Course Descriptions

Courses numbered 100-199 are open to freshmen; 200-299 to sophomores; 300-399 to juniors; 400-499 to seniors. It is recommended that students elect courses in the years for which they are listed. Freshmen will be admitted to courses above the 200 level only with the consent of the instructor and the student’s advisor. Juniors and seniors taking freshman courses may be expected to do additional work. Any course above 499 is a graduate course.

NOTE:
The number in parentheses following the course title indicates the semester hours of credit assigned to the course.
An H following the course number indicates an honors level course.

SOWK 1030
Introduction to Contemporary Social Work [Course] (3)

This course is the beginning level course which acquaints students with the development of social work as a profession; the philosophy and value base of the profession; a generalist method of social work practice; and the diversity of settings in which generalist social work is practiced. Though it will introduce the student to all ten of our professions core competencies, three will be given special attention. Course fee applicable.

SOWK 2040
Social Work Settings [Course] (3)

This course, a Social Work Department elective, is designed to provide sophomore level students with a basic understanding of several career tracks in the field and to assist their decision making process in field placement selection. A unique onsite visit will occur in each setting designed to increase the student’s familiarity with the social worker’s role as part of an interdisciplinary team. The student’s classroom experience will provide an in-depth exploration of the current terminology, disabling conditions, and ethical and legislative issues germane to each social work practice setting. The online component of the course will strengthen the student’s ability to participate and learn via distance technology. Prerequisite: SWK 103 (may be taken concurrently); for non-Social Work majors: permission of the instructor.

SOWK 2050
Diversity and Oppression [Course] (3)
(Liberal Arts)
This foundation course is designed to provide students with knowledge of human diversity and social and economic justice in our nation and the world. Its goal is to help produce a culturally sensitive professional by increasing one’s cultural awareness, promoting one’s knowledge acquisition, and assisting in one’s skill development. A goal is for students to complete this course with a better understanding of themselves and of the diverse groups that will be examined. Also listed as SOCS 2050.

SOWK 2060
Substance Use and Addictive Behaviors [Course] (3)
(Liberal Arts)
A comprehensive required course addressing alcohol and other drug use (ATOD), HIV, as well as the impact of each on the family. Emphasis is on motivation for drug use and abuse, specific types of drugs and their identification, physiological and psychological implications of alcohol, tobacco and other (ATOD) drug abuse. There are no course prerequisites. Also listed as SOCS 2060.

SOWK 2080
Marriage and the Family [Course] (3)
(Liberal Arts)
This course is designed to assist students in making decisions about dating, marriage and parenting. Marriage is one of the primary decisions one makes in his/her lifetime, yet in our society we take this decision so lightly. The high rate of divorce in our society seems to indicate that marriage is not a lifetime commitment, but a commitment to the relationship until one or both partners decide the relationship is no longer meaningful. The goal is to create and then sustain healthy intimate relationships. Also listed as SOCS 2080.

SOWK 3000
Topics in Social Work [Course] (3)

Junior and senior students may participate in studying a particular area of social work not covered in other course areas. Topics may include a variety of contemporary issues. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing.

SOWK 3010
Social Welfare History and Services [Course] (3)

This course helps examines the history U.S. social welfare policies and programs in the context of by economic, political, religious and social systems. In addition, this course examines the underlying implicit and explicit values of social welfare efforts. During this course students will understand the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination considers social as they engage in the advancement of social and economic justice. Students will also analyze, formulate, and advocate for policies that advance social well-being. Attention will be given to the considering economic, ethical, religious, and/or personal values as they affect and are affected by social welfare. Prerequisite: PSYC 1010.

SOWK 3020
Human Behavior and Social Environment I [Course] (3)

This course is designed to provide students with knowledge about the complexities of the human experience in relation to various macro systems. The course begins with an orientation to key social systems theories to help students understand dimensions of human behavior in the social environment. Students will then learn to apply social systems theories as they critically think about the macro systems impacting communities, families and individuals. During this course students will critically examine how various systems impact individuals from a psycho social and spiritual perspective. In addition, students will learn about changing locales, populations, scientific and technological developments, and emerging societal trends so that they are equipped to provide leadership in promoting sustainable changes to improve the quality of social services. Assignments are designed to 1) help students assess and integrate multiple sources of information; 2) utilize conceptual frameworks to guide the processes of assessment, intervention, and evaluation; 3) critique and apply knowledge to understand person and environment; and 3) demonstrate effective oral and written communication.

