2020-2021 Academic Catalog

Social Work (SWK)

SWK 500A  Special Topics in Soc Work- Neurosciences and Social Work  (3 Credits)  

This course is presented with the understanding that the self-regulatory capacity which emerges from the human developmental process is central to well-being throughout the lifespan. This course examines the theoretical perspectives of neuro-biology and clarifies the role of the brain in helping to shape and condition behaviors, thoughts and emotions.

SWK 500B  Special Topics in Soc Work  (3 Credits)  

Contact the department for specific course information

SWK 500C  Special Topics in Soc Work  (3 Credits)  

Contact the department for specific course information

SWK 500D  Special Topics in Soc Work  (3 Credits)  

Contact the department for specific course information

SWK 512  Case Management in Social Work  (3 Credits)  

This course provides the foundations of case management by examining concepts, theories, and models of case management with diverse populations in various settings as it relates to social work. It focuses on essential social work case management skills and the standards for case management practice and evaluation, with an emphasis on ethical and legal issues. Current and emerging issues and approaches are explored.

SWK 529  Social Work With Military Families  (3 Credits)  

This course examines the impact of the military lifestyle on the family and social work's role and responsibilities within the military. This course will provide an in-depth view of the knowledge and skills necessary for the identification of needs specific to the military family. The application of resource management and implementation for supportive, therapeutic, and educational needs will be emphasized. The impact of race, gender and class will be examined. Emphasis will be placed on resource implementation to meet the uniqueness of the military family.

SWK 591  Individual Studies Social Work  (3 Credits)  

See department for specific course information.

SWK 614  Fundraising and Grantsmanship  (3 Credits)  

This course provides students with concepts and tools that can help nonprofit human service organizations better achieve their mission and organizational goals by securing financial resources necessary to do so. The course explores the resource climate of nonprofit organizations to identify different ways of acquiring resources, and to develop knowledge of and skill in a variety of interrelated strategies and techniques. These include learning how to assess an organization's fundraising capabilities, conduct prospect research, conduct an annual fund drive, solicit gifts and grants from corporations and foundations and the governmental sector, cultivate and secure major gifts, design planned giving opportunities, carry out a capital campaign, conduct special event fund fundraising and set up information systems to tract fund raising efforts. The course is primarily oriented toward graduate level students interested in acquiring overall managerial skills associated with the modern nonprofit, human service organization in an increasingly competitive society. The course does not require prerequisites and is equally suitable for students in clinical or community practice concentrations.

SWK 626  Foundation of Human Behavior and the Social Environment  (3 Credits)  

This course is an introductory course that involves the study and exploration of human behavior, and provides a framework for understanding individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities within the context of interacting physical and social environments. Human behavior is seen as varied and complex, arising from the interplay of a number of factors (biological, psychological, social, and cultural) which can enhance or impede the social functioning of individuals and social institutions. Traditional and alternative theories and paradigms will be utilized to provide the foundation necessary for organizing and understanding human behavior in the social environment. Special emphasis is given to human diversity, the impact of social and economic forces on individuals and social systems, and populations at risk.

SWK 639  Ethnicity  (3 Credits)  

This course is concerned with the particular development of ethnic, racial, religious groups, and cultural diversity in America. Theories of ethnicity, race, religion, and intergroup relations, their relevance to social work, the functions of and models for their study, derived from social research, are examined. Social issues, models for intervention designed to ameliorate unjust and oppressive conditions, and the impact of America's pluralism are explored. Concepts of culture, ethnicity, race, religion, prejudice and discrimination, and their influence on social welfare programs and social work practice are emphasized. Included are examination of ethnocentrism, racism, intergroup conflict, segregation, and other practices that have profound impact on the education, health, housing, employment, crime and delinquency, and mental and emotional health of individuals, families, groups, and communities.

