SWO 221 Contemporary Social Work (A). Covers these 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.
SWO 301 Human Behavior/Social Environment I (A,W,Y). 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/Social Environment II (A). Open only to majors. Applies systems theories to collective human functioning, specifically the interaction of the individual and the family with organizations, neighborhoods as well as regional, state and national communities. This course integrates knowledge from the social, behavioral and human biological sciences to provide a comprehensive theoretical view of human development, change and growth as people and environments interact and influence each other. This is the knowledge base for the multilevel social work assessments, interventions, prevention and social policy activities. 3 Cr. Spring.
SWO 310 Social Work Research Methods (A). Prerequisite: GEP 150 and SOC 200 or PSH 202 or MTH 243 or ECN 204. Open only to majors. Covers research methods applied to social work practice and human services. Includes research methods, designs, and basic data interpretation; and development of computer skills through data input and data analysis. Emphasizes practice effectiveness and program evaluation. 3 Cr. Spring.
SWO 311 Human Service Systems/Social Policy (A). Prerequisite: Open only to majors. Explores the role of the social worker in policy development and implementation. The course provides students with a basic understanding of the policy process, information on major social welfare policies, social welfare history, economic factors and political contexts, and how to advocate for social, political, and policy changes that address human needs and ameliorate social problems. 3 Cr. Spring.
SWO 321 Human Diversity (A). Identifies areas of misinformation that perpetuate exclusion of subcultural groups from mainstream opportunities; differentiates covert acts, institutional policies, and ideologies that foster exclusion of culturally diverse groups; and compares such groups to mainstream American culture. Recognizes and deals with students personal feelings regarding a range of minority groups and issues as these negatively or positively affect the provision of service. 3 Cr.
SWO 322 Social and Economic Justice (A). This course introduces students to social and economic justice issues in the United States and internationally. Specific attention will be given to inequality arising from race, class, gender, and age. Students will examine social workers' roles in addressing these disparities. This knowledge will enhance the student's understanding of how local, national, and international social policies work to maintain or ameliorate these disparities. 3 Cr.
SWO 341 Social Work Methods I (B). Prerequisite: Open only to majors. Social Work Methods I is the first course in the Methods’ Sequence of courses offered to Social Work majors. The emphasis will be on the introduction and mastery of beginning skills, both conceptual and technical, and the development of professional judgment by exercising decision- making appropriate to specific situations. The Methods I component builds the foundation for generalist practice. 3 Cr. Fall.
SWO 342 Social Work Methods II: Interactional Skills (B). Prerequisite: SWO 341. 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 411 Human Service Systems/Analysis (A). Prerequisite: SWO 311. Open only to majors. Covers concepts, methods and frameworks 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 412 Sustainability and Service Learning (A). This course offers students the opportunity to learn by providing service to a local community-based nonprofit, church or informal group that is working toward achieving greater ecological sustainability. Students will independently arrange their own internship experience, which will be reviewed and approved by the instructor, and will relate their experience to the course material. Information on sustainability will be provided to students who will read and reflect on their experience via discussion forums in this online and experiential course. This knowledge base will serve to enhance the student’s understanding of how local, national and international social policies work to address these disparities. This course will approach service learning from a human rights perspective that advances social and economic justice. The promotion of Social and Economic Justice imposes on each of us a personal and professional responsibility to work with others to design and develop our institutions as tools for personal and social functioning, such that each person and/or group has the opportunity to engage creatively in and to have a voice in all aspects of society. 2-6 Cr.
SWO 441 Social Work Methods III (B). Prerequisites: SWO 341 and SWO 342. 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.
SWO 451 Social Work Field Instruction I (B). Course fee. 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 Social Work Field Instruction II (B). Course fee. Prerequisites: SWO 451 and SWO 455. 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 Social Work Field Instruction (Block) (B). Course fee. Open only to majors. Combines SWO 451 and 453 in a concentrated, four-to-five day/week block field placement. 10 Cr. Every Semester.
SWO 455 Seminar in Field Instruction I (B). Open 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 Seminar in Field Instruction (B). Open only to majors. Provides a continuation of SWO 455. 2 Cr. Fall.
SWO 457 Seminar in Field Instruction II (B). Prerequisites: SWO 455 and SWO 451. Open 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's Lives (A,I,W,Y). 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 476 Issues of Aging in America (A,I). 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 systems program and discusses methods of intervention specifically needed for the older person. 3 Cr.
SWO 477 Perspectives on Older Adults and the Aging Family (A). Provides in-depth analysis of select issues faced by older adults and their families using a multi-systems perspective and service learning activities. Bridging theory and practice, content utilizes a case study methodology to reflect practice-based situations encountered by health providers, older adults and their families. Topics include family caregiver/care recipient experiences, loss/resiliency, advance directives/end-of-life decision-making, impact of substance abuse on aging families, and elder abuse. 3 Cr. Spring.
SWO 481 Social Problems in the Global Community (A,I). Explores service in attempting to resolve social problems in the global community through micro and macro activities, from feeding the poor to engaging revolution. Students will explore the influences of history, culture, and practice arenas of services for the poor and particularly vulnerable populations in a variety of nations, with a view toward improving the lives of the exploited and disadvantaged. 3 Cr.
SWO 485 Practice with Sexual Minority Communities (A). Uses a gay-affirmative framework to examine practice with gender identity and sexual orientation identity. History of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities, including self-help and professional social service responses, will be discussed. Students will examine own biases and strengths within the context of gay-affirmative, social justice oriented practice. Intersectionality of racial and ethnic identity, social class identity and other cultural identities explored. 3 Cr. Summer.
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 497 Fall Prevention and Older Adults (A). Social Work 497/597, an interprofessional elective, is designed to provide students with an opportunity to become trained as a matter of Balance ‘coach’ and implement the program for a group of older adults. The training will prepare students to lead a group of 12 older adults in an 8-session program. 3 Cr. Summer.
SWO 498 Integrative Approaches to Global Social Work – Russia (B). This course is designed to introduce student to international social work practice abroad. The course works on developing knowledge and skills in culturally competent approaches that effectively enhance assets and empower individuals, families, groups, agencies and communities within an international context, specifically those impacted by trauma and domestic violence including child abuse and neglect, intimate partner violence and elder mistreatment. This course provides a beginning knowledge base for international social work practice from a collaborative perspective with emphasis on reciprocity with the host culture, to address the challenges of child abuse and neglect, mental illness, family violence and substance abuse. 3 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 the procedures of the Office of Academic Advisement prior to registration. Credits Vary. 1-6 Cr.