Social Work  

SW 801 - Women and Aging
Credits: 3.00
An overview of women as they age in the American culture, with a brief international overview. Ethnic and cross-cultural perspectives explored. Areas to be studied include biological aging, focusing on menopause; economics and women, including retirement issues; women in the media; lesbian relationships; and late marriages.

SW 805 - Child and Adolescent Risks and Resiliency: Program, Policy and Practice
Credits: 3.00
Major social work policy and program questions in the field of child welfare introduced. The relationship between child welfare and the rest of the social work profession analyzed. Various types of child welfare services, some aspects of social and child welfare policy studied, as well as current research and practice issues in child welfare services.

SW 810 - Computer Utilization in Social Work
Credits: 3.00
Provides students with a basic understanding of computerization and its application in social work. Computer literacy is seen as a requirement for effective practice of social work in the 21st century.

SW 812 - Understanding Developmental Disabilities
Credits: 3.00
Analysis of the complex social contexts of people with developmental disabilities. Explores and questions traditional approaches and the current service system. Examines family and community services and resources. Special fee.

SW 814 - Introduction to Addiction: Assessment and Intervention
Credits: 3.00
Information and skills necessary to address issues of substance abuse with individuals, families and communities. Overview of the dynamics of addiction; the treatment and recovery process; and the role of social work professionals in the identification and treatment of addiction. Special populations (women, adolescents, elderly, gay/lesbian/ bisexual/transgendered, ethnic/racial groups) discussed. Treatment approaches explored.

SW 815 - Practice with Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender People
Credits: 3.00
Sexual minorities constitute the minority group a counselor most consistently encounters wherever he or she works. Addresses the task of counseling gay, lesbian, and bisexual people on both personal and professional levels for the counselor. Readings include theoretical, experimental, clinical, counseling, and personal perspectives, as well as providing an introduction to the gay/lesbian/bisexual subculture. Students explore and examine their own attitudes and assumptions regarding gays, lesbians, and bisexuals.

SW 820 - Social Welfare Policy I
Credits: 3.00
The history and development of social welfare systems in the United States. Origins and development of significant policies, values, attitudes, and other issues related to the social welfare system and the delivery of service. Basic social welfare concepts studied and economic inequality in the U.S. examined along with policy responses to this social issue.

SW 830 - Social Work Practice I
Credits: 3.00
Basic concepts, theories, and skills of social work practice. Lectures and discussions, readings and written exercises, and laboratory and practice sessions. Students use the experiential parts of the course (laboratory and interview simulations) to apply the conceptual and theoretical knowledge.
Co-requisites: SW 880

SW 831 - Social Work Practice II: Practice in Small Groups and Community Organizations
Credits: 3.00
Continuation of Social Work Practice I with the further aim of introducing students to social work with groups and communities as models of social work practice.
Co-requisites: SW 881

SW 840 - Implications of Race, Culture, and Oppression for Social Work Practice
Credits: 3.00
This foundation course is designed to increase students awareness of historical, social, political, economic and cultural aspects of micro- and macro-level oppression directed at minorities. Course materials focus on insidious societal forces that shape and profoundly alter life experiences of large numbers of people, with special attention to social relationships that promote the welfare of some, while limiting opportunities and choices for others, including racial and ethnic minorities, children, women, the poor, the handicapped, GLBTQ individuals, and others. Students consider practice issues in multicultural SW.

SW 850 - Human Behavior and the Social Environment I
Credits: 3.00
SW 850 is the first half of a two-semester sequence in which students learn about human behavior and development and it's context across the life cycle. This semester addresses growth and development from the prenatal period through adolescence using social systems theory/person-in-the-environment as a conceptual framework. The macrosystems that impact individual development, including family, community and larger systems, are examined. Societal forces that are often invisible shape and profoundly alter life experiences of larger numbers of people. HBSE I pays special attention to social relationships that promote the welfare of some while limiting opportunities and choices for others during the first half of the lifecycle. Human worth and social justice themes permeate course materials, class discussions and activities.

SW 851 - Human Behavior and the Social Environment II
Credits: 3.00
SW 851 is the second half of a two-semester sequence in which students learn about human behavior and development and it's context across the life cycle. This semester addresses growth and development from adolescence through old age using social systems theory/person-in-the-environment as a conceptual framework. The macrosystems that impact individual development, including family, community and larger systems, are examined. Societal forces that are often invisible shape and profoundly alter life experiences of larger numbers of people. HBSE II pays special attention to social relationships that promote the welfare of some while limiting opportunities and choices for others during the first hlaf of the lifecycle. Human worth and societal justice themes permeate course materials, class discussions and activities.

