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121 Introduction to Social Work (3) Overview of the social work profession, including its historical roots, practice settings, clients served, methods of practice, values and ethics. Also provides an overview of knowledge and skills needed for generalist social work practice with various minority and special populations, including American Indians. Thirty hours of volunteer work in social service agencies provide an added opportunity to learn about the profession. Open to non-majors. F06, S07, F07, S08


227 Interpersonal Skills (3) Introduction to basic interpersonal helping skills within a problem-solving framework. Focus on interpersonal communication and development of elementary interviewing skills, the conscious use of self, working with uncooperative or resistant subjects and cross-cultural differences in the helping process. Exercises, role playing and simulations are used to enhance learning. Designed to accommodate non-social work majors in related disciplines. Cross-listed as CJUS/PSYC 227. S07, S08


301 Study Abroad (0-6) Field trips designed by the faculty to give students direct experiences in foreign countries. Each program includes preparatory reading, orientation meetings, a faculty-supervised study tour, and a detailed written evaluation of learning situations associated with the course. With consent of the relevant program and content adaptation, programs provided by other agencies can be considered for this credit. Students must obtain approval for taking these courses prior to participation, otherwise the course may not count. For specific degree requirements consult your advisor. May be repeated only if the content is different. SS06, SS07


325 The Ecology of Social Welfare Policy Making (3) First in a two-course sequence. Provides an ecological overview of policymaking -- how differing systems and values interact to create the policymaking environment. Begins with a review of the history of social welfare and uses this historical lens to examine the structure of present social welfare polices and service programs. Focuses on understanding political forces and processes which impact social policy development, as well as upon how ethical, cultural, social and economic justice issues impact the creation of social welfare policy and programs at the local, regional, national and international levels. Prerequisite: SOW 121. Recommended: POLS 150, 230, 330, ECON 235, and/or ECON 251 as an adjunct to more comprehensive understanding of social welfare policy. Open to non-majors. S07, S08


326 Social Welfare Policy Practice (3) Second in a two-course social policy sequence. Builds upon the ecological foundation established in the first. Students build critical thinking and other practical skills necessary to conduct social welfare policy analysis. Students will be taught how to propose social welfare policy alternatives to meet the service, economic and social justice needs of vulnerable regional people. Finally, students will be trained to apply advocacy skills and to use social and economic justice principles in addressing social welfare needs. Prerequisite: SOW 325. F06, F07


329 Crisis Intervention (3) In-depth study of the theoretical basis of crisis intervention and steps to be taken in crisis resolution. Focuses on micro, mezzo and macro applications of crisis intervention models and practice skills, examining both situational and maturational crises and the implications of crisis intervention for work with families, groups and communities, and at the international level. Introductory Red Cross disaster training is built into course expectations. F06, F07


330 Methods of Social Work Practice I (6) First in a two-course practice sequence devoted to development of the entry-level social work practitioner. Focuses on social work theory and methodology using the problem-solving framework of ecologically based socially and ethnically sensitive generalist social work practice, as well as upon the development of social work practice skills. Primary emphasis on entry-level social work practice with individuals and families. Includes basic development of interviewing skills and introduces the basic social work helping process: engagement including exploration and data gathering, assessment and planning, intervention, monitoring and evaluation, and termination. Not open to non-majors. Prerequisites: SOW 121. Corequisite: SOW 344, formal admission into the Social Work program. F06, F07


344 Human Behavior In the Social Environment I (HBSE I) (3) Examines social work perspectives, knowledge and theory related to development of human beings across the life span in relation to their emotional, physical, intellectual, social and cultural contexts. Knowledge from the social sciences is integrated to provide a comprehensive view of people interacting with their environments. Recommended that student take SOCI 273 or BIOL 115 prior to taking SOW 344. Corequisite: SOW 330. F06, F07


345 Human Behavior in the Social Environment II (HBSE II) (3) Study of the basic concepts of social systems theory particularly relevant to social work practice. Knowledge from the social sciences is integrated to provide a basis for intervention with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. Special emphasis is made on self-examination in relation to ethical and human diversity issues and on acquiring transferable sets of skills in learning to interact effectively with vulnerable or at-risk populations. Prerequisites: SOW 344. Corequisite: SOW 360. S07, S08