SWK 651  Social Welfare Policy and Services  (3 Credits)  

One of the functions of Social Work has been, and is, to develop, maintain, modify, and strengthen the social welfare system so that it can meet basic human needs of a culturally diverse population. A method institutionalized with professional social work education and practice for fulfilling this vital mission is social welfare policy analysisand planning. This concerns the formulation, development, implementation, and evaluation of relevant social plans, policies, programs, and legislation designed to promote individual and societal well being; to prevent or resolve social problems, alleviate social injustice, develop human and social resources; and, generally, to enhance the quality of life for all segments of society. The purpose of the course is to provide students with the necessary knowledge, skills, and values to perform as informed and competent practitioners, and to contribute towards change and social justice, making social welfare institutions more humane and responsive to the needs of a diverse population.

SWK 652  Social Welfare Policy and Services Ii: P  (3 Credits)  

The purpose of this course is to build student, knowledge, skills, and values to change social, institutions to be more humane, equitable,, socially just, inclusive, and responsive to, increasingly diverse human needs through social, policy and advocacy.

SWK 663  Trauma and the Military  (3 Credits)  

The focus of this course is to identify and understand the range of physical and emotional consequences of trauma that are experienced by some active duty military personnel, veterans, reservists, and noncombatants (e.g. chaplains, medical staff, and theirfamilies). A major emphasis of this course is learning to identify risks and resilience factors and to provide empirically informed treatment to service men and women and their families who have experienced trauma. The course aims to sensitize students to social worker's commitment to respecting diversity among persons. Special issues of social work practice with minority populations, especially women, persons with 163 disabilities, people of color, college students, bisexual or transgendered persons are addressed.

SWK 675  Social Work Profession  (3 Credits)  

This course emphasizes the knowledge, values, and skills needed to engage in foundational social work practice. The course explores the history of social work and contemporary strengths of the social work profession. Students learn to apply social work values and ethics to interventions with individuals, families, and communities guided by cultural competence and social justice, with particular focus on African American clients.

SWK 690A  Field Practicum I  (3 Credits)  

The Field Practicum I educational experience provides students with the learning opportunity to engage in supervised social work practice in human services settings. Students learn to apply the foundation knowledge and skills obtained in the classroom to actual practice situations that involve individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations. Upon successful completion of the Field Practicum I experience, the student will be able to conduct competent assessments that recognize issues of diversity and strengths, develop intervention plans, implement basic intervention techniques, and evaluate practice outcomes from a generalist and ecosystems perspective.

SWK 690B  Field Practicum I  (3 Credits)  

The Field Practicum I educational experience provides students with the learning opportunity to engage in supervised social work practice in human services settings. Students learn to apply the foundation knowledge and skills obtained in the classroom to actual practice situations that involve individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations. Upon successful completion of the Field Practicum I experience, the student will be able to conduct competent assessments that recognize issues of diversity and strengths, develop intervention plans, implement basic intervention techniques, and evaluate practice outcomes from a generalist and ecosystems perspective.

SWK 693A  Msw Field Practicum Orientation I  (0 Credits)  

This is a mandatory/required one-time attendance course designed as an orientation to equip the MSW I Generalist social work field practicum student with the knowledge, values and skills needed to negotiate a successful first year field education experience.

SWK 693B  Msw Field Practicum Orientation I  (0 Credits)  

This is a mandatory/required one-time attendance course designed as an orientation to equip the MSW I Generalist social work field practicum student with the knowledge, values and skills needed to negotiate a successful first year field education experience.

SWK 697  Research Methods I  (3 Credits)  

This course is designed to impart knowledge and skills of scientific social investigation. Scientific methods of knowledge building for social work practice, as well as practice evaluation and research outcome utilization, are emphasized. This course covers scientific inquiry and theory, the ethics and politics of social work research, problems and hypotheses, operationalization and measurement, research designs, sampling, data collection and analysis, reporting results, and utilization of research outcomes

SWK 698  Research Methods II  (3 Credits)  

This is an advanced research course which focuses on research designs and analytical skills for the systematic evaluation of clinical social work practice. It covers the social and ethical context of practice research, as well as a variety of methods for practice evaluation. The utilization of quantitative and qualitative methods for data analysis is presented.

