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A special fee is charged for all Field Instruction courses. †  

Social Work 101. Introduction to the Human Services. The broad range of human professions and the nature and structure of human service organizations (schools, hospitals, welfare, corrections, mental health, environment, etc.) which deliver client services. Emphasis is placed on the common elements underlying "helping" actions of a wide variety of human services. Students preparing for a career in any human service area will be provided an orientation to systematic analysis of human service professions and systems. 3 credits. **  

Social Work 102. Social Welfare and the Social Work Profession. A study of the dynamic adjustment process between the American social welfare system and its societal, value, and historical context. Emphasis is placed on providing a conceptual, theoretical, and philosophical basis for analyzing institutional welfare and its relation to individual and social needs, social justice, and a pluralistic and humanistic society. The emergence, current status, and future of professional social work practice are explored. Prerequisite: SOWK 101. 3 credits.  

Social Work 240. Social Policy and Issues in Social Welfare.  Models of policy analysis and formulation are reviewed and the role of both social work and government are investigated. The characteristics of poverty, racism, sexism, power, and community are studied in relation to social welfare policy, social work practice, social planning, and programs and services. Prerequisite: SOWK 102. 3 credits.  

Social Work 280. Human Behavior and the Social Environment I. Utilizing a general systems approach, the student will develop a multi-level perspective of human behavior in the areas of personality development, self-concept formation, community and organizational systems, group processes, personal change dynamics, family systems, and life cycles. Concurrent focus is placed on practice relevancy of the theory base. Prerequisite: SOCL 101. 3 credits.  

Social Work 281. Human Behavior and the Social Environment II. A continuing exploration of theoretical contributions to the design and application of intervention strategies. The role of interpersonal influence is studied within the context of effective communication for planned change and effective skills are practiced. Prerequisites: SOWK 280, PSYC 101 and 4 credits of Biology.  

SOCIAL WORK 292.  Internship in Social Work.  A semester-long, on-the-job learning experience designed to apply the principles of social work.  1-18 credits.  

Social Work 295. Special Topics. Selected topics in Social Work. The topics will vary from semester to semester. Descriptions will be available from academic advisors. May be repeated for credit when topics change. 1-3 credits.

 Social Work 309. Human Sexual Adjustment. Socio-cultural influences on gender identity and sexual behavior will be analyzed and issues regarding sexual expression and sexual dysfunctioning will be explored. Methods of dealing with sexual adjustment difficulties at both the individual and community levels are presented including human service resources. Prerequisite: 3 hours of Sociology and Psychology. 3 credits.  

Social Work 310. Minority Experiences: Human Development in Hostile Environments. With a special emphasis on the Black experience, the course will examine the impact of the conditions of institutionalized racism, sexism, and prejudice on the development of personality, copability, and self concept. Survival strategies, individual strengths and societal treatment of minorities will be analyzed in order to further develop skills for effective practitioner-client relationships. Prerequisite: SOCL 101. 3 credits.  

SOCIAL WORK 311-312.  Studies Abroad.  Primarily intended for transfer of credit earned abroad in courses in social work.  1-18 credits.  

Social Work 320. Social Work Research and Evaluation Design. The role of scientific inquiry in the continuing development of knowledge and practice skill, measures of accountability, needs assessment, and evaluation design is presented. Students conduct agency research and assessments and study the impact of applied scientific techniques on the design and delivery of professional practice. Prerequisite: MATH 171. 3 credits.  **  

Social Work 335. Junior Interventive Means Lab. Laboratory experiences enabling the development and application of practice skills for direct practice. Emphasis is on levels of problems, systematic assessment and problem solving, and uniqueness of various interventive means. Corequisite: SOWK 336. 1 credit. Only those students who are candidates for the degree in social work may be admitted.  

Social Work 336. Interventive Means in Social Work. A generic approach to social work practice with the goal of achieving social justice and the fulfillment of human potential and needs. Students analyze problem situations, select goals and strategies of intervention and worker roles, develop skill in use of self and other resources and assess effectiveness of intervention and services. Prerequisite: SOWK 281. Corequisite: SOWK 335. 3 credits.* Only those students who are candidates for the degree in social work may be admitted.  

Social Work 337. Family and Children’s Services. Major concepts of family and child welfare are presented and trends in relevant policy, services and practice skills related to supportive, supplemental and substitutive programs are analyzed. Prerequisite: SOWK 240 or permission of instructor. 3 credits.  

Social Work 340. Junior Field Integration. Seminar format provides a supplementary opportunity for generalizing principles and intervention approaches beyond the individual field instruction experience. Focus is on the systematic application of generalist practice principles, both traditional and innovative, in the formation of an integrated professional practice approach. Corequisite: SOWK 392. 1 credit.  

