Introduction to Social Work and Social Services (3)
Overview of social work values, ethics, arenas of practice, and problem
areas. Includes 40-hour volunteer experience within a social service
Required for social work major.
Introduction to Human Sexuality (3)
Survey of issues and attitudes associated with human sexuality. Intended for social workers and other helping professionals. Emphasis on the social, cultural, familial, and individual differences in sexual and reproductive attitudes, values, and behavior. Common sex-related issues and concerns, including sexually oppressed groups and childhood sexual abuse and its relationship to the intimacy issues that clients typically present in direct practice.
Open to all undergraduate students.
Global Health Perspectives: Vulnerability, Human Health, and Well-Being (3)
Introduces students to global health by offering perspectives on how human health and well-being are shaped by biology, behavior, society, and the environment. It emphasizes these issues in the context of low- and middle-income countries, particularly as they affect women, children, the displaced, ethnic minorities, and other vulnerable populations. It introduces students to aspects of global health such as communicable and noncommunicable diseases, maternal and reproductive health, nutrition, and mental health. It situates health and well-being within the global contexts of poverty and inequality, human rights, socioeconomic development, urbanization, and public policy. The course examines the role of health care delivery systems, local community initiatives, and global institutions in advancing human health.
Prerequisites: 50:910:220 and 352. Statistics a plus. Open to all undergraduate students.
Social Welfare Policy and Services I (3)
A historical perspective, exploration of social welfare, social policy,
and the emergence of the social work profession. Philosophical,
political, and practical bases of social policies and programs.
Pre- or corequisite: 50:910:220. Restricted to social work majors.
Social Welfare Policy and Services II (3)
Process of social policy development and theoretic frameworks for the analysis of social policy. Emphasis on policies addressing problems of poverty, mental health, child welfare, and vulnerable groups, such as the elderly, gays/lesbians, women, and persons of color.
Professional Development Seminar (3)
Professional skills necessary for baccalaureate-level generalist practitioners. Emphasizes development of a professional social work identity and skills needed to work within an organizational context.
Prerequisites: 50:910:220 and 352. Open only to social work majors in their junior year.
Groups at Risk in Contemporary Society (3)
Analysis of the relationship between institutionalized practices and the functioning level of key high-risk groups within our society: aged, veterans, people with disabilities, refugees, women, ethnic and racial minorities, participants in alternative lifestyles. Obstacles impeding the functioning of these groups explored.
Human Behavior in the Social Environment I (3)
Theories, themes, and issues concerning the ongoing interaction between
people as they grow, change, and develop over the life course, and the
social context in which this occurs. Particular attention to
assumptions about human behavior that may interfere with recognition of
diversity in the ongoing interaction between individual, family, and
group identity; social context and social life. Content about values
and ethical issues related to biopsychosocial development.
Restricted to social work majors.
Human Behavior in the Social Environment II (3)
Provides content about theories and knowledge of action groups,
organizations, and communities as the context for micro- and
macro-social practice. Content provided about the ways in which systems
promote or deter people in the maintenance or attainment of optimal
health and well-being. Evaluation and application of theory to client
situations to understand how macro systems affect client benefit.
Methods of Social Work Research I (3)
Introduction to scientific, analytic approach to building knowledge and skills including role of concepts and theory, hypothesis formulation, operationalization, research design, data collection, data processing, statistical analysis, introductory computer skills, and report writing.
Restricted to social work majors.
Diversity and Oppression (3)
This course will introduce a range of diverse populations by race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and physical differences. Additionally, students will examine the role, function, and effects of oppression in society as it relates to social, economic, and environmental justice. Assumptions underlying theory and research methodologies from which basic constructs of human behavior are drawn will be examined to understand how power and other dynamics manage and sustain oppression at the individual and institutional levels. Also of interest here is how oppression affects service delivery at micro and macro levels, particularly social policies and strategic planning, which drive the shape of services.
Field Practicum I (6)
Participation in a supervised practicum applying the tenets of generalist practice. Gain greater understanding of the goals, organization, and delivery system of the field setting and the application of social work methods, values, ethics, and skills.
Prerequisites: Social work major, senior status. Corequisite: 50:910:472. Requires two days per week of supervised field instruction in a social service agency.
Generalist Practice I (3)
Beginning preparation for generalist practice with client systems of all sizes and levels. Essential skills, values, concepts, and ethical considerations as they pertain to generalist practice.
Prerequisites: Social work major, senior status. Corequisite: 50:910:471.
Field Practicum II (6)
Development and enhancement of essential values, skills, use of self,
and use of supervision in intervention work with individuals, groups,
organizations, and communities.
Prerequisites: 50:910:471, 472. Corequisites: 50:910:474, 475. Requires two days per week of supervised field instruction in a social service agency.
Generalist Practice II (3)
Basic concepts and skills, including ethnic, racial, and
gender-sensitive practice. Application of problem-solving model to
micro- and macro-level intervention.
Prerequisites: 50:910:471, 472. Corequisites: 50:910:473, 475.
Integration Seminar (3)
Seminar course integrates all areas of prior and concurrent course
learning as it relates to "real-life" field situations. Critical
thinking skills and use of the social work profession's knowledge base
Prerequisites: 50:910:471, 472. Corequisites: 50:910:473, 474.
Child Welfare Services and Practices (3)
Focus is on child maltreatment, the development and evolution of child protective services in the United States, and emerging practices in the treatment and prevention of child neglect and abuse. Students look at different models of child maltreatment; the development of skills in recognition, assessment; use of authority; provision of continuing services; risk factors such as substance abuse, mental illness, and domestic violence; substitute care; and professional issues. Course is required for the concentration in child welfare and will usually be taken in conjunction with a supervised internship in an agency addressing the needs of children and families.
Prerequisites: 50:910:220 and 352.