SW 7100 Foundations of Community Partnerships
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This integrative course will introduce students to community partnerships from social systems and ecological perspectives. Macro content from human behavior and social environment, policy, and practice content, undergirds the community partnership framework. Provided is an overview of community practice, through an examination of theories, history, applications, and domains. Students will develop an understanding of the mission of social work and issues of economic and social justice in the context of community and will participate in community building through an experiential component.

SW 7200 Human Development Through the Life Course
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course presents knowledge on developmental issues occurring throughout the life span. The focus is on gaining knowledge on individuals, families, small groups and interpersonal relationships in a multi-cultural context. Students will develop a critical understanding of current theories of well being, stress, coping, and adaption, as well as macro issues such as oppression, privilege, and discrimination. The inter-relationships between small and large social systems will be explored, as well as the influence of bio-psycho-social factors on individual and family well being. The implications of this knowledge for all social work practice in the community will be considered.

SW 7300 Methods of Community Research
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course is designed to provide an overview of basic principles of social science research that provide the foundation for research in social work settings. Research processes will be examined in stages from problem formulation to data collection and some basic descriptive analysis. Both qualitative and quantitative methods will be reviewed. This course will stress the importance of the relationship between research and social work practice, and prepare students to evaluate existing social science research. Ethical issues, human diversity, and issues in community research will be discussed.

SW 7400 Social Work Practice I
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

SW 7400 and SW 7800 are designed as a continuum. SW 7400 is designed to introduce students to the purpose, values and ethics of the profession and to provide foundation knowledge and skill development for generalist social work practice from a strengths perspective. Students will develop skills in critical thinking, building relationships, interviewing clients, assessing situations, planning and implementing change and evaluating outcomes across all levels of practice. Various theoretical frameworks used to describe and analyze interactions among and between individuals, families, groups and communities will be presented.

SW 7500 Foundation Field Education I
Credit Hours 5.0
Description

15 lecture hours; 200 field hours. SW 7500 and SW 7900 are designed as a continuum. This course provides a field experience that enables the social work student to integrate social work foundation knowledge, values, and skills with agency based social work practice. This experience incorporates an agency based field practicum and field integrative seminars.

SW 7501 Diversity and Social Justice
Credit Hours 1.0
Corequisites SW 7500 Field Education I
Description

This course provides an introduction to understanding diversity in the context of social justice in the United States and in social work practice. The course focuses on understanding and applying multicultural concepts to practice, developing awareness of one’s cultural identity, and exploring how diversity and justice issues impact generalist practice in the context of field education.

SW 7600 Social Welfare Policy
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course focuses on the historical development and implementation of contemporary social welfare policies and programs in the United States. Critical analysis of the policy making process is emphasized. The influence of social values on the policy development process is highlighted relative to the differential allocation of material and social resources. Specific attention is given to understanding roles performed by social workers as community practitioners to affect change, and acknowledging the interplay among legislative, judicial and administrative levels of government. Although the primary focus is on federal/state government policies; presentations will incorporate policy development at the local as well as organizational/agency levels when appropriate. The current provisions and service delivery systems emanating from social welfare policies are examined, with special attention given to society’s most vulnerable population defined by status, age, health or economic circumstances.

SW 7700 Community Foundation Integrative Seminar
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 3.0
Description

This seminar course explores the professional identity shift from that of a generalist social worker to one as a community partnerships practitioner. Students will critically analyze contexts and trends that shape community partnerships practice. This is a required course of all advanced standing students prior to entry to the second year of the MSW program.

SW 7800 Social Work Practice II
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

SW 7400 and SW 7800 are designed as a continuum. Building on generalist practice content, this course will focus on the change process and the sustainability of change efforts that target individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. This course moves students from learning about generalist social work practice to applying it across micro, mezzo and macro levels.

SW 7900 Foundation Field Education II
Credit Hours 6.0
Description

15 lecture hours; 200 field hours. This course is a continuation of SW 7500.

