Course Descriptions
SW 514 ALCOHOLISM AND PROBLEM DRINKING.
(2-3)
This course will examine traditional and emerging concepts of alcoholism and problem drinking
with special attention to problems in definition. The contributions of recent research to our
understanding of risk factors associated with various populations will be reviewed. Selected
strategies for identification of and intervention into alcoholism and problem drinking will be
discussed with particular attention to the unique problems and needs of racial minorities, youth,
female, and other populations.
SW 515 MEDICAL AND PSYCHOSOCIAL ASPECTS OF DISABILITIES I.
(3)
This course is designed to prepare rehabilitation counselors and social workers to become
interpreters of medical information concerning major disabilities and to provide an understanding of the psychosocial factors encountered by the disabled. Focus will be on how these factors
affect adjustment to a disability, and on professional practice with the disabled. Topics include
concepts of medical and psychosocial aspects of disability which relate to conditions that
impair bodily systems and/or structures due to illness or accident that result in permanent and/
or chronic functional limitations. Prereq: College level courses in biology and psychology or
consent of instructor. (Same as RC 515.)
SW 516 MEDICAL AND PSYCHOSOCIAL ASPECTS OF DISABILITIES II.
(3)
This course is designed to prepare rehabilitation counselors and social workers to become
interpreters of medical information concerning major disabilities and to provide an understanding of the psychosocial factors encountered by the disabled. Focus will be on how these factors
affect adjustment to a disability, and on professional practice with the disabled. Topics include
concepts of medical and psychosocial aspects of disability which relate to conditions that
impair bodily systems and/or structures due to illness or accident that result in permanent and/
or chronic functional limitations. Prereq: College level courses in biology and psychology or
consent of instructor. (Same as RC 516.)
SW 523 SOCIAL PERSPECTIVES ON RACISM
AND ETHNIC PREJUDICES IN AMERICA.
(2-3)
The course is designed to provide the knowledge needed in understanding the dynamics of
institutional racism from a broader perspective of five specific ethnic minorities in rural and
urban America. Particular emphasis is placed upon planned community change and strategies
pertinent to minority group communities. Students who wish to make a special, in-depth study
of one of the specified content areas may take this course for one additional credit. Prereq:
Consent of instructor. (Same as AAS 523.)
SW 571 SOCIAL WORK AND THE LAW.
(3)
The course examines the lawyer’s method and the legal system; the organization and ethics of
the practicing bar; the impact of legal decision-making and lawyers on society in such selected
situations as civil rights, juvenile and criminal justice and consumer debtor-creditor relationships; and working relationships between social workers and lawyers.
SW 580 TOPICAL SEMINAR IN SOCIAL WORK.
(1-4)
Study of issues of current and special significance for social work practice. Issues selected in
accordance with the needs and interests of students enrolled. May be repeated to a maximum
of eight credits. Prereq: Open to the student of social work or consent of instructor.
SW 595 COOPERATIVE SOCIAL WORK EDUCATION.
(0)
A course designed for social work students who, through the cooperative education office,
secure full-time, salaried, career-related positions under the supervision of a sponsoring
employer. Enrollment in the course constitutes full-time status. Course may be taken on a passfail basis only and repeated with the permission of the cooperation education office. Prereq:
Approval of the Cooperative Education Coordinator.
SW 600 THEORY-INFORMED PRACTICE WITH INDIVIDUALS.
(3)
This course introduces students to the history and philosophy of the social work profession
and social work practice theory. It enhances analytical thinking that underlies engagement,
assessment, intervention, and evaluation with individuals, and focuses on mastering social work
skills for professional practice with individuals. Special attention is paid to the NASW Code
of Ethics and to the social worker’s obligations toward populations-at-risk. Prereq: Acceptance
into the MSW program.
SW 601 THEORY-INFORMED PRACTICE WITH FAMILIES.
(3)
This course introduces students to family social work and the theoretical perspectives and
concepts that underlie social work with families. The course emphasizes the development and
application of skills and techniques for conducting family assessments and for conceptualizing
theory-based and research-informed intervention plans for families in need. The course
addresses diverse family forms, cultural competence, and multi-problem families within the
contexts of neighborhoods, schools, and communities. Prereq: SW 600 or concurrent.
SW 602 THEORY-INFORMED PRACTICE WITH GROUPS.
(3)
This course introduces students to the place of group work in professional social work practice,
the theoretical and philosophical formulations that underlie group work and the concepts and
techniques derived from these formulations. The course emphasizes group dynamics,
development, and techniques needed to be a successful group leader. Prereq: Admission into
the MSW program, SW 600, SW 601, SW 635.

