Social Work
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SOWK 602 ETHICAL FOUNDATION OF SOCIAL WORK [+]
Focuses on eithical issues in social work practice including a theoretical framework and ethical problem-solving model to systematically evaluate values and resolve ethical dilemmas found in social work practice. Provides tools and methodologies for reflection and analysis. Prerequisite: Concentration status or permission of department. Three hours per week.
SOWK 605 SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY: FOUNDATIONS AND STRUCTURE [+]
Emphasis on social welfare as an institution, social work as a profession, and both history and philosophy of social welfare as they have evolved and introduces the student to policy analysis. Prerequisite: For graduate study only. Three hours per week.
SOWK 610 THEORETICAL ANALYSIS OF BEHAVIOR I [+]
Focuses on the individual, family, and peer group as a social system, and assessment using a bio-psycho-social-cultural-spiritual perspective. Explores human development through the lifespan. Presents analysis of several theories which explain human behaviour and inform social work practice. Focus on privilege, oppression, prejudice, and discrimination. Develops foundation assessment skills. Prerequisite: For graduate study only. Three hours per week.
SOWK 616 SOCIAL WORK RESEARCH I [+]
The first of two courses in social work and evaluation research. Emphasis on understanding the development and use of scientific knowledge and the application of that knowledge to evaluate social work interventions and program evaluation. Special attention is given to applied research methodologies to enhance the student's use of evidence-based social work knowledge and skills. May be repeated only once. Prerequisite: Foundation status. Corequisites: SOWK 621, SOWK 640 or permission of department. Three hours per week.
SOWK 617 SOCIAL WORK RESEARCH II [+]
The second of two courses focused on the basic concepts and methods of scientific inquiry used to build knowledge and evaluate practice. Builds and expands upon material covered in Social Work Research I. Topics include an introduction to program evaluation, single-subject designs, data analysis, descriptive and inferential statistics, presentation of data and report writing, and application of findings to practice. Special attention is given to applied research methodologies that will enhance the student's use of evidence-based interventions. May be repeated only once with permission of the department. Prerequisite: SOWK 616. Corequisite: SOWK 645 or permission of the department. Three hours per week.
SOWK 620 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE I [+]
Emphasizes a generalist social work perspective for the mastery of practice theory and the development of engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation skills related to social work practice with individuals and families. Prerequisite: For graduate study only. Three hours per week.
SOWK 622 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE II [+]
Second of three practice courses preparing students for a generalist approach to social work practice. Expands basic knowledge, values, ethics and skills, with emphasis on mezzo-level problem solving. Includes theories and techniques for planning, assessment and advocacy for family and small group intervention. Prerequisite: SOWK 620. Three hours per week.
SOWK 623 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE III [+]
Third of three practice courses preparing students for a generalist approach to social work. Expands basic knowledge, values, ethics and skills, with emphasis on macro level problem solving. Includes theories and techniques needed for practice within an organization and/or community context. Prerequisite: SOWK 620. Pre or Corequisite: SOWK 622. Three hours per week.
SOWK 630 THEORETICAL ANALYSIS OF BEHAVIOR II [+]
Examines the development of communities and organizations as social systems. Human behavior as affected by race, class, gender, age, and sexual orientation is a major component. Reflects social work's unique integration of theories drawn from sociology, psychology, biology, anthropology and economics to understand the multiple influences on behavior. Macro sociological theories for critical analyses of society, communities, social institutions and social organizations are presented. Develops macro assessment skills. Prerequisite: SOWK 610 or permission of department. Three hours per week.
SOWK 640 FIELD INSTRUCTION I [+]
The first of a two-semester (fall/spring) sequence of supervised experience in the delivery of social services where students are required to participate in an agency-based field practicum for two days per week under the supervision of an agency based field instructor with an M.S.W. Successful completion of the two-course sequence requires a student to fulfill a minimum of 490 hours of field instruction within the same social welfare agency accumulated across the fall and spring semesters. Prerequisites or Corequisites: SOWK 620, admission to the graduate social work program. Corequisite: SOWK 616. Two working days per week. A seminar with small group discussions on field experiences with related written assignments and activities will be conducted concurrently.
SOWK 645 FIELD INSTRUCTION II [+]
The second of a two-semester (fall/spring) sequence of supervised experience in the delivery of social services, in the same agency students entered in SOWK 640, where students are required to continue an agency-based field practicum for two days per week under the supervision of an agency-based field instructor with an M.S.W. Successful completion of the two-course sequence requires the student to fulfill a minimum of 490 hours of field instruction within the same social welfare agency accumulated across the fall and spring semesters. Prerequisites: SOWK 616, 640. Prerequisites or Corequisites: SOWK 617, 622, 623. Two working days per week. A seminar with small group discussions on field experiences with related written assignments and activities will be conducted concurrently.
