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Undergraduate Studies Catalog (1999-2001)

Department of Social Work

170 Faculty Office Building
(716) 395-2324

Chairperson: Diane C. Dwyer; Associate Professors: Dwyer, Kenneth J. Herrmann, Jr., Barbara Kasper; Assistant Professors: Carmen I. Aponte, Christian Itin, Michael Stone; Visiting Assistant Professors: Carol Brownstein-Evans, Carl Jutzin, Warren Skye; Coordinator of Field Instruction: Joanne Greene; Adjunct Assistant Professor: Joseph S. Corsica, Jr.; Adjunct Instructors: Joseph Evers, Mary Ann Kane-Worl, Maureen Murphy, Douglas J. Randall.

Social Work Program

The profession of social work is dedicated to solving and preventing social problems, whether they involve individuals, families, small groups, organizations, or communities. A broad range of employment opportunities exists. Social workers are found in hospitals, public schools, family agencies, industry, courts, probation departments, government facilities, children's agencies, and in facilities that serve persons with disability. The primary purpose of the program is to prepare students for beginning professional social work practice. In addition, students are prepared for graduate education and responsible citizenship. The undergraduate major in social work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Graduates who continue with their social work education may gain advanced standing in graduate programs because of the accredited status of the major.

Social Work Major

Social work majors must complete a minimum of 54 credits consisting of 12 prerequisite credits plus classroom and field experience in social work totaling 42 credits. Thirty-two credits in social work are allocated to classroom and related learning to help students understand the philosophy, knowledge, values and roles associated with the profession. Ten credits are devoted to the field practicum, which provides students with opportunities to apply and integrate knowledge, skills and values into a beginning level of competence in the practice of social work.

Admission to the Major

Students may indicate their desire to major in social work at any time during the first two years of undergraduate study by registering with the Department of Social Work as an Intent to Major. Such students will be assigned a departmental advisor to assist them with proper course planning and career orientation as they pursue admission to the program. Students wishing to enter the major in social work must submit an application form to the Department of Social Work.

Criteria for Admission to the Major:*
Enrollment is limited. The deadline for applications is March 15 for fall semester entry, although some students may be admitted prior to March 15. The program does not admit students for the spring semester. Students seeking acceptance to the major must meet the following criteria:

At time of application

1. # Cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above.

2. Demonstration of suitability and capacity to enter the profession of social work.

3. Completion of the following prerequisite courses:
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology
PSH 110 Principles of Psychology
BIO 281 Elements of Human Biology
SOC 200 Social Statistics
PSH 202 Introductory Statistics

4. ## Completion of a minimum of 54 credits, or an AA, AS or AAS degree.

* Transfer students must consult with the coordinator of social work admissions or the chair person regarding equivalency of courses taken at other institutions.

# Grade point averages required of those accepted may be higher depending on the number of applicants.

## Delta College students must complete 34 credits and meet all other criteria. (The Delta College curriculum meets the program's requirement of SOC 100.)

Requirements for the Major

The following four courses are prerequisites for the social work major. All prerequisites must be completed before students enroll in required social work courses. Credits
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology 3
PSH 110 Principles of Psychology 3
BIO 281 Elements of Human Biology 3
SOC 200 Social Statistics (or equivalent) 3
PSH 202 Introductory Statistics (or equivalent) 3

Junior Year
SWO 301-302 Human Behavior and Social Environment I-II 6
SWO 311 Human Service Systems/Social Policy 3
SWO 321 Cultural Diversity 3
SWO 331 Experiential Learning 3
SWO 341-342 Social Work Methods I-II 6
SWO 310 Social Work Research Methods 3

Senior Year
SWO 411 Human Service Systems/Policy Analysis 3
SWO 441 Social Work Methods III 3
SWO 451-453 * Field Instruction I-II
SWO 454 * Field Instruction 10
SWO 455-457# Field Seminar I-II
SWO 456 # Seminar in Field Instruction 2

* Generally, students are enrolled in SWO 451-453; with permission of faculty advisor and field coordinator, students may select SWO 454 to complete the field instruction requirement as an alternative to SWO 451-453.

