Social Work (SOCWRK) Courses
SOCWRK 503 FOUNDATION SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE I: INDIVIDUALS (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). This is the first practice course within the foundation year of the MSW program. Practice I introduces students to values, knowledge, skills and competencies for generalist practice with individuals. Students practice key skills that include engagement, interviewing, assessment, contracting, intervention, recording, and the use of consultation and supervision in the context of social work values and ethics and affirming working relationships. PREREQ: Admission to MSW Program.
SOCWRK 504 FOUNDATION SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE II: FAMILIES AND GROUPS (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). This is the second generalist practice course within the three-course practice sequence in the foundation year. This course builds on the foundational skills gained through successful completion of Practice I. Practice II introduces competencies required for social work practice with diverse families and small groups. PREREQ: SOCWRK 503.
SOCWRK 505 FOUNDATION OF SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). Critically examines contemporary welfare policies, in a value-analytic framework, and in the context of the United States and international political economies. Emphasis is placed on values of equity, adequacy, and universality of access to basic social and economic security. Policy practice skills include identification and evaluation of policy problems, including their empirical and value dimensions, and skills in policy advocacy with legislators and with the general public. Major importance is placed on policies and programs that impact populations-at-risk. PREREQ: Admission to MSW Program.
SOCWRK 506 PROGRAM LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). This advanced course is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and skills for management and leadership in social service programs. PREREQ: SOCWRK 505 or admission to Advanced Standing MSW Program.
SOCWRK 507 (REFUGEE 507) INTRODUCTION TO REFUGEE PROGRAM SUPERVISION AND MANAGEMENT (3-0-3)(S). Supervision and management knowledge and skills for agencies serving refugee clients. Financing, grant writing, budget management as well as supervision, staff retention strategies, managing vicarious trauma, workload management and outcomes monitoring. May be taken for credit in REFUGEE or SOCWRK but not both. PRE/COREQ: REFUGEE 517 or SOCWRK 517; and REFUGEE 518 or SOCWRK 518.
SOCWRK 508 (REFUGEE 508) ADVANCED REFUGEE MACRO PRACTICE (3-0-3)(F). Covers the current policy and issues related to refugee resettlement, follows any legislation related to refugees that is in process at the federal and state levels, and teaches strategies for effective community change and advocacy. May be taken for credit in REFUGEE or SOCWRK but not both. PRE/COREQ: REFUGEE 517 or SOCWRK 517; and REFUGEE 518 or SOCWRK 518.
SOCWRK 509 (REFUGEE 509) MANAGEMENT OF CLINICAL SERVICES FOR REFUGEES (3-0-3)(S). Teaches non-clinical administrators, managers and supervisors about clinical services in health and mental health programs serving refugee clients. Examines best practice and cross-cultural health and mental health programs. Prepares supervisors and managers for informed decision-making, problem-solving, policy development and advocacy. May be taken for credit in REFUGEE or SOCWRK but not both. PREREQ: REFUGEE 507 or SOCWRK 507; and REFUGEE 517 or SOCWRK 517; and REFUGEE 518 or SOCWRK 518.
SOCWRK 510 (REFUGEE 510) REFUGEE SERVICES CAPSTONE (3-0-3)(S). Prepares students to develop a professional portfolio and service project with refugees. May be taken for credit in REFUGEE or SOCWRK but not both. PRE/COREQ: REFUGEE 507 or REFUGEE 508 or REFUGEE 519 or equivalent; and REFUGEE 517 or SOCWRK 517; and REFUGEE 518 or SOCWRK 518.
SOCWRK 512 HBSE I HUMAN DEVELOPMENT THROUGH THE LIFE CYCLE (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). Provides knowledge of empirically based theories that focus on the interactions between and among individuals, groups, societies and economic systems. Students learn and apply life span theories and knowledge. Examines social systems in which people live and their influence in maintaining or achieving health and well-being. Explores the consequences of difference on a person’s life experiences. PREREQ: Admission to MSW Program. PRE/COREQ: SOCWRK 503.
SOCWRK 513 ADVANCED ISSUES IN HUMAN DIVERSITY (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). Provides learning opportunities to increase knowledge to effectively work with persons from diverse backgrounds. A highly experiential course requiring overt and candid investigation of personal identity development and its impact on social work practice with persons from diverse backgrounds. PREREQ: Admission to Advanced Standing MSW Program.
