Academics

Course Descriptions

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS IN SOCIAL WORK (SW)


SW 230      3-0-3      INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL WORK

Introductory course dealing with a systematic survey of the historical development of social work from “charity” to definite principles and theories.

SW 302      3-0-3      BASIC ISSUES IN MENTAL HEALTH

This course will examine basic issues in the mental health service delivery system. Emphasis will be placed on client rights, mental health laws, goals of mental health systems, and areas of  specialization.

SW 319     3-0-3     HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT I

Provides the student with current research and knowledge of relationships among human biological, social  social, psychological, and cultural systems as they affect or are affected by human behavior.  Pre-requisite : SW 230; Co-requisite: SW 351

SW 320      3-0-3      HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT II

This course uses the person-in-environment focus as it explores relevant issues in life-span development.  Pre-requisite : SW 319; Co-requisite: SW 352

SW 346     3-0-3     SOCIAL WORK FOR THE AGING

Provides a systematics study of social work approaches to providing services to the aging; current policies,  services, and models of practice. Pre-requisite : SW 230 or Non-majors : SY 235 or PH 132

SW 348     3-0-3     CHILD WELFARE

This course provides an evaluation of current development in programs for meeting the needs of children. Pre-requisite : SW 230 or Non-majors: SY 235 or PH 132

SW 349     3-0-3     CHILD WELFARE WORKER AND COURT

This course explores the skills and techniques utilized by social workers who must gather evidence and  provide testimony in areas of child abuse and neglect. Pre-requisite : SW 230 and SW 319.

SW 351     3-0-3     SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE I

This course focuses on problem solving techniques and strategies in case work, group work, and community  organization. Pre-requisite : SW 230.

SW 352      3-0-3      SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE II

Stress on specific therapy techniques used in one-to-one counseling and group therapy. Pre-requisite: SW  351.

SW 360      3-0-3      COMMUNITY SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE

Introduce students to basic knowledge and skills for stimulating and assisting communities to evaluate, plan  and coordinate its efforts to provide for its health, wellness, and recreational needs. Pre-requisite : SW 351  and SW 352.

SW 362      3-0-3      SKILLS IN INTERVIEWING

This course is designed to help individuals develop skills in conducting a social history, a diagnostic interview  and a therapeutic interview. Pre-requisite : SW 230 or SW 351.

SW 365      3-0-3      CULTURAL DIVERSITY

This course prepares students to understand and appreciate client cultural systems, the nature of cultural  identity, group membership access to resources, strategies to combat discrimination, oppression and  economic deprivation and to promote social and economic justice. The focus of the course is to present human diversity and population-at-risk content for the academic curriculum at the undergraduate level of social work.  Pre-requisite : SW 230 or Non-majors: SY 235 or PH 132

SW 367      3-0-3      DRUGS, ALCOHOL AND SOCIETY

This course focuses on the major issues involved in the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of substance  misuse and abuse in society. Pre-requisite : SW 230 or Non-majors : SY 235 or PH 132

SW 375      3-0-3      RESEARCH METHODS IN SOCIAL WORK

This course is designed to introduce students to Social Work values, the research process, problem  formulation and conceptualization, measurement, research design and inference, single subject design and  practice evaluation, sampling, alternative data gathering techniques and analyses, and uses of research in  social work. Pre-requisite : SW 230 or SY 235.

SW 397      3-0-3      ETHICS AND THE SOCIAL WORK PROFESSION

This course focuses on the moral imagination of social work students, and prepare them for competent and  compassionate ethical practice as social work professionals . Pre-requisite : SW 230/junior status or Non-majors : SY 235 or PH 132

SW 405      3-0-3      SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY AND SERVICES

A policy course that introduces students to basic problems of economic insecurity and social welfare in our  society with special references to low-income and minorities. Pre-requisite : SW 230, junior status.

SW 408      3-0-3      MARRIAGE AND THE FAMILY

This course is designed to provide an understanding of the origin, foundations and functions of marriage and  the family, as well as insights into significant factors influencing the processes and trends in courtship,  companionship, marriage and family patterns. Pre-requisite : SW 230 or Non-majors : SY 235 or PH 132

SW 409      3-0-3      MENTAL HEALTH SEMINAR

This course is an interdisciplinary seminar on mental Health. It is designed to prepare students for entry level  professional practice by providing a knowledge base for working with the mentally ill. Attention is  given to analysis of theories, methods and techniques for practice. Also addressed are contemporary mental  health and professional ethics. Pre-requisite s: SW 230 or SW 302 or Non-majors : SY 235 or PH 132

SW 412      3-0-3      CASE MANAGEMENT

This course introduces students to skills and techniques for developing, implementing, and monitoring a  social service plan to meet the needs of various client populations. Pre-requisite : SW 352

SW 419      3-0-3      SOCIAL WORK IN CORRECTIONS

This course is designed to prepare social work students for practice in the criminal justice system. The course  presents an overview of the criminal justice system while exploring the network of systems which comprise  it. Pre-requisite SW 230 or Non-majors : SY 235 or PH 132

SW 429      3-0-3     SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE WITH BLACK FAMILY

This course provides a framework for understanding the needs of black families and identifies culturally  relevant approaches. Pre-requisite SW 230 and SY 235.

SW 448      3-0-3      SPECIAL TOPICS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN SW

This course prepares students for generalist social work practice by focusing on the integration and  application of social work knowledge, skills, values and ethics. Pre-requisite : SW 230, SW 352 and  Junior/senior status.

SW 473      6-0-6      SOCIAL WORK INTERNSHIP

The Social Work internship provides a supervised field placement with an approved public or private entity.  Pre-requisite : senior status and permission of the instructor. Graduating Senior Only. Co-requisite: SW 475

SW 475      3-0-3      SOCIAL WORK FIELD PRACTICE SEMINAR

Field Practice Seminar provides a forum for the discussion of the integration of the of the BSW foundation  courses into the students’ practice in the field. Pre-requisite : senior status and permission of the instructor.   Approval for Internship and Graduating Senior. Co-Requisite : SW 473