SOWK 3080
Social Welfare Policy [Course] (3)

This course focuses on basic concepts underlying the creation of social policy and its analysis. It examines the interaction of social policies and programs. Students will be introduced to the analysis of legislation and the legislative process and apply critical thinking to advance social and economic justice. Students will engage in an advocacy project utilizing social work ethical principles as a guide for professional practice. During this course attention will be given to understand how personal and societal values impact social policy. Students will also examine how their own values impact their views on social policy. This course builds on previous learning. Students will be expected to employ their knowledge from the Social Welfare Services course where historical groundwork was laid for current policy directions. Prerequisite: SOWK 3010.

SOWK 3100
Social Work Practice: Individuals [Course] (3)

This course applies the generalist model to practice with individuals in a variety of social work settings. The content covers basic communication skills, treatment planning, and intervention skills that can be applied to working with individuals. Self-awareness; professional demeanor in behavior, appearance, and communication; recognizing the impact of diversity; and the skills of engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation are highlighted in the course content. Prerequisites: SOWK 1030 and completed application to the major.

SOWK 3110
Human Behavior and Social Environment II [Course] (3)

The primary focus of this course is to help the student understand the interaction of the biological, social, and psychological systems with human behavior, as they impact the life span from infancy through late adulthood. Also, special attention is given to specific issues and life events, diversity, and theory, as related to each of the phases of the life span.

SOWK 3120
Social Work Practice: Families [Course] (3)

The purpose of this course is to familiarize students to social work practice within diverse family settings. Building upon the knowledge base provided by earlier courses, Practice with Families will apply five core competencies and six operationalized practice behaviors. In this course, students will identify and explore family compositions, their rules, roles, relationships and rituals. They will be trained and evaluated on their ability to work ethically, think critically, engage sensitively, assess and intervene in class and in the emergency room trauma simulation lab. Prerequisite: SOWK 1030 and completed application to the major.

SOWK 3260
Relational Skills Training: Neurodevelopmental Differences I [Course/Lab] (1)

This course explores the individual characteristics and interpersonal skills that contribute to effective mentoring of individuals with intellectual disabilities who are participating in college based transition programs. The course uses PEERS® (Program for the Evaluation and Enrichment of Relational Skills), an evidence-based mentor-assisted social skills intervention for young adults. During each class, mentors are taught important social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills in session with their assigned young adult. Students will incorporate the goals and objectives from the sessions into skill generalization activities that will be practiced in the campus community each week. Also listed as TEDU 3260 and PSYC 3260.

SOWK 3270
Relational Skills Training: Neurodevelopmental Differences II [Course/Lab] (1)

This course explores the individual characteristics and interpersonal skills that contribute to effective mentoring of individuals with intellectual disabilities who are participating in college based transition programs. The course uses PEERS® (Program for the Evaluation and Enrichment of Relational Skills), an evidence-based mentor-assisted social skills intervention for young adults. During each class, mentors are taught important social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills in session with their assigned young adult. Students will incorporate the goals and objectives from the sessions into skill generalization activities that will be practiced in the campus community each week. Also listed as TEDU 3270 and PSYC 3270.

SOWK 3500
Field Instruction I [Course] (1 - 2)

Junior year students will participate in a 40 or 80 hour supervised field instruction within a local social service agency, school, or other organization, depending on the number of credits for which the course is taken. Concurrently, students will attend a one-hour weekly field seminar class. The purpose of the field placement is to expose students to social work practice outside the classroom and help students prepare for the senior field experience. This class is intended to run concurrently with SOWK 3100, Social Work Practice with Individuals, and SOWK 3120 Social Work Practice with Families. The course is designed to expose students to the professional roles and boundaries of social work; the importance of difference in providing services to clients; the policy contexts of services; and the function of social workers in the engagement, planning, intervention, and evaluation phases of planned change. Prerequisite: open only to junior social work majors.

SOWK 4040
Social Work Research Methods [Course] (3)

The techniques and methods of social work research are introduced and studied through course materials and the completion of an agency-based, group research project. Included are formulating research questions, understanding and implementing research design, measurement, constructing surveys, writing research reports, dealing with ethical issues, and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data. This course prepares the student to understand and implement aspects of Evidence-based Practice in social work settings.

