Course Descriptions

SW 310: INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL WORK AND SOCIAL WELFARE

Introduction to the profession of social work and social work roles in the social welfare system, with emphasis on social problems, society’s historical response, and contemporary proposed solutions. Contains an agency experiential component of 40 clock hours.

SW 311: CURRENT ISSUES

May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Tutorial or seminar course designed to enable each student to undertake intensive study of selected aspects of social welfare practice. Most topics are offered only in the spring semester. Some examples are:

  • Topic 1. Criminal justice
  • Topic 2. Children from at-risk environment
  • Topic 3. Contemporary issues in adoption and foster care

SW 312: GENERALIST SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE: KNOWLEDGE, VALUES, AND SKILLS

Introduction to generalist social work practice, with emphasis on the skills, knowledge, and values used in the profession. Contains an agency volunteer component of 45 clock hours. Prerequisite: SW 310 with a grade of “C” or higher.

SW 313: SOCIAL WORK RESEARCH METHODS

Introduction to the logic, design, and use of research, with emphasis on research designs appropriate to social work. Prerequisite: SW 318 with a grade of “C” or higher.

SW 318: SOCIAL WORK STATISTICS

Introduction to statistics commonly used in social work research, including the critical analysis of the findings and inferential processes of existing research studies. Prerequisite: Completion of mathematics requirement.

SW 323K: SOCIAL WELFARE PROGRAMS, POLICIES, AND ISSUES

Study of structure and function of service delivery systems, policy analysis, and effects and influences of policy on practice and planning decisions. Prerequisite: Gov 310L, Gov 312L, HIS 315K, HIS 315L, economics, and admission to the major in social work.

SW 325: FOUNDATIONS OF SOCIAL JUSTICE

History and demographics of culturally diverse groups in the US, including family and community diversity. Emphasis on principles of knowledge acquisition about cultural diversity and ethnic-sensitive social work practice. Prerequisite: Admission to the major in social work.

SW 327: HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT

Survey of selected theories of human behavior, including a systems/ecological perspective, ego psychology, and social learning theory, with emphasis on the life cycle from adolescence through adulthood. Prerequisite: Admission to the major in social work.

SW 332: SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE WITH INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES

Theory and knowledge of effecting change in individuals and families, with an emphasis on skills and analyses of processes and interactions. Prerequisite: admission to the major in social work and completion of SW 325 and SW 327 with a grade of “C” or higher.

SW 333: SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE WITH GROUPS

Theory and knowledge of group dynamics and the development of effective group work skills, with an emphasis on analyses of processes and interactions. Prerequisite: admission to the major in social work and completion of SW 325 and SW 327 with a grade of “C” or higher.

SW 334: SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE IN ORGANIZATIONS AND COMMUNITIES

Theory and knowledge of effecting change in organizations and communities, with an emphasis on skills and analyses of processes and interactions. Prerequisite: admission to the major in social work.

SW 444: FIELD SEMINAR

Integration of theory and practice on the basis of field practicum experiences. Concurrent enrollment in SW 640/641 is required.

SW 640/641: SOCIAL WORK PRACTICUM I/II

Offered on the pass/fail basis only. Field practicum, providing supervised experience in which students apply knowledge and develop skills of social work practice. Requires approximately 37 hours per week in a social service agency. Educational supervision by faculty and social workers in community agencies. Restricted to social work majors; all required other course work must be completed before entering the field practicum.

SW 360K: CURRENT ISSUES

May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Tutorial or seminar course designed to enable each student to undertake intensive study of selected aspects of social welfare practice. Prerequisite: Upper division standing. Most topics are offered only in the spring semester. Some examples are:

  • Topic 1. Criminal justice
  • Topic 2. Child abuse and neglect
  • Topic 3. Dynamics of chemical dependency
  • Topic 4. Treatment of chemical dependency
  • Topic 5. Social work and the law
  • Topic 6. African American families
  • Topic 7. Gerontology
  • Topic 8. Play Therapy
  • Topic 9. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Topic 10. School-based Social Services
  • Topic 11. Women and Addiction
  • Topic 12. Death and Grief Issues
  • Topic 13. Mexican American Family Systems
  • Topic 14. Social Work in a Medical Setting