SOWK 650 ADVANCED PRACTICE WITH INDIVIDUALS [+]
Familiarizes the practitioner with strengths assessment, standardized diagnostic criteria and other processes used within the field to categorize behavior. Utilizes the concepts of mental health, tying an accurate assessment to a specific intervention plan. Specific assessment techniques including formal and informal mental status examinations, global assessment of functioning techniques and diagnostic assessment using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM)-TR are explored. Emphasis on advanced interview skill techniques. Prerequisite: Concentration status or permission of department. Corequisite: SOWK 665. Three hours per week.
SOWK 653 SUBSTANCE ABUSE ASSESSMENT AND INTERVENTION [+]
Provides a comprehensive introduction to the recognition, assessment and intervention with persons who abuse substances. Attention is directed to the interactive effects of substance abuse on abusers, on other persons in the abusers' lives, and on society. Other topics explored in the course will include: models of chemical dependency, the dually-diagnosed client; and the comparison and contrast of selected models of intervention. Prerequisite: Concentration status or permission of department. Three hours per week.
SOWK 654 PSYCHOPATHOLOGY [+]
Provides extensive knowledge of the major forms of mental illness and their treatment. Develops competence in multi-axial assessment by mastering the accepted diagnostic code, DSM-IV TR. Provides skills in development of appropriate and contemporary treatment plans. Explores the factors associated with mental illness such as age, race, ethnicity and gender. Prerequisites: Concentration status or permission of department. Three hours per week.
SOWK 655 EVALUATION OF SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE [+]
The study of practice-outcome research, single-case designs and program evaluation in social work. Student is familiarized with appropriate recording and measurement instruments with individuals, groups and families. Prerequisite: SOWK 650 or permission of department. Corequisite: SOWK 685. Three hours per week.
SOWK 660 ADVANCED PRACTICE WITH FAMILIES [+]
Builds upon theoretical perspectives and practice skills from both foundation-level and advanced-level curriculum. The course compares, evaluates and presents practice skills from the major models of family therapy. Course content focuses upon applied family interventions in social work practice. Prerequisite: SOWK 650 or permission of department. Three hours per week.
SOWK 663 SUPERVISION AND ADMINISTRATION [+]
Introduces advanced-level students to supervision and administration in the human services. Students are introduced to the historical development of supervision in social work. Students will learn to apply knowledge of three primary supervisory functions: administration, education and support of supervisees. Additionally, students will focus on organizational theory as it provides a foundation to models of social work/welfare administration within social welfare delivery systems. Prerequisites: Concentration status. Three hours per week.
SOWK 665 FIELD INSTRUCTION III [+]
The first of a two semester (fall/spring) sequence of supervised advanced field practicum experience in the delivery of social services where students are required to participate in an agency-based field practicum for three days per week under the supervision of an agency-based field instructor with an M.S.W. Successful completion of the two-course sequence requires a student to fulfill a minimum of 744 hours of field instruction within the same social welfare agency accumulated across the fall and spring semesters. Prerequisite: Concentration Status. Corequisite: SOWK 650. Three working days per week. A seminar with small group discussions on field experiences with related written assignments and activities will be conducted concurrently.
SOWK 677 CHILD WELFARE [+]
Designed to prepare advanced-level students to be child welfare practitioners able to move beyond the protective focus to practice applications of prevention and change. The curriculum includes knowledge about human services for children, the values and philosophy of family preservation, trends in social welfare policy impacting children and their families, and the effects of gender, race and ethnicity on social work practice with children. Prerequisite: Concentration status or permission of department. Three hours per week.
SOWK 680 ADVANCED PRACTICE WITH GROUPS [+]
Builds upon theoretical perspectives from human behavior and the social environment, knowledge and skills from foundation-level practice courses, and theory and skills from the advanced theory and practice course. The course familiarizes the practitioner with the concept of the group as therapeutic communities with curative factors. Prerequisite: SOWK 650 or permission of department. Three hours per week.
SOWK 685 FIELD INSTRUCTION IV [+]
The second of a two-semester (fall/spring) sequence of supervised advanced field practicum experience in the delivery of social services where students are required to continue to work three days a week in the same social welfare agency the student entered in SOWK 665 under the supervision of an agency-based field instructor with a M.S.W. Successful completion of the two-course sequence requires the student to fulfill a minimum of 744 hours of field instruction within the same social welfare agency accumulated across the fall and spring semesters. Prerequisite: SOWK 665. Corequisite: SOWK 655. Three working days per week. A seminar with small group discussions on field experiences with related written assignments and activities will be conducted concurrently.
SOWK 690 INDIVIDUAL DIRECTED STUDY [+]
Enables students to pursue topics of their own choosing with the guidance and supervision of the faculty. Should not duplicate any course already offered by the department. Prerequisite: Graduate status. One to three hours per week.