SOCWRK 514 ETHNICITY, GENDER, AND CLASS (2-0-2)(F,S,SU). This experiential course in a small group format is designed to provide a positive environment for students’ exploration of their attitudes toward human diversity. Students will increase their knowledge and awareness of the experiences of people of oppressed groups, in relation to historical prejudice and discrimination. Students will gain insight in sociohistorical and familial roots of their own biases and increase their ability to sensitively work with individuals and groups, who are subjected to oppression, based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, class, and other stigmatizing characteristics. PREREQ: Admission to MSW Program.
SOCWRK 515 FOUNDATION SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE III: ORGANIZATIONS AND COMMUNITIES (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). This is the third generalist practice course within the foundation year of the MSW program. Practice III introduces students to theories and skills required for social work practice in organizational and community settings. Using organizations and communities as settings for social work practice and targets of change, and based on social work values and ethics, students learn strategies and skills for assessment and intervention. Conceptual models of macro change are examined including social planning, community organizing, social action, and community/ organizational development and change. PREREQ: SOCWRK 503. PRE/COREQ: SOCWRK 504, SOCWRK 521.
SOCWRK 517 (REFUGEE 517) PRINCIPLES OF REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT (3-0-3)(F/S). Explores the resettlement process in the United States. Provides knowledge and skills needed to assist in the resettlement experience of refugees. Examination of personal values and beliefs and their impacts on practice are integral. May be taken for credit in REFUGEE or SOCWRK but not both. PREREQ: Admission to MSW program or PERM/INST.
SOCWRK 518 (REFUGEE 518) WORKING ACROSS CULTURES WITH REFUGEES (3-0-3)(F/S). Provides a framework and skills practice for effective and competent cross-cultural practice with refugees in the human services. May be taken for credit in REFUGEE or SOCWRK but not both. PREREQ: Admission to MSW program or PERM/INST.
SOCWRK 519 (REFUGEE 519) CASE MANAGEMENT WITH REFUGEES (3-0-3)(S). Case management knowledge and skills as applied in refugee serving agencies such as refugee resettlement, health settings and mental health agencies. May be taken for credit in REFUGEE or SOCWRK but not both. PREREQ: Admission to MSW program or PERM/INST.
SOCWRK 521 HBSE II SOCIAL DIMENSIONS OF HUMAN BEHAVIOR (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). Utilizes a variety of theoretical perspectives to examine the impact of social systems and institutions on human behavior. Draws on traditional and alternative/conflict theoretical perspectives and the role of systemic oppression and discrimination to examine how experiences differ across factors such as race/ethnicity, immigration status, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, ability, social and economic status, political ideology, and religiosity/spirituality. Examines strategies designed to eliminate oppressive structural barriers and ensure human rights are protected. PREREQ: SOCWRK 512.
SOCWRK 522 BEREAVED CHILDREN (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). An intensive service-learning hybrid course built on the premise that individual citizens have both the opportunity and responsibility to be involved in addressing community problems. Using a human development theoretical framework, students create and implement age appropriate individual, group and community-focused grief activities to support a bereavement camp curriculum. Requirements include attending four class sessions, camp orientation, and committee meetings throughout the summer, and a one day camp session. PREREQ: PERM/INST.
SOCWRK 525 ADVANCED SOCIAL WORK INTERVENTIONS II: INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). This is the second practice course in the concentration year of the MSW program. Builds and expands upon knowledge gained through successful completion of all prior courses. Designed to provide students the opportunity to enhance practice skills necessary to provide effective assessment and intervention techniques regarding the more general issues and disorders, which are frequently seen by social workers, such as child maltreatment, substance abuse, and mental health. PREREQ: SOCWRK 550. COREQ: SOCWRK 576.
SOCWRK 526 THE EVALUATION AND TREATMENT OF MENTAL DISORDERS (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). Prepares students to conduct systematic and strengths-based biopsychosocial assessments across the lifespan, formulate differential diagnostic impressions in accordance with the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), and recommend effective and appropriate theoretically guided interventions. PREREQ: SOCWRK 504 or admission to Advanced Standing MSW Program.
SOCWRK 529 RESEARCH AND STATISTICS FOR SOCIAL WORK (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). This is an advanced standing bridge course that enhances student skills and knowledge in foundation research concepts and procedures. Focuses on methods of data processing, analysis, and implications of quantitative and qualitative data to advance social work practice, knowledge, and theory. Use and interpret various statistical procedures for analyzing quantitative and qualitative data. Apply analytic techniques using computer software applications. PREREQ: Admission to Advanced Standing MSW Program.
