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SOW-Social Work-Undergrad

SOW150 - Introduction to Social Work

This course explores the social, political, economic and historical dimensions of poverty and welfare services in the United States. It complements other beginning courses in the social sciences by integrating this knowledge in a fashion which aids in the comprehension of welfare services while establishing a basis for movement toward higher level courses. (3 crs.)

SOW208 - Diversity in a Changing World

This course provides an analysis of the historical, economic, and political relations of American religious, ethnic and racial minorities in terms of social change and social structure. Special attention is given to Puerto Rican, Chicano, and Indian subcultures, as well as minority experience in the rural environment. Sources of prejudice and discrimination and social processes, including conflict, segregation, assimilation, accommodation, and cooperation, are examined. (3 crs.)

SOW215 - Human Behavior and the Social Environment: The Life Course

Human Behavior and the Social Environment: The Life Course is the first of a two-semester course content area that is designed to provide the perspectives, frameworks and theories necessary to understand human behavior in the social environment from a social work perspective. This course emphasizes ecological, systems, and life course perspectives to work effectively with individuals and families across the lifespan. Approaches to understanding human and family growth and behavior are presented, with an emphasis on diversity and difference and the impacts of oppression and discrimination across the life course. Person-environment transactions and person-environment fit are stressed as the basis for understanding individuals and families from a social work perspective. (3 crs.)

SOW302 - Social Work Practice with Individuals

This course assumes that generalist social workers perform varied tasks with basic skills, attitudes and knowledge, and that this development will increase self-awareness with subsequent emergence of a professional self. Students learn problem assessment, caseload management, and a variety of counseling theories and intervention strategies, with special emphasis on the unique characteristics of the rural client. Prerequisites: Majors only; SOW 150 (3 crs.)

SOW303 - Human Sexuality and Society

Humans evolve as sexual beings from a continual interplay among biological, cultural and psychosocial factors. This course provides content on enhancing personal well being, establishing psychologically healthy relationships, making responsible sexual choices, protecting reproductive health, preventing sexual dysfunction and trauma. Included in the course is accurate information and open discussion regarding the ways in which sexuality both contributes to and affects overall health and well-being. The course covers diverse groups and the human lifespan including sexuality and sexual expression among the elderly. Prerequisite: Junior status or instructor's permission. (3 crs.)

SOW304 - Social Work Practice with Families

This course is the second in a four-course practice methods sequence. It builds on the skills developed in Social Work Practice with Individuals, utilizing the ecological-systems approach to assessment and problem solving. The course covers the history of social work with families, the stages of family development, assessment of goals and objectives for families, and the principles and values for intervention and problem solving with families. Prerequisites: Majors only, SOW 150, prerequisite or corequisite: SOW 302. (3 crs.)

SOW306 - Social Work in the Rural Environment

This course exposes the undergraduate social work student to the unique problems and social needs of non metropolitan communities, in particular small towns and rural areas. Students will come to understand the social structure of such communities and the pervasiveness of many social problems, especially poverty. Existent social welfare systems will be examined along with recommendations for program development, resource identification and social planning. Prerequisites: SOW 150. (3 crs.)

SOW315 - Human Growth and Behavior: Birth to Young Adult

This course provides foundation knowledge, contribution of studies, research, and theory in understanding human development. SOW 315 begins the life cycle from prenatal influence through young adulthood. Emphasis is on both normal development/behavior and on differences. The course illustrates how diverse groups are affected in their development through the life cycle, with examples from rural experience. (3 crs.)

SOW316 - Human Behavior and the Social Environment II: Groups, Organizations and Communities

Human Behavior and the Social Environment II: Groups, Organizations and Communities is the second of a two-semester content area that is designed to provide perspectives, frameworks and theories necessary to understand human behavior in the social environment from a social work perspective. Approaches presented emphasize diversity and difference and the systemic impacts of oppression and discrimination at the group, organizational and community levels. The nature of systems, environmental transactions, and goodness-of-fit are stressed as the basis for understanding groups, organizations and communities from a social work perspective. A strengths-based, empowerment perspective is also used throughout the course to better understand reciprocal relationships at the group, organization and community levels. Prerequisite: Students are encouraged to take SOW 215 first (3 crs.)

SOW330 - Child Welfare

In this class, students learn about societal efforts to insure the welfare of children, the rights of children and parents, child welfare policies, programs, and service delivery problems. Students examine historical and current practices, working with natural parents, supportive services, substitutes, and residential care. (3 crs.)

