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SOCW 2311 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL WORK (3-0) (SOCW 2361). An overview of the social work profession, its fields of practice, methods of social intervention, its historical context, and its relationship to the social welfare system.

SOCW 2313 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE I (3-0) Critical evaluation of the value base of the social work profession and basic practice concepts in a framework for understanding a variety of intervention models. Requires a 25-hour volunteer placement in a human service agency. Prerequisite: SOCW 2311. Prospective BSW majors only.

SOCW 3301 HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT I (3-0) The first of two required human behavior courses that explore, within the context of a strengths and empowerment perspective, knowledge of the bio-psycho-social development of persons from birth through young adulthood. Offered as AAST 3301 and SOCW 3301; credit will be granted in only one department.

SOCW 3302 HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT II (3-0) The second of two required human behavior courses that explore, within the context of a strengths and empowerment based perspective, knowledge of the bio-psycho-social development of persons from adulthood to death.

SOCW 3303 SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY AND SERVICES (3-0) Examines how social goals are met by social welfare institutions. Conceptual schemes are developed for analyzing the structure of social welfare institutions and evaluating social welfare sub-systems. The social work profession is also examined in the context of the evolution and function of the contemporary American social welfare system. Prerequisite: SOCW 2311.

SOCW 3304 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE II (3-0) Theories and methodologies of social work assessment and intervention at the individual, family, and group levels in diverse settings. Prerequisite: SOCW 2311, 2313, 3301. BSW majors only.

SOCW 3305 SOCIAL WORK RESEARCH METHODS (3-0) This course is designed to provide students with the fundamental skills to understand, use, and conduct research to advance the knowledge base of the social work profession and assess the effectiveness of social work interventions in generalist social work practice. The course addresses elements of the research process, quantitative and qualitative methods, research ethics, and approaches to data analysis. Particular attention will be given to the role of research with populations-at-risk, social and economic justice, and cultural diversity. Prerequisite: SOCW 2311; SOCW 3325 OR SOCI 3352, or permission of the instructor.

SOCW 3306 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE III (3-0) The theory and practice of social change at the community level, including a sociological analysis of bureaucracies as collectivities of power, and of the community as a social phenomenon. Three models of community organization--community development, social action, and social planning--will be emphasized including methods of resource delivery and redistribution. Prerequisite: SOCW 2311, 2313. BSW majors only.

SOCW 3317 HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND DIVERSE POPULATIONS (3-0) Introduction to theoretical, practical, and policy issues related to diverse populations. Historical, political, and socioeconomic forces are examined that maintain discriminatory and oppressive values, attitudes, and behaviors in society and in all levels of organizational behavior. Prerequisite: SOCW 2311, 2313. Offered as AAST 3317 and SOCW 3317; credit will be granted in only one department.

SOCW 3325 SOCIAL WORK STATISTICS (3-0) This course is designed to enhance students┬┐ skills as research consumers and in performing research and statistical analyses in social work and social science. Included in the course are descriptive statistical procedures including measures of central tendency, variability, shape and distribution along with associations between two variables. In addition, inferential statistics are covered including estimation and hypothesis testing. Prerequisites: SOCW 2311 and SOCW 2313.

SOCW 4191 CONFERENCE COURSE (1-0) Topics assigned on an individual basis covering personal research or study in designated areas. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

SOCW 4251 SOCIAL WORK FIELD SEMINAR I (2-0) Integration of social work knowledge, theory, and skills learned in the classroom with practical application in a social work setting. Prerequisite: SOCW 2311, 2313, 3301, 3302, 3304, and concurrent enrollment in SOCW 4451. BSW majors only.

SOCW 4252 SOCIAL WORK FIELD SEMINAR II (2-0) Integration of theory and practice, based primarily on field instruction experiences. This course must be taken in the semester immediately following 4451. Prerequisite: 3303 or 3306, 4251, 4451, SOCI 3352; and concurrent enrollment in SOCW 4452. BSW majors only.

SOCW 4291 CONFERENCE COURSE (2-0) Topics assigned on an individual basis covering personal research or study in designated areas. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

SOCW 4310 SOCIAL WORK WITH CHILDREN AND FAMILIES (3-0) A critical examination of social policies, research, and practices impacting at-risk children and families in child welfare, child mental health, and school settings. Emphasis is placed on the role of the social work practitioner in enhancing the well-being of children and families in contemporary society. Prerequisite: SOCW 2311 or consent of the instructor.

SOCW 4350 SPECIAL ISSUES IN SOCIAL WORK (3-0) Relevant social work topics generated and explored in depth according to student and professional needs. The topic will be determined prior to registration. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

SOCW 4391 CONFERENCE COURSE (3-0) Topics assigned on an individual basis covering personal research or study in designated areas. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

SOCW 4451 SOCIAL WORK FIELD INSTRUCTION I (16-0) Supervised social work experience in a human service agency. Integration of generalist practice concepts into professional practice experiences. Requires a minimum of 240 clock hours in the agency. Prerequisite: 2311, 2313, 3301, 3302, 3304 , and concurrent enrollment in SOCW 4251. P/F grading. BSW majors only. For additional information and requirements, see the BSW Field Policies and Procedures Manual.

SOCW 4452 SOCIAL WORK FIELD INSTRUCTION II (16-0) Supervised social work experience in a human service agency. Integration of generalist practice concepts into professional practice experiences. Requires a minimum of 240 clock hours in the agency. Prerequisite: SOCW 3303, 3306, 4251, 4451, and concurrent enrollment in SOCW 4252. This course must be taken in the semester immediately following SOCW 4451. P/F grading. BSW majors only. For additional information and requirements, see the BSW Field Policies and Procedures Manual.

SOCW 4453 SOCIAL WORK FIELD SEMINAR (4-0) Here, the field requirement is fulfilled in one semester. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Title IV-W Child Welfare Program.

SOCW 4853 SOCIAL WORK FIELD INSTRUCTION (8-0) Supervised social work experience in a Child Protective Services agency. Integration of generalist practice concepts into professional practice experiences. Requires a minimum of 480 clock hours in the agency. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Title IV-E Child Welfare Program, SOCW 2311, 2313, 3301, 3302, 3303, 3304, 3305, and 3306.

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