SW 7950 Selected Topics in Social Work
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 6.0
Description

This course will offer knowledge and skills on variable topics that impact social work practice. May be repeated up to six hours if topic varies.

SW 7960 Seminar on Community Partnerships: Practice and Issues
Credit Hours 2.0
Description

An exploration of current challenges, issues, research skill or areas of special interest related to the social work practice of community partnerships. May be repeated up to six hours if topics vary.

SW 7980 Research Practicum
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 15.0
Description

Directed research in collaboration with a faculty member. For graduate assistants. Does not count towards degree requirements.

SW 7990 Directed Individual Study
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 6.0
Description

This course allows the student to extend his/her knowledge in a particular area through an independent study. A social work faculty member must agree to supervise this study, and it must be approved by the school director.

SW 8100 Skills and Techniques of Community Partnerships I
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This is the first of two courses that focus on core skills, tecniques for community partnership practice. Through the course students will develop skills in creating and sustaining community partnerships necessary for addressing social, economic and political issues facing communities today. Students will examine community practitioner roles and skills and apply these to contemporary community practice conceptual frameworks and models. The application of skills necessary for building organizational and community capacity and the development of authentic community partnerships will be emphasized.

SW 8200 Skills and Techniques of Community Partnerships II
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This is the second of two courses that focus on core skills, strategies and techniques for community partnership practice. This course addresses the vital role of evaluation and technology in the modern social work environment. The course develops students’ skills in the formative and summative evaluation of community service delivery systems. With strong emphasis on the integration of evolving technologies for the human services, including on-line and data analysis tools, students will address methods for assessing and improving the quality of programs, policies, and community partnerships.

SW 8300 Leadership and Management
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course offers students a general introduction to the theory and practice of leadership management from a social perspective within public, for-profit and non-profit organizations. Theories of management (human resource, policy, functional and strategic management) organizational structures, roles and skills for mezzo and macro practice within an agency or organization are examined. The unique perspective that social workers bring to this discipline in resolution of community and agency decision making are central elements in this course. The ways in which the social work manager as leader can facilitate community partnerships will also be examined.

SW 8310 Group Facilitation
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course addresses knowledge and skill development in group facilitation. Issues, principles, and challenges common to diverse groups (e.g., focus groups, work teams, committees, partnerships, coalitions) are explored. Students will be exposed to specific methods of group facilitation, such as team building, consensus planning, and strategic action planning, and to the facilitator’s role in working with macro-focused groups.

SW 8315 Social Media Tools for Community Partnerships Practice
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course will focus on how to incorporate the use of social media in community partnerships practice. Students will examine both the theoretical framework for the use of social media by human service organizations and the application of social media to meet organizational mission through actual case studies. Organizational challenges in implementing social media will be addressed. Course will be an applied experience offering students’ tools and techniques for integration in professional practice.

SW 8320 Grantwriting
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course offers applied grantwriting techniques within the governmental, corporate, and private sectors of grantmaking. Students will learn how to successfully compete for funding to support academic research and community-based service projects.

SW 8330 Contemporary Health Challenges
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course is designed to introduce students to chronic short- and long-term health concerns in our society. The course will address such illnesses as AIDS, hepatitis, tuberculosis, Alzheimer?s, sexually-transmitted diseases (STD), and other health issues. The focus of the course will be upon treatment, identification and transmittal, with an examination of the impact of governmental regulations on drugs, the perception of patients, family members, and health care professionals.

SW 8340 Social Work and the Law
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Brief introduction to the law as it applies to social work practice and clients. Using case studies, students examine problems that the poor, the disadvantaged, and all other clients served by social workers face in confronting the justice system. Attention is given to worker liability and those skills essential for testifying in court and advocating.

SW 8350 Economics of Poverty and Public Policy
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Application of economic concepts to the study of poverty in the U.S. Topics include poverty and inequality, economics of the family, racial/gender implications, neighborhood effects, history of welfare structure and programs, and current issues in public policy related to poverty.

