Social Work (SOWK)

SOWK 110  Introduction to Social Work 3 Credits


This course provides an overview of the social work profession, its values and ethics, fields of practice, and unique models of intervention. Topics covered include the historical roots of the profession, its mission and purpose, description of client groups, and the settings in which social workers typically operate. The profession's commitment to diverse and at-risk populations, as well as to social and economic justice will be highlighted. 3 hours lecture. Previous course CHAD 110 effective through Winter 2018.

SOWK 220  Social Welfare Policy and Services 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): CHAD 100 or SOWK 110 or WRIT 105 or HONP 100. This course explores social welfare issues in the United States, in the context of their history, primary rationale, and the values supporting different approaches. Emphasis is placed on policies, programs and institutional structures affecting children, youth and families across multiple service systems. Meets Gen Ed - Social Science Perspectives. 3 hours lecture. Previous course CHAD 220 effective through Winter 2018.

SOWK 325  Helping and Engagement Skills 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): SOWK 220. This course provides an overview of the helping process in social work, and describes the skills necessary to work with various client systems, including individuals, families and groups. Specific emphasis will be placed on engaging vulnerable children, adolescents and their families. Ethical considerations, essential values and theories, and the "use of self" in the helping process will be discussed. 3 hours lecture. Previous course CHAD 325 effective through Winter 2018.

SOWK 425  Seminar in Social Work 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): SOWK 325 may be taken as prerequisite or corequisite. This course is designed to meet the needs of students who seek an in depth, integrative understanding of the field of social work and its relationship to other disciplines that serve the needs of children, adolescents and families. This course will rely on specialists in the field to present research, knowledge of their field, career opportunities, and entry level requirements involved in becoming a social work professional. 3 hours lecture. Previous course CHAD 425 effective through Winter 2018.

SOWK 500  Generalist Social Work Practice I: Individuals, Families and Groups 3 Credits


Corequisite(s): SOWK 504. For Social Work w/conc Children, Youth & Families majors only. This course provides foundation knowledge for generalist social work practice with individuals, families and groups. An emphasis is placed on a range of skills needed at various stages of the intervention process, while incorporating diversity and multicultural perspectives. Ethical considerations, essential social work values and theories, and the “use of self” in the helping process are discussed. 3 hours lecture.

SOWK 501  Diversity, Oppression and Social Justice 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): For Social Work w/conc Children, Youth & Families majors only. To become effective practitioners, social workers must understand the context of clients’ lives, including their worldviews which have been influenced by their cultural, racial, ethnic, and gender identities, as well as other diversity factors. This course provide students with beginning tools to be able to fully appreciate and work with clients of various backgrounds. 3 hours lecture.

SOWK 502  Social Welfare Policy and Services 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): For Social Work w/conc Children, Youth & Families majors only. This course explores social welfare issues in the United States, in the context of their history, primary rationale, and the values supporting different approaches. Emphasis is placed on policies, programs and institutional structures affecting individuals, families and communities across multiple service systems. 3 hours lecture.

SOWK 503  Human Behavior and the Social Environment 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): For Social Work w/conc Children, Youth & Families majors only. This course provides an overview of life-course development, and the ways in which individuals behave in social contexts. Ecological systems theory will frame students’ understanding of social work’s person-in-environment approach. Multi-dimensional aspects of change across the lifespan (biological, social, cultural, spiritual, etc.) will be explored. 3 hours lecture.

SOWK 504  Field Education Seminar I 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): For Social Work w/conc Children, Youth & Families majors only. Corequisite(s): SOWK 500. The purpose of this course is to integrate classroom learning of generalist social work practice with individuals, families and communities, and a supervised practice experience in a human service agency. Requirements include participation in an agency-based practicum for about 230 hours per semester, and participation in online seminars, which provide students the opportunity to discuss and consult on field experiences.

SOWK 520  Generalist Social Work Practice II: Organizations and Communities 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): SOWK 500; For Social Work w/conc Children, Youth & Families majors only. Corequisite(s): SOWK 523. This course provides students with an introduction to social work in organizational and community contexts. It examines the impact that social structure and group affiliation can have on human behavior. The role of social services, and their delivery systems, will also be explored. 3 hours lecture.

SOWK 522  Social Work Assessment and Diagnosis 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): For Social Work w/conc Children, Youth & Families majors only. This course will provide students a comprehensive understanding of assessment and diagnosis of psychological disorders through the lifespan as they relate to social work practice. Emphasis will be placed on evaluating clients from a multidisciplinary perspective (biological, psychological, and social factors that impact incidence, manifestation, and course of mental health disorders). Ethical considerations (e.g., personal bias, cultural competency, client rights, and clinician responsibilities) will be discussed. 3 hours lecture.

SOWK 523  Field Education Seminar II 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): SOWK 504; For Social Work w/conc Children, Youth & Families majors only. Corequisite(s): SOWK 520. The purpose of this course is to integrate classroom learning of generalist social work practice with organizations and communities, and a supervised practice experience in a human service agency. Requirements include participation in an agency-based practicum for a minimum of 230 hours per semester, and participation in online seminars, which provide students the opportunity to discuss and consult on field experiences.

SOWK 600  Clinical Practice with Children, Youth and Families I 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): SOWK 520; For Social Work w/conc Children, Youth & Families majors only. Corequisite(s): SOWK 603. This course discusses clinical interventions with children and adolescents across multiple service systems. Considering biology, psychology and the social environment, students will explore various models of intervention across different stages of child development, and advance their clinical skills to meet the needs of diverse children and adolescents. 3 hours lecture.

SOWK 601  Practice Evaluation Research 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): CHAD 603; For Social Work w/conc Children, Youth & Families majors only. This course is the second in a series of required research courses in the MSW program. In this course, research is presented as a logical extension of service delivery, rooted in the ethical imperative, as noted in the NASW Code of Ethics, to not harm clients and to ensure that intervention methods employed in service delivery are effective. The course will teach students one way to evaluate their work with client systems by using single-subject research designs. 3 hours lecture.

SOWK 602  Child and Family Policy 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): SOWK 502; For Social Work w/conc Children, Youth & Families majors only. This course provides an advanced understanding of public policies, programs, and services that impact children and families. The formation, implementation, and evaluation of national, state, and local policies are explored in-depth. Building on knowledge acquired in SOWK 502, students will analyze these policies through formalized frameworks for analysis, with an eye towards issues of equity and efficiency. 3 hours lecture.

SOWK 603  Field Education Seminar III 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): SOWK 523; For Social Work w/conc Children, Youth & Families majors only. Corequisite(s): SOWK 600. The purpose of this course is to integrate classroom learning of clinical interventions with children and adolescents, and a supervised practice experience in a human service agency. Requirements include participation in an agency-based practicum for a minimum of 230 hours per semester, as well as participation in online seminars providing opportunities for discussion and consultation.

SOWK 620  Clinical Practice with Children, Youth and Families II 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): SOWK 600; For Social Work w/conc Children, Youth & Families majors only. Corequisite(s): SOWK 622. This course discusses clinical interventions with diverse family configurations across a range of service delivery systems. Students will be introduced to major theories and concepts in family practice, and acquire specialized knowledge and skills for intervening with families to facilitate positive change. 3 hours lecture.

SOWK 622  Field Education Seminar IV 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): SOWK 603; For Social Work w/conc Children, Youth & Families majors only. Corequisite(s): SOWK 620. The purpose of this course is to integrate classroom learning of clinical interventions with families, and a supervised practice experience in a human service agency. Requirements include participation in an agency-based practicum of a minimum of 230 hours per semester, as well as participation in online seminars providing opportunities for discussion and consultation.