SWK 714  Differential Approaches to Treatment  (3 Credits)  

This course is designed to examine selected approaches to intervention used by social work professionals in work with individuals, families, and groups in a variety of settings. The theoretical base, essential values, major techniques, and roles of the worker of each selected approach will be reviewed in the context of their efficiency and demonstrated effectiveness for diverse populations. The course builds upon content in the foundation, clinical concentration, and field practice experience arenas. It serves to facilitate the integration of theory and practice and provides social workers with a sound base for arriving at differential assessments and differential plans of intervention which incorporate a social mechanism for evaluating the outcomes. This course serves to be a major integrative course within the clinical concentration.

SWK 715  Intervention Strategies With Miltary Families and Personnel  (3 Credits)  

This course is a capstone course in the sequence of courses for the specialization in social work with the Military. The focus of this course is clinical treatment of military service men and women, and their families. The major emphasis is learning to identify risks and resilience factors among service men and women and their families who experience trauma. The course sensitizes students to social worker's commitment to understand and appreciate strengths of military service men and women, both those who have been deployed and those who have not, and their families.

SWK 730  Differential Assessment in Social Work  (3 Credits)  

This course is designed to provide social work students with the essential knowledge, understanding and application of the DSM and ICD behavioral health classification systems for differential assessment and diagnosis of mental disorders, mental illness and related medical issues in clinical social work practice. Diagnostic assessment and application wi th diverse population groups and integration of client strengths, social work values and ethics, are also included in the clinical differential diagnostic as

SWK 736  Substance Abuse  (3 Credits)  

The purpose of this course is to provide students with clinical and/or administrative professional goals an opportunity to attain an essential knowledge and skill base necessary for successful program planning, service delivery, and evaluative practice with people involved in substance abuse. This course is designed for individuals with little or no prior knowledge in this area.

SWK 740  Stem-Health for Social Workers  (3 Credits)  

This course presents STEM-Health principles that, are informed by science (bodily systems),, technology (biomedical), engineering, (pharmaceutical/mechanical), and mathematics, (epidemiology) as applied to military personnel, having suffered injuries or illnesses.

SWK 750  Continuing Registrar in Social Work  (1 Credits)  

See department for specific course information.

SWK 753  School Social Work  (3 Credits)  

This course focuses on social work practice in the educational setting. There will be an overview of historical developments, educational policy and planning, and implementation of social work service delivery. It will address the role and function of school social workers in elementary, middle, and high schools. The special education process, the policies mandated, and the needs of at-risk students will be examined.

SWK 757  Policies and Services for Aging  (3 Credits)  

A comprehensive analysis of policies and services for senior citizens will be covered in this course. Students will examine factors leading to present policy as well as those which may indicate future trends.

SWK 759  Community Mental Health Policy and Service  (3 Credits)  

This course emphasizes historical and current policies and services for mental health in the United States. Trends, impact, and outcome of policies will be evaluated. Specific attention is given to the funding of mental health care and to implications of a national movement to ensure legal rights for mentally disabled persons.

SWK 760  Child Welfare Policies and Services  (3 Credits)  

Prerequisite: SWK 651 The content of this course includes an in-depth study of services and programs affecting the security and development of children. The roles of parents and spokespersons are examined, as are current trends in children's legal rights and education for the exceptional child. Special attention is given to developments which may be anticipated in the next decade.

SWK 761  Military Policies and Services  (3 Credits)  

This course builds on Social Welfare Policy and Services (SWK 651) and focuses on policies that direct functions of the military. The major emphasis of this course is learning to identify and advocate for benefits, and work toward changes in policies that impact treatment services and benefits that military personnel and their dependents receive. The course sensitizes students to ways social work interfaces with clients' and families' day-to-day functioning, whether they have non-combatant, reserve, active duty, or veteran status. The course is designed to teach students (1) how to understand how the military culture shapes clients' lives and (2) how to advocate for those who need access to the benefits they are entitled to because of their military status.

SWK 762  Community Practice  (3 Credits)  

This course is designed to introduce students to the dynamics of organizational and community change and transformation. The focus is on imparting knowledge and skills in systematic problem solving steps to bring about planned change that will result in achieving sound socio- economic well-being.

