2020-2021 Academic Catalog

Social Work (SWK)

SWK 199  Profesional Development: Ldship & SW Eth  (2 Credits)  

This course will introduce students to the BSW, curriculum and begin to prepare them for the, professional track of the BSW program. The course, will orient students to the generalist social work, practice and deliver a definitive message of, characteristics, skills, and acceptable workplace, professional behaviors essential to be a social, work and global leader. Students will be expected, to understand and abide by the National, Association of Social Workers code of ethics,, fine-tune their critical thinking skills and, epitomize ethical and professional standards in, all courses and activities at Norfolk State, University and in the field practicum. Lastly, it, will focus on self-awareness and the importance of, being a life-long learner.

SWK 200  Introduction to Social Work  (3 Credits)  

Introduction to the profession of social work which exposes students to social work history, values and ethics, intervention methods, fields of practice and organizational settings. Special emphasis on the nature and functions of social work and the diversity of roles for the generalist practitioner.

SWK 207  Social Welfare Policies & Services I  (3 Credits)  

Study of social problems and social work commitment to diversity, social and economic justice and populations-at-risk. Specific emphasis on the historical background of social welfare and the emergence of the social work profession.

SWK 207H  Honors Social Welfare Policies & Services I  (3 Credits)  

Study of social problems and social work commitment to diversity, social and economic justice and populations-at-risk. Specific emphasis on the historical background of social welfare and the emergence of the social work profession.

SWK 220  Human Behavior & Social Environment  (3 Credits)  

Examination of the dynamics of multi-level social systems, as they have an impact on the development and well-being of individuals from preconception through childhood. Study of the interaction between and among human biological, social, psychological and cultural systems as they affect and are affected by human behavior. Emphasis on the functions of human behavior, social environment theory, and research as they inform social work practice

SWK 220H  Honors Human Behavior & Social Environment  (3 Credits)  

Examination of the dynamics of multi-level social systems, as they have an impact on the development and well-being of individuals from preconception through childhood. Study of the interaction between and among human biological, social, psychological and cultural systems as they affect and are affected by human behavior. Emphasis on the functions of human behavior, social environment theory, and research as they inform social work practice

SWK 300  Social Welfare Policies & Services II  (3 Credits)  

Study of social problems and social work commitment to diversity, social and economic justice and populations-at-risk. Emphasis on the institutional nature of social welfare, the relationship to other institutions, and social welfare policies implemented into social welfare programs.

SWK 300H  Honors Social Welfare Policies & Services II  (3 Credits)  

Study of social problems and social work commitment to diversity, social and economic justice and populations-at-risk. Emphasis on the institutional nature of social welfare, the relationship to other institutions, and social welfare policies implemented into social welfare programs.

SWK 309  Human Behavior & Social Environment II  (3 Credits)  

Examination of the dynamics of multi-level/social systems, as they have an impact on the development of individuals from adolescence thorough dying and death. Study of interaction between and among human biological, social, psychological and cultural systems as they affect and are affected by human behavior.

SWK 312  Inroduction to Generalist Practice  (3 Credits)  

This course is the first of three required courses in the General Practice Sequence. This first course provides students the foundation knowledge, values and skills that form the holistic conceptual framework of generalist social work practice.

SWK 313  Generalist Practice: Individuals/Families  (3 Credits)  

This course is the second in the Generalist Practice Sequence. The course covers the application of the generalist intervention model or planned change process with individuals and families from diverse populations. Emphasis is on professionalism, self awareness, human diversity, systems theory, ecological perspective, and strengths perspective.

SWK 314  Nature & Meaning of Child Welfare  (3 Credits)  

This course is designed to present a broad knowledge of the principle child welfare services, programs, and policies that are aimed at strengthening and preserving the institution of the family and fostering the development and well being of children.

SWK 314H  Honors Nature & Meaning of Child Welfare  (3 Credits)  

This course is designed to present a broad knowledge of the principle child welfare services, programs, and policies that are aimed at strengthening and preserving the institution of the family and fostering the development and well being of children.

SWK 315  Social Work Practice With Families: Trauma Informed Practice With Children and Families  (3 Credits)  

This course is an undergraduate elective that provides an overview of special topics of treatment, specifically trauma informed generalist practice with children and families. This is a practice elective.

SWK 315H  Honors Social Work Practice With Families: Trauma Informed Practice With Children and Families  (3 Credits)  

This course is an undergraduate elective that provides an overview of special topics of treatment, specifically trauma informed generalist practice with children and families. This is a practice elective.

SWK 318  Generalist Practice: Groups, Organizations & Communities  (3 Credits)  

Examination of theories and methods of social work in macro and mezzo practice. Emphasis on the development of skills related to engagement, data collection, problem identification/assessment, intervention, termination and evaluation in working with groups, organizations and communities.

SWK 318H  Honors Generalist Practice: Groups, Organizations & Communities  (3 Credits)  

Examination of theories and methods of social work in macro and mezzo practice. Emphasis on the development of skills related to engagement, data collection, problem identification/assessment, intervention, termination and evaluation in working with groups, organizations and communities.

SWK 319  Human Behavior & the Social Environment III  (3 Credits)  

Examination of the dynamics of multilevel/social systems as they have an impact on the formation and development of the diverse contemporary American family. Emphasis on the interactions between and among family diversity, biological, social, psychological and cultural systems as they relate to the family unit.

