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SCWK 521 - Older Adults: Policies & Services (3).
Description: This course provides a review of the development of social welfare policy and services affecting older adults in the United States in order to provide a context for practice. Some of the current programs will be described along with populations being served. Notes: Offered variable times. Prerequisites: Junior or higher status.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
0.000 Other hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Lecture

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SCWK 522 - Health/Mental Health: Policies & Services (3).
Description: This course provides a review of the development of health care and mental health policy in the United States in order to provide a context for practice. Some of the current programs will be described along with populations being served. Notes: Offered in spring and summer. Prerequisites: Junior or higher status.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
0.000 Other hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Lecture

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SCWK 523 - Families & Children: Policies & Services (3).
Description: This course provides an overview of the history of child welfare policies and services in the United States, a critical assessment of how values influence the development of policies and the provision of services to children, and provides a framework for evaluating child welfare policies and practices within the NASW Code of Ethics framework. Notes: Offered spring and summer. Prerequisites: Junior or higher status.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
0.000 Other hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Lecture

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SCWK 531 - Older Adults: Practice & Trends (3).
Description: This course provides a review of the development of older adult practice and trends in the United States in order to provide a context for practice. Some of the current programs will be described along with populations being served. Notes: Offered variable times. Prerequisite: Junior or higher status.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
0.000 Other hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Lecture

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SCWK 532 - Health/Mental Health: Practice & Trends (3).
Description: This course will focus on issues of health and mental health from an ecological perspective with a focus on addiction. It will encompass organizing factors: childhood development and resulting adaptive behavior and pathology in adulthood. The main purpose of this course is to help students develop an understanding of the dynamics of addiction and the impact that it has on health and mental health of the individual and their family members. Notes: Offered in fall. Prerequisites: SCWK 395 (may be taken concurrently) or permission of instructor.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
0.000 Other hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Lecture

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SCWK 533 - Families & Children: Practice & Trends (3).
Description: This course focuses on practice trends and issues relevant to social work practice with families and children. Practice trends such as family-centered, strengths-based perspectives, multi-systemic perspectives, risk and protective factors perspectives, constructions of resilience, motivational interviewing, and solution-focused approaches will be addressed, as well as others. The course emphasizes an empowerment-based, ecological perspective that affirms client strengths and coping capacities within a context of professional social work values and ethics, social justice, and affirmation of the human rights of diverse groups of people relative to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, ability, and socioeconomic class. Notes: Offered in fall. Prerequisites: Junior or higher status.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
0.000 Other hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Lecture
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SCWK 541 - Substance Abuse Interventions (3).
Description: This course will focus on issues of addiction from an ecological perspective. Students will study the various theories of addiction and the implications of those theories for both individual and family impact as well as for social work intervention. Strong emphasis will be placed on the interaction of cultural, environmental, interpersonal and intra-personal factors on the causes and social work intervention of addiction for individuals and within a family context. Notes: Offered variable times. Prerequisites: Junior or higher status.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
0.000 Other hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Lecture

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SCWK 550A - Special Topics in Social Work (1)
Description: Special topics of timely interest will be given on a one-time basis. Notes: May be repeated for credit under different topic.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Lecture

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SCWK 550B - Special Topics in Social Work (2)
Description: Special topics of timely interest will be given on a one-time basis. Notes: May be repeated for credit under different topic.
2.000 Credit hours
2.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Lecture

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SCWK 550C - Special Topics in Social Work (3)
Description: Special topics of timely interest will be given on a one-time basis. Notes: May be repeated for credit under different topic.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Lecture

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SCWK 550H - Special Topics in Social Work (1-3)
Description: Special topics of timely interest will be given on a one-time basis. Notes: May be repeated for credit under different topic.
1.000 TO 3.000 Credit hours
1.000 TO 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
0.000 Other hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Lecture

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SCWK 601 - Human Behavior in the Social Environment (3).
Description: Using an ecological framework, the course uses a strengths perspective to understand human behavior within the context of social work values and ethics. Differences among racial and ethnic minorities, cultural diversity, age, sexual orientation, disabilities and gender are examined. The course builds on the liberal arts perspective and provides the foundation for advanced MSW practice courses. Notes: Offered in fall. Prerequisites: Social Work Majors only.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
0.000 Other hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Lecture

