led to the development of social work as a profession, social welfare policies that govern the delivery of social welfare services and the evolution of social work practice with specific client populations. Offered as Needed. (UG)

SW 226: Adolescence: Interdisciplinary Approach To the Understanding and Treatment of Adolescents (3)

A course designed to provide students with both theoretical understanding and practical skills for dealing with adolescent behavior. Primary emphasis will be on working more effectively with adolescents. Offered Alternate Years. (UG)

SW 232: The Aging Process: An Introduction to Gerontology (3)

Cross-listed as SOC 232. Examines a profile of aged Americans; major biological, psychological and sociocultural paradigms of aging; societal and individual response to the aged and the aging process. Offered Alternate Years. (UG)

SW 243: Child Welfare Policy and Services (3)

Cross-listed as SOC 243. Presents concepts, policy and practices in the field of child welfare. The needs of children and their families as well as programs designed to meet these needs are examined. Content also includes the child welfare service system, historical and current developments, child abuse and neglect, and the legal system relative to child welfare services. Prerequisite: SOC 201, or PSY 302, or permission of instructor. Offered Each Semester and Summer. (UG)

SW 307: The Juvenile Justice System (3)

Cross-listed as SOC 307. This course will present concepts, policies and practices regarding Juvenile Justice in our country. The subject is examined in relation to the needs of children, their families, the major programs and social services that have been designed for them, and the issues which emerge for future planning. The intent of the course is to instill in students a desire to advocate for children in our society and to provide students with a basis for more proficient practice in their chosen field. Prerequisite: PSY103 or SOC201. Offered as Needed. (UG)

SW 311: Methods of Social Work Research I (3)

Fulfills core competency: Information Literacy. Together with SW 312, combination of both courses meet Research and Presentation requirement. Introduces students to major research techniques used to observe and interpret the social world. Engages students in exploration and analysis of such research concepts as research methods, measurements, sampling and surveying, single subject designs; culturally sensitive professional skill development in scientific inquiry, problem formation, planning and implementation of research designs, analysis of data, and assessment of research. Prerequisite: SW 214. Offered Each Year (Fall). (UG)

SW 312: Methods of Social Work Research II (3)

Fulfills core competency: Information Literacy. Writing Intensive. Together with SW 311, combination of both courses meet Research and Presentation requirement. Building on SW 311, students examine and apply theory and research techniques for evaluating change, needs assessment, and assessment of social systems utilizing descriptive and inferential statistics to social work problems and issues. Students acquire experience in computer statistical programs and apply quantitative research methods in a final research project. Prerequisite: SW 311. Offered Each Year (Spring). (UG)

SW 325: Foundations of Generalist Practice I (3)

This is the first of a four-course practice sequence. The generalist model of professional practice utilizing the sequential problem solving approach is presented. Content focuses on value based, culturally sensitive techniques for effective worker-client communication; establishing, maintaining, and terminating effective working relationships; and engaging in data collection, assessment, intervention and evaluation processes with client systems of various sizes. Students are required to spend two hours per week in service learning. Prerequisites: SW 214 and upper division status in Social Work program. Offered Each Year (Fall). (UG)

SW 326: Foundations of Generalist Practice II (3)

Continues building on a value based, culturally sensitive generalist model of social work practice from a strengths perspective. Interactional skills necessary for intervention with systems of all sizes with a focus on individuals and families are explored. Emphasis is placed on personal and ethical issues as students examine and refine learned skills from their personal frame of reference. Students are required to spend 2 hours per week in service learning. Prerequisites: SW 325 and upper division status in Social Work program. Offered Each Year (Spring). (UG)

SW 327: Death, Dying and Bereavement (3)

Cross-listed as SOC 327. Students are guided through an examination of death as a universal human experience. The psychological and sociocultural impact of dying will be explored as well as a brief history of thanatology, the process of grief, mourning and bereavement, ethical issues concerning death, legal aspects of death, euthanasia and funeral and last rites. Prerequisites: SOC 201, PSY 103. Offered Alternate Years. (UG)

SW 328: Basic Training in Military Culture (3)

Fulfills core competencies: Contextual Integration; Moral & Ethical Discernment. Cross- listed as SOC 328. The United States has been engaged in some form of combat across the world for almost a hundred years. Understanding military culture and the environmental and political nature of the military is crucial for all service providers. The current war on terror presents its own challenges and stressors due to the total force concept of the military, long deployments and redeployments, signature injuries of PTSD and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), anxiety, depression, and suicide. This course will engage students in researching information regarding the historical and contemporary aspects of military culture; the physical and mental wounds combat veterans suffer from, including the signature injuries of the current conflicts, and their impact on military families. Students will examine the structure, policies and services of the Veterans Administration, and local veteran community providers. Students will also engage in field research as they spend some time with a service provider in the Veteran community and engage in conversation with guest speakers from the military community. Prerequisites: SOC 110 or SOC 201 or PSY 103. Offered as Needed. (UG)

SW 333: Human Behavior and Social Environment I (3)

This course engages students in analysis of the behavior of individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities in their bio-psycho-socio-cultural milieu. The theoretical paradigms that impact the development of individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities are examined with special emphasis on evaluating the impact of social class, gender, sexual orientation, and racial/ethnic group membership. Students are required to spend two hours per week in service learning. Prerequisites: SW 214, SOC 224, BIO 103 and upper division status in Social Work program, or permission of instructor. Offered Each Year (Fall and Spring). (UG)

