SOWK Course Listing

Introduction to the Social Work Profession (SOWK 200, 4 Credits)
Introduces the social work profession and provides an overview of fields of social welfare services. Explores the various professional roles social workers play in working in each field. Examines the social welfare system as a society's responses to human need and structure for delivery of social services. Thirty hours of volunteer service (or alternative assignment) in a social agency required.

Human Behavior in the Social Environment (SOWK 300, 4 Credits)
Prerequisites: SOWK 200 or permission of instructor. Examines human development in the social environment using the bio-psycho-social-cultural-spiritual perspective. Explores developmental theories to help inform social work assessment at the micro and mezzo levels of practice. Examines both the developmental and problematic aspects of the stages of the life cycle. Discusses the social systems of individual, family, group, community, and society. Develops foundation assessment skills.

Human Behavior in the Social Environment II (SOWK 302, 4 Credits)
Prerequisites: SOWK 200, 300 or permission of instructor. Examines communities, groups, and organizations as social systems and environmental contexts. Reflects social work's values and principles in the macro social environment, and the integration of theories drawn from sociology, psychology, biology, anthropology, and economics to understand and critically analyze the multiple influences on human behavior as affected by race, class, gender, age, and sexual orientation. Develops macro assessment skills within the framework of empowerment.

Social Welfare Policy (SOWK 305, 3 Credits)
Historical and analytical overview of social welfare policy in the United States. Selective examination of contemporary programs and services; analysis of policies; issues and problems; evaluation of programs and services for effectiveness. Prerequisite: SOWK 200 or permission of instructor.

Social Welfare History and Contemporary Issue (SOWK 306, 4 Credits)
Prerequisites: SOWK 200 or permission of instructor. Provides an introduction to the field of social welfare, primarily in the United States, and major social movements. Examines the history of the social welfare system and social work profession, in the context of societal factors with particular attention to the intersectionality of race, class, and gender. Explores the impact of values and beliefs on the development of the modern U.S. social welfare system. Investigates the dynamics of privilege and oppression as part of the political, economic, and social factors that influence the policies and services provided by social work practitioners.

Privilege and Oppression (SOWK 309, 4 Credits)
Prerequisites: SOWK 200, Sophomore standing or permission of instructor. Introduces and sensitizes students to the major concepts of cultural diversity, race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, age, class, sexual orientation, physical and mental abilities, pluralism and conflicts caused by ethnocentrism, discrimination and prejudice. Explores the relationship and intersection between these major concepts and social work practices and policies. Emphasizes the examination of major ethnic groups as well as other social groupings based on such factors as gender, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, physical and mental abilities and other differences in human populations. Evaluates the common elements of oppressions and prejudicial and discriminatory practices from both micro and macro theoretical frames of reference. Explores the application of the ecological perspective, generalist, and problem-solving process.

Basic Interviewing Skills and Techniques (SOWK 310, 2 Credits)
Develops basic interviewing skills for assessing, goal setting and intervention for use in home service and social work settings. Emphasizes skill application with diverse populations. Prerequisite: SOWK 200, SOWK 300 and Junior standing.

Social Work Practice I (SOWK 320, 4 Credits)
Prerequisites: Admission social work program. Prepares students for a generalist approach to social work practice with individuals. Emphasizes knowledge, values, ethics and skills needed to develop effective helping relationships. Includes basic theories for intervention with focus on micro level problem solving and basic interview skills.

Social Work Policy Practice: Analyst and Advocate (SOWK 330, 4 Credits)
Prerequisites: SOWK 200 and 306. Builds upon the foundation content of the SOWK 306 Social Welfare History and Contemporary Issues course, providing understandings of social welfare policy analysis with micro, mezzo, and macro social work policy practice knowledge skills. Prepares students to participate in the policy making process, integrating both policy analytical and formulation skills, as well as understanding the methods and strategies for advocating for policy change and new policies.

Social Work Practice II: Practice with Groups and Families (SOWK 400, 4 Credits)
Prerequisites: Admission to social work program and SOWK 320. Prepares students for a generalist approach to social work practice involving families and groups. Expands basic knowledge, values, ethics and skills, with an emphasis on mezzo level problem solving. Includes theories and techniques for planning, assessment, direct intervention, and advocacy with small groups and families.

