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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

860-102 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL
WELFARE AND SOCIAL WORK 3 cr

This course is an introduction to the history and philosophy of social welfare, to the social work profession, and to social institutions so that the students may enlarge their liberal arts education, gain understanding of contemporary social welfare problems and services, and begin to evaluate their personal values and convictions about social welfare issues. Required for all social welfare majors.

860-161 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL SERVICE COMPUTING 1 cr

This course is a brief introduction to the uses of computers in social work practice and includes instruction about beginning word processing skills and the use of database programs. In addition to this course's relationship to learning practice-related skills, it is also focused on helping students be more successful in using computers in university coursework. Designed to begin at the level of students' existing skills, this course will include an assessment of students' ability to use (e.g.) Microsoft windows and word processing programs. Based upon this assessment of the level of existing skills, students will receive instruction to build upon and expand existing skills. This course also serves as a prerequisite for 860-482 Social Work Research and is a precursor for further computer instruction and usage in that course.
Prereq: Open to Social Work and Pre-Social Work majors only.

860-235 CHILD WELFARE 3 cr

This course is a survey of social services for children: the problems treated, an assessment of the effectiveness of current services, and consideration of alternative service programs.
Prereq: 860-102 or cons instr.

860-301/501 ASSERTIVENESS TRAINING
IN THE HELPING PROFESSIONS 1 cr

This course presents the principles of assertiveness training, uses experiential exercises to help students learn to present themselves more assertively, and prepares students to assist others to become more assertive. Content is focused on students who are planning a career in the helping professions.

860-302/502 GRIEF MANAGEMENT IN THE
HELPING PROFESSIONS 1 cr

This course focuses on issues such as adjustment to the death of someone close, helping someone who is terminally ill, and coping with other losses-such as cherished relationships. The grief counseling content is intended for students who are planning a career in the helping professions.

860-303/503 MANAGING STRESS AND BURNOUT IN THE HELPING PROFESSIONS 1 cr

This course focuses on recognizing signs of destructive stress and the stages of burnout in the helping professions. Instruction is given in using a number of techniques for coping with stress such as meditation, relaxation training, time management, social support systems, biofeedback, and life planning as they apply to the helping professions.

860-311/511 HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND
THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT I 3 cr

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the normal processes of physical, emotional, and socio-cultural development from infancy to young adulthood. It will enable the student to better recognize and understand common factors and needs affecting normal development and maturity and relate these to social work practice.
Prereq: 840-105 or 880-105 or 890-105 or 892-105 and 630-120 and 860-102. One of these courses may be taken concurrently if all others are completed.

860-312/512 HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE
SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT II 3 cr

This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the normal processes of physical, emotional and socio-cultural development from middle adulthood through old age. It will enable the student to better recognize and understand common factors and needs affecting normal development and maturity and relate these to social work practice.
Prereq: 860-311.

860-337/537 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL GERONTOLOGY 3 cr

This course is designed to introduce the student to social and physical factors related to aging. It will include information regarding social services needed to assist the older person and an analysis of gaps in current services.
Prereq: Soph st or cons instr.

860-341/541 SEXUALITY FOR PROFESSIONAL GROWTH 3 cr

This comprehensive course is designed to add to students' knowledge and comfort in the area of human sexuality. Multi-media, lecture, and small group discussion techniques are used to explore issues as basic treatment skills, sex education, developmental sexuality, problem pregnancies, and common sexual dysfunctions.
Prereq: Social Work majors, Women's Studies minors or majors, Health Education minors, or con dept chp.

860-371 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE I 3 cr

This course presents contemporary theoretical approaches to social work intervention with individuals, groups, families, organizations and communities. This course uses a competency approach to assess and develop student interviewing and interpersonal skills.
Coreq: 860-311.
All prerequisites for 860-311 must be completed before 860-371 may be taken. Also Social Work major or consent of department chairperson.

860-372 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE II 3 cr

This course is designed to provide knowledge and skills needed to engage in social work practice, including further development of interviewing and interpersonal skills. The primary emphasis will be on the application of social work problem solving strategies to small group systems and will include the use of group work skills with families, communities, and organizational systems.
Prereq: 860-311, 860-371
Coreq: 860-312.

860-373/573 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE III 3 cr

This course will cover advanced problem solving approaches for intervention with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. The class will utilize simulated practice situations.
Prereq: 860-372.

860-380/580 RACE, ETHNICITY, AND SOCIAL JUSTICE:
ISSUES FOR HELPING PROFESSIONALS Diversity 3 cr

The course is designed to help students develop a greater understanding of the influence of one's race and ethnicity on the ways individuals perceive the world and the ways they are treated by others and by society. Within the framework of the helping professions, students will have the opportunity to examine their attitudes toward members of racial and ethnic minorities, develop ways to learn about the participation in and treatment of racial and ethnic minority groups in work, education, and social services, and examine ways to affect one's own attitudes and society to achieve social justice.
Unreq: 610-380/580.

860-462/662 SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY 3 cr

This course is designed to provide students with knowledge about the process of social welfare policy formulation and implementation and with policy analysis skills. The effects of social welfare policies and organizations on both clients (especially the poor and minorities) and on social workers will be emphasized.
Prereq: 860-371 and 820-141.
Unreq: 820-462/662.

860-482/682 SOCIAL WORK RESEARCH 3 cr

This course is designed to familiarize the student with basic concepts of social work research methodology and statistics, computer usage, to develop competence in evaluating research literature and to develop beginning skills in evaluating social work practice.
Prereq: 860-372 or concurrent registration and 860-161.

860-490/690 SOCIAL WORK WORKSHOP 1-6 cr

Repeatable.
Prereq: Consent of instructor.

860-493 SOCIAL WORK EXPERIENCE 3-12 cr

Students are placed in a community agency under the supervision of an experienced social worker. Students are expected to develop an in-depth understanding of agency activities and programs and will assume increasing levels of responsibility as beginning social workers. Attendance at periodic field placement meetings is expected. This course may be taken as a block placement (12 credits) for one semester or summer, or over two semesters at 6 credits per semester. A total of 480 hours in the agency is required in either option.
Prereq: 860-373, 860-462, and 860-482 (one of the courses may be taken concurrently if the other two courses are completed), and cons instr.

860-494/694 SEMINAR IN SOCIAL WORK METHODS3 cr

Repeatable.
Prereq: 860-371 or consent of instructor.

860-496/696 SPECIAL STUDIES 1-3 cr

Repeatable.
Prereq: 860-102.

860-498 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN SOCIAL WORK 1-3 cr

Repeatable.
Prereq: Consent of instructor.

860-499 SENIOR HONOR THESIS IN SOCIAL WORK 3 cr

This two semester course must be taken by students in the general honors program. Students explore any topic in the field of social welfare under direction of faculty representing disciplines involved.
Prereq: Senior standing and invitation of the staff.

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