Department of Criminal Justice, Legal Studies & Social Work

Course Descriptions

SWK 250 Introduction to Social Work (4) F, Sp.  Overview of professional social work practice including its history, philosophy, ethics, values, methods, and fields of practice.  Forty hours of volunteer experience in an area human service agency required. Prerequisites: ENG 104, and PSY 101 or SOC 110 or departmental approval.

SWK 260 Introduction to Aging Studies (3) DD. Overview of the physical, social, psychological, cultural, and economic aspects of aging, all from a social problems perspective; social policy and social work intervention issues pertaining to aging.

SWK 270 Selected Topics in Social Work (3) F, Sp. Study of a selected problem in social work practice, e.g., mental illness, chemical dependence, or child welfare. Course may be repeated for credit for each different topic.

SWK 283 Introduction to Research Methods in  Social Work (1-2) (DD) Introduction to basic research methods in social work. Individual and team projects involving methods for solving social work-related research problems. Prerequisite: Consent of department.

SWK 320 Philosophy and Policy in Social Services I (3) Sp.  Historical significance of social legislation, its impact on the individual and society, social philosophy, social service, and social change. Prerequisites: SWK 250 with minimum grade of C; ECO 101 or 260; GOV 101; SOC 230.

SWK 325 Child and Family Welfare (3) (DD) This course examines the field of family and child welfare.  Students will explore the history of child welfare, the critical issues facing families and children in our society, the scope of family and child welfare services, and the social, political, legal and economic forces that shape family and children programs.  Students will study families from a strengths-based, ecological perspective and will build sensitivity to various family forms, cultural patterns, and issues that stem from social and/or economic injustice.  Prerequisite:  ENG 108.

SWK 330 Human Behavior and Social Environment I (3) F.  Theories and knowledge of human bio-psycho-social behavior within a systems framework, with an emphasis on individuals and families.  Prerequisites: SWK 250 with minimum grade of C;  and SOC 230 (or concurrent enrollment); junior status or departmental approval. LAS International/Intercultural.

SWK 340 Human Behavior and Social Environment II (3) Sp.  Theories and knowledge of human bio-psycho-social behavior within a systems framework with a focus on groups, communities, organizations, and institutions.  Prerequisite: SWK 330 with minimum grade of C.

SWK 345 Substance Abuse and Dependence (3) (DD). Provides an overview of the substance abuse and dependence field within a bio-psycho-social framework. The course will cover current and historical patterns of drug use; etiological theories and connected research; substance abuse effects on individuals, families, and society; physiological, psychosocial, and cultural aspects of psychoactive substances; basic pharmacology of alcohol and other abused substances; socio-cultural values and their implications for public policy and prevention; assessment and diagnosis of substance abuse/dependence disorders; substance abuse and dependence in special populations, overview of the treatment process and service delivery systems; the recovery process, relapse and relapse prevention and the impact of substance abuse and recovery on family systems. Prerequisites: PSY 01 or SOC 110.

SWK 350 Social Work Practice I (4) F. Introduces generalist social work practice with individuals and families.  Covers the nature of social work practice, practice theory, ethics and values, the social work relationship, interviewing, the problem-solving process, assessment, planning, intervention, and practice evaluation.  Three hours lecture, two hours lab per week. Prerequisites: Junior status; SWK 250 with minimum grade of C; SWK 330 (or concurrent enrollment) with minimum grade of C and SOC 230 (or concurrent enrollment) with a minimum grade of C. LAS Ethics.

SWK 360 Social Work Practice II (3) Sp. Continuation of SWK 350. Focuses on group work within the generalist social work perspective.  Covers group theory, ethics and values, problem-solving process, assessment, planning, intervention, and practice evaluation applied to task and treatment groups.  Prerequisites: SWK 330, SWK 340 (or concurrent enrollment) and SWK 350 with minimum grade of C; and formal acceptance into the Social Work Program.

SWK 365 Death and Dying (3) DD. Cultural views and customs regarding death and dying; stages of death and dying; abnormal grief reactions, issues pertaining to children and death, role of spirituality; functions of health care systems and interdisciplinary teams.

SWK 415 Social Work Practice III (4) F. Continuation of SWK 350 and 360.  Applies the planned change process to interventions with organizations, communities and institutions within the generalist social work perspective. Students complete a community development/organizing project in a local community. Prerequisites: SWK 340 and SWK 360 with minimum grade of C; and formal acceptance into the Social Work Program.

SWK 420 Philosophy and Policy in Social Services II (3) F. Continuation of SWK 320. Analyzes the philosophy and policies of presently active social agencies; policy reforms and evaluation of their possible effectiveness. Prerequisites: SWK 320 with minimum grade of C and formal acceptance into the Social Work Program.

SWK 450 Independent Research/Project (1-5) F, Sp. Investigation of a research problem, project, or topic on an individual conference basis. Prerequisites:  Completion of major-minor declaration in social work or interdisciplinary studies, and departmental approval.

SWK 465 Advanced Research Project(3) Sp.  Students will design and conduct an empirical research project focused on a relevant social issue or concern. Same as SOC 465. Prerequisites: PSY 300 or equivalent with departmental approval. SOC 460 with minimum grade of C

SWK 480 Practicum in Social Work (10) Sp.  Students spend a minimum of 456 hours in an agency under the supervision of trained social work professionals. This course is graded on a pass/fail basis and is taken concurrently with SWK 485.  Prerequisites: formal acceptance into the Social Work and Practicum Program; a 2.5 overall GPA; and completion of (with a grade of C or higher) SWK 250, SWK 320, SWK 330, SWK 340, SWK 350, SWK 360, SWK 415, SWK 420 and SWK 465 and a C or higher in all other SWK prefix courses.

SWK 485 Social Work Practicum Seminar (2) Sp.  Focuses on the development and enhancement of the student’s practice skills and the integration of practicum and class content.  Taken concurrently with SWK 480.   Prerequisites: formal acceptance into the Social Work and Practicum Program; a 2.5 overall GPA; and completion of (with a grade of C or higher) SWK 250, SWK 320, SWK 330, SWK 340, SWK 350, SWK 360, SWK 415, SWK 420 and SWK 465 and a C or higher in all other SWK prefix courses. LAS Writing.