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Foundation Topics in Social Work SW503

Former Curriculum

Credits: 1
Prerequisites: None
Course Description: This course is taught by various members of the program faculty. Each version of the course has its own subtitle, some being offered one time only while others are repeated and may evolve into regular courses with their own course number and title. This is an appropriate selection for upper-level undergraduate students.

Diversity and Social Justice in Social Work SW504

Former Curriculum

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
Course Description: This required foundation course is designed to increase students’ awareness, knowledge, and critical skills related to diversity, human rights, social and economic justice. The topics of this course include developing a framework for 1) engaging diversity and differences in social work practice and 2) advancing human rights and social and economic justice. We will explore the knowledge base that underlies skills needed to work towards justice. These include types and sources of power, multiple social locations, social constructions, social processes, social identities, conflicts, and how all these interact. A major emphasis is on developing skills in critical contextual thinking and analyses, and in praxis, learning to use knowledge and theory to recognize and critique underlying assumptions and paradigms, and inform working for change. Multiple kinds of boundaries are especially important—across groups, between organizations and system levels, and within and between people, related to intersecting social locations.

Share, Explore, Engage, Discover (SEED) Mini-course SW510

Former Curriculum

Credits: 1
Prerequisites: None
Course Description: During New Student Orientation, varied social work topics, or themes, will be presented as foundation-level mini-courses inviting students to share, explore, engage, and discover the vast world of social work. This course will emphasize experiential, active, and engaged learning components and operationalize the three SEED goals: 1) Strengthen connection and community at the School of Social Work, 2) Explore PODS (privilege, oppression, diversity, & social justice), and 3) Learn foundation-level social work skills. Each theme will begin by attending a shared welcome experience.

Interpersonal Practice Skills Laboratory SW511

Former Curriculum

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
Course Description: This course offers students the opportunity to practice the assessment, engagement, intervention and evaluation skills essential to interpersonal practice with individuals, families, and small groups while considering the community, organizational, and policy contexts in which social workers practice. The student's field experience and future practice methods courses will build upon the skills rehearsed in this basic course. Throughout this course, students examine social work values and ethics as well as issues of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and ability as these relate to interpersonal practice.

Macro Practice Skills Laboratory SW512

Former Curriculum

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
Course Description: This laboratory course will focus on developing practical skills for community organization, management, and policy/evaluation, including tools and techniques for successful work in the field. This course provides opportunities for hands-on experience and training using tangible tools that are critical for success in macro practice. Special emphasis will be placed on approaches that strengthen socially just and culturally sensitive practice.

Topics in Social Work SW513

Credits: 3-4
Prerequisites: None
Course Description: This course is taught by various members of the program faculty. Each version of the course has its own subtitle, some being offered one time only while others are repeated and may evolve into regular courses with their own course number and title.

Foundation Field Education SW515

Credits: 2
Prerequisites: None
Course Description: Foundation field education assists students applying and integrating Foundation knowledge of social work skills, values, and ethics with practice and in developing a professional social work identity. The field experience provides students with a series of supervised field-based assignments and tasks selected to complement Foundation academic courses. Students may be exposed to a variety of social work roles such as case manager, counselor, advocate, organizer, administrator, facilitator, mediator, educator, and planner. In this context, students are expected to develop knowledge, understanding, and skills concerning relationships with clients, supervisors, co-workers and external constituencies. In addition, students will be expected to develop a Foundation understanding of the context of social work practice as it relates to multiculturalism and diversity; social justice and social change; prevention, promotion, treatment and rehabilitation and research-based practice. Within the field curriculum student learning will involve experiential learning and is based on the identification of field-based assignments and learning activities, and regular supervision with a field instructor.

