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SOCIAL WORK (SWK)
201. Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare: Three hours
This course will provide an overview of how society has cared for people in need. Covered topics will include: the development of Social Work profession in response to social problems; how the needs of people are addressed by Social Workers in contemporary society, Social Work theories, values, and ethics; and Social Work career opportunities in both secular and faith-based settings.
311. Social Work Practice I: Four hours (3 Lec. 1 Lab)
Study of generalist Social Work practice with individual client systems and the integration of the theoretical perspectives and research findings with practical application. Will also incorporate Social Work values and ethics. The lab will cover role playing, common practice and interviewing scenarios, practice in note-taking, and using common Social Work recording formats.
312. Social Work Practice II: Three hours
Prerequisite: SWK 311
Theory, skills, and values of generalist Social Work practice in small group settings both natural and created. Work with families is also briefly covered. Covers group theory, leadership, diversity, values, oppression, empowerment, and justice.
313. Social Work Practice with Aging Populations: Three hours
Work with elderly populations, covers home care, senior centers and activity centers, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and hospice care. Issues of physical decline and dementia, loss, and grieving.
321. Human Behavior in the Social Environment I: Three hours
This course explores the development and determinants of human behavior considering bio-psycho-social-spiritual factors. It covers the study of individual and family development across the life span and the impact of oppression, discrimination, and social and economic injustice. Issues of culture will also be addressed.
322. Human Behavior in the Social Environment II: Three hours
Prerequisites: SWK 321
This is the second course in the human behavior in the social environment sequence. The course covers group behavioral and organization theory and its applicants in mezzo and macro practice with attention to group work and community development. An exploration of neighborhoods and other expressions of "community" will be addressed. Issues of diversity, oppression, and cultural competence are also addressed.
332. Research for Social Workers: Three hours
Prerequisites: BUS 231, Introductory Statistics, or equivalent or consent of instructor
Basic research theory, methods, and design. Course includes values and ethics in research; research design and field techniques; naturalistic observation; experiments; surveys; single subject designs; qualitative research; and computer/statistical analysis.
334. Advanced Social Work Research: Three hours
Elective course in intermediate to advanced quantitative analysis. Covers multiple regression, path analysis, multiple correlation, manova, and time series analysis. Some consideration of correction factors for skewed and other non-bell curve data. Includes brief introduction to chaos systems concepts. (Minimum enrollment of six students required).
341. Social Welfare Policy I: Three hours
Historical, cultural, economic, political and policy processes and their
influences on development of U.S. social welfare politics, and the Social Work Profession. Reviews historical policies and programs from the Code of Hammurabi to the creation of the 1996 TANF program. Addresses Social Work values on social justice and oppression.
342. Social Welfare Policy II: Three hours
Prerequisite: SWK 341
Study of social welfare issues, policy and programs development, and implementation from the 1996 TANF to the present. Includes policy analysis of policies and programs such as health care, food subsidies, cash assistance, jobs, and employment. Analyzes impacts on populations at risk.
343. Social Work Organizations and Management: Three hours
Elective course covers theory and applications of management theory and principles, for community development and organizational administration. Also reviews non-profit human services organization’s administration. Continues and goes beyond topics covered in SWK 414 and SWK 424.
361. Preparation for Field Experience: One hour
Co-requisites: SWK 311, SWK 321
Seminars preparing students for Social Work field placement. Reviews career development, self knowledge, professional ethics and behavior, supervision, confidentiality, insurance/liability, agency policies, licensure, and related internship concerns.
362. Field Experience I: Three hours
Prerequisite: Social Work major
Supervised field experience in generalist Social Work practice in approved agency setting. Students attend one-hour weekly seminars as part of this three credit course. Ten hours per week of agency field experience required, including supervision with a field instructor.
392. Social Work in Rural Settings: Three hours
Prerequisites: SWK 361, SWK 311, SWK 321
Course provides a field study of a rural community and conceptual tools for community analysis, including human needs and services for southern populations, issues of distance, and social justice. Availability of technology to rural communities. Guest lecturers as available.
393. Spirituality in Social Work Practice: Three hours
Examination of the role of spirituality and religion in Social Work practice. Study of the religious theologies, cultures, and religious traditions of the peoples of the rural South. Religious cultural competence and the appropriate/inappropriate use of the religious self in social work practice.
414. Social Work Practice III: Three hours
Prerequisite: SWK 312
Theory and skills development for generalist Social Work practice. Focus upon Social Work practice with larger social environment systems, including communities, organizations, Social Work management and administration, and political structures. Particular attention will be paid to the impacts of larger social systems upon minorities, women, the South, and at-risk populations. The roles of these systems in conveying institutional racism and social justice/injustice will be explored.
415. Child Welfare and Protective Services: Three hours
Prerequisite: SWK 414
Covers policies, common agency practices, and legislation in the areas of practice with abused, neglected, and sexually abused children. Issues of foster placement, group placement, and adoption as well as forensic evidence and testimony are covered.
425. Southern People and Cultures: Three hours
Prerequisites: SWK 414
This is a “cultural competence” building course designed to build under standing of competent practice with the varied peoples and cultures of the Rural South. Covers cultural issues of African Americans, Native Americans, Latino/as, Poor Caucasians, and other new migrants. Also includes macro-cultural issues such as the legacy of slavery and the voting rights/civil rights struggles, the ongoing shift from agricultural employment to technology based industries with related issues of widespread displaced workers and low levels of educational attainment.
463. Field Experience II: Three hours
Prerequisite: SWK 362 and Restricted to Social Work majors
Supervised field experience in generalist Social Work Practice in approved agency setting. Ten (10) hours/week of field work required. Students attend one-hour/week supervision with field instructor and one-hour/week of field seminar.
464. Field Experience III: Three hours
Prerequisites: SWK 364 and Social Work majors
Supervised field experience in generalist Social Work Practice in approved agency setting. Students attend weekly seminars as part of this three credit course. Ten (10) hours/week of field work required. One-hour/week with field instructor and one hour per week field seminar.
495. Senior Seminar: Three hours
Prerequisite: Senior Social Work major in good standing with the Social Work program
Integrative capstone course on the professional foundations of Social Work focusing on future trends, challenges, and international Social Work issues. This seminar will focus on integrating Social Work knowledge, skills, and values into competent generalist practice. Course is centered around a class senior study of a social issue project.