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SCWK 602 - Social Welfare Policy (3).
Description: This course uses a strengths perspective within an ecological framework to examine the attitudes, polices and practices within US society that result in current social policy. Notes: Offered in fall. Prerequisites: Social Work majors only.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
0.000 Other hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Lecture

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SCWK 603 - Social Work Research (3).
Description: The course combines quantitative and qualitative research methods and research designs for evaluation of practice in various system levels from an ecological perspective. Understanding ethical issues, implication of research with vulnerable populations, and social and economic justice is central. Data analysis is an intrinsic part of the course. Notes: Offered in fall and summer. Prerequisites: Social Work majors only.
3.000 Credit hours
0.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
3.000 Other hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Lecture

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SCWK 604 - Generalist Social Work Practice I (3).
Description: This course provides a basic understanding of the history, purpose, scope and focus of the social work profession. From a generalist perspective, the course introduces the values, and processes of social work practice with individuals, families, and groups emphasizing practice principles that promote social justice and the well-being of individuals, and that change environmental conditions that adversely affect people. Notes: Offered in fall and spring. Prerequisites: Social majors only.
3.000 Credit hours
0.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
3.000 Other hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Seminar/Recitation

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SCWK 605 - Interpersonal Helping Skills (3).
Description: A communication skills and strategies lab that emphasizes development and practice of effective interpersonal helping skills in Social Work practice. Notes: Offered in fall and spring. Prerequisites: Social Work majors only.
3.000 Credit hours
0.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
3.000 Other hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Lecture/Lab-Clinical

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SCWK 606 - Social Work Foundation Review (3).
Description: This course provides incoming advanced standing students a review of the social work foundation content related to human behavior in the social environment, social welfare policy, social work research, generalist social work practice and interpersonal helping skills. Notes: A grade of S or U is recorded. This course may be repeated for additional credit. Prerequisites: Social Work majors only, BSW undergraduate degree.
3.000 Credit hours
0.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
3.000 Other hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Seminar/Recitation

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SCWK 610 - Generalist Social Work Practice II (3:).
Description: The course requires study and application of major models of social work practice with emphasis on the linkage between theoretical models of social work practice, assessment, intervention, and outcome in work with individuals, families, and groups. Students develop skills in beginning, middle, and ending phases of intervention, practice evaluation, advocacy, and case management. Notes: Offered in fall and spring. Prerequisites: Social Work majors only.
3.000 Credit hours
0.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
3.000 Other hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Seminar/Recitation

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SCWK 611 - Generalist Social Work Practice III (3).
Description: The course requires study and application of major models of social work practice with emphasis on the linkage between theoretical models of social work practice, assessment, intervention, and outcome in work with organizations and communities. Students develop skills in beginning, middle, and ending phases of intervention, practice evaluation, and advocacy. Notes: Offered in fall and spring. Prerequisites: Social Work majors only.
3.000 Credit hours
0.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
3.000 Other hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Seminar/Recitation

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SCWK 612 - Field Instruction I (3).
Description: The field experience provides an opportunity for students to apply the skills, knowledge, and values of generalist social work practice in a social service setting with diverse clients. Students work a minimum of 240 hours under MSW social work supervision in a social service agency. Notes: Lab Fee: $50. A grade of S or U is recorded. Offered in fall, spring and summer. Prerequisites: Social Work majors only.
3.000 Credit hours
0.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
3.000 Other hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Practicum/Cooperative edu

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SCWK 614 - Social Welfare Policy II (3).
Description: Building on the basis provided in SCWK 602 Social Welfare Policy, this course examines the dynamics of policy development and implementation. The course examines in detail the administrative, legislative, and judicial factors in policy making as well as the role of the social worker and impacts on major social work concerns. Both policy analysis and social work policy practice are covered. Notes: Offered in spring. Prerequisites: Social Work majors only.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
0.000 Other hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Lecture, Seminar/Recitation

