Department of Social Work

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

SOCWORK 102 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL WELFARE
GS
3 u

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.

SOCWORK 235 CHILD WELFARE

3 u

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: SOCWORK 102 or consent of instructor.

SOCWORK 301/501 ASSERTIVENESS TRAINING IN THE HELPING PROFESSIONS

1 u

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.

SOCWORK 302/502 GRIEF MANAGEMENT IN THE HELPING PROFESSIONS

1 u

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.

SOCWORK 303/503 MANAGING STRESS AND BURNOUT IN THE HELPING PROFESSIONS

1 u

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.

SOCWORK 311/511 HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT I

3 u

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

Prereq:GENED 130 and SOCWORK 102, only one of which may be taken concurrently.

SOCWORK 312/512 HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT II

3 u

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.

Prereq:SOCWORK 311. Special undergraduates and graduate students must have approval of the department chair.

SOCWORK 325 SOCIAL WORK WITH CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS

3 u

This course is designed to introduce undergraduate students to the knowledge and skills necessary for working with children and adolescents. The course begins with assessment and interview of this population, provides an overview of child welfare policy (Wisconsin Juvenile Code), examines practice settings (i.e. group homes), abuse/neglect, gay/lesbian, etc. Discussion will include focus on current intervention approaches.

Prereq:SOCWORK 371.

SOCWORK 330 LEGAL ISSUES IN SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE

3 u

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.

Prereq:SOCWORK 102.

SOCWORK 337/537 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL GERONTOLOGY

3 u

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: Sophomore standing or consent of instructor.

SOCWORK 341/541 SEXUALITY FOR PROFESSIONAL GROWTH

3 u

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.

SOCWORK 350 PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY BASICS FOR THE HELPING PROFESSIONAL

3 u

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.

SOCWORK 360

3 u

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.

Coreq: SOCWORK 371

SOCWORK 371 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE I

3 u

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.

Coreq: SOCWORK 311.

Prereq:Junior standing, combined cumulative GPA of 2.25, Social Work major or consent of department.

SOCWORK 372 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE II

3 u

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.

Prereq: SOCWORK 311, SOCWORK 371. Combined cumulative GPA of 2.25.

SOCWORK 380/580 RACE, ETHNICITY, AND SOCIAL JUSTICE: ISSUES FOR HELPING PROFESSIONALS
Diversity
3 u

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: RACEETH 380/580.

SOCWORK 402/602 SOCIAL WORK RESEARCH

3 u

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:SOCWORK 102 and SOCWORK 311.

SOCWORK 440/640 ADVANCED STRESS MANAGEMENT

3 u

The class emphasis is on 1) facilitating stress management in others, 2) coping with "deep" stress such 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.

Prereq:HEALTHED 362/562 or SOCWORK 303 or consent of instructor.

SOCWORK 462/662 SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY

3 u

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: SOCWORK 371 and POLISCI 141.

Unreq: POLISCI 462/662.

SOCWORK 473/673 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE III

3 u

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.

Prereq: SOCWORK 372, combined cumulative GPA of 2.25.

Coreq: SOCWORK 312. Special undergraduates and graduate students must have approval of the department chair.

SOCWORK 490/690 SOCIAL WORK WORKSHOP
Repeatable
1-6 u

Prereq: Consent of instructor.

SOCWORK 493 SOCIAL WORK EXPERIENCE

3-12 u

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 units) for one semester or summer, or over two semesters at 6 units 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. Combined cumulative GPA of 2.25.

SOCWORK 494/694 SEMINAR IN SOCIAL WORK METHODS
Repeatable
3 u

Prereq: SOCWORK 371 or consent of instructor.

SOCWORK 496/696 SPECIAL STUDIES
Repeatable
1-3 u

Prereq: SOCWORK 102.

SOCWORK 497 EXCHANGE STUDY
Repeatable
1-12 u

SOCWORK 498 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN SOCIAL WORK
Repeatable
1-3 u

Prereq: Consent of instructor.

SOCWORK 499 SENIOR HONOR THESIS IN SOCIAL WORK

3 u

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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