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Curriculum

Social Work Curriculum

The social work degree program curriculum models the national Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (2008) published by the Council on Social Work Education. For students interested in pursuing graduate study, the curriculum satisfies the educational requirements for admission to full-time or part-time master’s degree programs in social work.

Professional practice settings include: social services, child welfare, heath, youth and education, medical, mental health, addictions, long-term care, corrections, and juvenile justice.

General Education Courses

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Core Courses in the Major

*Introduction to Social Work
SOW 101
4 credits

This course introduces the history, evolution, and purpose of the social work profession and examines professional values, knowledge base, processes and skills for generalist social work practice. Emphasis is given to the ecological framework for understanding the scope of social work practice at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels.This course introduces the history, evolution, and purpose of the social work profession and examines professional values, knowledge base, processes and skills for generalist social work practice. Emphasis is given to the ecological framework for understanding the scope of social work practice at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels.

 

*Social Welfare Policy and Issues
SOW 425
4 credits

This course introduces the historical and theoretical foundations of social welfare policy and social programs in the United States. Emphasis is given to the concepts, principles, competing values, ideas, beliefs, including mechanisms of oppression, that shape policy development and influence the decision-making, implementation, and financing of social welfare systems. The course examines the dual nature of social workers’ roles and professional obligations, both as contributors to social welfare policy development and as change agents, in promoting social justice, equality, community and individual well-being.

 

(*SOW 101 and SOW 425 are pre-professional courses. These may be accepted in transfer only if taken at a CSWE accredited program.)

 

Human Behavior and the Social Environment I and II (16 weeks)
SOW 322
4 credits

HBSE Part I: This foundational course, the first in a two-part sequence, focuses on the life-span approach to examine the biological, social, cultural, psychological, and spiritual factors that influence behavior, normal development, health, and well-being from conception to adolescence. Ecological/systems theories focus the “person-in-environment” as the context for biopsychosocial assessment and exploring the impact of human diversity, oppression, social and economic inequality. (Prerequisite: BIO 221) HBSE Part II: Human Behavior and the Social Environment
> The second in a two-part sequence focusing on the life-span, examines the biological, social, cultural, psychological, and spiritual factors that influence individual development, personality, and psychosocial adaptation from young adulthood to later adulthood.

 

Generalist Practice I: Social Work Practice with Individuals
SOW 323
4 credits

This foundational course examines the knowledge, ethics, and skills for generalist social work practice with individuals. Special emphasis is given to the person and environment construct, and the ecological framework for understanding the biological, social, cultural, psychological, and spiritual dimensions that shape individual development and behavior. Students will model the stages of the planned changed process focusing on the essential qualities of a professional helping relationship, beginning interviewing principles and techniques, use of self, counter transference, empathy, and related interpersonal skills.

 

Generalist Practice II: Social Work Practice with Families
SOW 324
4 credits

The course introduces the generalist/strengths perspective, family life cycle, assessment factors, and various structural, strategic, theoretical and evidence-based models and interventions for culturally-competent social work practice with families and extended family/natural support systems. (Prerequisite: SOW 323)

 

Generalist Practice III: Social Work Practice: Communities and Organizations
SOW 345
4 credits

The course applies the generalist/empowerment perspective in examining roles, relationships, and communication skills for working with communities and organizations, including the use of the planned change process – a systematic model guiding assessment, planning, problem-solving, and intervention techniques in macro social work practice. (Prerequisite: SOW 324)

 

Ethical Issues in Social Work
SOW 327
4 credits

The course introduces the value base and ethical standards of social work professional practice derived from the Code of Ethics for Social Workers (National Association of Social Workers, 1999). Students will examine personal values and gain knowledge of the dimensions of ethical decision making, apply guidelines for ethical reasoning and resolving ethical dilemmas related to social workers’ obligations to clients, colleagues, society, social work profession, society, and the practice setting. The course focuses on ethical practices and activities, including privacy and confidentiality, legal duties, client rights, civil rights, informed consent, professional judgment, competence, impairment, social welfare, and political action.

 

Multicultural Issues in Social Work
SOW 329
4 credits

This course provides a theoretical framework for understanding the dimensions of diversity, ethnocultural, socioeconomic, and social structures that shape human experience, and contribute to differences in power relations among individuals and multicultural groups in the United States. Emphasis is given to influential societal values and mechanisms of oppression that may marginalize, stigmatize, alienate, or mediate access to privilege, power, and acclaim among individuals and vulnerable groups. The course examines macro level change in promoting social and economic justice, human and civil rights, and empowerment concepts for eliminating poverty and discriminatory practices due to age, class, color, culture, disability, ethnicity, gender, immigration status, political ideology, race, religion, and sexual orientation.

 

Research Methods in Social Work I
SOW 370
4 credits

This course, the first of a two-course sequence, introduces the student to the basic terms, concepts, research designs, and applications of social work research methods. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking and identification of the stages of scientific inquiry, focusing concepts, terminology and topics in problem formulation, development of research questions or hypotheses, research designs, methods of data collection, statistical tests, and data analysis.(Prerequisite: STAT 221 or STAT 322)

 

Research Methods in Social Work II
SOW 470
4 credits

The course, the second of a two-course sequence, develops skills in analyzing research designs and evaluating social work program outcomes, including measures of practice effectiveness. Emphasis is placed on the development of analytical writing skills and critique of published empirical studies. (Prerequisite: SOW 370)

 

Social Welfare Policy Analysis
SOW 450
4 credits

The course introduces the theoretical framework and models for social welfare policy analysis. Students will analyze contemporary policy structures, economic concepts, federal and state initiatives that impact social work programs, practice, planning, and social service delivery systems related to social insurance, health care, child welfare, and aging. Students will identify the leadership, collaborative, and advocacy roles engaged by social workers at the macro level, and strategies for advancing human rights, civil rights, social and economic justice.