SW 860 - Research Methods in Social Work
Credits: 3.00
Designed to acquaint first-year master's degree students with the concepts and skills necessary to carry out research in social work practice. Particular emphasis placed on methodological issues related to research in a variety of practice contexts. Although the skills necessary to review research critically are examined, the primary emphasis is on preparing the student to carry out research related to practice.

SW 873 - Intervention with Groups
Credits: 3.00
Principles in social work practice with groups. Focus on helping the individual within the framework of a group setting. The purpose and usefulness of group work as a preventative method and as an intervention tool outlined. History, underlying theory, techniques of group facilitation and typology of treatment and task groups examined. Students actively participate in a group simulation.

SW 880 - Field Internship I
Credits: 3.00
This two-semester requirement provides supervised learning and practice within social work programs in a wide range of program settings. Students spend 16 hours per week in the field. Individual field placements arranged with each student by the field coordinator. In order to receive credit, students must satisfactorily complete both SW 880 and SW 881. A concurrent integrative seminar is required. In this weekly seminar attention is given to the development of basic social work skills and techniques, legal and ethical issues, and the development of appropriate professional relationships. A primary goal is to integrate classroom learning with the field experience. Special fee. Cr/F.
Co-requisites: SW 830

SW 881 - Field Internship II
Credits: 3.00
SW 881 is a continuation of SW 880, Field Internship I. Students must satisfactorily complete both field experience semesters to receive credit. Prereq: SW 880 (Field Internship I). Cr/F.
Co-requisites: SW 831

SW 882 - Therapeutic Applications of Adventure Programming
Credits: 4.00
Examines the use of adventure activities as elements of therapeutic treatment plans. Incorporates theoretical seminars and associated practical experiences. (Also listed as KIN 882.)

SW 885 - Study Abroad: Comparative Social Welfare Systems
Credits: 3.00
Students in this course examine the historical development of social welfare in another country including an analysis of the underlying values and attitudes that dictate practice and policy decisions. The course includes agency site visits, lectures, themed readings and visits to important cultural sites. Only open to first and second year MSW students. Special fee. Cr/F.

SW 897 - Special Topics in Social Work and Social Welfare
Credits: 3.00
Seminar for graduate students. Topics may include: A) Drugs and Chemical Dependency; B) Intimate Partner Violence C) Social Action in Education Settings D) Social Action in the Dominican Republic. May be repeated for different topics. Special fee.

SW 900 - Advanced Standing Practice and Field Seminar
Credits: 3.00
Weekly seminar held concurrently with field placement designed to orient and adequately prepare advanced standing students for advanced practice and field courses. Bridges the undergraduate and graduate curriculum and reviews foundation year concepts, theories, and skills of social work practice and field. Exploration of social work identity and professional relationships with supervisors, colleagues, and agencies. Primary focus on social work values and ethics and the development of ethical decision-making skills including the importance of culturally competent practice. Only offered to advanced standing MSW students. Special fee. Cr/F.

SW 926 - Social Welfare Policy II
Credits: 3.00
A continuation of the exploration of social policy issues begun in SW 820. Students review various methods of social policy analysis and apply these to issues of concern at the state, local, and agency levels. The course's key organizing concept is the integration of social policy concerns with social work practice and the promotion of client well-being. Prereq: SW 820.

SW 932 - Direct Practice III: Clinical Assessment and Intervention
Credits: 3.00
Builds on the academic and direct practice foundations from Practice I and II and incorporates a focus on the conscious and purposeful use of self as a therapeutic or change agent. Differential assessment is featured through the application of the scientific method and a bio-psycho-social perspective. Several frameworks for assessment and intervention are explored including: psychodynamic, systemic, cognitive-behavioral, family, group and community/organizational frameworks. Prereq: SW 831.
Co-requisites: SW 982

SW 933 - Direct Practice IV: Advanced Clinical Assessment and Intervention
Credits: 3.00
This course marks the end of MSW preparation for entering the field and, as such, focuses on professional identity development and positioning. Critical thinking and conscious, purposeful and differential use of self as a therapeutic or change agent are emphasized. Advanced assessment using cognitive, psychodynamic, social constructionist and systemic frameworks is offered with a focus each week on role-plays and presentations of case material from field experiences that help to integrate theory with practice. Prereq: SW 932.
Co-requisites: SW 983

SW 936 - Community and Administrative Practice III: Community Organization and Political Strategies
Credits: 3.00
Provides students with the knowledge base and skills in the areas of: community assessment, intervention, planning, budgeting, and developing organizational change and political strategies. Students learn to use strategies of cultivation, mobilization and sustaining support that empowers underserved constituent groups. Course provides both historical and current contexts for change efforts across organizational and community systems. Course is required of students in the community and administrative practice concentration, but also open as an elective to any M.S.W. student who has completed first-year practice courses
Co-requisites: SW 982

SW 937 - Community and Administrative Practice IV: Management of Human Service Organizations
Credits: 3.00
Continuation of the exploration of macro practice issues begun in SW 936. Preparation of students for performing managerial functions in public and private human service settings, including those that serve diverse constituent groups. Focuses on the concepts, principles, values, and strategies that inform administrative practice, including policy formulation and program planning. Emphasis on the integration of organizational theory, managerial roles, ans a systems knowledge base. Course is required of students in the community and administrative practice concentration (Prereq: SW 936), but is also open as an elective to any direct practice M.S.W. student who has completed first-year practice courses. Coreq: SW 983 if CAP concentration.