SOCWRK 530 FOUNDATIONS OF RESEARCH I (2-0-2)(F,S,SU). This is the first of a two-course sequence on foundations of research and analysis. It is designed to provide students with the knowledge base and skills for using scientific method to advance social work practice, knowledge, and theory. The course covers quantitative and qualitative methods. Content includes conceptualization, operationalization, design, sampling, measurement, data collection, use of results, and ethical considerations including how research affects diverse populations. PREREQ: Admission to MSW Program.
SOCWRK 531 FOUNDATIONS OF RESEARCH II (2-0-2)(F,S,SU). This is the second course in a two-course sequence on foundations of research and analysis. This course focuses on methods of analysis, and implications of quantitative and qualitative data to advance social work practice, knowledge, and theory. Students learn to use and interpret various statistical procedures for analyzing quantitative data, including univariate, bivariate, and multivariate analysis, and analysis for qualitative data. Students apply analytic techniques using computer software applications. PREREQ: Admission to MSW Program, SOCWRK 530.
SOCWRK 532 ADVANCED RESEARCH: PROGRAM AND PRACTICE EVALUATION (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). This course builds on basic understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods and analysis. Students gain knowledge and skills to use appropriate research methods for empirically based knowledge building and to enhance program and practice effectiveness. Content includes single system and group design and formative and summative approaches to practice and program evaluation. PRE/COREQ: SOCWRK 529 or SOCWRK 531.
SOCWRK 550 ADVANCED INTERVENTIONS I: COMPARATIVE THEORIES (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). This is the first practice course in the concentration year of the MSW Program, which focuses on individuals and families. This course builds upon the generalist foundation and advances student knowledge of theoretical frameworks used in social work practice to bring about change with individuals and families. Students will examine practice implications of different theoretical frameworks with particular attention to the efficacy of those theoretical and practice models with oppressed and at-risk populations. In addition, empirically based interventions, critical aspects of the therapeutic relationship, which promote growth and bring about change, and the application of social work values and evaluation of practice are areas of focus. PREREQ: Admission to Advanced Standing MSW Program or SOCWRK 503, SOCWRK 504, and SOCWRK 515. COREQ: SOCWRK 575.
SOCWRK 561 CORE CONCEPTS IN TRAUMA-INFORMED CHILD WELFARE PRACTICE (2-0-2)(F,S,SU). Introduces students to the core concepts (general theory and foundational knowledge), informing evidence-based assessment and treatment for traumatized children and adolescents who are in the child welfare system. Highlights the roles of development, culture, and empirical evidence in trauma-specific assessment, referral and treatments, the level of functioning of primary care-giving environments and the capacity of the community and child welfare system to facilitate restorative processes. PREREQ: Admission to MSW program.
SOCWRK 562 SCHOOL SOCIAL WORK (2-0-2)(F,S,SU). To develop an in-depth understanding of school social work skills and knowledge. Emphasis on school social work from a point of view that incorporates knowledge and values from a broad range of social work theoretical approaches. PREREQ: Admission to MSW Program.
SOCWRK 563 SUBSTANCE USE AND OTHER ADDICTIVE DISORDERS (2-0-2)(F,S,SU). Provides an overview of chemical dependency and process addictions including: public policy, theories of prevention and addiction, screening and assessment, evidence-based treatment, the physiology and psychology of addiction, and the effects of drugs on the individual, family, and society. PREREQ: Admission to MSW Program.
SOCWRK 564 AGING (2-0-2)(F,S,SU). Includes policy issues and services that should be available to all aged, and special services that are essential for the frail, impaired, or isolated elderly. Available programs are explored, including local organizations and related social services. Emphasis on strengths-based social work practice. PREREQ: SOCWRK 550.
SOCWRK 565 SOCIAL WORK IN HEALTHCARE (2-0-2)(F,S,SU). Building on core knowledge common to all fields of practice, this course examines advanced practice skills and interventions relevant to health care settings in work with individual clients, families, groups, and interdisciplinary teams. Social work practice is explored in the context of the psychosocial consequences of illness and current health care delivery. PREREQ: Admission to MSW Program.
SOCWRK 566 FOUNDATION AND APPLICATION OF TRAUMA-INFORMED PRACTICE (2-0-2)(F,S,SU). Examines acute, chronic and complex trauma informed by current evidence-based assessment and intervention methods for individuals, families, groups and communities impacted by traumatic stress. Emphasis is on the history of trauma; development, anatomy and physiology of the human brain; impact of traumatic stress, exposure to traumatic events, culture; trauma-specific assessment and recovery. PREREQ: Admission to MSW Program.