# Students enrolling in SWO 451-453 must enroll in SWO 455-457. Students enrolling in SWO 454 must enroll in SWO 456. SWO 441 must be taken with SWO 454-456, or SWO 453-457.


The department offers electives in fields of practice and areas of special interest. Course selection should be made in consultation with the student 's advisor. Electives are open to non-majors.

Evening Program

This program is designed to meet the educational needs of students who work full-time during the day. Both day and evening matriculated students are assigned department advisors.

Transfer Students

Transfer students meet the same standards for admission and continuance in the social work pro gram as other students. They must consult with the coordinator of social work admissions or the chairperson regarding equivalency of courses taken at another institution.

No Credit for Work Experience

The program does not give academic credit for life experience or previous work experience or allow such experience to be substituted for the field practicum or other courses required for the social work major.

Course Sequencing

No student, full- or part-time, may take any 400-level course required for the major until all 200- and 300-level required courses are successfully completed.

Continuance in the Social Work Program

Continuance in the program after the fall semester of the junior year is contingent upon the following:

1) Maintaining both a cumulative and major GPA of 2.5 or above;
2) Maintaining a grade of "C" or better in every social work course required for the major;
3) Retaking any required social work course in which a grade below "C" is received; and
4) Continued demonstration of suitability and capacity to enter the profession of social work. The above criteria must be met by all students when they enter field instruction in the senior year and before they graduate from the program.

Readmission to the Social Work Program

Requirements for readmission to the program are identical to those for first-time applicants. Any student who postpones entry into or continuance in the planned course of studies after admission to the social work program must submit an application for re-entry.

Review and Appeal Procedures

The social work faculty, meeting as a committee, periodically reviews the progress of each student. The complete formal process for admission and continuance in the social work program, as well as grievance/appeal procedures, may be found in the program guide for the social work program. The program is administered without discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, age, creed, ethnic or national origin, handicap, political or sexual orientation, marital status or status as a Vietnam era veteran.

Program Information

Please consult the Social Work Program Guide and Program Brochure for further and updated departmental policies and procedures.

Social Work Courses

SWO 221 Contemporary Social Work (Elective) (A). Covers major areas of study: areas of human need and forces contributing to social problems, institutions designed to meet human needs, range of service professions (concepts, techniques and organizational characteristics), and societal value systems with a national as well as international focus. Develops skills in assessment through independent learning projects and group process. Emphasizes professional behavior. 3 Cr. Fall.

SWO 301 Human Behavior and Social Environment I (A,W). Prerequisites: SOC 100, PSH 110 and BIO 281 or 282. Open only to majors. Provides a social work perspective on knowledge and theory related to the human life cycle. Studies the life-span development of human beings in the context of their emotional, physical, intellectual, and social needs. 3 Cr. Fall.

SWO 302 Human Behavior and Social Environment II (A). Prerequisites: SWO 301, SOC 100, PSH 110 and BIO 281 or 282. Open only to majors. Second course in a two-course sequence dealing with human behavior. Applies social systems theory to collective functioning, specifically the interaction of the individual with the small group, the family, the organization, and the community. The course integrates knowledge from the social, behavioral, and human biological sciences to provide a comprehensive view of people interacting with their environments. 3 Cr. Spring.

SWO 303 Crisis Intervention (Elective) (A). Provides in-depth study of issues related to the historical background and theoretical bases of crisis intervention and the steps taken in crisis resolution. Develops an understanding of situational and maturational crises. Examines ethical dilemmas related to the use of authority in crisis situations. Explores the implications of crisis intervention with families, groups, and communities. 3 Cr.