SOCIAL WORK 390.  Directed or Independent Study.  Must be approved by the head of the department.  May be repeated as 391.  1-18 credits.  

Social Work 392. Junior Internship in Social Work. Throughout the semester, a direct practice experience under the supervision of a field instructor. Application and continued growth of knowledge base, social work practice skills, and values are assessed. Termination of the field instruction will include a formal "Junior Evaluation" involving staff and student in an assessment of the student's candidacy for admission into the Social Work Program. Prerequisite: SOWK 336 and 2.25 GPA average overall and in major courses. 5 credits. † Only those students who are candidates for the degree in social work may be admitted.  

Social Work 401. Senior Field Integration. A concurrent seminar providing an opportunity for generalizing intervention skills and experience beyond the student's particular field instruction experience. 3 sessions (30 hours) at regional locations. Corequisites: SOWK 492, 404, 407. 2 credits.  

Social Work 404. Social Welfare Administration. An analysis of skills and understanding essentials for the translation of human service program goals into organizational structures. Emphasis is on organizational concepts and theories, administrative philosophies and actual analyses of structural change and operation of field experience agencies. Corequisites: SOWK 492, 401, 407. 1 credit.  

Social Work 405. Working with Special Populations. A presentation of the principles of majority-minority relationships within the context of diverse "special populations". The problems of minority status due to factors of race, sex, age, sexual preference, and cultural heritage are studied. Prerequisite: 3 hours of Sociology. 3 credits.  

Social Work 406. Aging and Society.  An introduction to the psychological, social and economic realities of aging with an emphasis on perceiving the elderly as a minority group. Theories of the aging process will be analyzed in conjunction with intervention techniques. 1 credit.  

Social Work 407. Law and the Social Worker. Seminar on law as a resource in social work practice, with emphasis on areas where the two professions meet -- such as public welfare, juvenile court, family law, adoptions, etc. Examines attitudes of law and social work toward each other. Corequisites: SOWK 492, 401, 404. 1 credit.  

Social Work 408. Jobs, Work, and Career Planning. The changing nature of work and securing a job are investigated regarding societal changes, the individual's stage in life, and public policy. Strategies for maintaining one's career goals throughout life are presented along with adaptive techniques for career planning. Each student will identify career goals, and explore specific opportunities and approaches to his career. Non-social work majors are encouraged. Prerequisite: 6 hours of social sciences. 2 credits.  

Social Work 415. Inter-professional Communication: Techniques for the Survival of Interventive Strategies. Study of effective professional role performance through the systematic integration and application of knowledge and theory in the design of inter-professional transactions and helping patterns; special attention to use of a scientific practice base for determining effective professional action. Prerequisite: SOWK 336. 3 credits. Only those students who are candidates for the degree in social work may be admitted.  

Social Work 427. Advanced Interventive Means. Continued development of generic skills and values at the advanced level for professional practice. Emphasis is placed on integration of knowledge into techniques and strategies for human service delivery. Prerequisite: SOWK 392. 3 credits. ** Only those students who are candidates for the degree in social work may be admitted.  

Social Work 461. Topical Seminar in Social Work. A series of topical lectures, presentations and discussions concerning areas of current concern to practitioners in a variety of welfare settings. Emphasis is placed on practice related material and the involvement of practitioners from local agencies is encouraged. 1-3 credits.  

Social Work 462. Delivering Hospice Care. A skills approach to the provision of hospice care to the terminally ill. Physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs unique to this client population will be presented. 1 credit.  

Social Work 485. Issues Related to Sex and Gender Differences. A seminar on how sex differences and gendered behaviors are constructed and maintained. 3 credits.   

SOCIAL WORK 490.  Directed or Independent Study.  Must be approved by the head of the department.  May be repeated.  1-18 credits 

Social Work 492. Senior Internship in Social Work. Educationally-directed student learning in selected settings. Students learn by participating in the delivery of social services to individuals, small groups, families, organizations, and/or communities. At least 40 hours per week in an agency for 15 weeks. Prerequisite: SOWK 427 and 2.25 GPA average overall and in major courses. Corequisites: SOWK 401, 404 and 407. 12 credits. Only those students who are candidates for the degree in social work may be admitted. 

Social Work 495. Special Topics. Selected topics in Social Work. The topics will vary from semester to semester. Descriptions will be available from academic advisors. May be repeated for credit when topics change. 1-3 credits. 

SOCIAL WORK 498.  Honors Research in Social Work.  Students conduct research in social work under the direction of a faculty member and the Senior Honors Research Committee.  May be repeated as 499.  3 credits. 

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