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Social Work Practice II

SOWK 622 | 3 Credits

Course Desc: 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.

Individual Directed Study

SOWK 690 | 1 - 3 Credits

Course Desc: 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.

Social Work Practice II: Practice with Groups and Families

SOWK 400 | 4 Credits

Course Desc: 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.

Privilege and Oppression

SOWK 309 | 4 Credits

Course Desc: 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.

Supervision and Administration

SOWK 663 | 3 Credits

Course Desc: 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.

Social Work Practice III

SOWK 623 | 3 Credits

Course Desc: 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.

Human Behavior in the Social Environment II

SOWK 302 | 4 Credits

Course Desc: 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 Work Policy Practice: Analyst and Advocate

SOWK 607 | 3 Credits

Course Desc: 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.

Social Work Research II

SOWK 617 | 3 Credits

Course Desc: 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.

Advanced Practice with Individuals

SOWK 650 | 3 Credits

Course Desc: 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.

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