SWK 763  Advocacy and Social Planning  (3 Credits)  

This course is designed to introduce students to the salient principles, methods, processes, techniques, and various models of social planning. The knowledge and skills acquired from the course will prepare students to make systematic assessment and evaluation of community problems, and to design and implement effective programs to deal with such problems. The focus is on providing refined knowledge and skills in social planning.

SWK 764  Social Service Administration  (3 Credits)  

Utilizing a diversity perspective, the course is designed to make creative application of administrative and organizational management knowledge and skills to foster cooperative partnerships among various community agencies, including local, state, and regional social service organizations. The aim is to find a method of providing effective social services to diverse populations and various client populations. The focus is on providing pertinent knowledge and skills in administration and organizational management, financial management, supervision, budgeting, and coordination.

SWK 765  Financial Capability and Asset Building  (3 Credits)  

This course provides an introduction to the field, of financial capability and asset building, practice along with core content about economics. , It includes poverty, personal household finance,, financial access, and related economic content. , Learning focuses on economic and financial conepts, related to individuals and families across the, life span, communities, and oppressed populations, experiencing poverty.

SWK 771  Social Work With Individuals  (3 Credits)  

This course focuses on social intervention with individuals. A multi-faceted format will be used to study the theories, their behavioral sciences empirical supports, value bases, and effectiveness with problems faced by individuals. This course will be conducted as a seminar, and is designed to incorporate a high level of participation by students.

SWK 772  Social Work With Groups  (3 Credits)  

This course provides students with the knowledge about social work group theory perspectives and the experimental application of group-based clinical skills for social work group interventions.

SWK 773  Application of Group Skills  (3 Credits)  

This course builds on the process model of SWK 772 to advance the application of theory and skills for clinical social work practice with groups. The advanced nature of this course includes 1) more in-depth attention to theory and skills for facilitating groups for therapeutic purposes; 2) more sophisticated application of action and process- based techniques to the stages of group development and to the cultural diversity of members in therapeutic groups; 3) more comparative assessment of the types of/and models for social work practice with groups in diverse contexts; 4) more intensive experience in a group process designed to increase awareness regarding current strengths and obstacles to the "use of self" in clinical social work practice with groups.

SWK 775  Social Work With Families  (3 Credits)  

This course is designed to provide clinical students with knowledge and application of theoretical frameworks and related multi-theoretical family social work practice approaches that are unique to the modality of family therapy. The course focuses on the family as a natural social system in context and provides historical, sociological, psychological, systems and strengths-based perspectives of family functioning. Primary emphasis will be placed upon the mastery of family theory/therapy-based assessment strategies utilizing well-known family therapy models as well as the related demonstration of theory-based family intervention skills.

SWK 783  Advance Social Work With Families  (3 Credits)  

Prerequisite: SWK 775 This course is designed to enhance the student's assessment and intervention skills and to expose students to the competency-based (strength oriented) approach to family therapy. Special attention will be given to gender issues and families from diverse cultures. The course builds upon content previously experienced by the student in the clinical methods foundation, ethnicity, the advanced curriculum and field experience. Primary emphasis will be placed upon students obtaining and demonstrating skills and techniques. Thus, role play, case presentation and an analysis of pre-recorded video tape will be extensively employed.

SWK 789  Practicum in Applied Research  (3 Credits)  

Prerequisite: SWK 697 and permission of instructor supervising or conducting the investigation. This course involves the individually supervised practice in the application of research methods and tools to a specific social welfare problem, which may be indicated by students, generated by faculty and/or social agency. Research may include historical/bibliographical study methods.

SWK 790A  Field Practicum II  (6 Credits)  

Prerequisite: SWK 690 A & B Co-Requisite: Enrollment in a social work practice methods course. The Field Practicum II educational experience provides students with the learning opportunity to engage in supervised Clinical Practice upon successful completion of Field Practicum I and all prerequisite courses. The Field Practicum II experience builds upon the knowledge and skills obtained in the foundation courses and Field Practicum I, and gives students the opportunity to develop advanced practice skills in clinical social work practice. Field Practicum II for the clinical practice concentration affords students the learning opportunity to engage in advanced direct practice techniques for working with diverse individuals, families, and groups. In addition, Field Practicum II provides in-depth practical experiences for utilizing a variety of theories of social work to guide and evaluate practice.