Social Work Practice III (SOWK 410, 4 Credits)
Prerequisite: Admission to social work program, SOWK 320, 400, 416, and 420. Prepares students for a generalist approach to social work with large systems. Applies the planned change process within macro practice, specifically with organizations and communities. Expands basic knowledge, values, ethics, and skills with emphasis on macro level problem solving.

Social Work Research I (SOWK 416, 4 Credits)
Prerequisite: Admission to social work program. The first of two courses in social work and evaluation research. Emphasizes the development and use of scientific knowledge and the application of that knowledge to evaluate social work interventions and program evaluation. Explores applied research methodologies to enhance the student¿s use of evidence based social work knowledge and skills. May be repeated only once with permission of the department.

Social Work Research II (SOWK 417, 4 Credits)
Prerequisites: Admission to social work program, and SOWK 416. The second of two courses focused on the basic concepts and methods of scientific inquiry used to build knowledge and evaluate practice. Builds and expands upon material covered in Social Work Research I. Includes focus on program evaluation, single-subject designs, data analysis, descriptive and inferential statistics, presentation of data, report writing and application of findings to practice. Explores applied research methodologies that will enhance the student's use of evidence-based interventions. May be repeated only once with permission of the department.4

Field Instruction in Social Work I (SOWK 420, 4 Credits)
Supervised experience in a social welfare agency with emphasis on methods and techniques of generalist social work practice. Opportunity to apply theory and develop skills in delivery of social services. Successful completion of the two-course sequence requires a student to fulfill a minimum of 440 hours of field instruction within the same social welfare agency accumulated across the fall and spring semesters. Prerequisites: SOWK 302, 320, admission to the professional program. Corequisites: SOWK 400, 416. Two working days per week.

Field Instruction in Social Work II (SOWK 421, 4 Credits)
Supervised experience in a social welfare agency with emphasis on methods and techniques of generalist social work practice. Opportunity to apply theory and develop skills in delivery of social services. Successful completion of the two-course sequence requires a student to fulfill a minimum of 440 hours of field instruction within the same social welfare agency accumulated across the fall and spring semesters. Prerequisites: SOWK 400, 416, 420. Corequisites: SOWK 410 417. Two working days per week.

Social Work with Families and Children (SOWK 450, 3 Credits)
Survey of child welfare services and examination of current policies in social work for children and their families. Consideration of practice issues in protective services, in-home services to families and substitute care including adoption and foster care. Prerequisite: SOWK 200 or permission of instructor. Three hours per week.

Substance Abuse: Issues and Services (SOWK 455, 3 Credits)
Study of alcohol and drug abuse. Topics include theoretical perspectives on abuse, pharmacological characteristics of commonly abused substances, and stages of dependence and addiction. Overview of societal response to substance abuse including law enforcement, treatment, rehabilitation and prevention.

Social Work with LGBTQ Persons (SOWK 486, 3 Credits)
Prerequisite: WRTG 101/101S. Provides the foundation knowledge needed for generalist practice with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) persons. Explore the lived experiences of LGBTQ persons in the U.S. across the lifespan and address some of the key social problems faced by this population. Explore the heterogeneity of LGBTQ lives across cultural, class, age, race, ethnic, religious, and political cohorts and communities. Assume a strengths-based affirmative model of social work practice with sexual minorities.

Ethical Foundation of Social Work (SOWK 602, 3 Credits)
Focuses on ethical issues in social work practice including a theoretical framework and ethical problem-solving model to systematically evaluate values and resolve ethical dilemmas found in social work practice. Provides tools and methodologies for reflection and analysis. Prerequisite: Concentration status or permission of department.

Treatment of Trauma (SOWK 604, 3 Credits)
Examine a complete approach to the treatment of trauma and trauma-related disorders from a strengths-based perspective. Learn about trauma theory, including developmental trauma and complex trauma. Understand various treatment models for acute and complex trauma, and further develop the skills of assessment, treatment planning and intervention with clients who have been traumatized. Practice intervention skills, including psychoeducation and affect regulation. Explore the intergenerational, socio-cultural and societal impact of trauma. Prerequisite: Specialization status or permission of the program director.

Social Welfare Policy: Foundations and Structure (SOWK 605, 3 Credits)
Emphasis on social welfare as an institution, social work as a profession, and both history and philosophy of social welfare as they have evolved and introduces the student to policy analysis. Prerequisite: For graduate study only.