SW 334: Human Behavior and Social Environment II (3)

This course engages students in analysis of the behavior of individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities in their bio-psycho-socio-cultural milieu. The theoretical paradigms that impact the development of individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities are examined with special emphasis on evaluating the impact of social class, gender, sexual orientation, and racial/ethnic group membership. Students are required to spend two hours per week in service learning. Prerequisites: SW 333 and upper division status in Social Work program, or permission of instructor. Offered Each Year (Fall and Spring). (UG)

SW 351: Intervention in Marriage and Family Problems (3)

The course introduces students to the area of marital and family dynamics with particular focus on the major areas of dysfunction. Through both analysis of the essential elements of these relationships as well as introspective looks at their own families, students learn to identify the primary reasons for marital and family discord. Prerequisite: Junior status. Offered Alternate Years. (UG)

SW 409: Social Work With Groups (3)

This course examines the various types of groups used in contemporary social work practice for the purpose of acquainting students with the process of assessing for therapeutic need for a group. In addition, students will acquire a basic understanding of all the stages required for proposing, developing, and leading a group. Prerequisites: SW 214, SW 325 and upper division status in Social Work. Offered Each Year (Spring). (UG)

SW 411: Contemporary Issues in Mental Health (3)

Cross-listed as SOC 411. This course is structured with a glance to the past and a view of the future of mental health and the mental health system. Themes that will be explored are the history of mental health, the mental health system, governmental roles in the mental health system, mental health services, the mental health exam, assessment of lethality and crisis intervention, children and the mental health system, dual diagnosis, the elderly and the mental health system, religion, race, ethnicity and gender and mental health, consumer rights and the mental health system and mental health services in the managed care environment. Prerequisite: PSY 103 or permission of instructor. Offered Alternate Years. (UG)

SW 424: Foundations of Generalist Practice III (3)

Guides students in the value based, culturally sensitive, conceptually framed professional skill development utilizing the interactional (mediation) model of intervention with diverse populations and systems of all sizes. Target systems include individuals and groups. Offered concurrently with the first semester of field placement. Prerequisites: SW 326, 334, senior status in Social Work program and concurrent enrollment in SW 451. Offered Each Year (Fall). (UG)

SW 432: Contemporary Social Welfare Policy and Services (3)

Cross-listed as SOC 432. A functional analysis of contemporary social policies and how they are developed in social welfare delivery systems, the linkages between social problems, policies, programs and services and the advocacy and lobbying processes; political and economic implications of major social welfare legislation. Prerequisites: SW 311 and senior status in Social Work program. Offered Each Year (Fall). (UG)

SW 451: Field Experience in Social Work I (5)

Senior assignment, which requires students to complete a 420-hour, supervised field placement experience (210 hours per semester). Students are given the opportunity to work in agencies with diverse systems of all sizes. This experience affords students the opportunity to achieve a maximum integration of social work knowledge, values and skills and engage in professional relationships with the social work practice community. A weekly field experience seminar is held concurrently with the field experience and attendance is required. This seminar provides the opportunity for the integration of the theoretical and practice components of the bachelor's level field placement experience. Prerequisite: Senior status in Social Work program. Offered Each Semester. (UG)

SW 451S: Field Experience in Social Work I Seminar (1)

This course will focus on processing and understanding central issues in field placement and enhancement of general practice and clinical skills, from social work practice to Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV), diagnoses, as professionally experienced concurrently by the student in their field placement. The role of ethnicity, and diversity in practice will also be addressed. Corequisite: SW 451 (UG)

SW 452: Field Experience in Social Work II (5)

Senior assignment, which requires students to complete a 420-hour, supervised field placement experience (210 hours per semester). Students are given the opportunity to work in agencies with diverse systems of all sizes. This experience affords students the opportunity to achieve a maximum integration of social work knowledge, values and skills and engage in professional relationships with the social work practice community. A weekly field experience seminar is held concurrently with the field experience and attendance is required. This seminar provides the opportunity for the integration of the theoretical and practice components of the bachelor's level field placement experience. Prerequisite: SW 451; Senior status in Social Work program; Co-requisite:SW 452S. Offered Each Semester. (UG)

SW 452S: Field Experience in Social Work II Seminar (1)

This course is the second seminar in a two-course sequence. This second seminar builds upon and continues discussion of issues raised in SW 451S, and therefore, has the expectation of an increase in student knowledge, understanding, and performance of advanced Social Work practice. Corequisite: SW 452. (UG)

SW 454: Foundations of Generalist Practice IV (3)

This course continues the interactional (mediation) model of intervention and engages students in value/ethically based, culturally sensitive professional skill development needed for establishing, and maintaining, effective working relationships with organizations and communities as client systems. Students are required to spend two hours per week in community service learning. Prerequisite: SW 424, and concurrent enrollment in SW 452. Offered Each Year (Spring). (UG)

SW 457: Independent Study Or Research (1 - 6)

Individually guided research in social work. Prerequisite: Senior status in Social Work program. Offered As Needed. (UG)