Social Work and Sociology Courses

Social Work

SW 511: Foundations of Micro/Mezzo Practice

(3) Credit Hour(s)

Foundations of Micro and Mezzo Practice is the first course in the two-course practice methods sequence in the Master of Social Work (MSW) program. This course places emphasis on helping students develop basic practice knowledge and skills necessary for micro and mezzo generalist social work practice (i.e. working with individuals and families). This course presents a conceptual framework that covers the basic elements of generalist social work practice. Students will be introduced to the philosophy, values, ethics, and knowledge base of professional social work practice. Offered Each Year (Fall). (GR)

SW 512: Foundations of Macro Practice

(3) Credit Hour(s)

This course prepares students to use professional knowledge, values, and skills in generalist practice with organizations and communities. Because most social work practice takes place within organizations in the context of one or more communities, understanding and intervening at the organizational and community levels are essential for effective social work practice. Offered Each Year (Spring). (GR)

SW 513: Social Work Research

(3) Credit Hour(s)

This course presents the conceptual foundations and methods of research in order to help students integrate research knowledge with professional social work practice. The process of research is followed from problem identification to the conceptualization of research questions, sampling, design, measurement, data collection, and analysis. Offered Each Year (Fall). (GR)

SW 514: Applied Research & Data Analysis

(3) Credit Hour(s)

Students apply quantitative and qualitative research to promote understanding of scientific, analytic, and ethical approaches to building knowledge for practice. The content prepares students to utilize research to provide high quality services, initiate change, improve practice, policy, and service delivery systems as well as evaluate their own practice. Offered Each Year (Spring). (GR)

SW 515: Oppression, Power & Change

(3) Credit Hour(s)

This course examines institutionalized oppression and its implications for social work practice at all levels, emphasizing the consequences of social inequality and the social worker's responsibility to fight oppression. This is a writing and reading intensive course. There will be 2-3 major papers and one group project. The course format is seminar style. Offered Each Year (Fall). (GR)

SW 516: Social Welfare History, Policy And Services

(3) Credit Hour(s)

This course gives an overview of the history of social welfare policy, services and the profession of social work. Additionally, this course will cover assessment of policy as it directly affects service delivery. It examines the responsibilities and roles of a generalist worker in policy development, policy clarification, and change in policy implementation. Offered Each Year (Spring). (GR)

SW 517: Human Behavior and the Social Environment

(3) Credit Hour(s)

This course focuses on the development of the individual from conception through middle childhood and the impact of various aspects (i.e., family, groups, organizations, and community) of the social environment on that development. Content includes empirically based theories and knowledge that focus on the interactions between and among individuals, groups, societies, and economic systems. Offered Each Year (Fall). (GR)

SW 518: Human Behavior and the Social Environment II

(3) Credit Hour(s)

This course focuses on the development of the individual from middle adolescence/young adulthood through very old age and the impact of various aspects (i.e., family, groups, organizations, and community) of the social environment on that development. Offered Each Year (Spring). (GR)

SW 519: Field Instruction and Seminar

(3) Credit Hour(s)

This course offers practical experience in a social service agency. It enables the student to apply and test knowledge and skills gained in the classroom. Students spend a minimum of 16 hours per week in an approved agency setting under the supervision of a staff member. Students also attend three day long field seminars during the semester. Offered Each Year (Fall). (GR)

SW 520: Field Instruction II and Seminar

(3) Credit Hour(s)

This course offers practical experience in a social service agency. It enables the student to apply and test knowledge and skills gained in the classroom. Students spend a minimum of 16 hours per week in an approved agency setting under the supervision of a staff member. Students also attend three day long field seminars during the semester. These seminars focus on personal and professional development. Offered Each Year (Spring). (GR)

SW 547: Selected Topics

(1 - 3) Credit Hour(s)

(GR)

SW 601: MSW Bridge Course

(2) Credit Hour(s)

(GR)

SW 611: Crisis Management With Evidence Based Interventions

(3) Credit Hour(s)

The course is designed as an advanced clinical selective for graduate students in the School of Social Work who wish to increase knowledge and skills for practice with crisis intervention. The prevalence of acute crisis situations in our society necessitates that social workers acquire a knowledge and skill base for effective and professional crisis intervention. Offered Each Year (Fall). (GR)

SW 612: Advanced Clinical Practice With Evidence Based Intervention

(3) Credit Hour(s)

This course examines theories of direct social work practice (i.e., psychodynamic/developmental, cognitive, and behavioral) and their application in the engagement, assessment, diagnosis, case conceptualization, treatment planning, interventions, and evaluation of individual clients. This is an advanced practice seminar in which mastery of all previous generalist and direct practice coursework of the graduate curriculum is assumed. Offered Each Year (Spring). (GR)

SW 617: Psychopathology

(3) Credit Hour(s)

This course is designed to provide students with an in-depth knowledge of major forms of emotional disorder manifested in children and adults. Offered Each Year (Fall). (GR)

SW 619: Field Instruction III and Seminar

(3) Credit Hour(s)

This course offers students an advanced experience in a social service agency. It enables the student to apply and test knowledge and skills gained in the classroom. Students spend a minimum of 20 hours per week in an approved agency setting under the supervision of a staff member. Students are to complete 300 hours in a social service agency. Offered Each Year (Fall). (GR)

SW 620: Field Instruction IV and Seminar

(3) Credit Hour(s)

This second part of this course offers student an advanced experience in a social service agency. It enables the student to apply and test knowledge and skills gained in the classroom Students spend a minimum of 20 hours per week in an approved agency setting under the supervision of a staff member. Students are to complete 300 hours in a social service agency. Offered Each Year (Spring). (GR)

SW 652: Concentration: Children and Families I

(3) Credit Hour(s)

This course utilizes a system of care framework that emphasizes family-centered practice, cultural competence, and community-based services as contexts for the development of basic competencies in child and family practice, with child welfare constituting a major context for such practice. The course also examines the early history of child welfare and moves through various time periods that influenced the growth of child welfare. Offered Each Year (Fall). (GR)

SW 653: Concentration: Children & Families II

(3) Credit Hour(s)

This course expands upon SW 652 by applying the frameworks and practice models learned in the previous course to specific issues facing children and families, including child maltreatment, domestic violence, substance abuse, mental illness, emotional and behavioral disorders, grief and loss, developmental crises, and interactions with the criminal justice system. This course also examines local and global trends in child welfare. Offered Each Year (Spring). (GR)

SW 680: Social Work Licensure Preparation

(0) Credit Hour(s)

This course is designed to expose students to issues and information that are pertinent for preparing to take the ASWB (Association of Social Work Boards) graduate and clinical level licensing examination. Offered Each Year (Spring). (GR)

SW 682: Clinical Practice With Children

(3) Credit Hour(s)

This course provides an in-depth study of issues related to clinical social work practice with immigrants and refugees. It is set in the macro context of understanding global trends in immigration, immigration to the U.S. and related public policy responses in terms of their influence on the lives of persons coming to this country and on the service delivery systems intended to serve them. Offered Each Year (Spring). (GR)