Social Work Policy Practice: Analyst and Advocate (SOWK 607, 3 Credits)
Provides understanding of social welfare policy analysis with micro, mezzo, and macro social work policy practice knowledge skills. Prepares students to participate in the policy making process, integrating both policy analytical and formulation skills, as well as understanding the methods and strategies for advocating for policy change and new policies.

Theoretical Analysis of Behavior I (SOWK 610, 3 Credits)
Focuses on the individual, family, and peer group as a social system, and assessment using a bio-psycho-social-cultural-spiritual perspective. Explores human development through the lifespan. Presents analysis of several theories which explain human behaviour and inform social work practice. Focus on privilege, oppression, prejudice, and discrimination. Develops foundation assessment skills. Prerequisite: For graduate study only.

Social Work Research I (SOWK 616, 3 Credits)
The first of two courses in social work and evaluation research. Emphasis on understanding the development and use of scientific knowledge and the application of that knowledge to evaluate social work interventions and program evaluation. Special attention is given to applied research methodologies to enhance the student's use of evidence-based social work knowledge and skills. May be repeated only once.

Social Work Research II (SOWK 617, 3 Credits)
The second of two courses focused on the basic concepts and methods of scientific inquiry used to build knowledge and evaluate practice. Builds and expands upon material covered in Social Work Research I. Topics include an introduction to program evaluation, single-subject designs, data analysis, descriptive and inferential statistics, presentation of data and report writing, and application of findings to practice. Special attention is given to applied research methodologies that will enhance the student's use of evidence-based interventions. May be repeated only once with permission of the department. Prerequisite: SOWK 616.

Social Work Practice I (SOWK 620, 3 Credits)
Emphasizes a generalist social work perspective for the mastery of practice theory and the development of engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation skills related to social work practice with individuals and families. Prerequisite: For graduate study only.

Social Work Practice II (SOWK 622, 3 Credits)
Second of three practice courses preparing students for a generalist approach to social work practice. Expands basic knowledge, values, ethics and skills, with emphasis on mezzo-level problem solving. Includes theories and techniques for planning, assessment and advocacy for family and small group intervention. Prerequisite: SOWK 620.

Social Work Practice III (SOWK 623, 3 Credits)
Prerequisite: SOWK 620. Third of three practice courses preparing students for a generalist approach to social work. Expands basic knowledge, values, ethics and skills, with emphasis on macro level problem solving. Includes theories and techniques needed for practice within an organization and/or community context.

Theoretical Analysis of Behavior II (SOWK 630, 3 Credits)
Examines the development of communities and organizations as social systems. Human behavior as affected by race, class, gender, age, and sexual orientation is a major component. Reflects social work's unique integration of theories drawn from sociology, psychology, biology, anthropology and economics to understand the multiple influences on behavior. Macro sociological theories for critical analyses of society, communities, social institutions and social organizations are presented. Develops macro assessment skills. Prerequisite: SOWK 610 or permission of department.

Field Instruction I (SOWK 640, 3 Credits)
Prerequisite: SOWK 620. The first of a two-semester (fall/spring) sequence of supervised experience in the delivery of social services where students are required to participate in an agency-based field practicum for two days per week under the supervision of an agency based field instructor with an M.S.W. Successful completion of the two-course sequence requires a student to fulfill a minimum of 490 hours of field instruction within the same social welfare agency accumulated across the fall and spring semesters. Prerequisites or Corequisites: SOWK 620, admission to the graduate social work program. Two working days per week. A seminar with small group discussions on field experiences with related written assignments and activities will be conducted concurrently.

Field Instruction II (SOWK 645, 3 Credits)
Prerequisites: SOWK 640. The second of a two-semester (fall/spring) sequence of supervised experience in the delivery of social services, in the same agency students entered in SOWK 640, where students are required to continue an agency-based field practicum for two days per week under the supervision of an agency-based field instructor with an M.S.W. Successful completion of the two-course sequence requires the student to fulfill a minimum of 440 hours of field instruction within the same social welfare agency accumulated across the fall and spring semesters. Prerequisites: SOWK 640. Two working days per week. A seminar with small group discussions on field experiences with related written assignments and activities will be conducted concurrently.