SWK 790B  Field Practicum II  (6 Credits)  

Prerequisite: SWK 690 A & B Co-Requisite: Enrollment in a social work practice methods course. The Field Practicum II educational experience provides students with the learning opportunity to engage in supervised Clinical Practice upon successful completion of Field Practicum I and all prerequisite courses. The Field Practicum II experience builds upon the knowledge and skills obtained in the foundation courses and Field Practicum I, and gives students the opportunity to develop advanced practice skills in clinical social work practice. Field Practicum II for the clinical practice concentration affords students the learning opportunity to engage in advanced direct practice techniques for working with diverse individuals, families, and groups. In addition, Field Practicum II provides in-depth practical experiences for utilizing a variety of theories of social work to guide and evaluate practice.

SWK 793A  Msw Field Praticum Orientation I  (0 Credits)  

Prerequisite: SWK 790 A & B Co-Requisite: Enrolment in a social work practice methods course. This is a mandatory/required one-time attendance course designed as an orientation course to equip the MSW II clinical level social work field practicum student with the knowledge, values and skills needed to negotiate a successful second year field education experience.

SWK 793B  Msw Field Praticum Orientation II  (0 Credits)  

Prerequisite: SWK 790 A & B Co-Requisite: Enrolment in a social work practice methods course This is a mandatory/required one-time attendance course designed as an orientation course to equip the MSW II clinical level social work field practicum student with the knowledge, values and skills needed to negotiate a successful second year field education experience.

SWK 797  Evaluative Research  (3 Credits)  

This is an advanced research course to acquaint students with theories, process, techniques, and context of evaluation, as well as program evaluation, such as intervention planning, research designs, monitoring of operation, assessment of impact, and efficiency/effectiveness of the service program.

SWK 810  Seminar: Scholarly Writing  (3 Credits)  

This course demonstrates effective implementation, and dissemination of written ideas as a process, for a career in academia. It defines writing as, advancing the knowledge base of the discipline and, profession through publication.

SWK 811  Theories and Models of Practice  (3 Credits)  

This course examines the epistemological basis for, social work practice. It analyzes classic and, contemporary theories and models of practice, within the context of current diversity and social, justice issues.

SWK 812  Innovative Pedagogy  (3 Credits)  

This course provides students with a supervised, experience in major task functions in the role of, social work educator. Curriculum development,, teaching tasks, supervisory meetings, and assigned, readings are integral components of the practicum, experience.

SWK 813  Introd Research Methods for Social Work  (3 Credits)  

This course examines the methods and modality of, research inquiry into systems that influence, social work practice and policy. Students will, learn research design and types of data analysis, techniques.

SWK 814  Social Welfare History and Philosophy  (3 Credits)  

This course examines the history and philosophy of, social welfare policy and the development of, social work profession in the United States from, colonial America to the present time.

SWK 815  Theory for Family-Centered Social Work Practice  (3 Credits)  

This course builds on the core courses through a focus on the family systems. It examines the ecosystems concepts and family theory currently available for family assessment and intervention.

SWK 816  Qualitative Research Mthods  (3 Credits)  

This course introduces the theory, method, and, practice of qualitative research. Students will, learn how to analyze narrative data thematically, using the constant comparative method.

SWK 817  Social Policy Analysis and Evaluation  (3 Credits)  

This course builds on SWK 814 by introducing, students to the concepts, methods, and theory of, public policy-making process (at the local, state,, and federal governments) and social policy, analysis and evaluation to address social problems, in society.

SWK 818  Seminar: Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion  (3 Credits)  

This course explores the basis of classic and, modern biopsychosocial theories within the, construct of those who experience social,, economic, and political injustice. Theoretical, frameworks are examined that promote diversity,, equity, and inclusion.