Independent Studies: Aging in Families and Society SW517

Credits: 1 - 3
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Independent Studies: Aging in Families and Society SW518

Credits: 1 - 3
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Independent Studies: Human Behaviort and Social Environment SW519

Credits: 1 - 3
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Independent Studies: Human Behavior and Social Environment SW520

Credits: 1 - 3
Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor

Interpersonal Practice with Individuals, Families and Small Groups SW521

Former Curriculum

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
Course Description: This course presents social work foundation knowledge and skills essential to interpersonal practice with individuals, families and small groups in social contexts. It integrates content on multiculturalism, diversity, and social justice issues, and it relies on the historical, contextual, and social science knowledge presented concurrently in the foundation SWPS and HBSE courses. The student's field experience and future practice methods courses will build upon the skills presented in this basic course. Throughout this course, students examine social work values and ethics as well as issues of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, religion, and ability as these relate to interpersonal practice.

Basic Social Work Research SW522

Former Curriculum

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
Course Description: This course will provide content on the logic of inquiry and the necessity for an empirical approach to practice. The process of formulating appropriate research questions and hypotheses, techniques for testing relationships and patterns among variables, methods of data collection, methods to assess and improve the validity and reliability of data and measures, and the ethics of scientific inquiry will be addressed. This course will help students understand practice through the critical examination of methods associated with decision-making, critical thinking, and ethical judgment. The course content will integrate the core themes related to multiculturalism and diversity; social justice and social change; promotion, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation; and behavioral and social science research.

Independent Studies: Interpersonal Practice SW523

Credits: 1 - 3
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Independent Studies: Interpersonal Practice SW524

Credits: 1 - 3
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Independent Studies: Children and Youth in Families and Society SW525

Credits: 1 - 3
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Independent Studies: Children and Youth in Families and Society SW526

Credits: 1 - 3
Prerequisites: Permisssion of instructor

Independent Studies for Peace Corps Master's International SW527

Credits: 1-6
Prerequisites: Must be in the MSW PCMI program
Course Description: The primary goal of this special studies course is to have students reflect on their experiences as a Peace Corps volunteer and relate these experiences to the social work courses completed during their first year of the MSW program as well as their professional goals as social workers. Students are expected to participate in a C-tools site (if they have internet access at their placement) and keep a journal or blog about their Peace Corps experience relating it back to their academic coursework.

Independent Studies in a Global Setting SW528

Credits: 1-3
Prerequisites: None
Course Description: Special Studies abroad

Independent Studies: Welfare of Children & Families SW529

Credits: 1-3
Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor

Introduction to Social Welfare Policy and Services SW530

Former Curriculum

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
Course Description: This course surveys the history of social welfare policy, services, and the social work profession. It explores current social welfare issues in the context of their history and the underlying rationale and values that support different approaches. Emphasis is placed on major fields of social work service such as: income maintenance, health care, mental health, child welfare, corrections, and services to the elderly. Analytic frameworks with regard to social welfare policies and services are presented. These frameworks identify strengths and weaknesses in the current social welfare system with respect to multiculturalism and diversity; social justice and social change; behavioral and social science theory and research; and social work relevant promotion, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation programs and services in relations to the diverse dimensions (including ability, age, class, color, culture, ethnicity, family structure, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), marital status, national origin, race, religion or spirituality, sex, and sexual orientation).

Independent Studies: Health SW532

Credits: 1 - 3
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Independent Studies: Health SW533

Credits: 1 - 3
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Independent Internship Studies SW534

Credits: 1-3
Prerequisites: None
Course Description: This internship course is designed to provide opportunities to further an MSW student's professional experiences in agency settings beyond the required field placements for MSW students at the School of Social Work. Students will volunteer to intern in an agency setting. The internship will provide opportunities for the student to enhance social work skills and knowledge acquired in the MSW program. This course option is available to students in good academic standing. The internship experience is part of an independent study under the supervision of a School of Social Work faculty instructor. Faculty instructors must be clinical-track or tenure-track faculty member. The student is required to meet with the faculty instructor regularly to develop relevant learning goals and assignments that highlight skill development and learning.

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