Social Work

Contact Information

Sarah Hessenauer
Program Coordinator/Chair
Phone: (262) 472-1203
Location: Laurentide 5201

Lori Trimble
Academic Dept Assoc
Phone: (262) 472-1137
Location: Laurentide 5201

Course Descriptions

  • INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL WORK PROFESSION
    Social Work 101, Credits: 1

    This course is required for all social work majors as it introduces social work majors to the social work department, social work profession, code of ethics, critical thinking and social work writing skills.

  • INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL WELFARE (GS)
    Social Work 102, Credits: 3

    This course is an introduction to the history and philosophy of social welfare, to social work and other helping professions, 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. A service learning experience is required of all students, providing a hands-on exploration into their selected area of social services. Required for all social work majors.

  • CHILD WELFARE
    Social Work 235, Credits: 3

    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.

  • STATISTICS FOR SOCIAL WORK
    Social Work 250, Credits: 3

    This course introduces basic statistics applicable to social work practice and research. Social work practitioners must be able to conduct research and data analysis to provide effective interventions for their clients. The course also provides students with opportunities to learn a popular statistical software for social research, SPSS, to analyze the data and present results.

  • TRAVEL STUDY
    Social Work 291, Credits: 1-3

    Variable topics. Faculty-led courses abroad.

  • ASSERTIVENESS TRAINING IN THE HELPING PROFESSIONS
    Social Work 301, Credits: 1

    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.

  • GRIEF MANAGEMENT IN THE HELPING PROFESSIONS
    Social Work 302, Credits: 1

    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.

  • MANAGING STRESS AND BURNOUT IN THE HELPING PROFESSIONS
    Social Work 303, Credits: 1

    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.

  • HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT I
    Social Work 311, Credits: 4

    This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the processes of bio-psycho and socio-cultural development from infants to older adults. Material is also presented on the social systems (families, groups, organizations, and communities) in which individuals live.

  • HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT II
    Social Work 312, Credits: 3

    This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the processes of bio-psycho and socio-cultural development from middle adulthood through old age. Material is also presented on the social systems (mezzo and macro) in which individuals live.

  • IMMIGRATION TODAY: INDIVIDUAL, COMMUNITY, AND GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES
    Social Work 321, Credits: 3

    This course focuses on the changes in immigration to the United States in recent decades, challenges that recent immigrants face, and the controversies around this immigration. The immigrant experience of Latinos and the Hmong in Midwest will be emphasized, from an individual, family, and community perspective.

  • SOCIAL WORK WITH CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS
    Social Work 325, Credits: 3

    This course is designed to introduce undergraduate students to the knowledge and skills necessary for working with children and adolescents including assessment and interview of this population, child welfare policy (Wisconsin Juvenile Code), practice settings (i.e. group homes), etc. The major emphasis will be on populations at risk (emotional problems, abuse/neglect, gay/lesbian, etc.) with a focus on current intervention approaches.

  • LEGAL ISSUES IN SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE
    Social Work 330, Credits: 3

    This course introduces students to the knowledge and skills necessary to work with the court system and advocate for their clients within that system. Chapters 48, 51, 55, and 938 and court testimony will be explained. Students will follow a case, make decisions around their case and write court reports throughout the course.

  • INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL GERONTOLOGY
    Social Work 337, Credits: 3

    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.

  • SEXUALITY FOR PROFESSIONAL GROWTH
    Social Work 341, Credits: 3

    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.

  • PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY BASICS FOR THE HELPING PROFESSIONAL
    Social Work 350, Credits: 3

    This course focuses on introducing students to the basic principles of psychotropic medication and their role when working with clients taking psychotropic medication. Basic neuropsychological principles and diagnostic groups involving various classes of psychopharmacological medications will be discussed. It will introduce the student to medical terminology and the medical field.

  • COMMUNITY-BASED LEARNING
    Social Work 360, Credits: 3

    Through a partnership with a social service organization, students will undertake a project from start to finish. Students in groups will develop a plan for implementing a new program and will work in small groups to implement the plan, which could include advocacy, policy development, training and program evaluation.

  • SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE I
    Social Work 371, Credits: 3

    This course presents contemporary theoretical approaches to social work practice with individuals, groups, families, organizations and communities. This course uses a competency approach to assess and develop student interviewing and interpersonal skills, emphasizing social work practice with individuals.

  • SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE II
    Social Work 372, Credits: 3

    This course is designed to provide knowledge and skills needed to engage in generalist social work practice, including further development of interviewing and interpersonal skills. The course has an emphasis on social work practice with groups and communities.

  • SOCIAL WORK CASE MANAGEMENT
    Social Work 375, Credits: 3

    This course introduces students to case management and explores its utility as a service to assist a wide range of social work clients. The course goals include defining case management, carrying-out the activities, exploring legal and ethical issues, and developing practice skills. Students will perform activities core to case management.

  • RACE/ETHNICITY/SOCIAL JUSTICE: ISSUES FOR HELPING PROFESSIONALS (DV)
    Social Work 380, Credits: 3

    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.

  • SOCIAL WORK RESEARCH
    Social Work 402, Credits: 4

    This course introduces students to the research process. A major focus of this course is the integration of research and practice. Students will learn to use research evidence to inform practice and advocacy, and use practice-based experiences to inform scientific inquiry. Students will also learn basic quantitative skills.

  • ADVANCED STRESS MANAGEMENT
    Social Work 440, Credits: 3

    The class emphasis is on 1) facilitating stress management in others, 2) coping with "deep" stress susch as trauma and low self-esteem, and 3) alternative avenues for coping such as Tai Chi, yoga, art therapy, and meditation. This course is appropriate for anyone in the helping professions.

  • SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY
    Social Work 462, Credits: 3

    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.

  • SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE III
    Social Work 473, Credits: 3

    This course will cover advanced problem solving approaches for intervention with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. The class will utilize simulated practice situations. The course has an emphasis on social work practice with families and organizations.

  • SENIOR SEMINAR IN SOCIAL WORK
    Social Work 489, Credits: 1

    The course prepares students for future options within the field of social work. Portfolio preparation (including resume) and presentation is emphasized as an essential element of making the transition to careers in the private and public sectors, as well as graduate studies.

  • SOCIAL WORK WORKSHOP
    Social Work 490, Credits: 1-6

    Variable topics. Group activity oriented presentations emphasizing `hands on` and participatory instructional techniques. Repeatable. Instructor Consent required.

  • TRAVEL STUDY
    Social Work 491, Credits: 1-3

    Variable topics. Faculty-led courses abroad.

  • SOCIAL WORK EXPERIENCE
    Social Work 493, Credits: 3-12

    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: All other required social work courses must be completed, and consent of instructor.

  • SEMINAR IN SOCIAL WORK METHODS
    Social Work 494, Credits: 3

    Variable topics. Group activity. An advanced course of study in a defined subject matter area emphasizing a small group in intense study with a faculty member. Repeatable.

  • SPECIAL STUDIES
    Social Work 496, Credits: 1-3

    Variable topics. Group activity. Not offered regularly in the curriculum but offered on topics selected on the basis of timeliness, need, and interest, and generally in the format of regularly scheduled Catalog offerings. Repeatable.

  • EXCHANGE STUDY
    Social Work 497, Credits: 1-12

    Variable topics.

  • INDEPENDENT STUDY IN SOCIAL WORK
    Social Work 498, Credits: 1-3

    Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member. Repeatable.

  • INDEPENDENT STUDIES IN SOCIAL WORK - UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
    Social Work 498R, Credits: 1-3

    Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member. Repeatable.

  • SENIOR HONOR THESIS IN SOCIAL WORK
    Social Work 499, Credits: 3

    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. Students must have invitation from the staff.

Location

College of Letters & Sciences
Laurentide Hall 4100
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
800 W. Main Street
Whitewater, WI 53190-1790

Resources For

Faculty/Staff Contact

Office of the Dean
Rebecca Reichert
Phone: (262) 472-1621
E-mail: reicherr@uww.edu

Student Contact

Advising Office
Phone: (262) 472-1550
E-mail: lsadvise@uww.edu

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