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SCWK 615 - Empowerment Practice Concepts (3)
Description: This course examines the concepts that together form a coherent framework for empowerment-based social work practice across systems (individuals and families; small groups; and communities and organizations) and with diverse, oppressed populations. Impacts of privilege and structural oppression in our own lives are examined in order to better understand ethically sound use of self as a critical component of social work practice. Processes and outcomes of empowerment strategies are discussed, as are the simultaneous personal, collective, and structural bases of empowerment practice. Attention is given to the empowerment tradition in social work, as well as to the critical analysis of contemporary issues of assessment, prevention, intervention, and evaluation from an empowerment perspective. The course aim is to prepare students for entering the advanced year of study in social work empowerment practice. Prerequisites: Social work majors only. Notes: Offered in summer and spring.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Lecture

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SCWK 620 - Advanced Practice: Micro Systems (3)
Description: This course focuses on advanced social work theories and methods that are consistent with empowerment-based practice with micro systems. The emphasis will be on evidence-based theories and methods that are relevant across contemporary practice settings and service delivery systems. The application of advanced social work practice skills will be addressed within a context of professional social work values and ethics, social justice, and affirmation of the human rights of diverse groups of people. Prerequisite: Social work majors only. Notes: Offered in fall.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Lecture

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SCWK 621 - Leadership and Empowerment Practice (3).
Description: This course will focus on leadership and supervision in practice settings. Models of leadership and supervision will be addressed with a focus on those models that are consistent with principles of empowerment-based practice. The nature of power in leadership and supervision will be discussed, including roles, tasks, and techniques for facilitating effective organizational practices and outcomes. Also included will be topics such as navigating organizational culture, position development, objective setting, delegation, service delivery, evaluating staff performance, and incorporating cultural competency in leadership and supervisory roles. Course content will also address leadership and supervision relative to social work values and the NASW Code of Ethics. Notes: Offered in fall. Prerequisites: Social Work majors only.
3.000 Credit hours
0.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
3.000 Other hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Lecture/Lab-Clinical

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SCWK 622 - Field Instruction II (6:0:0).
Description: This is the second of a three course/three semester Field Instruction sequence that provides students with a practicum experience under the supervision of an MSW social worker in an agency where the student can apply advanced intervention skills and knowledge. Students work a minimum of 360 hours under professional social work supervision in a social service agency. Notes: Lab Fee: $100. A grade of S or U is recorded. Offered in fall, spring and summer. Prerequisites: Social Work majors only.
6.000 Credit hours
0.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
6.000 Other hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Practicum/Cooperative edu

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SCWK 623 - Psychopathology and Empowerment Practice (3).
Description: This course will focus on psychopathology and social work practice. Major mental illnesses across the life cycle will be explored, along with their impact across client populations and systems. Social work assessment and intervention approaches for social work practice with people who have mental illness will be addressed. The course will emphasize an empowerment-based perspective that affirms client strengths and coping capacities within a context of professional social work values and ethics, social justice, and affirmation of the human rights of diverse groups of people relative to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, ability, and socioeconomic class. Notes: Offered in fall and summer. Prerequisites: Graduate status; graduate non-degree status; or permission of instructor.
3.000 Credit hours
0.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
3.000 Other hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Lecture

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SCWK 624 - Psychodiagnostics and Social Work Practice (3).
Description: This course will focus on psychodiagnostics and social work practice. The utility of DSM- related assessment, diagnosis and differential diagnosis as applied in advanced social work practice with people who have mental illness will be addressed. The course will emphasize an empowerment-based perspective that affirms client strengths and coping capacities within a context of professional social work values and ethics, social justice, and affirmation of the human rights of diverse groups of people relative to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, ability, and socioeconomic class. Notes: Offered periodically. Prerequisites: Graduate status; graduate non-degree status; or, permission of instructor.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
0.000 Other hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Lecture

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SCWK 631 - Advanced Practice: Macro Systems (3)
Description: This course focuses on advanced social work knowledge and skills that are consistent with empowerment-based practice in communities and organizations. The course will emphasize contemporary theories and methods that are relevant in social work practice with larger systems. The application of advanced social work practice with communities and organizations will be addressed within a context of professional social work values and ethics and universal human rights. Notes: Offered in spring. Prerequisites: Social Work majors only.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
0.000 Other hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Lecture, Seminar/Recitation