Advanced Practice with Individuals (SOWK 650, 3 Credits)
Prerequisite: Concentration status or permission of department. Familiarizes the practitioner with strengths assessment, standardized diagnostic criteria and other processes used within the field to categorize behavior. Utilizes the concepts of mental health, tying an accurate assessment to a specific intervention plan. Specific assessment techniques including formal and informal mental status examinations, global assessment of functioning techniques and diagnostic assessment using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM)-TR are explored. Emphasis on advanced interview skill techniques. Prerequisite: Concentration status or permission of department.

Substance Abuse Assessment and Intervention (SOWK 653, 3 Credits)
Provides a comprehensive introduction to the recognition, assessment and intervention with persons who abuse substances. Attention is directed to the interactive effects of substance abuse on abusers, on other persons in the abusers' lives, and on society. Other topics explored in the course will include: models of chemical dependency, the dually-diagnosed client; and the comparison and contrast of selected models of intervention. Prerequisite: Concentration status or permission of department.

Psychopathology (SOWK 654, 3 Credits)
Provides extensive knowledge of the major forms of mental illness and their treatment. Develops competence in multi-axial assessment by mastering the accepted diagnostic code, DSM-IV TR. Provides skills in development of appropriate and contemporary treatment plans. Explores the factors associated with mental illness such as age, race, ethnicity and gender. Prerequisites: Concentration status or permission of department.

Evaluation of Social Work Practice (SOWK 655, 3 Credits)
The study of practice-outcome research, single-case designs and program evaluation in social work. Student is familiarized with appropriate recording and measurement instruments with individuals, groups and families. Prerequisite: SOWK 650 or permission of department.

Advanced Practice With Families (SOWK 660, 3 Credits)
Builds upon theoretical perspectives and practice skills from both foundation-level and advanced-level curriculum. The course compares, evaluates and presents practice skills from the major models of family therapy. Course content focuses upon applied family interventions in social work practice. Prerequisite: SOWK 650 or permission of department.

Supervision and Administration (SOWK 663, 3 Credits)
Introduces advanced-level students to supervision and administration in the human services. Students are introduced to the historical development of supervision in social work. Students will learn to apply knowledge of three primary supervisory functions: administration, education and support of supervisees. Additionally, students will focus on organizational theory as it provides a foundation to models of social work/welfare administration within social welfare delivery systems. Prerequisites: Concentration status.

Field Instruction III (SOWK 665, 4 Credits)
The first of a two semester (fall/spring) sequence of supervised advanced field practicum experience in the delivery of social services where students are required to participate in an agency-based field practicum for three days per week under the supervision of an agency-based field instructor with an M.S.W. Successful completion of the two-course sequence requires a student to fulfill a minimum of 672 hours of field instruction within the same social welfare agency accumulated across the fall and spring semesters. Prerequisite: Concentration Status. Corequisite: SOWK 650. Three working days per week. A seminar with small group discussions on field experiences with related written assignments and activities will be conducted concurrently.

Child Welfare (SOWK 677, 3 Credits)
Designed to prepare advanced-level students to be child welfare practitioners able to move beyond the protective focus to practice applications of prevention and change. The curriculum includes knowledge about human services for children, the values and philosophy of family preservation, trends in social welfare policy impacting children and their families, and the effects of gender, race and ethnicity on social work practice with children. Prerequisite: Concentration status or permission of department.

Advanced Practice with Groups (SOWK 680, 3 Credits)
Builds upon theoretical perspectives from human behavior and the social environment, knowledge and skills from foundation-level practice courses, and theory and skills from the advanced theory and practice course. The course familiarizes the practitioner with the concept of the group as therapeutic communities with curative factors. Prerequisite: SOWK 650 or permission of department.

Field Instruction IV (SOWK 685, 4 Credits)
Prerequisite: SOWK 665. The second of a two-semester (fall/spring) sequence of supervised advanced field practicum experience in the delivery of social services where students are required to continue to work three days a week in the same social welfare agency the student entered in SOWK 665 under the supervision of an agency-based field instructor with a M.S.W. Successful completion of the two-course sequence requires the student to fulfill a minimum of 672 hours of field instruction within the same social welfare agency accumulated across the fall and spring semesters. Prerequisite: SOWK 665. Three working days per week. A seminar with small group discussions on field experiences with related written assignments and activities will be conducted concurrently.

Individual Directed Study (SOWK 690, 1 - 3 Credits)
Enables students to pursue topics of their own choosing with the guidance and supervision of the faculty. Should not duplicate any course already offered by the department. Prerequisite: Graduate status. One to three hours per week.