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SWK 111: Introduction to Social Work
This course surveys social work as a helping profession: its philosophy, history, and field of practice working with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. This course defines the concept of social systems, problem-solving, human ecology, human diversity and planned change. This course establishes the skills, values, and knowledge base for beginning social work practice.

SWK 205: Pre-Professional Seminar for the Helping Professions
This course prepares students for effective practice by providing a framework for integration of critical thinking skills into the professional practice standards. In order to serve clients, confront social problems, and to promote social and economic justice, students must be able to think and reason critically and to communicate effectively for practice. An emphasis will be placed on the development of writing and communication skills that will contribute to the successful preparation of discipline specific and academic department requirements. Prerequisite: SWK 111 for SWK major or PSY 110 for PSY majors

SWK 209: Multicultural Perspectives
This course focuses on social concerns of diverse groups and populations with an emphasis on empowerment and strengths-based perspective. Contemporary issues affecting individuals and groups at the local, national and global level will be considered and the implications for social justice will be addressed.

SWK 210: Human Behavior in the Social Environment I
This course presents an interdisciplinary approach to the understanding of human bio-psychosocial development, emphasizing the effects that ethnicity, gender, race, culture, poverty, sexual preference and life style have on the individual’s life cycle and social systems. It explores implications for social justice, empowerment, and social work practice resulting from this interaction. This section particularly focuses on human development from birth through adolescence.

SWK 218: Interviewing Skills
This course presents principles, types, and phases of interviewing various clients (or patients). Students will develop observational skills and communication ability including documentation and recording. The laboratory section of this course provides the students with the opportunity to participate in interviewing and to receive feedback regarding effectiveness in pertinent competencies such as assessment, interpersonal interaction, listening and reflecting, and the use of self. Prerequisites: For Social Work majors, SWK 111. For others, permission of advisor.

SWK 310: Human Behavior in the Social Environment II
This course presents an interdisciplinary approach to the understanding of human bio-psychosocial development, emphasizing the effects that ethnicity, gender, race, culture, poverty, sexual preference and life style have on the individual’s life cycle and social systems. It explores implications for social justice, empowerment, and social work practice resulting from this interaction. It is a continuation of the material studied in SWK 210. This section particularly focuses on human development from young adulthood through the middle and later years of life.

SWK: 311: Social Work Process I
This course introduces the student to the generalist intervention model needed to develop helping relationships and problem solving skills including: defining issues, collecting and assessing data, goal setting, identifying alternative interventions, selecting and implementing appropriate courses of action founded upon research based knowledge, termination and follow-up. Emphasis is on the resources of the individual and his/her strengths as a member of a culture within our society. The primary focus is on the interactions between people and their external environment. Prerequisites: SWK 111, SWK 218

SWK 312: Social Welfare Systems
This course presents the origins of the welfare system and the historical forces that shape major social legislation, policy and programs. The course emphasizes the historical context of changing values that, when combined with the political and socioeconomic realities, explain the development of social welfare policy. The course explores the philosophy, traditions, values and historical perspectives of the social welfare services to diverse and at-risk populations. Prerequisite: SWK 111 or Permission of Advisor

SWK 411: Social Work Process II
This course emphasizes various social work practice models as they exist in the bureaucratic setting of social agencies and community institutions. It examines strategies and community organizations and structure change to enhance social functioning within the context of human diversity. It advances the knowledge of generalist intervention, and further explores associated issues with a focus on social justice and working with vulnerable individuals, families, and groups.

SWK 412: Contemporary Social Welfare
This course provides an analysis of current social policy within the context of contemporary factors that shape policy. The course examines the role of social policy as a resource or barrier to oppressed and at-risk populations and looks at the impact of social policy on social work practice. The political process that is used to influence policy is reviewed and students will learn to recognize this political process in order to advocate for individuals, groups and communities in the local, state, national and global policy arena. Prerequisite: SWK 111 and SWK 312 or Permission of Instructor

SWK 413: Practice Oriented Research
This course examines the basic principles and techniques of organizing and conducting social research. Qualitative and quantitative methodologies are presented. Ethical standards of scientific inquiry are emphasized as related to the impact of research on diverse and at-risk populations. Students are expected to gain knowledge in research as a method of evaluation of social work practice. Prerequisites: SWK 111, MTH 212

SWK 416: Field Education Seminar I
In this mandatory weekly seminar, which accompanies Field Placement I, there are activities emphasizing assessment of interpersonal skills through the use of discussion, small group exercises, writing and reading assignments. One of the functions of this seminar is to provide educational leadership in field instruction to complement and to supplement the field instruction by agency personnel. Prerequisite: Must be taken concurrently with SWK 414/Field Education I

SWK 417: Field Education Seminar II
In this mandatory weekly seminar, which accompanies Field Education II, there are activities emphasizing assessment of interpersonal skills through the use of discussion, small group exercises, writing and reading assignments. One of the functions of this seminar is to provide educational leadership in field instruction to complement and to supplement the field instruction by agency personnel. Prerequisite: Must be taken concurrently with SWK 415/ Field Education II

SWK 418: Social Work Process III
This course examines the framework of systems from a social work generalist practice perspective with the primary emphasis given to analysis and intervention at the macro level of practice. The assessment of macro practice interventions and their relationship to professional social work ethics, the values of social and economic justice, stakeholder participation, empowerment, and multiculturalism will be emphasized. Prerequisites: SWK 311