SWO 310 Social Work Research Methods (A,T). Prerequisite: SOC 200 or PSH 202. O pen only to majors. Covers research methods applied to social work practice and human services. Includes research methods, designs, and basic data interpretation; development of computer skills through data input and data analysis. Emphasizes practice effectiveness and program evaluation. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

SWO 311 Human Service Systems/Social Policy (A). Explores social welfare policies within the framework of historical development and contemporary practices; and evaluation of policies from the perspective of political implications, social work contexts, client needs and economic factors. 3 Cr. Spring.

SWO 321 Cultural Diversity (A). Identifies areas of misinformation that perpetuate exclusion of sub- cultural groups from mainstream opportunities; differentiates covert acts, institutional policies, and ideologies that foster exclusion of culturally diverse groups; compares such groups to mainstream American culture. Recognizes and deals with students' personal feelings regarding range of minority groups and issues as these negatively or positively affect the provision of service. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

SWO 331 Experiential Learning (B). Prerequisite: SWO 341; corequisite: SWO 342. O pen only to majors. Requires an 88-hour practicum in a social agency, combined with 13 hours of classroom instruction. Prepares students for senior-level field instruction by self-assessment and by analysis of social service systems. 3 Cr. Spring.

SWO 341 Social Work Methods I (B). Prerequisites or corequisites: SWO 321, 301. O pen only to majors. Emphasizes a generalist orientation to pre pare for entry-level practice. Offers a framework for understanding social work as a delivery system, in which skills are learned and carried out. Places special emphasis on basic skill development, especially written communication with a focus on case recording, written assessments, and other professional written documents. 3 Cr. Fall.

SWO 342 Social Work Methods II (B). Prerequisite: SWO 341; corequisite: SWO 331. Open only to majors. Explores the face-to-face service delivery process learned through identification and assumption of client/worker roles in generalist social work practice. Uses exercises, role playing and simulations to enhance learning. Students learn skills of helping individuals, groups and families. 3 Cr. Spring.

SWO 371 Rural Social Work (Elective) (A). Examines the sociological and psychological dynamics of rural life and rural communities. Explores political, social, historical and cultural character of rural America; social service delivery networks and specific services; and policy and practice issues. 3 Cr.

SWO 372 Sex and the Life Cycle (Elective) (A). Emphasizes sexual development through the life span with an exploration of biological, psychological, societal, and political forces shaping, determining direction, expression, and lifestyle in positive sexual fulfillment. Uses desensitization exercises for effective handling of feelings and attitudes, and explores selected procedures for dealing with sexual problems. 3 Cr.

SWO 373 School Social Work (Elective) (A). Covers current practice of social work in school settings; roles and tasks of social workers in educational contexts; skills pertinent to this area of practice; developmental/behavioral issues related to school-age children, with emphasis on the role of parents and community members; stress factors in schools; and various models of social work and personnel collaboration in dealing with student dysfunction. 3 Cr.

SWO 374 Probation and Parole (Elective) (A). Offers an overview of the history and philosophical foundations of probation and parole in the United States. Covers issues and problems relating to the pre-sentence report, determinate versus indeterminate sentencing, the variety of roles of the probation and parole officer and the legal decisions affecting probation and parole practice. 3 Cr.

SWO 375 Child Welfare (Elective) (A). Covers the historical development of child welfare services in the United States and other nations, and related social welfare policies affecting child and society and family. Emphasizes child abuse/neglect, foster care, adoption, exploitation, adolescent pregnancy, and legal status. Offers an examination of the rights of the child. 3 Cr.

SWO 376 Gerontology (Elective) (A). Examines the older person as an evolving individual; bio-psycho- social elements in the aging process; major issues related to the older person, the aging process and the society. Compares the needs of the elderly with the service system 's program and discusses methods of intervention specifically needed for the older person. 3 Cr.