350 Introduction to Addiction and Recovery (3) Overview of the dynamics of addiction, examining its impact upon individuals, families, agencies and communities. Includes description of the recovery process and the role of social work, criminal justice and other helping professionals in the treatment of addiction. Opportunity to conduct intensive study of this area. Emphasis on learning to interact effectively with vulnerable and at-risk populations. Cross-listed as CJUS 350. F06, F07


360 Methods of Social Work Practice II (6) Second of a two-course practice sequence devoted to development of the entry-level generalist social work practitioner. Builds upon the basic framework of social work casework practice, theory, helping process and skills examined in SOW 330. Primary emphasis is on group work (mezzo), agency administration/development (macro) and community organizing/development (macro - local, state, national and international). Focuses on the values and ethics, knowledge and skills needed for practice with groups and in agency and community settings. Includes content on 1) conscious use of self in the mezzo and macro levels of practice, 2) resolution of ethical dilemmas encountered in mezzo and macro practice situations, 3) organizational planning, administration and supervision, and 4) uses of community organizing, advocacy, research and policy making skills. Students develop assessment, planning, intervention, and evaluation skills at the mezzo-macro levels. Provides intensive preparation for field practicum. Not open to non-majors. Prerequisite: SOW 330. Corequisite: SOW 345. S07, S08


380 Social Work Research Methods (3) First of a two-course sequence introducing basic concepts and approaches of social science research. Specific focus on the empowering community- and agency-based approaches often employed by social work researchers, emphasis on understanding the research process, including conceptualizaton, planning, data collection, data analysis, and research writing. Express attention given to ethical and diversity issues often encountered in social work research. S07, S08


386 Social Work Practice with American Indian Families (3) Addresses social work practice issues related to contemporary American Indian family life, including recognition of the importance of American Indian tribal contexts; development and implementation of the Indian Child Welfare Act; impact of sovereignty and other social policy issues on American Indian families; and effective approaches to use when helping American Indian families. Offers an opportunity to better understand and work more effectively with American Indian families. Open to non-majors and can be used as a General Education diversity requirement. Cross-listed as FNS 386. S07, S08


420 Preparation for Field Seminar (0) Noncredit course required of all Social Work majors consisting of four monthly seminars conducted during the spring semester before the student enters the field internship. Seminars focus on the formal application for an internship; expectations for the internship as outlined in the Internship Guide; use of the Field Agency Directory to find a placement; having each student create a professional résumé; discussion and practice of job skills interviewing; and assistance in searching for an appropriate placement. S07, S08


422 Social Work Field Instruction I (5) Prerequisites: Successful completion of SOW 420 Preparation for Field Internship; SOW 330 Methods of Social Work Practice I; and SOW 360 Methods for Social Work Practice II. F06, SS07, F07


423 Social Work Field Seminar I (1) Corequisite: Enrollment in SOW 422. F06, SS07, F07


426 Selected Topics in Social Work (3) Intensive study of a specific area. This is a Social Work elective and may be repeated for credit when topics are different. Open to non-majors. On demand.


427 Social Work Field Instruction II (5) Prerequisites: SOW 422 and 423, or permission of field coordinator to take it as a block placement in tandem with SOW 422, 423 and 428. F06, S07, SS07, F07, S08


428 Social Work Field Seminar II (1) Corequisite: Enrollment in SOW 427. May be taken as part of a block placement with SOW 422, 423 and 427 with permission of the field coordinator. F06, S07, SS07, F07, S08


480 Research Projects (3) While registered for these credits students complete the individually designed and/or team research projects proposed in SOW 380. Prerequisites: SOW 380 and MATH 130 or PSYC 301. F06, F07


498 Independent Projects (1-4) In this, personally designed, a student completes an intensive independent study project. Prerequisite: Open only to majors accepted into the Social Work program. Instructor's approval. F06, S07, F07, S08