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SO W - Social Work


2012-2014 Catalog

SO W - Social Work

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Catalog Nbr.Course Title/Course TopicsCredits
SO W 121Introduction To Social Work3.00
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. Thirty hours of service learning work in social service agencies provide an added opportunity to learn about the profession. Open to non-majors.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
SO W 189Social Work Elective1.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to UW-S course.
Typically Offered:
SO W 227Interpersonal Skills3.00
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, SO W/PSYC 227.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
SO W 289Social Work Elective1.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-S course.
Typically Offered:
SO W 298Guided Independent Investigation of a Social Work Field2.00
An opportunity to explore interest in possible field(s) of social work practice; with instructor; student selects a field to explore, develops a study contract to demonstrate that he or she understands the field of practice and what it entails; student expected to evaluate his or her capacity, interest, and skill sets in relation to that field. Open to majors and non-majors.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Summer Terms
SO W 301Study Abroad0.00 - 6.00
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. Students must obtain approval for taking these courses prior to participation. For specific degree requirements, please consult your advisor. May be repeated only if the content is different. As offered.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
SO W 325The Ecology of Social Welfare Policy Making3.00
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 the 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. Recommend: 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.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed SO W 121.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
SO W 326Social Welfare Policy Practice3.00
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.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed SO W 325.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
SO W 329Crisis Intervention3.00
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.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
SO W 340Methods of Practice I: Interpersonal Skills for Social Workers3.00
Teaches future social work practitioners interpersonal helping skills within a problem-solving framework. Focus is on interpersonal communication and development of interviewing skills ranging from attending skills to 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.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed SO W 121 or taking it concurrently. Corequisites are enrollment in SO W 341 and SO W 344; formal admission into the Social Work Program.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
SO W 341Methods of Practice II: Individual Case Work3.00
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, evidence-based 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, economic, and human rights justice issues and environmental conditions which impact the practice of social work with individuals.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed SO W 121 or taking it concurrently. Corequisites are enrollment in SO W 341 and SO W 344; formal admission into the Social Work Program.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
SO W 344Human Behavior In the Social Environment I (HBSE I)3.00
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, spiritual and cultural contexts. Knowledge from the social sciences is integrated to provide a comprehensive view of people interacting with their environments.
Prerequisites:
Corequisite for taking this course is also enrolling in SO W 340 and SO W 341.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
SO W 345Human Behavior in the Social Environment II (HBSE II)3.00
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 is made on self-examination in relation to ethical, social justice, and human diversity issues and on acquiring transferable sets of skills in learning to interact effectively with vulnerable or at-risk populations.
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of SO W 340, SO W 341, SO W 344 are perquisite, and SO W 365, and SO W 366 are CO-requisites for taking this course.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
SO W 350Introduction to Addiction and Recovery3.00
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 is placed on learning to interact effectively with vulnerable and at-risk populations.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
SO W 365Methods of Practice III: Family and Group Work3.00
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, human rights issues, and social and economic justice issues within group and family practice contexts.
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of SO W 340, SO W 341, and SO W 344 are prerequisite, and SO W 345 and SO W 366 are CO-requisites for taking this course.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
SO W 366Methods of Practice IV: Agency, Community and Global Practice3.00
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 SO W 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 global levels. Focuses on the values and ethics, knowledge and skills needed 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:
Successful completion of SO W 340, SO W 341, SO W 344 are prerequisite, and SO W 345 and SO W 365 are CO-requisite for taking this course.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
SO W 380Social Work Research Methods3.00
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 conceptualization, planning, data collection, data analysis, and research writing. Express attention given to ethical and diversity issues often encountered in social work research.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed SO W 121.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
SO W 386Social Work Practice with American Indian Families3.00
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 FNS/SOW 386.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
SO W 389Social Work Elective1.00 - 12.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-S course.
Typically Offered:
SO W 420Prep for Field Seminar0.00
A non-credit course required of all social work majors, consisting of activities completed in the spring semester before the student enters the field internship. These seminars focus on the formal application for an internship; the expectations for the internship as outlined in the Internship Guide; the use of the Field Agency Directory to find a placement; having each student create a professional resume; discussion and practice of job skills interviewing; and assistance in being matched with an appropriate placement.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
SO W 422Social Work Field Instruction I5.00
Social Work Field Instruction I.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed SO W 345, SO W 365, SO W 366, SO W 420. SO W 423 is co-requisite for taking this course.
Typically Offered:
Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms
SO W 423Social Work Field Seminar I1.00
Co-requisite: Enrollment in SO W 422.
Prerequisites:
Co-requisite for taking SO W 423 is concurrent enrollment in SO W 422.
Typically Offered:
Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms
SO W 426Selected Topics in Social Work3.00
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.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
SO W 427Social Work Field Instruction II5.00
Social Work Field Instruction II.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this class is completion of SO W 345, SO W 365, and SO W 366. Co-requisite is SO W 428.
Typically Offered:
Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms
SO W 428Social Work Field Seminar II1.00
Social Work Field Seminar II.
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of SO W 345, SO W 365, and SO W 366 are prerequisite, and SO W 427 is co-requisite for taking this course.
Typically Offered:
Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms
SO W 480Research Projects3.00
While registered for these credits, students complete the individually designed and/or team research projects proposed in SO W 380 Social Work Research Methods.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of SO W 380 and MATH 130, or PSYC 301.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
SO W 489Social Work Elective1.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-S course.
Typically Offered:
SO W 498Independent Projects3.00
Students complete an intensive independent study project. Student self-directed study, with instructor input, for which the student develops a detailed contract to guide the project. Contract must demonstrate understanding, application and integration of the social work topic under study. Contract must address ethical, diversity and social justice implications of topic chosen. The class may be designed around any one of a number of relevant social work topics. Instructor's approval.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having declared SO W as your Major.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms

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