SWO 377 Counseling and Intervention Models in Social Work (Elective) (A). Allows the instructor to provide models of human service practice theory for use with individuals, families and groups. Requires students to prepare examples of the models and role-play counseling and intervention techniques of the models. Uses microtraining videotapes to demonstrate links with generalist social work practice. 3 Cr.

SWO 378 Developmental Disability (Elective) (A). Examines and analyzes developmental disabilities in individual, family and group practice experiences; and policy and planning in the development, coordination and implementation of delivery systems. 3 Cr.

SWO 379 People with Disability: Issues, Legislation, Intervention (A,I). Covers definition, legislation, and advocacy concerning persons with physically disabling conditions. Places strong emphasis on and exploration of deafness, blindness and cerebral palsy. Provides an historical survey of society's treatment of physically disabled people. Studies federal and state legislation affecting the civil rights of the physically disabled. 3 Cr.

SWO 411 Human Service Systems/Analysis (A). Prerequisite: SWO 311. Open only to majors. Covers concepts, methods and frame works used in the analysis and change of social welfare policy; human service systems in relation to social policy; economic and political contexts in relation to social policy; and legislated social policies relevant to the social work profession. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

SWO 441 Social Work Methods III (B). Prerequisites: SWO 331, 341, and 342. Corequisite: SWO 453 or 454. Open only to majors. Enables students to identify and perform various social work roles and skills at the macro level and to use change-agent skills for group and community social work (e.g., organization and group member roles). Explores social issues and social work attitudes for working with self-help groups, community groups and organizations. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

SWO 451 Concurrent Field Instruction I (B). Prerequisites: SWO 331, 341, 342, and all other 200- and 300-level courses required for the major, and instructor's permission. Open only to majors. Allows for the application of social work skills and knowledge to implement tasks and strategies of an entry level generalist social worker in a service delivery system. 5 Cr. Fall.

SWO 453 Concurrent Field Instruction II (B). Prerequisite: SWO 451; corequisite: SWO 441. Open only to majors. Provides a continuation of SWO 451 with an emphasis on elaboration and refinement of skills in a service delivery system. 5 Cr. Spring.

SWO 454 Block Field Instruction (B). Prerequisites: SWO 331, 341, 342, and all other required 200- and 300-level courses required for the major, and instructor's permission. Open only to majors. Combines SWO 451 and 453 in a concentrated, 4-5 day/week block field placement. 10 Cr. Every Semester.

SWO 455 Concurrent Seminar in Field Instruction I (B). Corequisite: SWO 451. O pen only to majors. Provides an opportunity to achieve integration of classroom learning with field experience, and allows for development and integration of responsibilities of social work's professional role. 1 Cr. Fall.

SWO 456 Block Seminar in Field Instruction (B). Corequisite: SWO 454. O pen only to majors. Continuation of SW O 455. 2 Cr. Every Semester.

SWO 457 Concurrent Seminar in Field Instruction II (B). Corequisite: SWO 453. O pen only to majors. Provides a continuation of SWO 455. Provides an opportunity to review and integrate course content from all of the program components. 1 Cr. Spring.

SWO 475 Women and the Helping Professions (Elective) (A,W). Cross-listed as WMS 475. Examines women as clients, helpers, and policy makers in the context of social forces, values, and attitudes. Explores the theoretical, developmental, political and social implications of women's changing roles. Open to selected upper-division undergraduates. 3 Cr.

SWO 480 Ethical and Value Dilemmas in the Helping Professions (Elective) (A). Examines the nature, basis and expression of value dimensions in the human helping processes used by professional care providers. 3 Cr.

SWO 492 Topics in Social Work (A). Provides an intensive study of a specific topic with a small group of students. May be repeated for credit if topics are different. 1-6 Cr.

SWO 499 Independent Study in Social Work (A). Enables students to complete an independent project related to either academic or field study in an individually designed course. Enrollment by permission of and in consultation with social work faculty; and in accordance with policies and guide lines of the Office of Academic Advisement. Credit hours based on contract decision.

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