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SCWK 632 - Field Instruction III (3:0:0).
Description: This is the third of a three course/three semester Field Instruction sequence that provides students with a practicum experience under the supervision of an MSW social worker in an agency where the student can apply advanced intervention skills and knowledge in one of the following tracks: social work practice with older adults, social work practice with families and children, or social work practice with clients in health/mental health settings. Students work a minimum of 360 hours under professional supervision in a social service setting. Notes: Lab Fee: $100. A grade of S or U is recorded. Offered in fall, spring and summer. Prerequisites: Social Work majors only.
6.000 Credit hours
0.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
6.000 Other hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Practicum/Cooperative edu

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SCWK 633 - Advanced Social Work Research (3:3:0).
Description: This course is designed to provide MSW students with an advanced understanding of social work research with a focus on program evaluation. Critical thinking skills will be augmented in order to determine selection, development, and employment of knowledge and skills applicable to effective evaluation. Students will apply advanced social work research concepts and theory, with special attention to the importance of empowerment in program evaluation. This course seeks to use advanced research processes in ways that will be of practical and beneficial use to the students, clients, and social work agencies. Notes: Offered in spring. Prerequisites: Social Work Majors only.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
3.000 Other hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Lecture, Lecture/Lab-Clinical

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SCWK 640 - Advanced Practice: Capstone (3)
Description: This advanced social work practice course serves as the capstone seminar experience in the MSW curriculum. Its purpose is for students to refine and explicate their knowledge of advanced social work practice theories and methodologies relative to the Social Work Program concentration in empowerment practice. A primary focus of the seminar will be on students developing a comprehensive written paper examining policy to practice considerations and an accompanying professional presentation of selected theories and practice methods that comprise their philosophical orientation to advanced social work practice that is grounded in the NASW Code of Ethics. Prerequisites: Social work majors only. Notes: Offered in spring.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Lecture

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Course Attributes:
Capstone Course

SCWK 641 - Advanced Practice with Older Adults (3).
Description: This is an advanced practice course that emphasizes the critical examination of best practice strategies that promote client resilience and sense of coherence for older adult clients within the context of the NASW Code of Ethics. This examination involves the development and implementation of culturally appropriate interventions involves the development and implementation of culturally appropriate interventions that are based on best practice research findings and the critical evaluation of one's own social work practice with older adults. Notes: offered in spring and summer. Prerequisites: SCWK 621, SCWK 622, SCWK 623. Social Work majors only.
3.000 Credit hours
0.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
3.000 Other hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Seminar/Recitation

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SCWK 642 - Advanced Practice in Health/Mental Health (3).
Description: This advanced social work practice course serves as the capstone seminar experience in the MSW curriculum. Its purpose is for students to refine and explicate their knowledge of advanced social work practice theories and methodologies relative to the health/mental health field of practice and the Social Work Program concentration in empowerment practice. A primary focus of the seminar will be on students developing a comprehensive written paper and an accompanying professional presentation of selected theories and practice methods that comprise their philosophical orientation to advanced social work practice. Notes: Offered in spring and summer. Prerequisites: SCWK 621, SCWK 622, SCWK 623. Social Work majors only.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
0.000 Other hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Lecture, Seminar/Recitation

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SCWK 643 - Advanced Practice with Families and Children (3:0:0).
Description: This advanced social work practice course serves as the capstone seminar experience in the MSW curriculum. Its purpose is for students to refine and explicate their knowledge of advanced social work practice theories and methodologies relative to the families and children field of practice and the Social Work Program concentration in empowerment practice. A primary focus of the seminar will be on students developing a comprehensive written paper and an accompanying professional presentation of selected theories and practice methods that comprise their philosophical orientation to advanced social work practice. Notes: Offered in spring and summer. Prerequisites: SCWK 621, SCWK 622, SCWK 623. Social Work majors only.
3.000 Credit hours
0.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
3.000 Other hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study/Research, Seminar/Recitation

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