SW 952 - Human Behavior and the Social Environment III
Credits: 3.00
Designed to acquaint master's degree students with the epidemiology, classification, and etiology of the major mental illnesses; with a primary objective to develop the student's diagnostic skills in the field of psychopathology. Students become familiar with historical and current mental health policy issues. At course conclusion students have an effective working knowledge of the bio-psycho-social basis of the major mental disorders, the behavioral symptomology that characterizes them, the use of psychotropic medication in treatment, and their classification according to the current DSM system. Prereq: SW 850 and SW 851.

SW 957 - Program and Resource Development in the Social Service Arena
Credits: 3.00
This course is designed to introduce students to various approaches to fundraising in the health and human services. Students are provided with an overview of the history of philanthropy in the United States, important theories and concepts, the relevance of organizational context, stages in the donor development process, trends in giving and volunteering. Students receive step-by-step instruction in the techniques of grant writing. In addition, the use of emerging technologies such as the Internet for health and human service fundraising are explored. Ethical issues specific to the health and human service fundraising are examined.

SW 962 - Research II Statistics
Credits: 3.00
Social science statistics is a set of methods used to organize and analyze data for the purpose of either answering research questions or testing social science theories with data. Course provides practical, data-oriented introduction to the methods of modern statistical analysis with a focus on understanding and interpretation rather than the details of calculation. Students with extensive experience may test out.

SW 965 - Research III: Program and Practice Evaluation
Credits: 3.00
A one semester course, basic introduction to evaluation methods in the context of social work practice and social welfare. Students develop and conduct evaluations of practice, programs, and policies. Course provides skills required for practice and program evaluation. Prereq: SW 860; 962.

SW 974 - Social Work Supervision
Credits: 3.00
Prepares students for a supervisory role in human service agencies. Basic principles of administrative, supportive and educational supervision are reviewed and related to the student's own experiences in supervision or as a supervisor. This elective course is open to both direct practice and community and administrative practice students.

SW 975 - Theory and Practice of Family Therapy
Credits: 3.00
This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the theory and practice of family therapy. Major approaches to be examined include structural, strategic, systemic, brief, narrative family therapy, and social constructionism. Students have an opportunity to present cases they are currently working with in their internships and are able to practice family therapy techniques with the use of a team coaching them from behind a one-way mirror.

SW 979 - Social Work and the Law
Credits: 3.00
Social work practitioners routinely encounter and interact with the legal system in their work. The course provides knowledge of, and learning about, the differences between the legal and social service networks, the realities of work involving the law, and legal issues, as well as an understanding of those aspects of the legal system most likely to impact clients and their families.

SW 982 - Field Internship III
Credits: 4.00
This two semester requirement provides advanced practice experience in a wide range of social work settings. Students spend 24 hours per week in the field. Individual field placements are arranged with each student by the field coordinator. In order to receive course credit, students must satisfactorily complete both semesters(SW 982 and SW 983). A concurrent integrative seminar is also required. The goal of the weekly seminar is to assist students in conceptualizing and integrating the multiple theoretical issues and practice concepts of course work and the practicum. Students are expected to take major responsibility for the semester, using the instructor as a resource. Coreq: SW 932 or SW 936. Special fee. Cr/F.

SW 983 - Field Internship IV
Credits: 4.00
This two semester requirement provides advanced practice experience in a wide range of social work settings. Students spend 24 hours per week in the field. Individual field placements are arranged with each student by the field coordinator. In order to receive course credit, students must satisfactorily complete both semesters. A concurrent integrative seminar is also required. The goal of the workshop-style weekly seminar is to assist students in conceptualizing and integrating the multiple theoretical issues and practice concepts of course work and the practicum. Students are expected to take major responsibility for the semester, using the instructor as a resource. Coreq: SW 933 or SW 937. Cr/F.

SW 992 - Special Projects and Independent Study
Credits: 1.00 to 3.00
Projects, research and reading programs in areas of concentration. Sixty days advance approval of the student's plan of study by adviser and proposed instructor required. Prereq: 24 cr. in M.S.W. coursework. May be repeated to maximum of 6 credits. Special fee. Cr/F.