SOWK 4050
Social Work Practice: Groups [Course] (3)

This course includes social work theory, knowledge, and practice with the dynamics of groups, to gain the practice skills needed to prepare the student for generalist level social work with small groups. The skills of self-awareness; attending to professional roles and boundaries; ethical decision-making; analyzing and applying different practice approaches; effective communication; and the ability to engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate within a group setting are all highlighted. It includes content on the knowledge, values, and skills to enhance the well-being of people and to aid in the reformation of the environmental conditions that affect people adversely. Prerequisite: SOWK 3100 or permission of instructor.

SOWK 4070
Social Work Practice: Communities & Organizations [Course] (3)

This course concentrates on the history, philosophies, principles, and intervention strategies common to community organization, social planning, and administration of social welfare agencies. Case materials are presented to highlight some of the techniques used in these practice areas. Various forms of macro practice are highlighted for discussion and learning purposes. During this course students will conduct a community needs assessment to engage and assess communities and organizations. Students will then initiate a macro intervention project using the knowledge gained from their needs assessment to intervene as change agents in community practice. Students will also evaluate the effectiveness of their completed intervention. Throughout this course, students will utilize critical thinking, engage in research informed practice, and respond to the community context from a psycho, social, spiritual perspective. Prerequisite: SOWK 3080.

SOWK 4090
Child and Family Services [Course] (3)

This course is a study of the development and range of public and private social services, principally in the Western world, on behalf of children, youth, and families. This includes an analysis of issues, and practice modalities in such areas as day care, foster and adoptive home care, and institutional care. The impact of substance abuse on children will also be a major topic. Prerequisite: SOWK 1030.

SOWK 4100
Spirituality and Social Work Practice [Course] (2 - 3)

This capstone course endeavors to assist students to integrate spirituality with the professional social work perspective on helping. It provides a comparative analysis of social work values and ethics with Biblical ethics and teachings. A major emphasis of this course is placed on helping students to integrate their unique spirituality/worldview with their practice as a social work professional. Emphasis is also placed on ethical decision making; spiritual self-awareness; analysis of models of spiritual assessment; the demonstration of sensitivity, awareness, and understanding of the client’s spirituality; and the ability to engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate in practice settings in spiritually sensitive ways. Prerequisite: SOWK 1030

SOWK 4500
Field Instruction II [Course] (12)

Field Instruction is a supervised block placement completed in the practice field 30 hours a week, with a 2-hour seminar class for theoretical integration held one day a week. The seminar will have weekly assignments, designed to facilitate the integration of the program’s core competencies and learning from the classroom and field. This course has specific assignments which integrate theory and field experience from the student’s internship. This course addresses the development of the core competencies of social work practice within the field setting. Significant emphasis is placed on the professional roles and boundaries of social work; the importance of difference in providing services to clients; the policy contexts of services; the application of aspects of Evidence-based Practice; the demonstration of effective oral and written communication in working with client systems; understanding and utilizing conceptual frameworks to guide the processes of assessment, intervention, and evaluation; and the function of social workers in the engagement, planning, intervention, and evaluation phases of planned change.

SOWK 4900
Social Work on Location [Course] (3)

Junior and senior students may participate in studying a particular area of social work not covered in other course areas. Topics may include a variety of contemporary issues. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing.

SOWK 4950
IS:Social Work [Course] (1 - 5)

Independent study provides opportunity to pursue advanced or special-interest topics not covered in the curriculum. Prerequisites: 1. Junior standing. 2. A minimum of 9 semester hours in the discipline of the Independent Study. 3. A minimum grade point average of 2.50 in the discipline. 4. Proof of motivation and ability to work independently. 5. Approval of the department in which the study is to be taken. 6. Permission from the student's advisor, the course instructor, the Department Chair, the School Dean, and the Registrar.

SOWK 4980
Undergraduate Research [Course] (1 - 3)

Students conduct laboratory research in social work under supervision of a faculty member. Permission of instructor is required. Guidelines for Independent Study apply. A written report is required. (May be repeated with new research) Prerequisites: 1. Junior standing 2. A minimum of 9 semester hours in the discipline of the Independent Study 3. A minimum grade point average of 2.50 in the discipline 4. Proof of motivation and ability to work independently 5. Approval of the division in which the study is to be taken 6. Permission from the student's advisor, the course instructor, the Division Chair, and the Registrar