SWK 819  Advanced Research Mthds for Social Polic  (3 Credits)  

This course examines techniques of multivariate, analysis, including multiple regression, logistic, regression, multinomial regression, hierarchical, multiple regression, multi-level modeling, and, factor analysis.

SWK 820  Seminar: Culture, Privilege, and Oppress  (3 Credits)  

This course explores the basis of cultural, diversity theories within the construct of those, who experience social injustice. Theoretical, frameworks are examined that address privilege and, oppression in the context of multiculturalism.

SWK 821  Applied Structure Equation Modeling  (3 Credits)  

This course introduces simultaneous estimation of, multiple equations and deals with causally related, observed and latent variables. Topics include, model specification, identification, model fit,, path analysis, and confirmatory factor analysis.

SWK 822  Curriculum Development, Orgn and Chge  (3 Credits)  

This course addresses dynamics, structures,, processes, and goals of curricular development and, change in social work education. Special attention, is given to the philosophy of education, and the, contemporary trends and issues.

SWK 829  Advanced Research Practice in Social Work  (3 Credits)  

This course provides students with an individualized advanced "hands on" research experience under the supervision of a faculty member. The objective of the research practicum is to strengthen students' ability to synthesize different phases and components of social work research. Students are encouraged to pursue a publication stemming from the research experience.

SWK 830  Seminar Social Work Research  (3 Credits)  

This course provides students with a group experience in the development and application of qualitative and quantitative research methods. Students will participate in the design and implementation of funded and non-funded research related to social work practice with diverse families. This course strengthens students' capability to conduct independent research. It is intended to acquaint the student with reporting research, its dissemination, and publication procedures with the goal of preparing a manuscript for submission.

SWK 831  Mixed Methods Research in Scl & Hlth Sci  (3 Credits)  

This course provides an overview of mixed methods, research and emphasizes applications in social and, health sciences. Topics include design, data, collection, analysis, and integration of, qualitative and quantitative methods.

SWK 832  Epidemiology in Pub Hlth & Soc Wel  (3 Credits)  

This course introduces principles, methods, and, applications of epidemiology in public health and, social welfare. Topics include epidemiological, designs, outbreak investigation, descriptive and, analytical approaches to assessing health and, diseases.

SWK 833  Program Evaluation in Social Services  (3 Credits)  

This course introduces methods to evaluate social, programs, services, and interventions. Topics, include needs assessment, program design, logic, model, formative and summative evaluations,, process evaluation, cost effectiveness, and impact, assessment.

SWK 834  Writing for Publication  (3 Credits)  

This course covers knowledge and skills necessary, to write and to prepare manuscripts for, peer-reviewed publications. Topics include, publication process, peer review, writing, strategies, and steps for submission.

SWK 840  Social Work and Criminal Justice Policie  (3 Credits)  

This course examines varying goals and values, underlying criminal justice policies in the United, States, the process of policy development, and the, ways such policies shape the daily operations of, the criminal justice system.

SWK 889  Research Practicum  (3 Credits)  

This course involves the individually supervised practice in the application of research methods and tools to a specific social welfare problem, which may be indicated by students, generated by faculty and/or social agency. Research may include historical/bibliographical study methods.

SWK 910  Dissertation Seminar  (3 Credits)  

This course is designed to assist students in planning, conducting, and reporting dissertation research. It covers the role and selection of the dissertation committee, dissertation guidelines, including preparation of the dissertation proposal, practical considerations in conducting dissertation research, and the preparation and defense of the dissertation report. Topical areas of social work research and publication guidelines are covered also.

SWK 950  Comprehensive Examinations  (0 Credits)  

Comprehensive Exams are required for candidacy.

SWK 999A  Doctoral Dissertation  (9 Credits)  

Candidates for the PhD in Social Work are required, to plan, carry out, and report the results of an, original, independent study in the form of a, doctoral dissertation.

SWK 999B  Doctoral Dissertation  (9 Credits)  

Candidates for the PhD in Social Work are required, to plan, carry out, and report the results of an, original, independent study in the form of a, doctoral dissertation.