SW 8360 Forensic Social Work
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

The course will introduce students to social work issues that are encountered by social workers, attorneys, and other specialists in a forensic setting. The course will include a critical analysis and study of particular social issues and the impact of those issues on the purposes and the effectiveness of organizations and individuals who work within the legal system. The course will address social work skills and ethical issues in a forensic setting.

SW 8370 Psycopathology
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

The purpose is to acquaint students with the major types of psychopathology. Students should recognize those descriptions that are the defining features of each of the major pathologies.l Theories as to the etiology considering both biochemical and social explanations will be reviewed. Contrasting perspectives of the ways in which a society can label and address deviant behavior will be presented.

SW 8440 Global Social Work Practice, Policy, and Research
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course will offer students an introduction to social work issues from an international perspective. Using literature from around the world that focuses on global social issues, the course will address concepts of power, class, gender, race, sexuality, religion, violence, poverty, immigration, and social exclusion. Students will be required to evaluate critically what the international perspective might teach us about social work theory, practice, policy and research in the US.

SW 8450 Child Maltreatment Practice Policy and Research
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Child abuse and neglect are examined from both historical and contemporary perspectives using an ecological framework. Methodological and theoretical issues surrounding the study of maltreatment are highlighted. Symptomatology and sequelae of abusive behavior are examined with specific reference to the implications for family and community systems. Medical, legal, social, and cultural aspects of child maltreatment are explored. The role of community partnerships in the identification, intervention, treatment and prevention of child malreatment is emphasized.

SW 8460 Aging Practice, Policy, and Research
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course is designed to provide the basic knowledge and entry-level skills appropriate for social work practice with older people and their  families. Special attention is given to the biological, sociological, psychological, political and economic factors affecting older adults and methodology meeting these needs.

SW 8470 Substance Abuse Practice, Policy, and Research
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course will provide students with an overview of the  various classes of psychotropic drugs. Students will learn the physiological mechanisms of action of each of the major classes of drugs. They will learn how each drug affects mood and behavior, how each drug affects major organ systems in the body, and how genetic and social factors may predispose an individual to drug use.

SW 8480 Disabilities Practice, Policy, and Research
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course will provide students with the opportunity to develop their knowledge of the impact of both physical and developmental disabilities on individuals and families. Focus is on responses to those disabilities diagnosed at birth or acquired through illness or injury. Emphasis is placed on utilizing appropriate social work interventions, while recognizing such variables as age, socioeconomic status, family constellation, cultural issues, and pre-morbid conditions. Understanding disabilities from a human rights perspective and the impact of oppression on people with disabilities will be explored. A historical perspective on how disability has been perceived and addressed by societal institutions will be presented.

SW 8490 Child Welfare Practice, Policy, and Research
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course is an introduction to the range of child welfare services including foster care, adoptions, permanency planning, and family preservation. Students will have the opportunity to explore current challenges inherent in the delivery of child welfare services to children, youth, and families. This course is intended to serve as a forum for the exchange of ideas and will focus on a range of critical issues in the field of child welfare including family violence, child maltreatment, HIV, drug exposure, and homelessness.

SW 8500 Community Field Education I
Credit Hours 6.0
Description

18 lecture hours; 250 internship hours. SW 8500 and SW 8900 are designed as a continuum. This course provides a field education experience that enables the social work student to apply the knowledge, values, and skills of creating community partnerships. This experience incorporates a community-based field education practicum and field integrative seminars.

SW 8800 Community Project
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course is designed to have students synthesize, integrate and apply content from the foundation and concentration through the creation of a community project. In coordination with one or more agencies and working in small groups, students will develop, implement, and evaluate a community project.

SW 8900 Community Field Education II
Credit Hours 6.0
Description

18 lecture hours; 250 internship hours. This course is a continuation of SW 8500.