SWK 320  Human Diversity and Social Justice in SW  (3 Credits)  

This undergraduate social work course examines the, impact of discrimination and oppression of members, of particular groups, i.e., ethnic minorities,, women, elderly, disabled, gay, lesbian, and, transgender, while considering the effects of, diversity on human behavior and attitudes. It, will review how historical and contemporary, policies and events affect how these populations, exist and how social workers attend to systemic, issues. The course examines the psychosocial and, cultural dynamics within the context of the social, work profession's mission and values, to, understand the experiences and needs of oppressed, groups to implement strategies to empower and, engage in effective change. Lastly, students will, look at the role, function, and intersections of, oppression in society as it relates to social,, racial, and economic justice.

SWK 326  Techniques of Counseling  (3 Credits)  

This course presents an overview of the major theories of counseling . It provides in-depth study of the basic theoretical assumptions and concepts of counseling individuals and families.

SWK 327  Interviewing Techniques  (3 Credits)  

Study of the general principles and techniques of interviewing and recording, which may be applied not only in social work but also in other occupations.

SWK 329  Community & Neighborhood Development: Social Entrepreneurship  (3 Credits)  

This is a three (3) credit hour elective course designed for second year and above Bachelor of Social Work students, but available to students from various disciplines to take as a credit-awarding elective. An individual completing this course will have a beginning level ability to conceptualize community and neighborhood empowerment from a social work, community practice, community development, and a business and economic development perspective.

SWK 333  Methods of Social Work Research  (3 Credits)  

This course introduces social work students to the fundamental concepts of research principles, statistical analysis, and methodologies used in the Social Work profession

SWK 411  Contemporary Social Policy Issues  (3 Credits)  

Contemporary Social Policy issues is an advanced elective policy course for the baccalaureate social work student who is trained as a generalist. This course, generally taken in the junior/senior year, builds on students' liberal arts perspective, foundation policy classes, as well as the knowledge, values, and skills gained in the Generalist Practice, Human Behavior, and Research sequences.

SWK 411H  Honors Contemporary Social Policy Issues  (3 Credits)  

Contemporary Social Policy issues is an advanced elective policy course for the baccalaureate social work student who is trained as a generalist. This course, generally taken in the junior/senior year, builds on students' liberal arts perspective, foundation policy classes, as well as the knowledge, values, and skills gained in the Generalist Practice, Human Behavior, and Research sequences.

SWK 416  Generalist Practice: Evaluation  (3 Credits)  

Focus on understanding and refining skills in the application of the techniques for evaluation of generalist practice. Emphasis on understanding and refining practice skills that center on evaluation of social work practice. Research procedures and designs studied as a means of objectively assessing the efficiency and efficacy of social work practice intervention. Ethical issues of practice and evaluation practices are addressed relative to oppressed populations.

SWK 416H  Honors Generalist Practice: Evaluation  (3 Credits)  

Focus on understanding and refining skills in the application of the techniques for evaluation of generalist practice. Emphasis on understanding and refining practice skills that center on evaluation of social work practice. Research procedures and designs studied as a means of objectively assessing the efficiency and efficacy of social work practice intervention. Ethical issues of practice and evaluation practices are addressed relative to oppressed populations.

SWK 490  Practicum Seminar I  (1 Credits)  

Opportunity to integrate theory with field practice. Also assists in evaluating practice performance while exploring personal and professional values and ethics.

SWK 491  Practicum Seminar II  (1 Credits)  

Opportunity to integrate theory with field practice. Also assists in evaluating practice performance while exploring personal and professional values and ethics.

SWK 492  Independent Study in Social Work  (3 Credits)  

Opportunities to engage in student and/or faculty-initiated special projects which explore some dimension of social work practice and/or theory.

SWK 495  Practicum in Social Work I  (5 Credits)  

Internship in a social welfare agency. 225 hours per semester while engaged in a supervised practice experience where generalist skills are utilized/required.

SWK 496  Practicum in Social Work II  (5 Credits)  

Internship in a social welfare agency. 225 hours per semester while engaged in a supervised practice experience where generalist skills are utilized/required.

SWK 497  MacRo & Micro Perspectives on International Social Welfare  (3 Credits)  

This course is an advanced level social policy course designed primarily for the baccalaureate student interested in exploring the interplay among macro social systems in selected western and non-western societies as they relate to general social welfare.

SWK 497H  Honors MacRo & Micro Perspectives on International Social Welfare  (3 Credits)  

This course is an advanced level social policy course designed primarily for the baccalaureate student interested in exploring the interplay among macro social systems in selected western and non-western societies as they relate to general social welfare.

SWK 498A  Bsw Field Practicum Orientation I  (0 Credits)  

This is an orientation course designed to provide the undergraduate social work field practicum student with the knowledge, values and skills necessary to prepare and navigate a successful and advanced field education experience. The purpose of this course is to help students understand their role, function and responsibilities as practicum students. In addition, this course will outline the relationship of the practicum agency to the field experience and explore the importance of ethical and professional behavior.

SWK 498B  Bsw Field Practicum Orientation II  (0 Credits)  

This is an orientation course designed to provide the undergraduate social work field practicum student with the knowledge, values and skills necessary to prepare and navigate a successful and advanced field education experience. The purpose of this course is to help students understand their role, function and responsibilities as practicum students. In addition, this course will outline the relationship of the practicum agency to the field experience and explore the importance of ethical and professional behavior.