SOCWRK 567 CHILD WELFARE PRACTICE (2-0-2)(F,S,SU). Examines the child welfare system within the context of its historical development, current policy, and professional competencies required for social work practice. Focuses on child welfare services, roles of advanced social work professionals, and how to apply a clinical lens in work with children, youth, and families. PREREQ: SOCWRK 521, or SOCWRK 513 and SOCWRK 529.
SOCWRK 570 FOUNDATION FIELD WORK I (0-15-2)(F,S,SU). Opportunity for students to apply what they have learned in the classroom to an area of practice within the field of social work, which includes working within a generalist framework across micro, mezzo and macro areas of practice. In addition, students doing field work will be able to demonstrate competence that is informed by knowledge, values, skills and cognitive and affective processes that include the student’s critical thinking, affective reactions, and exercise of judgment in regard to unique practice situations. (Pass/Fail.) PRE/COREQ SOCWRK 503 and admission to the MSW Program. COREQ: SOCWRK 573.
SOCWRK 571 (COUN 571)(MHLTHSCI 571) FUNDAMENTALS OF HEALTHY AGING (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). Overview of gerontology presented by examining major issues related to aging. Content includes theories of aging; the impact of an aging population; and future implications at local, national, and international levels. May be taken for COUN, MHLTHSCI or SOCWRK credit, but no more than once.
SOCWRK 572 FOUNDATION FIELD WORK II (0-15-2)(F,S,SU). Continuation of SOCWRK 570. (Pass/Fail.) PREREQ: SOCWRK 503, SOCWRK 570, and admission to the MSW Program. PRE/COREQ: SOCWRK 504. COREQ: SOCWRK 574.
SOCWRK 573 FOUNDATION PRACTICUM SEMINAR I (1-0-1)(F,S,SU). Provides a forum for students to integrate, synthesize, and apply classroom content with the practical world of the field/practice setting. Fostering a generalist practice perspective, provides a supportive group setting to develop professional identity, self-awareness, self-care, empathy, and critical inquiry and awareness. Students will explore the use of social work values and ethics, examine best practices, and consider diverse experiences, along with processing and evaluation of personal behaviors within the context of field. PREREQ: Admission to the MSW Program. COREQ: SOCWRK 570.
SOCWRK 574 FOUNDATION PRACTICUM SEMINAR II (1-0-1)(F,S,SU). Continuation of SOCWRK 573. PREREQ: SOCWRK 503, SOCWRK 570, and admission to the MSW Program. COREQ: SOCWRK 572.
SOCWRK 575 ADVANCED SOCIAL WORK PRACTICUM I (0-20-5)(F,S,SU). Provides students with a supervised social work practiced experience in a social service agency under the direct supervision of a licensed social worker. Includes experiential learning in direct practice with individuals and families. (Pass/Fail.) PREREQ: SOCWRK 572 or admission to the MSW Advanced Standing Program. COREQ: SOCWRK 577.
SOCWRK 576 ADVANCED SOCIAL WORK PRACTICUM II (0-20-5)(F,S,SU). Continuation of SOCWRK 575. (Pass/Fail.) PREREQ: Admission to MSW Program, SOCWRK 575. COREQ: SOCWRK 578.
SOCWRK 577 ADVANCED PRACTICUM SEMINAR I (1-0-1)(F,S,SU). Integrative seminar that facilitates development of advanced direct social work practice knowledge, skills and values with individuals and families. PREREQ: SOCWRK 572 or admission to the MSW Advanced Standing Program. COREQ: SOCWRK 575.
SOCWRK 578 ADVANCED PRACTICUM SEMINAR II (1-0-1)(F,S,SU). Continuation of SOCWRK 577. PREREQ: Admission to MSW Program, SOCWRK 575, SOCWRK 577. COREQ: SOCWRK 576.
SELECTED TOPICS (1-4 Variable). To be offered as staff availability permits:
SOCWRK 580 SOCIAL WORK WITH DIVERSE POPULATIONS
SOCWRK 581 SOCIAL WORK WITH FAMILIES
SOCWRK 582 SOCIAL WORK WITH THE ELDERLY
SOCWRK 583 SOCIAL WORK WITH SPECIAL NEEDS POPULATIONS
SOCWRK 584 SOCIAL WORK WITH CHILDREN AND YOUTH
SOCWRK 585 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE WITH ORGANIZATIONS AND COMMUNITIES
SOCWRK 586 SOCIAL WORK WITH GROUPS
SOCWRK 587 SOCIAL WORK SUPERVISION
Refer to the University-wide Graduate Courses section in this catalog for additional course offerings.