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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.

Topics in Social Work SW513

Credits: 3
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 Instruction SW515

Former Curriculum

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 course is a field placement which is taken concurrently with the required Foundation field seminar. 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: 3
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Independent Studies: Aging in Families and Society SW518

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Independent Studies: Human Behaviort and Social Environment SW519

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Independent Studies: Human Behavior and Social Environment SW520

Credits: 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: 3
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Independent Studies: Interpersonal Practice SW524

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Independent Studies: Children and Youth in Families and Society SW525

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Independent Studies: Children and Youth in Families and Society SW526

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: Permisssion of instructor

Independent Studies for Peace Corps Master's International SW527

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

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).

Foundation Field Instruction Seminar SW531

Former Curriculum

Credits: 1
Prerequisites: None
Course Description: The course is designed to allow students a professional forum where they will have opportunities to share the integration of their coursework and fieldwork in a safe setting using reflection tools and case-based scenarios from their field placement. A combination of structured activities including concept mapping, and open-ended discussions focusing on field placements will be held, utilizing a theme related to the required social work competencies and practice behaviors. Seminar discussions require all participants to review and openly share examples from their field placement experiences and participate in providing and receiving constructive feedback, with the goal of developing knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Independent Studies: Health SW532

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Independent Studies: Health SW533

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Creating and Sustaining Trauma-Informed Systems SW542

Credits: 1
Prerequisites: SW 540
Course Description: This course will provide foundational knowledge about developing and sustaining a school or organizational culture that is trauma-informed. The course will incorporate principles of interprofessional education, which focuses on helping students in the professions work collaboratively in generalist and specialty practice roles. A primary goal of the course is to prepare students to use interprofessional and team-based strategies to achieve organizational change. A key focus will be on teachers, social workers, and nurses going beyond their practice role to collaborate on organizational work. Examples including educating colleagues, planning for a long-term project, evaluating programs, and obtaining resources to sustain collaborative models and programs to address trauma in schools.

Independent Studies: Social Welfare Policy and Services SW546

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Independent Studies: Social Welfare Policy and Services SW547

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Independent Studies: Community Organization SW553

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Independent Studies: Community Organization SW554

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Independent Studies: Community and Social Systems SW555

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

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