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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, persons with disabilities, elderly persons, and persons with mental health issues. Thirty hours of volunteer work in social service agencies provide an added opportunity to learn about the profession. Open to non-majors. F08, S09, F09, S10


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. F08, F09


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. S09, SS09, S10


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. S09, S10


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. F08, F09


329 Crisis Intervention (3) In-depth study of the theoretical basis of crisis intervention and the 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. S09, S10


340 Methods of Practice I: Interpersonal Skills for Social Workers (3) Teaches future social work practitioners both basic and advanced interpersonal helping skills within a problem-solving framework. Focus is on interpersonal communication and development of interviewing skills ranging from basic attending skills to advanced influencing skills. Students will be taught the conscious use of self, interviewing with involuntary clients, ethics and boundary issues encountered in interviewing, and cross-cultural differences in the interpersonal skills process. Exercises, role playing and simulations focused on situations encountered specifically at the micro, mezzo and macro levels of social work practice are used to enhance learning. Prerequisite: Completion of SOW 121. Corequisite: Enrollment in SOW 341 and 344; formal admission into the Social Work program. F08, F09


341 Methods of Practice II: Individual Case Work (3) Second of a four-course practice sequence devoted to development of the entry-level social work practitioner. Focuses on understanding and using current models of social work practice employed by the generalist social worker in casework with individuals, particularly the ethnic/socially sensitive perspective, the ecological model, the problem-solving model, the task-centered approach, and the strengths perspective. Course delineates the basic social work helping process: engagement including exploration and data gathering, assessment and planning, intervention, monitoring and evaluation, and termination. Emphasis on presenting students with professional knowledge, values, ethics, and skills to think critically about and conduct effective case work with individuals. Students analyze various social and economic justice issues and environmental conditions which impact the practice of social work with individuals. Prerequisites: Completion of SOW 121; Corequisite: Enrollment in SOW 341 and 344; formal admission into the Social Work program.  F08, F09


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. Corequisites: SOW 340 and 341. F08, F09


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 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, 340 and 341. Corequisites: SOW 365 and 366. S09, S10


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. F08, F09


365 Methods of Practice III: Family and Group Work (3) Third course in the methods sequence using the basic framework of social work practice, theory, helping process and skills examined in SOW 340 and 341. Primary emphasis on working with small-group systems and group work skills with families. Group and family work includes learning effective practice approaches with people from diverse client groups and empowering group and family clients. Course focuses on recognizing and resolving ethical dilemmas and social and economic justice issues within group and family practice contexts. Prerequisites: SOW 340, 341, and 344; Corequisites: Enrollment in SOW 366 and 345. SO9, S10


366 Methods of Practice IV: Agency, Community and Global Practice (3) Final course of the four-course practice sequence devoted to the development of the entry-level generalist social work practitioner. It builds upon the basic framework of social work casework practice, theory, helping process and skills examined in SOW 340 (Methods I), 341 (Methods II), and 344 (HBSE I).  Primary emphasis on macro practice at the agency and community levels, including working effectively at the local, state, national and international levels. Focuses on the values and ethics, knowledge and skills need for practice within agency and community settings. Includes content on 1) conscious use of self in macro levels of practice, 2) resolution of ethical dilemmas encountered in macro practice situations, 3) organizational planning, administration and supervision, and 4) uses of community organizing, development, advocacy and policy making. Students develop assessment, planning, intervention, and evaluation skills at the macro level. Course provides intensive preparation for field practicum. Prerequisites: SOW 340, 341 and 344; Corequisites: Enrollment in SOW 365 and 345. S09. S10


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. S09, S10


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. S09, S10


420 Preparation for Field Seminar (0) Non-credit laboratory 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; application for a Criminal Background Check (Minnesota) and/or a Caregiver Check (Wisconsin); having each student create a professional resume; discussion and practice of job skills interviewing; and assistance in searching for an appropriate placement. S09, S10


422 Social Work Field Instruction I (5) Prerequisites: Successful completion of SOW 420, SOW 365 and SOW 366. F08, SS08, F09


423 Social Work Field Seminar I (1) Corequisite: Enrollment in SOW 422. F08, F09, SS09


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. F08, S09, SS09, F09, S10


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. F08, S09, SS09, F09, S10


480 Research Projects (3) Second of the two-course research sequence. 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. F08, F09


498 Independent Projects (1-4) Students complete an intensive personally designed independent study project. Prerequisite: Open only to majors accepted into the Social Work program. Instructor's approval. F08, S09, F09, S10