SW 606 SEMINAR IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROCESSES.
(2)
Criminal justice processes are studied and evaluated emphasizing system aims, theories of
criminality and societal reaction, the consequences and costs to offenders and to society of
current policies to control and prevent crime. Traditional and innovative community and
institutional programs for adult and juvenile offenders will be examined.
SW 611 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE IN MENTAL HEALTH.
(2-3)
Description, analysis, and examination of social work practice in the mental health service
delivery system, with particular emphasis on social work interventions and roles.
SW 612 SEMINAR ON SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE WITH WOMEN.
(2-3)
This seminar focuses on the special problems and practice strategies relevant to selected groups
of women served by social work.
SW 613 URBAN ECOLOGY AND AGING.
(2 or 3)
Effects of an urban environment upon the aging population, including community design, city
planning, housing, transportation, relocation, and mobility. The impact of technological
advances will be examined from the point of view of theory, current research, and the process
of man-environmental relationships.
SW 616 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE IN SCHOOL SETTINGS.
(2-3)
A presentation and examination of school social work practice. Emphasis will be placed on
roles, competencies and skills necessary for effective service provision. The differences in
services to children in schools will be contrasted with those in primary social service settings.
Focus will also be given to the impact of school legislation and regulations on the choice of
populations served and programs provided.
SW 617 FAMILY VIOLENCE: SOCIAL WORK INTERVENTIONS.
(2-3)
The development of a knowledge based framework for understanding, preventing and
intervening in family violence as seen in child, spouse and elder abuse.
SW 618 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE WITH GAY AND LESBIAN PEOPLE.
(2-3)
This course is designed to expand the knowledge and understanding of students about the theory
and dynamics of homophobia, heterosexism, and homonegativity. The effects of living with
prejudice and discrimination among the gay and lesbian support systems available. Micro and
macro social work intervention strategies will be studied as they relate to overall themes. Prereq:
SW 600 or 601 or consent of instructor.
SW 623 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE WITH GROUPS.
(2-3)
This course critically analyzes approaches to group practice in social work emphasizing
socialization and resocialization purposes and leader activities. Research and practice issues
are examined. Prereq: SW 600 or 601 or consent of instructor.
SW 624 PERSPECTIVES ON HUMAN SEXUALITY.
(3)
An examination and study of historical and current perspectives of sexuality as it relates to
behavioral patterns, cultural attitudes, social policy and practice. Prereq: Knowledge of human
behavior and personality theory highly recommended. (Same as FAM 624.)
SW 626 FORENSIC MENTAL HEALTH: EVALUATION AND TREATMENT.
(2-3)
An intensive analysis and study of forensic mental health including court evaluation, courtroom
testimony and treatment of the victim. Students who wish to take this course for three credits
will be expected to make an in-depth study of a specific content area. Lecture, two hours;
laboratory (only for those taking the course for three hours), two hours per week. Prereq:
Knowledge of behavior and personality theory is highly recommended.
SW 627 COLLABORATIVE PRACTICE: SUBSTANCE
ABUSE, MENTAL HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICE.
(3)
This course provides students with critical knowledge about substance abuse and mental health
problems experienced by families. A variety of subjects related to substance use disorders and
mental health problems will be discussed such as screening, assessment, case management, and
referral services. Collaborative practice with substance abuse, mental health service providers,
social services, and other providers is addressed. Prereq: Completion of a baccalaureate degree.
SW 630 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY AND SERVICES.
(3)
This course reviews the history of the social welfare system and emphasizes the analysis of
social programs and policies and of the policy-making process. An important focus of the
course is to identify and understand the impact of a wide range of social policies on social work
clients and the human service delivery system within a social justice framework. The course
content reflects the interdisciplinary efforts of the social, political, legal, economic, and
administrative processes which are vital to policy making at all levels. Prereq: Acceptance into
the MSW program.
SW 635 INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL ETHICS IN SOCIAL WORK.
(3)
This course introduces students to the place of ethics in professional social work practice, the
philosophical formulations that underlie ethics and relevant concepts derived from these
formulations. The course emphasizes the development of ethical reasoning and decisionmaking. Prereq: SW 600 or concurrent.

SW 603 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE WITH CHILDREN AND YOUTH.
(2)
Study and analysis of developmental crises and problems of children and youth. Emphasis
upon social work strategies of intervention for prevention, amelioration or resolution. Prereq:
SW 600 or 601 or consent of instructor.

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