SOW340 - Poverty and Related Social Problems

This course examines poverty as a dependent and independent variable in its relationship to other social problems and human behavior. Social policy and programs that attempt to respond to the variety of conditions that are both causes and effects of poverty and related behavior will be studied. Prerequisites: SOC 100 or permission of instructor. (3 crs.)

SOW345 - Social Work Practice with Groups

This course is the third in a four-course practice methods sequence. It builds on the skills developed in Social Work Practice with Individuals, utilizing the ecological-systems approach to assessment and problem solving. The course covers the history of social group work, the stages of group development, assessment of goals and objectives for groups, and the principles and values for intervention and problem solving with groups. Prerequisites: Majors only; prerequisite or corequisite: SOW 302. (3 crs.)

SOW349 - Social Work Practice with Organizations and Communities

Macro practice methods refer to those skills that enable the generalist social worker to act at an organizational and community level to effect change in larger social systems. These skills encompass planning, organizing and administrative tasks. Proficiency at the macro level is particularly important for the rural practitioner who may be relatively isolated from other service providers. Through a semester-long class project, students gain hands-on experience in committee work, program development, action, research, budgeting and many other specific skills. Prerequisites: Majors Only; SOW 302 and SOW 304. (3 crs.)

SOW350 - Social Work with the Aging

This course examines the development and current status of policies and services related to the elderly, the service delivery systems, and implications for social work practice concepts for working with the elderly. Prerequisites: SOW 150 or permission of instructor. (3 crs.)

SOW360 - Social Welfare History, Policy Analysis and Social Service Delivery

This course examines the history and philosophy of social welfare policy and the basic process of policy development. Students apply a conceptual framework to analyze and evaluate policies and their consequences. Students pay particular attention to the impact of social policy on people and human service organizations. Built on an interdisciplinary base (economic, political, science, and sociological theories), the course prepares students for policy practice skills taught in Policy Practice in Social Work (SOW 370). Prerequisite or corequisite: SOW 302 (3 crs.)

SOW364 - Juvenile Delinquency

Students in this course learn to recognize the causes, prevention and treatment of deviancy among youth. This course explores the impact of sex, race, poverty, urban/rural context and other social factors on deviance. Students examine the juvenile court system, its nonadversary role, changing attitudes toward treatment and questions regarding change. Prerequisite: PSY 100. (3 crs.)

SOW370 - Policy Practice in Social Work

In this class, students learn about the social change process, strategies, reactions to change, and the impact of change on social policy and social welfare institutions. Prerequisites: Majors only; SOW 360. (3 crs.)

SOW405 - Social Work Research Methods

This course prepares the student to understand social work research methods and the use of research methods. The student will be able to understand the philosophy of research, the reasons for doing social work research, and the components of the research process including strengths, limitations, ethics and interpretation of research findings. The course will progress from the general discussion of research principles and methods to the more specific elements of professional social work research. This is a 400 level course with work and expectations of student to be at an advanced level. Prerequisites: Majors only, SOW 302. (3 crs.)

SOW410 - Social Work in Mental Health

This course builds on psychosocial study, assessment, and treatment introduced in Social Work Practice with Individuals. It acquaints students with DSM-IV-R terminology and its uses for generalist social work practice. It also explores the scope and depth of individual psychopathology, community concerns, prevention and intervention approaches. Prerequisites: SOW 150 and SOW 302, or permission of instructor. (3 crs.)

SOW425 - Field Education

This course provides a supervised placement in a practice setting under the supervision of a MSW social worker. The application of theoretical knowledge and skills, along with demonstrated competencies in working with various client systems, is emphasized. The course requires a minimum of 480 clock hours. Prerequisites: SOW 345; SOW 370; SOW 405; corequisite: SOW 435 (12 crs.)

SOW435 - Field Education Seminar

This capstone seminar is paired with a supervised placement in a practice setting (SOW 425) under the supervision of an MSW social worker. This seminar is focused on professional reflection and synthesis of prior coursework with praxis in a field setting. The application of theoretical knowledge and skills, along with demonstrated competencies in working with various client systems, is emphasized. Ethical professional practice is emphasized. Prerequisites: SOW 345, 370 and 405; corequisite SOW 425. (3 crs.)

SOW495 - Seminar in Special Topics

This seminar focuses on selected topics of particular significance or current importance and interest to the social work profession. Students can receive credit for more than one seminar provided that each seminar focuses on a different topic. Prerequisite: Junior or senior in major or permission of instructor. (Variable crs.)